Moving Abroad from a Developed vs. Developing Country

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What would your life be if you were born in a different country?

Let’s start off with a thought exercise by exploring this one idea:

"Your opportunities in life depend largely upon your citizenship."

Moving Abroad from a Developed vs. Developing Country

For a moment here, I would like to invite you to think about what your life could have been if you were born in a different country with a citizenship other than the one you have.

You're probably thinking about how you would grow up, the kinds of jobs you would have, how different the friends and family around you would be; the culture, the mindset, the people you would meet, the language you would speak, and so on...

That's a fun exercise, but let's bring it back to the context of moving abroad.

If you were a citizen of another country, do you think you'd be able to move abroad the same way you would right now? Will it be easier or more difficult?

You'd probably answer, "It depends on which country."

And I agree. The opportunity you have to move abroad partially depends on your citizenship.

Here are a list of 7 articles that outline visa and residency types you can obtain primarily by using your advantage of citizenship.

It's true that citizens from developed countries generally have more options, but that's not always the case.

Keep in mind that your current citizenship is only one out of many life advantages that you can use to move abroad! If your citizenship can't help you much in moving abroad, you can still leverage your money, health, age, relationships, skills, education, languages, or ancestry.

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Over the past 10 years, I've lived & worked in 5 cities across 3 countries (Previously in 🇸🇬🇮🇩).

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27 years old

12 visas & residence permits granted

18 countries & territories visited

12 houses & apartments lived in