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The Exodus from the Dream Land

Over the last two decades, Canada has welcomed a significant number of immigrants, drawn by its reputation for high quality of life, robust healthcare system, and welcoming multicultural society. However, a growing number of these immigrants, especially those who arrived in the last ten to twenty years, are now considering retiring outside of Canada.

Surprisingly, the top destinations for these potential retirees are the United States, Portugal, and other Mediterranean countries. Additionally, Thailand and the Philippines are becoming popular for their affordable living costs, and many immigrants of Arab origin are looking at Egypt as a retirement destination.

The United States is a prime destination for Canadian retirees. It offers a familiar cultural landscape, proximity to Canada, and, in many cases, better economic opportunities. The allure of warmer climates, lower living costs, and attractive retirement communities are significant factors. Portugal and Mediterranean countries like Spain and Greece attract retirees with their warm climates, relaxed lifestyles, and affordable healthcare. Thailand and the Philippines offer a low cost of living, beautiful scenery, and a welcoming environment for expatriates.

For immigrants of Arab origin, Egypt is increasingly seen as a favorable retirement destination.

Once seen as the pinnacle of desirable living, Canada now faces a decline in attractiveness due to several pressing issues driving immigrant retirees to seek new retirement destinations. These challenges include;

Canada's living costs have skyrocketed in recent years, making it a costly place to live. Housing prices, in particular, have surged, making home ownership out of reach for many. Everyday expenses, from groceries to transportation, have also seen substantial increases.

Deterioration of Healthcare; The Canadian healthcare system, once praised as one of the best in the world, is now under significant strain. Common complaints include long wait times for medical procedures, shortages of healthcare professionals, and underfunded facilities.

The weak economy, economic instability, and lack of robust job opportunities have made Canada less appealing, particularly to younger generations and skilled professionals.

Lax Security and Rising Crime; Increasing crime rates and concerns about public safety have eroded the sense of security that many Canadians once took for granted.

Decaying of Human Rights; there is a growing perception that fundamental human rights, such as freedom of speech, are being eroded in Canada. Accusations of hate and discrimination are often imposed in a manner that some feel suffocates open dialogue and opposition. The line between free expression and hate speech has become increasingly blurred, leading to fears about the suppression of individual rights.

Conversely, a notable and surprising trend is the desire of second-generation immigrants born in Canada or brought here as young children to seek opportunities elsewhere. Many look to the United States, the United Kingdom, or Western European countries to build their careers. These regions offer similar lifestyles to Canada but with perceived better job opportunities, economic stability, and greater freedom of expression.

But what about those who cannot afford to relocate? What will Canada do to them to reward them after long years of hard work, contribution to the economy, and paying taxes?!