The study not only provides a detailed analysis of life as an expat in 51 cities, but also includes rankings on various quality of life assessment factors in the city, on-the-spot familiarization, working life in the city, personal finances and housing market.
According to this year’s Expat City Ranking, the world’s top 10 expatriate cities are Manama, Prague, Madrid, Kuala Lumpur, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Basel and Frankfurt am Main.
Manama, Prague, Madrid, Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam lead the list of the best cities for expats worldwide.
While Prague is only 35th on the topic of familiarization on the spot, the other four major cities are rated as good to very good on this topic. In particular, a South African expat in Kuala Lumpur values ”the carefreeness and friendliness of the indigenous people,” while an expat from the Philippines is grateful for the “very kind and helpful people” in Manama.
In Manama (84 per cent), Amsterdam (83 per cent), Kuala Lumpur (78 per cent) and Madrid (74 per cent), the majority of respondents described the general attitude of the local population towards their foreign fellow citizens as positive.