If you are one of the millions of wealthy Americans not entirely enamored with Donald Trump’s presidency thus far, and you expect things are going to get a lot worse before they get better, you might want to consider spending the next 4 to 8 years in another Trump-free location.
He’s only been in office for a couple of months, but already Donald Trump is shaping up to be the most divisive US president in history. Millions of Americans are finding it difficult to live under his administration, and a privileged few that have the funds to do something about it – i.e. sit out Trump’s time in office in another country – are threatening to do just that. But with so many available countries, and so many nations now offering citizenship by investment and investor visa programs, which ones would work best for disaffected Americans?
2ndPassports.com took a long hard look at a multitude of countries and their available programs that would appeal to Americans. We threw out some countries early (Mexico and Russia were the first to go!) and finally came up with a cross-section of seven prime locations from around the world.
Any of these countries should have enough to entertain wealthy Americans who are prepared to live in a foreign land for potentially eight years until Trump is gone. However, by then Donald Jr, Ivanca or Eric Trump may have established themselves in the world of politics and might be looking to succeed Daddy! In other words, we are looking at locations where Americans will be happy to remain in, even in the event of a Trump dynasty!
This article is intended as informative fun. For further information about the investor visa and citizenship by investment programs linked with the countries mentioned, be sure to message 2ndPassports.com.
Seven Destinations Suitable For Sitting Out Trump
Many nations over the decades have aspired to become the next world power, the next USA even. China and India have emerged as economic powerhouses, but because of politics and ideology, they will probably never rival the US as a land of opportunity where anything is possible, the kind of destination that appeals to millions.
The nation tipped to become the next world power, and one that could indeed be the “next USA” is Brazil. Brazil is a Christian democratic country of 200 million people, and is the fifth largest nation on earth, both in terms of land mass and population. Brazilians are positive, friendly, happy people. Brazil’s two largest cities –Sao Paulo and Rio – are famous worldwide for their extravagant, vibrant carnivals, and the country is best known globally for soccer and samba.
However, few nations on earth have as much economic potential as Brazil. Its land is rich in virtually every memorable mineral, which is reflected in it being the world’s third-largest food producer and exporter. Brazil has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Latin America at just 5.3%, and despite something of a seesaw economy, it remains an appealing country for business.
However, if you are looking for a place to simply enjoy life over the next few years, luxury properties are a fraction of the cost they would be in the US or Europe, and there are few places more appealing to kick back and relax than the legendary, iconic Copacabana beach.
Guatemala is an extremely affordable investor program that has the added benefit of being just a short flight away from the US. Guatemala is fast gaining a sterling reputation as a tax-haven, and could soon be rivalling Panama and the Cayman Islands for discreet banking and creative tax shelters.
Like most nations – the US, UK and Brazil included – Guatemala has its problems with organized crime, and there are no-go areas, particularly in the capital, Guatemala City. However, wealthy expats from Europe, Asia and the US who purchase property in one of the country’s luxury coastal resorts enjoy an excellent standard of living which is on a par with California, Miami or the Mediterranean.
The Guatemalan coastline is stunning, with breathtaking beaches that cater for every type of water sport. The country’s rainforests guarantee an abundance of exotic wildlife and are certainly worth exploring. And when it comes to ancient Mayan artifacts and ruins, Guatemala has more any other country.
St. Kitts and Nevis
Regular visitors to 2ndPassports.com will be more than familiar with St. Kitts and Nevis, and anyone with even a passing knowledge of the citizenship by investment industry will be aware that St. Kitts were the founding fathers of CBI, initiating the first ever program back in 1984, and still remain the market leaders for CBI in the Caribbean today.
If you are a regular user of social media – Instagram in particular – you cannot have escaped reading about or seeing photographic evidence of the lifestyle of one Dan Bilzerian. Bilzerian is a professional poker player, and claims his winnings are what funds his extravagant, international jet-set lifestyle of guns, gals and the glorification of hedonism. In reality, Bilzerian is likely dipping into a large trust-fund set up for him by his father Paul Bilzerian, who was a major corporate raider in the 1980s and 90s, and who was worth in excess of $600 million. Some say Paul Bilzerian was the inspiration for the character of Gordon Gekko played by Michael Douglas in the Oscar-winning 1987 movie Wall Street.
