Expats maybe moving abroad for a career opportunity, or maybe it’s just for a change of scenery. But with such a jump comes a whole host of things to consider.
Life abroad is not the same everywhere and things like social life, ease of settlement, financial stability or quality of life can suddenly change.
A study by Internationals has highlighted some of the “best” and “worst” places for expats based on a number of factors.
The Expat Insider surveyed a total of 11,970 expats, representing 177 nationalities and living in 181 countries or territories.
The results are published in the report in the form of an overall ranking of popular expat destinations, as well as additional information on five current indices: quality of life, ease of settlement, working abroad, personal finance and essential expatriation.
Based on these topics, the online questionnaire was able to name 10 destinations where expats had trouble completely finding their way around.
According to the survey, many expatriates said they had “difficulty finding friends in Kuwait”.
InterNations said: “Kuwait is not only in last place in the Expat Insider 2022 survey overall, but also in the bottom 10 of every index.
“It is rated worst in terms of quality of life and ease of settlement (52nd for each): expatriates, for example, are dissatisfied with the natural environment (65 percent vs. 8 percent globally) and feel they cannot openly express their views. (57 percent versus 18 percent worldwide).
“They also perceive local residents as unfriendly (44 percent versus 17 percent worldwide) and rate their social lives negatively (50 percent versus 26 percent worldwide).”
Many of the expats who took part in the survey also said they were “dissatisfied with their career options and their work-life balance”.
However, the country performs well in the personal finance category.
InterNations explains, “76 percent of expats feel their disposable household income is sufficient or more than enough to live a comfortable life.”
Overall, 37 percent of those surveyed said they were “happy with their lives in Kuwait”.
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According to the survey, New Zealand was considered “too expensive” by 75 percent of those surveyed.
About 30 percent of expats stated in the report that they rated their financial situation negatively.
InterNations noted, “It could be a factor that 32 percent do not feel fairly paid for their work, versus 20 percent globally.
“Since 15 percent don’t see purpose in their work, versus 9 percent globally, and 26 percent don’t like their working hours, New Zealand ranks only 42nd in the Working Abroad Index.”
High transportation costs were also cited as an issue, with 40 percent of respondents saying there was a “lack of culture and nightlife.”
Despite this, 60 percent of expats said they were happy with their lives in New Zealand.
In third place was Hong-Kongwhere, according to InterNations, 68 percent of respondents said they were not satisfied with “the general cost of living”.
InterNations explains: “The destination narrowly escapes the bottom 10 in the Working Abroad Index: 46 percent lack creativity in local business culture, but moving to Hong Kong has indeed improved their career prospects (70 percent versus 60 percent globally).”
While expats celebrated the availability and affordability of public transport, 56 percent said they felt “not able to express their views openly”.
In total, 56 percent of expats are happy with their lives in Hong Kong.