Why is there not more American immigration to Europe?
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Why is there not more American immigration to Europe?
Posted by HailHailtoMichigan! on 2/5 at 7:13 pm
Does anyone else find it odd that Europe doesn't attract more Americans who are seeking to live in sophisticated welfare states? For the last decade, America has had one of its major parties adopt a platform that is largely a reflection of the European social democracies.

One would think that with so much exposure to the benefits that living in one of these social democracies offers would come more Americans moving there, but it doesn't happen.

In fact, European immigration to America currently DWARFS the reverse.

I'm not necessarily criticizing people who support this view of government and welfare, but why stay here, when you have so many options across the pond?



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Posted by ColaTiger on 2/5 at 7:15 pm to HailHailtoMichigan!
Believe me, if we could, the girlfriend and I would move to Europe in a heartbeat. But it's hard enough just moving from Louisiana to South Carolina, much less a new continent


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Posted by BigAppleTiger on 2/5 at 7:19 pm to HailHailtoMichigan!
Because it is not so easy. It took over a year and 50,000 pounds sterling for my employers in London to process my work visa- and that was in the early 90's. If it was easy, I would be there now.


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Posted by jamboybarry on 2/5 at 7:20 pm to ColaTiger
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ColaTiger





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Posted by junkfunky on 2/5 at 7:23 pm to BigAppleTiger
Does this mean immigrants from Europe are ballers?


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Posted by ColaTiger on 2/5 at 7:24 pm to jamboybarry
Excuse us if we actually want to experience what the world has to offer as opposed to staying in our Podunk towns plopping out kids and working dead end jobs


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Posted by BigAppleTiger on 2/5 at 7:32 pm to junkfunky
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Does this mean immigrants from Europe are ballers?


Nope.



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Posted by junkfunky on 2/5 at 7:37 pm to BigAppleTiger
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Nope.


Is it cheaper/easier to immigrate into the US?



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Posted by BigAppleTiger on 2/5 at 7:55 pm to junkfunky
Most people I know from Europe who have moved here have done so through the green card lottery, marriage, or just illegally. Of course... professionals from multi-national corporations have an easier time.


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Posted by TigerPride10 on 2/5 at 8:10 pm to junkfunky
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Is it cheaper/easier to immigrate into the US?


It really depends on the job. Having lived in Europe, I'd say it's easier for an American, or anyone for that matter, to get a working visa in a Western European country. However, to immigrate permanently to one of those countries is seemingly impossible if you plan to become a citizen.

A positive about US immigration is that we do have relatively easy pathways to citizenship.



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Posted by MrCarton on 2/5 at 8:11 pm to TigerPride10
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A positive about US immigration is that we do have relatively easy pathways to citizenship.


Positive for whom?



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Posted by TigerPride10 on 2/5 at 8:14 pm to MrCarton
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Positive for whom?


For people who want to become a citizen maybe?

Are you a Native American, or did your ancestors become American citizens somewhere along the way?



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Posted by kingbob on 2/5 at 8:19 pm to HailHailtoMichigan!
language barrier (most Americans can't speak any language other than English), taxes, strict immigration quotas, political differences, civil rights differences, high cost of living, jobs

This post was edited on 2/5 at 8:20 pm

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Posted by white perch on 2/5 at 8:26 pm to TigerPride10
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Are you a Native American, or did your ancestors become American citizens somewhere along the way?


The "native" Americans immigrated here from Asia during the last ice age. All Americans have immigrant ancestors.



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Posted by MrCarton on 2/5 at 8:27 pm to TigerPride10
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For people who want to become a citizen maybe?


Just checking.

quote:

Are you a Native American, or did your ancestors become American citizens somewhere along the way?



They earned a small plot of land by slaughtering thousands of innocents fighting under Andy Jackson.



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Posted by dante on 2/5 at 8:38 pm to HailHailtoMichigan!
MICH....we are becoming Europe no need to move.


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Posted by RogerTheShrubber on 2/5 at 8:40 pm to HailHailtoMichigan!
I know a few people over there on work visas. It can be done.


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Posted by roygu on 2/5 at 8:47 pm to MrCarton
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They earned a small plot of land by slaughtering thousands of innocents fighting under Andy Jackson.



Didn't those Pilgrims come to America for similar reasons?
Were the "Native American" more peaceful than the first settlers.



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Posted by NC_Tigah on 2/5 at 8:50 pm to BigAppleTiger
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It took over a year and 50,000 pounds sterling for my employers in London to process my work visa- and that was in the early 90's
Wut?

In the early 90's that would have equated to about $87,000.00.
Pardon me for pointing out the obvious . . . . . . but that is one hell of a lot of work visa processing.



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Posted by MrCarton on 2/5 at 8:51 pm to roygu
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Didn't those Pilgrims come to America for similar reasons?
Were the "Native American" more peaceful than the first settlers.



I wasn't there, so I can't say for sure. Based off of how we treat each other today...I would say both sides were pretty ugly about the whole deal.

I was kidding about the slaughtering thousands remark. Everyone knows Chris kyle has the record at 150+...

Kidding, again.



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