A survey conducted by the German network Internations revealed that one-third of the expatriates arriving in Kuwait have changed their plans due to Covid-19 and one in three plans to leave the country sooner than expected, either to return to their homeland or search for another country to settle in, Al-Rai daily reported.

The Expat Insider 2021 survey which ranks the countries annually according to their attractiveness to those wishing to immigrate, reside and work in them, has ranked Kuwait last (58) in the world for the seventh time in 8 years.

As for the sub-indicators, Kuwait ranked last in the world in terms of quality of life, entertainment options, personal happiness, travel, and mobility, and it is also the worst destination for expats in terms of ease of settling, as 46 percent of them expressed their lack of feeling integrated into the local culture.

Fifty-one percent of expatriates said it was difficult to make new friends, while 62 percent saw difficulty forming friends with citizens in particular.

In the Health and Safety sub-index, Kuwait ranked 56th in the world, 39th in security and safety, 49th in digital life, and 58th in environmental quality.

It should be noted that social media is the most prominent source from which 53 percent of expatriates in Kuwait get their information, and in Oman, the percentage of expatriates who rely on social media to obtain information reaches 59 percent, and in Saudi Arabia 55 percent.

Globally, the survey ranked Taiwan, Mexico, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, Ecuador, Canada, and Vietnam as the best places to expatriate, live, and work in 2021, based on the cost of living, ease of stability and overall quality of life. The United States ranks only 34 out of 59 countries, largely due to expats’ view of America’s quality of life.

Taiwan topped the index for the third year in a row in an opinion poll conducted by the German network, which includes about 4 million members and included 12,420 arrivals.

In contrast, the survey ranked Kuwait, Italy, South Africa, Russia, Egypt, Japan, Cyprus, Turkey, India, and Malta as the worst countries for expats in the world.

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