The Expat Staylist

Internations has, through its Expat Insider Survey, picked the top hits for expats 2015, and these are the countries you could consider adding to your staylist if you’re looking to relocate. Top 3 on the Expat Staylist are:

#1 – Ecuador 

That’s right, Ecuador! Ecuador was #1 in 2014 too, and seems to be a country where the cost of living is highly satisfying, where it’s easy to settle down, find things to do, find friends – although “things to do” does not necessarily include a job. So this might be a country for old men, and the majority of the expats here are indeed, as Internations puts it, in their golden years. Maybe somewhere to consider for a happy (early) retirement?

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

#2 – Mexico 

Again a country where it seems to be easy to settle in (#3 last year), find friends, get to know the locals and join the community. Although you might not come here looking for a job either, and you might not feel that safe.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

#3 – Malta

Malta – a newcomer on the list – on the other hand, is a country with high job satisfaction, you might not make a load of money, but you might find a good work-life balance and job safety. Malta, although not considered as friendly as # 1 and 2, is welcoming  as well, you of course get by perfectly in English and the climate is attractive. Maybe this is where you can have your cake and eat it too?

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

The top 3 countries are followed by Luxembourg (down from #2), New Zealand, Thailand, Panama, Canada and Australia. Bottom 3 are Nigeria, Greece and Kuwait.

Now the Expat Staylist for women has two of the same top 3: Ecuador is still on top, followed by Malta, Thailand, Singapore, Austria, Luxembourg, Oman, Mexico, Costa Rica and Poland.

Did you make your own Expat Staylist, and which countries are first on the list?

More about this survey here. Note that the majority of the respondents for Ecuador and Mexico are US Americans.


Clew, October 2015

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