I have recently been contacted by a department of my own company from a different geographic region to enquire about whether I'd be interested in filling a position that had opened up in country X. It seemed like a good opportunity as it promised plenty of control, responsibility, international reach and a very good pay, so we started talking.
Now it looks likely that they will indeed offer the position to me, but it turns out that country X has some very restrictive visa quotas in place which may make my transfer there all but impossible. On the other hand, the role could be based in country Y, where my line manager would be working from. The rest of the team would still be in country X, but at least that would solve any visa issues.
The problem is I really don't want to live in country Y: I don't share the political values of the government there, its stance on social and civil liberties, I don't approve of their actions and I'm afraid it may affect me negatively if I moved there. I understand it is not my company or potential line manager's fault, but that is a deal breaker for me.
What's the best way to communicate that country Y cannot be an option without jeopardising my relationship with the people there? They are my colleagues really, so I'll have to keep doing business with them even if I stay put. Indeed, the ideal outcome would be to have them see this as a problem to solve together and push to get me a visa in country X, but that will be hard to achieve if I come across as uncooperative or, worse still, offensive.