Expatriates: Move Here, Not There
After examining quality of life and economic opportunities in 34 countries, British Bank HSBC came to the conclusion that China and Thailand are the best countries for expatriates, and Egypt, a hotbed of recent xenophobia is the worst. * (Editor’s Note: xenophobia is an intense dislike of people from other countries – go figure)
Following the two list leaders are the smallish, richer countries of Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, Bahrain, and Singapore, all known for their international financial sophistication. Western Europe is well-represented in lower rung choices, with France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Ireland barely edging ahead of Egypt for least attractive country to expatriates. Though long lauded for culture, history, and physical beauty, these European destinations are prohibitively expensive for expats.
Other random results: Germany is the best place for expatriates to raise children, Thailand offers the best work-life experience, and Switzerland has the best economy. Expatriation, especially for US citizens, has become more popular in recent years, thanks to the perception of creeping socialism in the form of higher taxes and more government control being exercised at the expense of civil liberty. (Derek Dowell – VNN) (Image: Flickr | A.Davey)