(Stream of consciousness: My impending move. Emigre'. The permanent emigrant. Driven away by violence, poor health care, lack of job opportunities. Perpetual emigrant. Expatriate. Where to move next?)
All the non-violent countries with excellent healthcare, social systems, and public transport are in cold climes! Is this coincidence? Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Korea, Japan.
Did you know that Kuwait is considered a less violent country than America? Consider the amount of shooting that have occurred on a near weekly basis this year. Further, in January the Texas law of open carry goes into effect; meaning I can walk around like it's the 1800s with a gun on my hip. I could take a gun into the classroom of local Universities and even city hall. Americans cannot see the insanity of their actions that continue to create and ever-increasing violent society. I don't want to live in a land where I can randomly be shot on any day of the week. It's interesting to note that it is safer to live in three Middle Eastern countries than it is in the US–we who love to fear all things Middle Eastern! Qatar, UAE, and Kuwait have lower violence and crime rates than the US!
(Source, 2014 World Bank, FBI–http://www.statisticbrain.com/safest-countries-to-live-in-the-world/)
I wish to be decisively specific in my next move: careful consideration of crime rate, socialized medicine, social programs, air quality, food supply, climate, public transportation, job opportunities, affordable cost of living, and an overall viability for long-term residency.
That said, where are the best places abroad for American Expats to live? I should specify that this type of voluntarily-expatriated denizen is open-minded and inclined toward acculturation and long-term or permanent residency, such as myself!
...to be continued