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Introduction and Executive Summary

Expat Insider
2016: Three Years
of Insights
For the third year in a row, Expat Insider — one of the largest

The survey covers a wide range of topics, including basic

This doesn’t mean that Malta has lost out. Quite on the

expat surveys worldwide — offers an in-depth analysis of

facts about demographic data and the moving process. It

contrary: Malta has moved up another place, now ranking

everyday expat life in more than 60 countries across the globe.

focuses on participants’ happiness with a variety of factors

2nd out of 67. The popular tourist hotspot offers plenty of

related to their country of residence and personal life abroad.

leisure opportunities and the best-rated climate. Under the

With global mobility ever increasing, more and more people

Needless to say, we don’t only address traditional expats.

Maltese sun, it’s also very easy to make friends.

want to explore the world. So once again, we reached out to

Our participants’ backgrounds and their reasons for moving

members of our global community and other expats worldwide,

are as multi-faceted as the globe itself!

asking them to share their motivations for moving and evaluate
their life abroad. More than 14,000 respondents representing
174 nationalities and 191 countries or territories took part
and had their say on moving, living and working abroad.

Previous winner Ecuador still features in the top three, but
has been relegated to third place. Please note that the survey

Top Findings at a Glance

data was gathered before the earthquake hit in April 2016.

In our overall league table, Taiwan is the new Malta. While

impact our respondents’ replies, which highlight the ease

the tiny Mediterranean nation was last year’s breakout

of settling in and the low cost of living.

One of the country’s worst natural disasters thus didn’t

The result is this detailed report, aimed at both the

star, coming in on third place, newcomer Taiwan has even

InterNations member base and a general audience interested

dethroned the winner of 2014 and 2015, Ecuador. The

While Myanmar dropped out of the overall ranking due to

in expat life: particularly those considering an international

Asian Tiger performs extremely well in the Working Abroad

a lack of participants, four new destinations were added.

move will find a wealth of information on the 67 countries

and Personal Finance Indices, but also scores for other

In addition to Taiwan, we can now find Egypt, Morocco, and

featured in our ranking.

factors, like healthcare.

Ukraine among the 67 countries:

Survey Report 2016

www.internations.org/expat-insider

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