Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia best expat destinations in SE Asia: Survey

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The newest edition of “Expat Insider”, a survey issued annually by the world’s largest expat network InterNations, shows a flattering result for three Southeast Asian nations that rank high in popularity for expats: Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia.

The three countries rank 9th, 10th and 15th on a global 65-nations list of attractiveness for expats, ranked after a methodology that takes into account a variety of factors, including quality of life, working abroad, ease of settling in, family life, infrastructure, language capabilities, costs and personal finance, and it also looks into the different motivations for expats to move abroad.

Singapore ranks high for safety and security, quality of life, transport and leisure options. The city state, however, scores low in the category “personal happiness,” just on rank 43.

Vietnam, in turn, gets good grades in the “personal happiness” category, and it is also perceived to be a safe country with friendly people and a good transport network, while the “ease of settling in” and the language category fare lower.

Malaysia is the biggest surprise in this year’s survey. The country surpassed Thailand by climbing from 38th place to 15th in 2017. Areas of improvement were the family category, “ease of settling in,” making friends and good travel options. The personal finance category, which covers costs and salaries, also made a leap of 10 notches to 15.

Thailand seems to be underperforming these days. The country, listed on rank 18, got rather mediocre grades in the “feeling welcome” category, as well as work-life balance, job security, career opportunities, family life and education options, as well as the usual low grade in language capabilities. Friendliness, at least, scored higher.

After Thailand rank Cambodia (24), the Philippines (29) and Myanmar (48). Indonesia got the worst rating for expats, sitting at rank 53 behind Peru and Uganda. Brunei and Laos were not part of the survey, though.

Worldwide, the best countries for expats in this year’s survey are Bahrain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Taiwan and Portugal, while the worst nations are Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Nigeria, Kuwait and Greece.

The biggest winners in this year’s survey were Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Denmark and Kazakhstan, while the biggest losers in terms of attractiveness for expats were, interestingly, Australia, Poland, Ukraine, Ecuador and Panama.

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The newest edition of "Expat Insider", a survey issued annually by the world's largest expat network InterNations, shows a flattering result for three Southeast Asian nations that rank high in popularity for expats: Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia. The three countries rank 9th, 10th and 15th on a global 65-nations list of attractiveness for expats, ranked after a methodology that takes into account a variety of factors, including quality of life, working abroad, ease of settling in, family life, infrastructure, language capabilities, costs and personal finance, and it also looks into the different motivations for expats to move abroad. Singapore ranks...

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The newest edition of “Expat Insider”, a survey issued annually by the world’s largest expat network InterNations, shows a flattering result for three Southeast Asian nations that rank high in popularity for expats: Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia.

The three countries rank 9th, 10th and 15th on a global 65-nations list of attractiveness for expats, ranked after a methodology that takes into account a variety of factors, including quality of life, working abroad, ease of settling in, family life, infrastructure, language capabilities, costs and personal finance, and it also looks into the different motivations for expats to move abroad.

Singapore ranks high for safety and security, quality of life, transport and leisure options. The city state, however, scores low in the category “personal happiness,” just on rank 43.

Vietnam, in turn, gets good grades in the “personal happiness” category, and it is also perceived to be a safe country with friendly people and a good transport network, while the “ease of settling in” and the language category fare lower.

Malaysia is the biggest surprise in this year’s survey. The country surpassed Thailand by climbing from 38th place to 15th in 2017. Areas of improvement were the family category, “ease of settling in,” making friends and good travel options. The personal finance category, which covers costs and salaries, also made a leap of 10 notches to 15.

Thailand seems to be underperforming these days. The country, listed on rank 18, got rather mediocre grades in the “feeling welcome” category, as well as work-life balance, job security, career opportunities, family life and education options, as well as the usual low grade in language capabilities. Friendliness, at least, scored higher.

After Thailand rank Cambodia (24), the Philippines (29) and Myanmar (48). Indonesia got the worst rating for expats, sitting at rank 53 behind Peru and Uganda. Brunei and Laos were not part of the survey, though.

Worldwide, the best countries for expats in this year’s survey are Bahrain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Taiwan and Portugal, while the worst nations are Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Nigeria, Kuwait and Greece.

The biggest winners in this year’s survey were Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Denmark and Kazakhstan, while the biggest losers in terms of attractiveness for expats were, interestingly, Australia, Poland, Ukraine, Ecuador and Panama.

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