Special Report

The Most Welcoming Countries to Expats

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15. Luxembourg
> Ease of settling in: 40th out of 68
> Working abroad: 9th out of 68

The tiny Western European nation ranked first in the safety and security section of the quality of life index for expats as well as first for economy and job security under the working abroad part of the index. Luxembourg also was in the top three countries for expats in the ease of going through the registration process and opening a bank account, categories under the ease of settling in index.

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14. Vietnam
> Ease of settling in: 31st out of 68
> Working abroad: 7th out of 68

Vietnam got a thumbs up for cost of living from 91% of expats. They think their household income is more than enough to cover their expenses in the Southeastern Asian nation. Vietnam ranked third in the cost-of-living index. It ranked second in the career prospects and satisfaction part of the working abroad index, and first in where it’s easy to apply for a job. Also in the ease-of-settling-in index, Vietnam ranked highly in friendliness (sixth) and finding friends (12th).

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13. Panama
> Ease of settling in: 27th out of 68
> Working abroad: 16th out of 68

Panama has shown dramatic improvement on the list, moving up 23 places to 13th in 2018 from 36th the previous year, the biggest gain of any country. Respondents were satisfied with their life abroad and nearly four out of five were satisfied with their financial situation. The survey showed expats in Panama were more encouraged by their career prospects. The Central American nation was boosted by the expansion of the Panama Canal, which improved business outlook.

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12. Australia
> Ease of settling in: 19th out of 68
> Working abroad: 13th out of 68

Australia recovered much of the ground it lost in 2017, and is 12th on the current Expat Insider list. Among the areas where Australia improved were personal finance, quality of life, and ease of settling in. Expats liked the weather down under, which allowed them to explore nature more frequently. As many as 38% of expats in Australia inquired about gaining citizenship after moving there, a high percentage.

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11. New Zealand
> Ease of settling in: 22nd out of 68
> Working abroad: 10th out of 68

New Zealand is considered to be one of the world’s digital havens, and 93% of expats were happy with the availability of online services, the third-highest score. It was easy to open a bank account there, boosting New Zealand’s ranking among nations for ease of settling in. New Zealand ranked highly in the working abroad categories for work and leisure (seventh) and economy and job security (14th), and the family life category of availability of childcare and education (third). A high percentage of expats, 31%, inquired about gaining citizenship after moving to New Zealand.