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Global mobility: The world’s best countries to live and work abroad, 2022

There are around 56.8 million expatriates currently living all over the world, and growth is expected to continue over the next few years. Over the past five years, there has been a compound annual growth rate of 4.7 percent. But if you are an aspiring expat, where should you be looking to move to?

The study looked at a number of factors such as personal happiness, health & well-being, safety & security, digital life, quality of the environment, ease of settling in, feeling at home, local friendliness, finding friends, personal finance, career prospects & satisfaction, work & leisure, economy & job security, quality of life, better salary, better work-life balance, and to search for a more meaningful career to determine which foreign countries are the most advantageous for expatriates.

According to the study, most global expats – 71% – are individual workers. International students, retired expats, corporate transferees, and any remaining expat groups round out the ranking at 8%, 4%, 3% and 14%, respectively. Even though international students (8%) are not yet the top group, the study estimated that the category will have the most rapid growth between 2021 and 2025, with a compound annual growth rate of 6.8 percent. Individual expatriates are predicted to have the second-strongest growth rate at 4.1%, followed by retired expats (3.2%) and corporate transferees (3.1 percent). The U.S. State Dept. estimates that 10 million Americans are living outside the U.S.

Best Countries for Expats, 2022

  1. Canada
  2. United Arab Emirates
  3. Taiwan
  4. Mexico
  5. Vietnam
  6. Portugal
  7. Malaysia
  8. Thailand
  9. Costa Rica
  10. Ecuador
  11. Colombia
  12. Czech Republic
  13. Spain
  14. Bahrain
  15. Singapore
  16. US
  17. France
  18. Philippines
  19. Ukraine
  20. UK
  21. Ireland
  22. Switzerland
  23. Indonesia
  24. Kenya
  25. China
  26. New Zealand
  27. Panama
  28. Oman
  29. Australia
  30. Estonia
  31. Luxembourg
  32. Qatar
  33. Austria
  34. Romania
  35. Netherlands
  36. Brazil
  37. Germany
  38. Denmark
  39. Norway
  40. Finland
  41. Chile
  42. Greece
  43. Poland
  44. Belgium
  45. Saudi Arabia
  46. South Korea
  47. Sweden
  48. Hungary
  49. Turkey
  50. Kuwait

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