Major expat survey slates Kuwait as worst world country for expats

Published:  23 Jan at 6 PM
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Taking into account recent news reports, it’s not surprising a recent survey placed Kuwait as the worst expat destination on the planet.

The latest of InterNations’ annual ExpatInsider survey rated Kuwait as 64th in its list of 64 nations, with the result coming as no surprise to many expats living and working in the emirate. Whilst it’s still relatively popular with expat professionals for its high salaries, everything else which makes expat life bearable was found lurking at the bottom of the results sheet.

Recent news reports have concentrated on the introduction of an expat numbers cap, deportations are at an all-time high and expats will now only be allowed to work for five years before being forced to leave. Leisure options, friendliness of locals, ease of settling in and personal happiness hit rock bottom in the survey results, with feeling welcome and overall quality of life second to last. Only two survey sectors, job security and language, performed reasonably and ranked 26th and 27th, but travel and transport and health, safety and wellbeing came in at 59th and 58 the respectively.

InterNations itself didn’t attempt to sweeten the pill, stating the situation in Kuwait is grim as regards expats’ quality of life, especially in the ‘personal happiness’ sector, and adding it’s not the first disastrous expat poll result for the emirate. In last year’s survey, it said, Kuwait also came last out of the 61 countries surveyed. The emirate hasn’t made any replies or justifications for the results, and may even be thrilled its Kuwaitization programme is so successful, even although the truth is that, ever since its 1938 discovery of oil, it’s expat expertise which has brought it untold wealth and its present position within the UAE.
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