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Kuwait ranks worst destination for expats 7th time in last 8 years

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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 28:  Kuwait expressed strong dissatisfaction in a report published by Euronews about expats working in Kuwait with long working hours and those hoping to find balance in work and life should avoid working in Kuwait and Japan, reports Al Anba.  In its report on Best and Worst Places for Expats 2021 in which 59 countries around the world are listed for measuring expats satisfaction in the countries they work outside their country of origin.

For the seventh time in eight years, Kuwait comes in last place in the Expat Insider survey (59th out of 59 countries). The country ranks last in the Quality of Life Index (59th), with especially poor results in the Leisure Options, Personal Happiness, and Travel & Transportation subcategories (59th for all). Kuwait is also the worst expat destination worldwide in the Ease of Settling In Index (59th), with 46% of expats not feeling at home in the local culture (vs. 20% globally) and 45% finding it difficult to settle down in this country (vs. 22% globally). Moreover, 51% have trouble finding new friends (vs. 32% globally), and 62% find it difficult to make local friends in particular (vs. 36% globally).

Placing 56th in the Working Abroad Index, Kuwait performs poorly in both the Work & Leisure (58th) and the Career Prospects & Satisfaction (57th) subcategories. More than three in ten respondents (31%) are dissatisfied with their job in general (vs. 16% globally), and 34% are unhappy with their work-life balance (vs. 17% globally).

In 2021, Taiwan, Mexico, and Costa Rica are the best expat destinations worldwide: all of them attract expats with their ease of settling in and good personal finances.

In GCC countries

12 Bahrain
17 Qatar
18 UAE
24 Oman
42 Saudi Arabia
59 Kuwait

Top 10 places for expats

  1. Taiwan
  2. Mexico
  3. Costa Rica
  4. Malaysia
  5. Portugal
  6. New Zealand
  7. Australia
  8. Ecuador
  9. Canada
  10. Vietnam

Worst 10 places for expats
59 Kuwait
58 Italy
57 South Africa
56 Russia
55 Egypt
54 Japan
53 Cyprus
52 Turkey
51 India
50 Malta