Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thailand, Bahrain better than Malaysia for expats to live

I read about the growing number of expatriates from African continent in Malaysia. We have growing problems and increasing crime rate. There are certain areas populated by these expats who had entered the country legally but prolong their stay illegally with illegal activities which are normally condoned by the authorities for some reasons, which I think I know. It could be CORRUPTION.

It is surprising though that Malaysia is not in the top 10 list. We have millions of expatriates from Indonesia, Philippine, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Sudan etc however these expatriates could not be part of the survey. Malaysia is heaven for illegal expatriates as so many levels of back door arrangements. Please correct me if I am wrong here, our country is the best place for expatriates to live as some legal matters can bes solved through some means of win win situation.

Wonder why Australia, Canada and Thailand have topped a survey on the best countries for expatriates to live? And Bahrain is in the list, not sure why UAE is not as last year's list.

The second annual Expat Experience survey, which was commissioned by HSBC Bank International, revealed the top 10 countries that give the best quality of life to expats, the easiest to integrate into and the best value for money.

The survey questioned 3,146 people working in 30 industries across 50 countries on the quality of life, accommodation and entertainment that each of the countries offered. Thailand claimed 3rd spot in the survey despite being one of the worst affected areas for expats during the global downturn.

Singapore, Bahrain, South Africa, France, USA, Spain and Hong Kong completed the top 10 of most desirable countries for expats. Last year’s survey found Germany, Canada and Spain being ranked in the top three.

The UK was ranked one of the lowest locations for expats after being named as one of the most expensive places for expats. In addition, 44% of expats in the UK are considering returning home, compared with only 15% overall. However, from those questioned, 62% said that employment prospects were what was keeping them in the region.

Results from a different section of the survey showed that Russia was home to the highest number of expats earning more than $250,000 with 30% taking away that amount a year. Hong Kong followed in a close second.



Canada, Australia ranked best places for expats
(Reuters)

25 November 2009
Looking to work overseas? Head to Canada, Australia or Thailand, according to an annual global survey which found recession-hit Britain was one of the worst locations to live for expatriates.

The second annual Expat Experience survey, commissioned by HSBC Bank International, revealed that expats in Canada have the best quality of life and found it among the easiest places in the world to integrate with the local population.

Australia and Thailand also came in the top three in the survey of 3,146 people working in 30 different industries and 50 countries, even though Thailand was one of the countries worst-hit by the recession for expats.

“We have seen that there is a distinct trade-off between income and overall quality of life, as many of the top performers ... scored towards the bottom of this report’s league table (of the best places to make and save money),” said Betony Taylor, spokeswoman for HSBC Bank International.

“What is clear is that the locations where salaries may not be as high, such as Canada and Australia, are where expats are really enjoying not only an increased quality of life but are also finding it easy to fit in to their new communities.”

Last year Germany, Canada and Spain were the top three countries deemed to have the best lifestyle for expats.

This year Britain was one of the lowest ranked locations when it came to lifestyle after being named as one of the most expensive places for expats with the recession taking its toll.

About 44 percent of expats in Britain are considering returning home, compared with only 15 percent of expats overall.

About 41 percent of expats in Britain find it difficult to find somewhere to live, most find the quality of their accommodation drops after moving to Britain, and a third claim their health has deteriorated since moving there.

“Despite this, the UK does hold the crown for being expat entertainment capital of the world, with over half (58 percent) of expats in the UK saying that the quality of entertainment had increased,” said Taylor.

She added that 62 percent of expats also said that employment prospects were the main reason keeping them in the region.

Results from a different section of the survey, which was conducted by research company FreshMinds, released earlier found Russia was home to the highest proportion of expats earning more than $250,000 with 30 percent of international workers there banking that amount, followed by Hong Kong and Japan.

The lowest-paid expats live in Australia and Belgium with the majority — 63 percent and 61 percent respectively — earning less than $100,000.

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