Options for stunned US citizens after the Trump victory

Published:  9 Nov at 6 PM
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Prior to election day itself, social media and expat forums were loaded with US citizens determined to emigrate should Trump win.

Now that the hopefully impossible is stark reality, many of those who were contemplating deserting the sinking ship are now rushing for just about any lifeboat in any friendly, non-Trumped country. A quick trawl through recent surveys brings up 10 escape-hatch countries already popular with US expats. It doesn’t matter whether you’re seeking a job, thinking of a start-up or even retiring, there are a good number of destinations perfect for a new start far from the uncertainty following the election result.

Many boast a lower cost of living as well as good weather and an established, like-minded community, with Singapore topping the list for stability and business opportunities although it’s a pricey option for retirees. New Zealand is already home to a thriving expat community, most of whom own their own homes and are integrated into the lifestyle. Provided financial requirements are met, getting in and settling isn’t too daunting.

Canada is another option, with most expats living there overjoyed with their choice. Costs are reasonable, the countryside is stunning in the extreme, and it’s close enough to make visiting family straightforward. Europe as an option may be slightly more daunting, but it’s tops for historic, cultured cities and more than satisfactory education and medical facilities.

The Czech Republic is worth a look, as it offers a high quality of life and every modern convenience. Switzerland isn’t exactly bargain basement, but for those with money it’s a great place, especially for business and the good life. Norway may be freezing in winter and chilly in summer, but the fjords, mountains and Aurora Borealis make it all worth while.

Austria offers a high standard of work/life balance, is culturally rich and has much to offer as regards entertainment. Germany sounds similar, but is best as regards work/life balance, and Sweden is great for family life. Bahrain is the only Gulf State which gave good results in the survey, especially for working expats. Quality of life is good, salaries are high and saving for retirement is easier than in most other expat destinations.

Wherever you decide to live, you can watch the growing chaos in the USA from afar, knowing you got out whilst the going was still good.
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