6 Places You Could Easily Move To From The U.S. If You Just Can’t Cope Anymore

The 2016 presidential election has taken such a toll on millions of Americans on both sides. Many feel threatened, shocked, and unsafe in light of what’s unfolded over the last two days.

No matter which way you slice it, this nation is divided. Some want to bring about change at any cost, while others now fear for their rights. Many have even actively discussed fleeing the country on the basis of those fears. But moving is never easy, especially given the state of migration worldwide. National interest in moving to Canada was so high last night, in fact, that the Canadian immigration site crashed.

That being said, the process of emigrating to Canada is not an easy one. Canada might not be the best choice for relocation, but if you’re dead set on leaving the U.S., these six countries have made it incredibly easy for Americans to earn citizenship. The kicker is that they’re beautiful, too.

1. Sweden

Despite its high taxes and cost of living, a residential permit can be quickly obtained for as little as $117. The entire permit process can be completed online, cutting down on expensive postage costs and delays in acceptance notices. In 2014, Sweden had one of the largest residence permit acceptance rates in the world. More than 110,000 permits were issued that year.

2. Mexico

Mexico may just be the closest alternative to living in the U.S. For just $21 every six months, U.S. residents can obtain an FFM Visa, which can be renewed indefinitely. The one downside to these permits is that they are only good for those who do not wish to work in Mexico.

3. New Zealand

If the “Lord of the Rings” movies taught us anything, it’s how beautiful this country is. It also has a relatively simple immigration process. The country gives potential residents a variety of methods to help them achieve citizenship.

When applying for a visa, you must meet one of five criteria: reside in New Zealand for 184 days as a resident before applying to make that status permanent, have a tax residence status in the country, invest money into the New Zealand economy, own a business in the country, or simply establish a base in New Zealand for 41 days living with another permanent resident.

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‘Mattress Girl’ absent from event; Focus turns to migration

Didyou suddenly feel sad Friday night, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in disappointmentand were suddenly silenced? If so,it was likely due to the absence of Emma “Mattress Girl” Sulkowicz from last night’s TEDxCUNY conference in New York.

The DC Examiner’s Ashe Schow was among those expecting to see the recent Columbia University graduate attempt to add a 16th minute to her fame by delivering a TEDx talk Friday night. A TEDx talk is like the famous TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks but only licensed by, not sponsored by, the non-profit Sapling Foundation.

Schow hyped up readers earlier thisweek with news that Sulkowicz had returned. For those unfamiliar with her background,Sulkowicz claimed she was raped by a fellow student at Columbia University and began carrying a dorm-sized mattress with her everywhere, naming the performance piece“Mattress Project (Carry That Weight)” and receiving college credit toward her senior thesis. (Her alleged rapist, in the meantime, was cleared of any crime and is suing the university for allowing his name to be dragged around.)

Sulkowicz did attempt to stay in the spotlight with her next art project,an eight-minutepornographic film called “Ceci Nest Pas Un Viol” that depicts consensual sexin a dorm room that turns to a violent assault but “is not a recreation” of her alleged rape.

So of course we were interested to hear her talk about socially constructed borders, but according to Schow, Sulkowicz didn’t show.

For an unspecified reason, she was unable to attend. Maybe she couldn’t jam her mattress into a cab. (Just kidding “Mattress Project (Carry That Weight)” has been retired.)

It was probably for the best, as many of the speeches focused not on false rape charges but on the topic of the day, “borders and belonging,” with openly biased journalist/immigration activist Jorge Ramos making an appearance via Skype.

Other speakers included Michele Karsouny:

Marta Effinger-Crich:

Undocumented immigrantAashna Shah:

Jess X Chen:

And speaking of borders, or the lack of them,Galen Baughman:

Don’t ask us. Ask Salon.

There’s work to be done, all right.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2015/11/21/mattress-girl-absent-from-tedx-event-jorge-ramos-remaining-speakers-focus-on-migration-borders/