Published On: Tue, May 23rd, 2017

Expats respond: How do the locals treat you?

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Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire writes about one of the biggest concerns that people considering moving abroad have — how will the locals treat them?

There are many good reasons to move abroad, including a lower cost of living, better lifestyle and weather. However, what if, after moving abroad, you’re not treated well by locals?



That could stem from a realization of economic inequalities. Most locals will have less material wealth than expats. Even if you move abroad and retire on as little as $2,000 USD per month, you’ll have more than the average citizen of Portugal, more than double those in Panama and Mexico, five times the average in Belize and 12 times the average person in Nicaragua. It would be understandable if this inequality fostered resentment.

Indeed, many people considering moving abroad think about resentment or even hostility. Is their concern justified? Best Places in the World to Retire asked expat contributors to the site: “How are Americans and other expats treated in your area?” Their answers were…

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