Just to turn the tables. I had a friend wanting to live in Mexico to retire, and it is considered an unsafe place for that exact reason. The Mexican government is known for confiscating property. I have a book that lists countries economic freedoms by the Heritage Foundation, and Mexico lists very poorly with what the govn't has the power to do with individual property rights. They can take your house with no remorse.
My friend was nostalgic about moving there and having beautiful home on the ocean, and cheaper cost of living. When you look at the facts though, he was like hell no would I put most all of my money in an un-secured investment.