These are the world’s best cities for expats

In its annual Expat City Ranking a global expat network evaluated 82 cities around the world. The top four places are located in Southeast Asia

If you think it might be a good idea to change your place of living, maybe you should consider Southeast Asia as your new potential home.

Out of 92 evaluated cities, Taipei ranks the highest — Shutterstock These are the world’s best cities for expats
Out of 92 evaluated cities, Taipei ranks the highest — Shutterstock
 

According to the annual Expat City Ranking conducted by InterNations, four out of the five best cities for foreign inhabitants are located in the region.

In the research, the service enabling expats to connect in their new locations evaluated 82 cities around the world. The researchers focused on factors such as quality of life, ease of getting settled, work-life balance, finance and housing, and cost of living.

The results suggest, that for the second time in a row, the title Best city for expats belongs to Taipei

“Taiwan’s health insurance and safety are what make it attractive to me”

According to the report, expats value Taiwan capital’s high quality of life and the level of local transportation. Taipei also scores high in the categories of finance, housing and cost of living. 

“The cost of living in Taiwan is cheaper compared to Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong, for example,” an expat from India told InterNations.

 “And Taiwan’s health insurance and safety are what make it attractive to me.” 

Kuala Lumpur is “easy on the wallet and easy to travel to/from” — Shutterstock These are the world’s best cities for expats
Kuala Lumpur is “easy on the wallet and easy to travel to/from” — Shutterstock
 

Second position belongs to the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, where foreigners enjoy their social life and three in four expats feel at home. 

A British expat also told the researchers that Kuala Lumpur is “easy on the wallet, easy to travel to/from” and named the “availability of nice places to live at reasonable cost” as a bonus as well.

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City ranks third overall with great scores in all areas of the Expat City Ranking besides the Quality of Urban Living Index. 

“It is easy to deal and work with the people here, and the cost of living is good,” an expat from the Philippines commented on the city. 

Ho Chi Minh City ranks third overall with great scores in almost all of the Expat City Ranking areas — Shutterstock These are the world’s best cities for expats
Ho Chi Minh City ranks third overall with great scores in almost all of the Expat City Ranking areas — Shutterstock
 

On the other side of the ranking, it appears that Kuwait City, Rome, Milan, Lagos, Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Lima, New York City, and Yangon are the world’s worst cities for expats.

Top 10 best cities to move to

  1. Taipei
  2. Kuala Lumpur
  3. Ho Chi Minh City
  4. Singapore
  5. Montreal
  6. Lisbon
  7. Barcelona
  8. Zug
  9. The Hague
  10. Basel

You can find the whole list here.