An increasing amount of Black people are forgoing their lives in the United States to seek solace in other countries. The incessant displays of blatant racism, police brutality, economic uncertainty and the ineptitude of the current administration to provide sound leadership during a global health pandemic; has left many to explore their options around the globe in search of a new place to call home. The reality is there’s no perfect government and no true escape from racism. If living in America doesn’t sound like the best fit for you and your family, keep in mind that the world is a very large place and you may be able to live the life of your dreams in another country.
With remote work becoming normalized, it is a great time to consider all your options as it pertains to adopting a nomadic lifestyle, obtaining dual-citizenship or leaving altogether. As always, before you make any drastic decisions make sure you do your due diligence in researching the culture, politics, laws, crime statistics, healthcare systems and languages of a foreign country. You’d be surprised at the drastic differences in the cost of living, overall health conditions and tax regulations that exist in other places. Don’t allow fear to stop you from you creating the life you desire.
In 2019, the “Year of Return” campaign successfully commemorated the 400 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to America. “Beyond the Return” is a follow up campaign promoting tourism, trade and investments to the country. Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Barbara Oteng Gyasi stated. “Come home, build a life in Ghana. You do not have to stay where you are not wanted forever. You have a choice, and Africa is waiting for you.” In a USA Today report, New Jersey native Lakeshia Ford spoke on her experience in moving to Ghana and stated, “here I don’t have to think of myself as a Black woman and everything that comes with that… here, I am just a woman.”
Travel Noire interviewed single mother of two, Rukiya McNair who relocated to Tanzania after visiting for a family vacation. Originally from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania she now lives in Dar es Salaam with her children, who she states are enjoying the experience. Safety, the laid-back atmosphere and host of outdoor activities were key components to her decision to move. While she admittedly moved spontaneously, McNair also is an entrepreneur who works remotely which made the transition easier. The only downside acknowledged was her failure to learn the native language of Kiswahili prior to moving.
If you aren’t quite ready to make a long term move, this Caribbean island is hoping to attract “longer-stay travelers” who plan on at least a three to 12 month stay. Applications are required which include a digital work permit. In an effort to maintain safety and prevent further COVID exposure, priority is being given to people who come from “low-risk” countries and others will be considered on a case by case basis.
At least three cities in Italy have created initiatives to attract tourists. Emilia Romagna, Cinquefrondi and Luserna each are offering monetary incentives or low cost home buying options in exchange for residents committing to home renovation, community service and reigniting the economy.