Thanks to technological advancements that have connected people from different parts of the world, it is now easier to find a new job even in a different country. Based on the recent estimate by the United Nations, the world has more than 230 million “international migrants,” who are people who have lived at least a year outside their country of birth.
There are different reasons why people choose to have an expatriate life. Sometimes, they get a job in a different country that pays less but offers a better work-life balance, aside from other perks that the place provides, such as time wonderful spots that the employee can enjoy during his leisure time, as well as welcoming culture. The following are some of the best countries to work in as an expat.
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According to the website 24/7 Wall St., which provides listicles about business, technology, and economy, New Zealand ranks in the top 10 countries for migrants, who wish to have a good work-life balance and health benefits. This country located 1,200 miles east of Australia provides a great general safety and security for foreign and local employees. One caveat, though, is that it ranks lower when it comes to an expat’s chance to create friends. It is also important that one should have English-language skills in order to thrive in this country.
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This country is popular among expats mainly because of its booming economy that allows it to provide employees with a greater sense of job security. For this reason, Germany has one of the largest numbers of expats in the world, ahead of the United States. It is a popular choice among immigrants due to its great transportation infrastructure and the low cost of childcare and education, which are very important especially for people who wish to settle down in a foreign country with their family.
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This country in Southeast Asia ranks second place for career prospects and is among the top five when it comes to work-life balance. Take note that there are significantly more men expats than women and the country might not be the place for people who aim to thrive economically. What it offers instead to those who want to settle down in a country is the perfect atmosphere for friendliness and personal happiness.
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This European country provides the best childcare and education at a lower cost to expats, aside from being one of the safest places in the world. However, foreign workers will have stiff competition with the locals when it comes to career prospects due to the high educational attainment of its native population.
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The 24/7 Wall St. article mentioned that the Netherlands ranks as the eighth most popular country for expats. This is due to the fact that it offers a better work-life balance compared to other European countries. It also has one of the best transportation infrastructures in the world, as well as an excellent educational system.
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This Scandinavian country ranks high when it comes to work-life balance, economy, and job security. Communication is also not a problem because almost every local could speak English. Expats will surely enjoy its healthcare services, security, and the high quality of internet infrastructures.
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Bahrain is located in the Arabian Gulf. Most of the foreign workers there have said that they are “completely satisfied” with their current careers in the country although they usually spend long working hours there—45.2 hours per week for full-time employees. Settling in the country is also an easy process, and you won’t need to learn the local language, as English is also widely spoken there.