I’m from Serbia, but I’m hopefully going to receive a citizenship of an EU member country via ancestry soon (Croatia or Hungary, since I’m eligible for both, though I have to learn the language for the second one) and that will allow me to live and work across the EU without needing a work visa.
Most people in my country who migrate (and tens of thousands leave every year) go to Germany or Austria mostly, but I don’t want to live in those countries, the salaries are great, but you are essentially forced to live in an apartment (as no one can afford a house), which I would hate, I’d rather not move anywhere than have to live in an apartment, I enjoy having my own backyard, playing with my large dog and so on, so that’s a very big factor for me.
Second factor is that I already live in a continental area, but my entire life I want to live as close to the mediterranean as possible, even if that means having a lower salary than I would in Germany.
Greece unfortunately isn’t an option due to their very bad economy, very high unemployment, very high housing costs,etc. , but if the situation was better, that would be my first choice, so I’m essentially trying to find something that looks as much as Greece, but with a better economy.
Spain is my second choice, more precisely Alicante or Almeria, even more precisely villages 10, 15km from the cities, where housing is relatively affordable, but yet isn’t far from the cities. There’s beautiful beaches, sunny climate, salaries are more or less decent, but once again, unemployment is also very high and that’s the only reason why I’m not sure about Spain either.
France (Perpignan and Toulon) seems nice too, economy is much better, but it also seems way more expensive, especially housing prices, I am not sure if a 2 bedroom house with a medium sized backyard can be bought for less than 300k euros even outside larger cities, but despite this for now France is my main choice, even though it’s more of a compromise than a choice.
However, I’m also looking into Italy, but I don’t know much about it and prices there, I looked at images of cities in Italy and it seems that no one really has classic houses with backyards, but mostly 2 or 3 story apartment-houses with no backyards. Cities I’d be mostly interested in Italy are Palermo, Catania, Naples, Livorno and Pescara.
So which of these cities and areas around them would be the best choice? Tens of millions of people live on the mediterranean coast, so there’s probably at least one city with a more or less decent living standard, I don’t want to believe that my only two choices in life are to stay home or go to Germany.