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Want to move abroad? This map shows the best and worst countries to be an expatriate.


Want to move abroad? This map shows the best and worst countries to be an expatriate. - The Washington Post

China and Thailand are the two best countries to be an expatriate, according to a recent study by British bank HSBC that looked at economic opportunities and quality of life for expats in 34 countries. They're followed by small, rich countries known for their globalized business classes. In descending order, they are: Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, Bahrain and Singapore.

The worst of these 34 countries to be an expat is Egypt, which has seen xenophobia rise considerably since this summer's military coup and wave of populist nationalism. Also at the bottom of the list is much of Western Europe, which the report says is often too expensive for expats. In descending order: France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy and second-to-last is Ireland.

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Western Europe is bad because expensive, not bad because dangerous.

Another study, but based more on retireesĀ 

The World's Best Places To Retire In 2014 | InternationalLiving.com

1. Panama

2. Ecuador

3. Malaysia

4. Costa Rica

5. Spain

6. Columbia

7. Mexico

8. Malta

9. Uruguay

10. Thailand

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