graeme_p - 5:32 pm on Sep 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
@vik, I was not suggesting that the compromise that suits me,is the one that will suit you, but I have to respond to your comments.
Sri Lanka has a lot of political trouble internally.
True, but it does not affect me.
The infrastructure isn't much
As I said, its adequate, not good. That is my biggest compromise.
the weather is horrible.
What? Its no hotter than any tropical country, and if it is too hot for you you can move up into the hill country (I am currently trying to persuade my wife that that is a good idea). Rain is seasonal monsoons. Its certainly a huge improvement over Manchester.
I'm not very interested in countries with an Islamic majority.
That is too sweeping. I would not want to live in Saudi Arabia, but not all Muslim countries are fundamentalist. The city I live in is about 25% Muslim and, in my experience, the better for it. The people who suggested Indonesia seem happy with living there.
Most of Europe is very expensive
That is what you compromise for good healthcare, good infrastructure, political stability and low crime rates.
If some nice country that ticks most of the boxes in the original post invites self employed professionals without requiring them to create jobs they can have so many quality immigrants - professionals and freelancers of every type, people who don't need to hire others. They'll all contribute to the economy.
The problem is that most immigration laws are not designed to just require immigrants to make a net positive contribution. They are designed to ensure that immigrants make a sufficiently large net positive contribution to compensate for upsetting bigoted natives.
It sounds to me that Singapore would suit you if you can deal with the immigration requirements and meet the cost of housing.