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Bahrain ranked best destination for expats - research

18/09/2018 News Team

Bahrain, Taiwan, and Ecuador have been named the top three expat destinations, according to a global survey entitled Expat Insider 2018. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Many of the expatriate respondents in top-ranked Bahrain give their working hours (44 percent), job security (33 percent), or overall job satisfaction (39 percent) the best possible rating, which pushed the Gulf State to the top of the Working Abroad Index. 

While not on the podium in the Family Life Index, Bahrain still ranks seventh out of 50 countries. Expats raising children in Bahrain are particularly happy with the quality of education and the availability of childcare and education. 

Bahrain ranked 22nd out of 68 countries in the Personal Finance Index, representing a nine place drop from 2017.

After placing fourth in 2017, Taiwan ranked second overall out of 68 destinations this year. Taiwan also improved on its 12th rank in 2017’s Working Abroad Index, coming in second place in 2018. There is a high level of satisfaction with jobs (76 percent) and work-life balance (73 percent). Expats in full-time positions work an average of 39.9 hours a week, compared with a global average of 44.0 hours.

Despite 70 percent of expats in Taiwan having an annual gross household income of less than $50,000, money does not seem to be a problem, with 79 percent saying they are satisfied with their financial situation.

After ranking 25th out of 65 countries in 2017, Ecuador placed third this year. Over four in five expats (83 percent) rate their financial situation favourably, compared with two-thirds globally (67 percent). Despite only 59 percent of expats rating the local economy favourably, the majority are satisfied with their job security (68 percent) and career prospects (69 percent).

Work, however, was not a top priority for moving to Ecuador, with 46 percent of respondents in Ecuador being retirees. 20 percent said their main motivation for relocating was a better quality of life, which is double the global average of 10 percent. 

Similarly to the top three places, there was little change at the bottom, with seven of the ten worst-rated countries appearing in the bottom ten in 2017. The United Kingdom continued its fall from 2017 to rank 59th this year, while India (66th), Saudi Arabia (67th) and Kuwait (68th) took the bottom three places.

18,135 expats globally took part in the 2018 survey. They represent 178 nationalities and are living in 187 countries or territories.

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