Misandry is on the rise across the Western world. An American academic has recently asked why can’t we hate men? in The Washington Post. A Canadian academic wrote a book arguing that women should have a right to kill their husbands if they’ve (allegedly) been victims of intimate partner violence.
Meanwhile in Australia feminists keep calling for a curfew for men. Aside from the inherent immorality of trying to enforce a curfew on an entire gender the idea of a curfew for men has some interesting implications. Such a curfew would have to apply to all men – no exceptions. Since women constitute a small minority of police and fire fighters a male curfew would doom all women in these occupations to permanent night duty. In addition supermarket shelves across the country would start to empty out as trucks are used extensively to move food around Australia and a curfew for men would, at the very least, mean that these trucks were not moving half of the time. Meanwhile Australian men are being bombarded with demands that they must change (in to what exactly?).
While we work towards confronting the misandry prevalent across the West we can cast our eyes outward. It’s long been the privilege of the wealthy to be able to have homes around the world or to be able to buy an island to get some privacy. While buying islands will remain out of reach for most, the reality is that increasing options are opening up for middle class Westerners. With misandry sky rocketting across the West it may be time for MGTOW, MRAs (both single and those in a relationship), and like-minded people to start planning their exit strategies.
Law and order as well as infrastructure are improving in many developing nations. This, combined with a lower cost of living, means that retiring to, or residing long term in, the developing world has never been so attractive. In general nations have financial, health and character tests that need to be passed before long stay visas will be granted.
In addition to the obvious financial advantages, many of these nations are far less touched by feminism than Western nations. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that there are other options than continuing to live in nations dominated by feminist laws and institutions.
Malaysia is developing nation with a low cost of living and good infrastructure. While many parts of the country are generally safe some Western governments discourage travel to the region of Eastern Sabah. The country has maintained good economic growth since independence nearly 50 years ago. The Human Development Index of Malaysia is considered to be high at 0.789 (as of 2016).
The Malaysia My Second Home programme offers a renewable visa to live in Malaysia long term. The visa may be renewed for periods up to 10 years. The programme is open to citizens of any country recognised by Malaysia as long as the requirements are met.
Applicants under 50 must hold liquid assests of at least MYR500,000 (USD125,000), open a fixed deposit account in Malaysia with a balance of at least MYR300,000 (USD75,000) and demonstrate an income of at least MYR10,000 (USD2,500) per month. Those 50 or over need to open a fixed deposit account in Malaysia with a balance of at least MYR350,000 (USD87,500) or demonstrate an income of at least MYR10,000 (USD2,500) per month.
Visa holders may be able to work part-time subject to government approval.
Thailand is a developing nation with a very low cost of living and ambitious infrastructure improvement projects underway. Thailand is generally safe although Western governments emphasise not entering the Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla provinces in the far south. Thailand has a Human Development Index of 0.740 (as of 2016), categorising it as a country with high human development.
The recent successful rescue of 12 boys and their coach from a cave in Thailand would be a significant challenge for any nation. The willingness of Thailand to request foreign assistance in a timely manner and the effective way in which the rescue was carried out demonstrates maturity in the state institutions of Thailand.
Thailand offers a retirement visa that is renewed annually. Visa holders must hold THB800,000 (USD24,000) in a Thai bank account, or have a monthly income of THB65,000 (USD2,000) or a combination of the two.
Uruguay is generally a safe country with a low cost of living. The Human Development Index is 0.795, qualifying the country for high human development. Uruguay is often described as having a European feel to it which may appeal to Western retirees.
It is relatively easy to obtain permanent residence status in Uruguay however the country takes a dim view of people who wish to use it as a passport of convenience, intending that permanent residents will reside long-term in the country. Uruguay does not set a fixed income requirement for applicants for permanent residence that intend to retire, however having a monthly income of USD1500 is recommended for a single retiree. Interestingly married couples are entitled to citizenship after three years of residence while single permanent residents must wait for five years.
Jamaica is the wildcard entry on this list. Like Malaysia and Thailand, Jamaica is a developing country. Jamaica is not a prime location for retiring today but that seems to be changing. Jamaica is close to the US and Canada with flights from Miami only taking around 90 minutes. They also offer a lovely view of Cuba on the way. Jamaica is even fairly close for Europe compared to the other options on our list. It has an upper middle income making it more expensive than many other prospective retirement options. The Human Development Index is the lowest on our list at 0.730 (as of 2016) but this still qualifies it for high human development.
After decades of government corruption and a stalled economy Jamaica has turned a page. Recent years have seen the country make real headway against the problems it faces as a result of an ambitious economic reform programme backed by the International Monetary Fund and other international organisations. The crime rate and unemployment are falling and the standard of living is rising. Encouraged by these successes the Jamaican government is being granted additional funds to further the economic reforms.
While Jamaica cannot be recommended as a retirement location today if it continues on the current path for another 10-15 years it may become a viable option.
This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as immigration advice. Many countries offer reasonably priced options for retirees and the countries here just represent a sample of the options available. Prospective migrants are encouraged to explore a variety of alternatives.
Anyone interested in migrating to any country should spend the time to learn about their prospective new country, including its laws and culture, and the requirements to legally migrate there. Where circumstances allow it is recommended to visit the country at least once before migrating, all the while being aware that visiting a country as a tourist and living there are two very different experiences. Proposed costings for health insurance, housing and other expenses should be done before relocating.
Links to corporate websites in this article should not be taken as an endorsement of the services offered by these companies. In some cases the explanations offered by these companies were more clear than those on the official government websites and so were used in preference. Use of a registered migration agency can streamline the process of migration but naturally this comes at a financial cost.
Exchange rates presented were calculated a few days prior to publication using the site XE.com.
The title for this article was inspired by a song from the iconic Australian rock band Hunters and Collectors and was selected before the recent #WalkAway trend was known to the author. The song is Blind Eye. –Ed