Asia tops the world in 2013 survey for best expat destinations

Published:  31 Oct at 6 PM
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Five Asian destinations swept the board to take top ratings for quality of expat life in the 2013 Expat Explorer survey.

The results of the 2013 version of HSBC International’s well-known Expat Explorer survey celebrated no less than five Asian destinations as tops for expat quality of life, integration and ease of setting up. Thailand ranked as number one, with China, Singapore, India and Taiwan taking third, sixth, seventh and eighth positions in that order.

According to respondents resident in the Asian countries, it’s easier to make friends and there’s a more active social scene than in the vast majority of the other 94 countries surveyed. Over 33 per cent of expats domiciled in Asia compared their social life favourably with that in their home country as against a global average of just 26 per cent.

In addition to the quality of life survey, HSBC also examines factors influencing family life overseas and financial advantages and disadvantages in order to show a balanced perspective on expat life across the world. Unsurprisingly, Switzerland Qater and China were at the top of the tree as regards potential earning, disposable incomes and economic performance and outlook.

Over 75 per cent of respondents from Switzerland said their finances were improving against 72 per cent from China and 73 per cent from Qatar. The global average of satisfied respondents in this sector was a much lower 56 per cent.

As regards family life in expat destinations, the Raising Children Abroad sector saw Germany at its head, followed by France in third place, Belgium in sixth and Spain in ninth position. All three countries were highly regarded by respondents for their cost-efficient childcare and good educational standards.
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