Kuwait News, May 18: A survey conducted by the German network “Internations” revealed that one-third of the arrivals in Kuwait have changed their future plans due to (Covid-19) and that one in three plans to leave the country sooner than expected, either to return to their homeland or search for another country to settle in.
For the seventh time in 8 years, Kuwait ranks last in the world (59) in the “Expat Insider” 2021 survey, published annually by “InterNations”, which aims to classify countries according to their attractiveness to those wishing to immigrate, reside and work in them.
International ranks the best and worst countries for expatriates on the basis of 15 sub-indicators: quality of life, leisure options, travel and transportation, health and safety, security and safety, ease of adaptation and stability in the country, feeling welcome, kindness, making friends, language, and working abroad. , Job and profession, life and work balance, job security, and digital life.
As for the sub-indicators, Kuwait ranked last in the world in terms of quality of life, entertainment options, personal happiness, travel and mobility, and it is also the worst destination for expats in terms of ease of settling, as 46 percent of them expressed their lack of feeling integrated into the local culture, and 45 percent felt difficult Stability.
Fifty-one percent of expatriates said it was difficult to make new friends, while 62 percent saw difficulty forming friends with citizens in particular.
In the Health and Safety sub-index, Kuwait ranked 56th in the world, 39th in security and safety, 49th in digital life, and 58th in environmental quality.
It should be noted that social media is the most prominent source from which 53 percent of expatriates in Kuwait get their information, and in Oman, the percentage of expatriates who rely on social media to obtain information reaches 59 percent, and in Saudi Arabia 55 percent.
Globally, the survey ranked Taiwan, Mexico, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, Ecuador, Canada and Vietnam as the best places to expatriate, live and work in 2021, based on the cost of living, ease of stability and overall quality of life. The United States ranks only 34 out of 59 countries, largely due to expats’ view of America’s quality of life.
Taiwan topped the index for the third year in a row in an opinion poll conducted by the German network, which includes about 4 million members and included 12,420 arrivals.
The overseas participants expressed their appreciation for Taiwan’s medical care, as well as the quality of life. 96 percent of respondents in Taiwan were satisfied with the quality of care, compared to 71 percent globally.
Expats also reported that they were more satisfied with their job security in Taiwan and the state of the local economy than their peers in other regions.
In contrast, the survey ranked Kuwait, Italy, South Africa, Russia, Egypt, Japan, Cyprus, Turkey, India and Malta as the worst countries for expats in the world.