Both Paul Bilzerian and his other son Adam (pictured above) – a former stock broker and now a successful author – now live in luxury on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis. Both men quickly became citizens and passport holders of the island by virtue of real estate purchases they made into the island’s brand-new luxurious Marriott’s complex.
A decade ago, St. Kitts and Nevis was bankrupt and its citizens were riddled with poverty, but thanks to CBI, the country is now in the black, the locals are earning good money, and the island is awash with high-end investment. It’s a testament to the overall quality of life in St. Kitts and Nevis that people like the Bilzerians who are used to the finer things in life are more than happy living on a what is a relatively small island in the Caribbean.
More than 200,000 Americans already call the UK home, while more than one million Brits live in the US. The term “Special Relationship” that was first used by Winston Churchill in 1946, but really became famous when it was regularly quoted by Margaret Thatcher when describing both her bond with then US president Ronal Reagan, and with the UK’s bond with the US.
That bond and mutual respect remains to this day, and if anything, once Brexit is achieved and the UK leaves the EU, Britain will be looking to strengthen its relationship with the US even further. That may well result in the UK no longer requiring visas of Americans that wish to live and work in the UK.
The main drawback for Americans accustomed to warm, sunny climates is the notorious UK weather, but if a person can survive Britain’s bitter winters and often miserable summers, there are few countries that offer as much overall to Americans as the UK.
The largest ethnic group in America are German-Americans, of which there are 46 million. The second largest is Irish-Americans, with 33 million, which is five times the combined population of the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. Clearly there is a deep, unyielding bond between the US and the Emerald Isle, especially on the US North Coast and the states of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New York, and the cities of Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York.
That bond is reciprocal, and on the whole the Irish love Americans (especially American tourists whom they can sell anything from food and drink, hotel accommodation or even real estate for an inflated price!)
Of course, like the UK, Ireland is never going to be competing with California in the climate and weather stakes anytime soon, but it is nevertheless a beautiful country with its own breathtaking coastline, not to mention the best pubs in the world!
Of all of the EU nations available for US citizens to relocate, Spain may well offer the most – and that includes the UK (for now) and the Irish Republic. The reasons are multiple and valid.
- Climate – The climate in most of Spain is comparable to the warmest parts of the US, including the states of California, Florida and Texas.
- Scenery – The scenery in Spain is also similar to that of the US. There are vast stretches of Andalusian coastline that could easily be transplanted from California’s legendary Pacific coast. Spain has mountainous regions that make for excellent skiing in the winter, much like Colorado.
- Language – Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States behind English, with approximately 50 million Americans either fluent or having a sound working knowledge of the Spanish language.
- Religion – Spain is a Catholic country, with other Christian denominations such as the Evangelicals, Baptists and Jehovah’s Witnesses also popular. Unlike other EU nations like the UK, Germany and the Netherlands that are now virtually secular, there is no mistaking that Spain is a Christian, Catholic country. For some people, including millions of Americans, that is important.
- Quality of life – The Spanish know how to live. Like most Latin countries in the EU, there is a strong sense of family in Spain, but unlike France and Italy, the average Spaniard has a “work to live” mentality, rather than “live to work”. While this means that Spain is not as prosperous as the UK, Germany, France and Italy (Spain is the fifth largest EU economy), the average Spaniard enjoys their life much more. That quality of life is a key factor in so many retirees from the UK, Germany and Scandinavia choosing Spain above their own countries to enjoy their twilight years
Let’s face it, the easiest option for most disillusioned Americans considering leaving “the Trumperland” is to hitch up to the nearest English speaking democracy available, which means hopping over the border to good old Canada. Okay, so the weather might be more akin to Eastern Europe than the US West Coast, but if you avoid Quebec, New Brunswick and Nunavut, most people will speak English with what is 90% an American accent. Public healthcare and education is of a higher standard, as is the general standard of living.
The Canadian economy is vibrant, which has made it extremely appealing to investors over the past couple of decades, particularly from China. Despite the weather, wealthy Chinese love Canada, Vancouver in particular, where more than 100,000 Chinese millionaires live. Chinese investment has turned Vancouver into the most affluent city in Canada.
Moving to Canada is also a great deal easier for Americans than pre-much anywhere else. Unlike most nations which require a financial investments in order to achieve residency or even citizenship, Americans who wish to live and work in Canada just need to obtain the correct visa.
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