Mexico is in fourth place in the ranking of the best countries in which expatriates can live, according to Expat Insider by Internations.
Four of the top 10 countries are located in Latin America: Ecuador (3rd), Mexico (4th), Costa Rica (7th), and Colombia (9th). They do well in terms of settling in, with all of them scoring top 10 positions in this index. Similarly, these countries perform very well for personal finance, all but Costa Rica (16th) ranking in the top 5. Results for working abroad and the quality of life are more varied, typically ranging from good to average.
“Mexico is one of the largest economies in the world,” they added.
But Bahrain, located on the east coast of the Persian Gulf, ranked first among the countries that best receive expatriates.
The first place in the Index is not a surprise. Or as a Hindu expatriate in Bahrain summarizes: “I do not feel like an expatriate. I feel at home”.
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According to the ranking, 72% of respondents say that the local language is not a problem. Also finding friends, as well as feeling at home, are the factors that have positioned Bahrain in the first place.
Second is Taiwan for its quality of life, since 96% of the respondents, for example, respond favorably to access to medical care, while a similar participation (97%) is satisfied with the transport infrastructure.
There is also a high level of satisfaction with employment in general (76%) and work-life balance in particular (73%).
Ecuador has recovered its old strength and ranks third among the 68 countries surveyed. The country has impressive results in terms of finance, living and even work, although a large percentage of respondents are actually retired (46%).
More than four out of five expatriates (83%) rate their financial situation favorably and a similar percentage (79%) is generally happy with their work-life balance.
There has been comparatively little change at the bottom of the ranking. Seven out of the ten worst-rated countries were already in the bottom 10 in 2017, as was Egypt (63rd in 2018) whenever it was featured in the ranking. Losing ground across all indices, Peru is new in the bottom 10. The United Kingdom continues its downward trend: after an already noticeable drop in 2017, it comes in 59th place in 2018.