Expatriate research revealed that geographic position, quality of life, as well as ease of settling in for foreigners are the most salient attributes.

Do you know why Mexico City is the number one place in the entire country chosen by foreigners? To a large extent, it is because it is the capital (with what this implies: being an urban center with greater cultural, economic and social activity, coupled with the cultural mosaic of popular traditions that make up the unique city.

However, for many foreigners, our city represents the conjugation of all the Mexican stories told, the explicit summary of what a country as complex and rich as ours can offer. After all, it is a geographically small and metaphysically huge threshold, which is considered among the 10 smart cities in Latin America and has a vast history and a living present.

One of the most interesting phenomena that occurred as a result of the covid-19 pandemic in various countries of the world was the increase in a very particular flow of migration, that of people who, with sufficient means to live in another country and without any urgent need to do so, they undertook their move. 

In some cases they are young workers capable of carrying out their work remotely ( “digital nomads”, some call them), in others they are older people,  retirees and snowbirds, who seek better living conditions in other borders. In both cases, it is more or less common for them to be people from developed countries, who find in developing countries a lower-cost way of life, with a greater margin of “freedom” (in social, fiscal, or other terms) and even with better conditions in other aspects of a rather qualitative nature, such as coexistence or sociability.

In this context,  the InterNations organization carried out a study in which it surveyed nearly twelve thousand people residing in a country other than their origin, distributed in 181 countries of the world and of 177 different nationalities with the purpose of knowing, from their experience, the best and the worst places to move for a while and change the air of life.

According to this research,  the top ten countries to be an expat are:

1. Mexico
2. Indonesia 
3. Taiwan
4. Portugal
5. Spain
6. United Arab Emirates
7. Vietnam
8. Thailand
9. Australia
10. Singapore

As for those that offer the worst experience to this type of migrant,  the last ten of this table are :

52. Kuwait
51. New Zealand
50. Hong Kong
49. Cyprus
48. Luxembourg
47. Japan
46. South Africa
45. Turkey
44. Italy
43. Malta

It is worth mentioning that the final ranking was reduced to fifty-two countries for statistical reasons, since those for which there was not a sufficient sample of respondents to offer reliable data were eliminated.

The classification took into account indicators related to the quality of life, available entertainment options, transit and travel conditions in the country, health and well-being conditions, quality of security, and other aspects related to the ease of settling down, the hospitality of the country and the ease or difficulty of working. 

Find the full study at this link .

Mexico Daily Post