It’s a new year and a new start for many, who will be assessing their lot in a rapidly changing world. Few things can be relied on anymore, from job security to political stability. Brexit is naturally forcing a rethink among people resident in the UK, and the US has surprisingly and controversially introduced a travel ban. And it will likely get more problematic still.
Amidst so much uncertainty, the pursuit of quality of life by international migrants almost seems a luxury. Never mind children’s education, decent healthcare and hours of sunshine; how about just holding down a job and being allowed to stay in the country?
It’s a question I’m pondering as I’m scanning the latest Quality of Life Index from InterNations. Nine EU destinations, are listed in the top 20. With the UK hellbent on leaving Europe and burning bridges, British passport holders might want to reconsider relocating to any of these countries long-term, at least until visa and travel rules become clearer.
Beyond the EU, two neighbouring East Asia countries sit in the top 3. Taiwan tops the index of 67 countries, with a whopping 99% of respondents rating their personal safety favourably and 89% reporting satisfaction with the territory’s peacefulness. Japan was in third, with those polled rating it highly for transport and again peacefulness.
But again, with tensions rising over the South China Sea, and Trump irritating China over Taiwan, the situation in East Asia is looking pricklier than usual.
As for last year’s index winner, Singapore, the city-state dropped to eight in 2016., while still ranking first for Travel & Transport.
And finally, the countries to avoid (you might also want to add the US if you hail from a Muslim-majority country): Nigeria is worst for quality of life, followed by Mozambique and Kuwait.
Here is the Quality of Life Index in full: