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The citizens of the country you are in may view you as "that rich non-citizen American who comes here and ruins our country by paying way too much for property thus driving up prices for us, and making all sorts of demands that we should change our ways to accommodate him. He is an outsider. Not one of us. He can't even speak our language very well (or at all)." In any sort of high-stress SHTF situation--earthquake, political unrest, etc.--you might well be looked on poorly.

You will always be looked on as "the other", and will often be viewed as a mark to be fleeced.


I have lived in other countries and have never had the issues you list. Then again, I always approach where I live with the idea that I will soak up what the area has to offer, not impose what I am used to on the new location. When we lived in the USVI there was even a bumper sticker I saw that said "We don't care how you did it at home," so I guess a good number of people don't have that attitude.

I would love a board that deals with sharing info and questions on becoming an expat. I don't know that I would do it full time but I sure would enjoy it for half the year.

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