This one goes out primarily to my countrymen in these United States. If you’re from somewhere else, you can play, but please state your country of origin!
One of my old friends recently turned up in Switzerland as an expat. It got me to thinking, if I had the means and the wherewithal, where would I emigrate to, and why?
My first choice would be Russia (to some major city, perhaps Moscow or such.) Russia’s unique blend of morality, protectionism, and ancient empire appeals to me. I think I would enjoy learning to speak Russian and brushing up on my Cyrillic alphabet. Biggest drawback here: no Catholic Church. Would I dare convert to Russian Orthodoxy? I don’t know, I’ve already become an expat…
Other big drawback to emigrating anywhere: loss of all friends, neighbors, government support and citizenship. Might have to start all over from scratch. I’m middle-aged, it would never be the same.
My second choice for emigration would have to be Poland. I love its Catholicity. It’s got a great European feel to it and very cosmopolitan if I live in a big city. I might consider Romania or Hungary, but Poland is just such a happening place that I couldn’t pass it up.
And then while we’re fantasizing, what’s it like for a non-Jew to immigrate to Israel? Would I ever gain citizenship? Is it difficult to find work in the tech industry there? (Probably not) It’s so unstable and dangerous though: I would risk a pilgrimage but I shouldn’t enjoy living in crosshairs every day.