Singapore, one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world, is again ranked best country overall to live and work abroad. New Zealand and Canada came close behind, while Czech Republic and Switzerland finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Singapore emerges as an attractive destination for expats who are seeking a new challenge, improved earnings or better quality of life for the second year in a row.
According to the survey by Expat Explorer 2016 the country ranked second in economy (confidence in local economy, personal finance and career growth), third good place to raise family and fourth in overall expat experience. 73% of the expat community feels confident about the local economy.
New Zealand, Czech, Sweden also hot spots…
62% of expats in Singapore say their earnings increased compared to their home country (global average is 42%) and 60% agree that they are able to save more than they did back home (global average is 53%).
58% of those living in Singapore agree that is a good place for expats who want to start a business compared with 38% globally. Expats also identify the country as one of the top three places for those who want to progress their career, just behind Hong Kong and the UK.
84% feel safer in Singapore than they did at home (global average 52%) and 47% feel healthier than they did at home (global average 38%).
Newzealand that came second in the overall list raked top in the expat experience; 15th and 8th in economy and family experience respectively.
Canada, a strong economy and a dream destination for expats, ranked third overall (improved three positions), and is placed third in expat experience 10th in economics and 15 in family raising opportunities.
Among the most industrialized economies in Central Europe, the Czech Republic is fast becoming one of the region’s most popular expat destinations. This has helped them to climb 13 spots and secure the overall ranking of four. The Czech Republic came third in family, eighth in expat experience and 12th in economics.
Switzerland, a highly developed expat destinations in the heart of Europe came first in economic features. With a strong economy and reputation for excellent living standards it came fifth in family experience. Ranked fifth in overall, Switzerland is 17th in expat experience. In overall ranking, Norway and Austria came sixth and seventh respectively.
Sweden ranks as the best country in the world for expat families. Majority of the expat parents in Sweden say the quality of child care in the country is better than at home. Meanwhile their ranking in economics is sixth, expat experience 31 and overall raking eighth.
Among the gulf countries Bahrain notched the top spot by obtaining 9th in overall ranking. The archipelago of 33 islands came 6th in expat experience, 17th in economic confidence and 25th in family.
The modern heart of the Middle East, U.A.E is ranked 5th in economic confidence. U.A.E, one of the important hubs for global travel, ranked 19th in expat experience, 23rd in family but slipped three spots to be placed 12th overall.
Ranked 23rd in economic confidence, 36th in expat experience, and 22nd in family, India is 26th in overall ranking. India’s overall ranking in 2015 survey was 17.
United States slumped from 16th to 30th, Qatar slipped from 22 to 29th and Saudi Arabia slide down five positions from 26 to 31 in overall ranking.
The 2016 Expat Explorer survey is a global survey completed by 26,871 expats from 190 countries and territories. The research was conducted online by YouGov in March and April 2016. A minimum sample of 100 expat respondents including at least 30 expat parents is required for a country to be included in the league tables.