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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Global survey reveals the best place for expats to live, work and rest

A survey conducted by the Inter Nations website of more than 14,000 expats representing 174 nationalities and 191 countries or territories, showed that Taiwan is the No. 1 country for expat life, work and rest.

The survey was made up of a series of questions, including those about ease of settling in, family life, personal finance, quality of life and working abroad. Taiwan has never been involved in the survey before, could it be beginner’s luck or is it really the best place for expats? Taiwan holds first place in the “quality of life” and personal finance indices, impressing with the “quality and affordability of its healthcare and the enviable financial situation of expats living there,” according to the Inter Nations statement. 
It ranks second place in the “working abroad” index with more than one third of expats in Taiwan (34%) completely satisfied with their jobs, more than double the global average of 16%. Expats are also enthusiastic about their work-life balance (30%) and job security (34%).

Malta, Ecuador and Mexico are also popular among expats. Malta has moved up one spot to claim second place. It is also in the top ten for every index that factors into the global ranking.
After two years in first place, Ecuador has lost to Malta, yet it gained third place this year. It saw losses in each index, some more remarkable than others. Ecuador lost in the survey’s ‘working abroad’ index. In 2014 it ranked 5th out of 61, in 2015 it ranked 7th out of 64, this year it fell to 30th out of 67 countries. This is mostly due to its poor finish in the ‘job security’ subcategory, where it comes in 50th place (it was 22nd in 2015), according to the survey.

Kuwait, Greece and Nigeria were the bottom three countries this year. Kuwait remains in the bottom for three years now. It even managed to go down in each index this year, particularly in the “working abroad” and “personal finance” indices. The same goes for Greece, second to last in 2015 and third in 2014. It’s now last place for the “working abroad” and “personal finance” indices and ranks 43rd out of 45 countries in the “family life” index.



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