China,India and United Arab Emirates scored low overall because cultural differences from the West made integration difficult. The United Arab Emirates was found to be the most difficult for expats; only 54% of those surveyed said they'd made friends with locals.
However, in my experience, most of people that have resided in Malaysia would say that we are friendliest people. The friendship continue and they keep fond memories of us for our hospitality.
World's Friendliest CountriesDavid Sutton, 12.10.08, 09:00 AM EST
Those in search of a fresh start might head to these welcoming spots.
They top a list of the countries most welcoming to expats. There, relocators have a relatively easy time befriending locals, joining a local community group and learning the local language.
Canada is the most welcoming; almost 95% of respondents to HSBC Bank International's Expat Exploreer Survey, released today, said they have made friends with locals. In Germany, 92% were so lucky and in Australia 91% befriended those living there. The United Arab Emirates was found to be the most difficult for expats; only 54% of those surveyed said they'd made friends with locals.