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Top Expat Destinations And How To Choose The Right One For You

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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If you have come to the conclusion that you want to move abroad, there are a lot of things to consider: lifestyle, the needs of your family, budget, language barriers, the list goes on and on. Based on quality of life and a currently thriving community of expats, here are some of the top destinations you may want to consider. 

Canada

Of the 31 countries ranked in HSBC’s study, Canada is ranked the most tolerant and welcoming to people of different races, genders, sexual orientations, and faiths. Expats feel generally welcomed by native Canadians and have an easy time integrating into the culture. 

If you are looking for an expat experience where culture and language will not be a barrier, Canada is an excellent choice. Also, its proximity to the States makes it easy to stay connected to family and friends back home. 

Alberta, Canada | Matt Thomason | Unsplash

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Singapore

Singapore tops many lists as the number one place for expats due to its affordable and quality educational system, impressive salary offerings, and easy assimilation for foreigners. Its stunning natural beauty and culinary options also make it a top contender for expats. With a major hub of foreigners settling in, Singapore has a vibrant expat community that can offer support and guidance for newcomers. 

If you are moving with young kids, Singapore may be a great option due to its supportive expat community and impressive school system. 


Marina Bay Sands, Singapore | Hu Chen | Unsplash

Germany

Expats in Germany boast great career advancement opportunities as well as a strong sense of work-life balance. Once rated The Best Country in The Wold, Germany has many thriving cities that draw foreigners from all over the world, creating a diverse culture and community where many expats feel accepted. 

If you are seeking exposure to many different cultures or are looking for the freedom to work and have more time for family and for yourself, Germany may be the perfect place to call home. 

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany | Roman Kraft | Unsplash

Bahrain

This tiny island nation located in the Arabian Gulf is quickly becoming a highly desirable expat destination. According to cntraveler.com, a full 48 percent of expats said their incomes are at least 50 percent higher than back home, and 80 percent say they’ve been able to save more and pay off outstanding debts because of the move. 

If budget and financial growth is a big factor in your move, this is an excellent country to consider. 

Muharraq, Manama, Bahrain | Charles-Adrien Fournier | Unsplash

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Australia 

Could a move to Australia to improve your health? Many expats who move Down Under are drawn to the natural beauty and access to the outdoors that Australia offers, and according to cntraveler.com, more than half of those who have taken up residence here report that their health is better. 

If outdoor living and access to nature is an important factor in your move, Australia may offer the breath of fresh air that you are craving. 

Sydney, Australia | Keith Zhu | Unsplash
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