India no country for expats, finds poll

The expats have voted and Bahrain is the best country in the world to live.

The Expat Insider survey is conducted each year by InterNations, a network of 2.8 million expats based in Munich.

Bahrain leapt from 19th place past year to nab the title of expats’ favorite country in 2017.

“[And] apart from work-related matters, the constant struggle with quality of life remains a major issue in Kuwait and Nigeria: nearly one quarter of the expats in Kuwait (23%) are unhappy with their life in general, compared to only 10 percent of all expats worldwide”. The website looked at more than 40 individual factors that influence an expat’s experience of living in a foreign country, from family life to finances.

Some of the expatriates who took part in the survey said these countries are politically unstable, which is likely to negatively affect the life of expats.

Both the United Kingdom and the U.S. made this year’s “biggest losers” list, based on the responses of those surveyed, with the United Kingdom falling 21 places, to 54th, and the USA falling 17 places to 43rd.

A separate ranking, for the best countries for working overseas, also saw some major changes, with just six of last year’s top ten jurisdictions remaining in the top ten.

The UK considerably lost 21 places in the overall poll, ranking 54 in 2017. According to InterNations, almost two-thirds of expats there were unsatisfied with cost of living, as well as with politics in the UK.

In the 2016 survey, Taiwan, Malta, and Ecuador were the top three destinations for expatriates but they all slipped down the rankings in the 2017 InterNations Expat Insider Survey. What all these countries have in common is that they also rank among the lower third of the list, or even among the bottom 10, in terms of working overseas. Mexico has been a favorite in the Expat Insider survey for many years, and it did so this year too, jumping from the 5th spot to 3rd this year.

Spain and Switzerland topped in the Leisure Options, and the Safety and Security indices, respectively. According to InterNations, the country mostly improved its quality of life index and the ease of settling in index.

Two-third of the expat respondents were happy with their careers in China, saying the country is one of the best places to work. However, China ranks 55 in the list of 65 countries, as expats are concerned about over-population and the heavy cost of healthcare and education.

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