We took a look at current global trends for people wanting to live abroad – both in our own experience and also taking into account data from HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey, as well as feedback from our global expatriate connections.
These are the ‘hot off the press’ 5 most popular places people are relocating to.
Canada is a great country to call home. The most popular choices for expats are Toronto and Vancouver, but French-speakers often favour Montreal, and Calgary is attractive for professionals within the oil & gas industry, or those with families.
The HSBC Expat Explorer Survey ranks Canada as the 3rd best country for expats, out of 45 countries around the world.
Canada boasts jaw-dropping landscapes, from snow-capped mountains to lush green forests. It’s also a great place to raise a family; the infrastructure, healthcare and education systems are well-funded and the crime rate is low.
Switzerland is a prosperous country for expats, with most choosing to settle in either Zurich or Geneva. French, German, Italian and Romansch are Switzerland’s official languages, and it is often necessary to be fluent/ advanced in French or German language skills to be offered a job there.
In HSBC’s survey, Switzerland was ranked 1st for economics, due to scoring very high on most of the economic-related categories; particularly ‘wage growth’ and ‘disposable income’ (ranked 1st) and ‘economic confidence’ (ranked 2nd).
Tourists usually consider it an expensive country, but for locals who are earning a generous Swiss salary, the cost of living is more than reasonable. The healthcare and education systems are top quality, the air is clean and the scenery is beautiful – these are just a few of reasons Switzerland is a great country to live in.
Sydney is another popular expat location. Opportunities in Australia come with the promise of a better work/life balance and good salaries. The economy is strong and the unemployment rate is low. It also has one of the lowest air pollution levels in the world and is full of beautiful natural landscapes. It also boasts an awful lot more sunshine then many of the other locations in this list!
Sydney Harbour is picture-perfect, and host to many events throughout the year, including the New Year’s Eve fireworks. People are friendly and polite, so the atmosphere is relaxed and finding new friends is easy! Everyone spends their free time at the beach, whether its surfing on Bondi, or exploring secluded beaches like Milk Bay. With over 10,000 of them around the country, there’s a beach for everyone.
It’s also a great place to raise a family, with the top-quality schools, efficient healthcare systems and variety of parks, museums and the opera house for entertainment.
For the past 2 years, Singapore was ranked 1st on the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey. It is considered a great place to relocate to due to the high standard of living, strong economy and safe environment.
The year-round heat and cheap, efficient public transport are attractive factors of Singapore. It is also well-positioned to explore the rest of Asia, locals can usually find cheap flights to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and more for weekends away or family holidays.
Singapore is also very diverse, they celebrate 11 different public holidays due to the variety of cultures settled there.
London is one of the most desirable cities for expats. You can always find something fun to do, whether it’s visit a museum or gallery (most of which offer free entry), watch a new release at the cinema or sip cocktails on a rooftop bar. Professionals relocate here for the world class work experience, to benefit from the great standard of living, or just to live amongst the buzzing diverse culture.
London is bursting with history and culture. There is architecture from the Roman, Tudor, Stuart and Victorian periods (and more!) dotted all over the city, and the history books are full of worldwide significant events that occurred here. There are also four UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Tower of London, the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey (including Saint Margaret’s Church), Maritime Greenwich and the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
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