Why Others Search for a Place Abroad?
There are many reasons why anyone chooses to live in a country other than his own and we've mentioned them. As conscientious objectors during the Korean War, the Quakers emigrated for religious reasons; the Italians did it for economic motives. Some other reasons are: an unattractive climate, heavy taxation, high cost of living, not very congenial social surroundings, inability to live on a small pension or a low Social Security check, or simply to get away from the rat race and ultra-speed living. In more recent years, searching for peace and tranquillity has become a prime motivator to emigrate.
The most powerful motive, however, especially for younger men, appears to be a desire inherent in most persons to better themselves financially-spend less and an opportunity to make more. The economic motive behind migration is especially strong. The idea that money is easier to earn in another country (although it's not always true) induces many Americans and other foreigners, not necessarily retirees, to live elsewhere. Living on less money than they can in their homeland is a powerful reason. They want to be able to make more and stretch their income more.
Many persons who are fed up with the life they're living at home feel that elsewhere, perhaps abroad, they can take better control of their lives and live better and happier. Of those retiring abroad, many stay there permanently and prefer eventually to die and be buried there. After years of residence abroad, others prefer to return to their countries of birth drawn mostly by nostalgic memories of youth in their previous homeland surroundings. As mentioned before, this has been the case with many of the young Italians who arrived in southern Costa Rica in 1952 from their poverty-stricken country and who now in their 70s and 80s have decided to return to their former home. But will they find their old friends? After so many years, many of them have had died or gone elsewhere.