Kuwait has been listed on the top spot as the worst destination for expatriates for two years consecutively.
According to InterNations, the worst country of destination for expats in 2019 goes to Kuwait with 63% of respondents saying that they ‘find it hard to make friends with the locals’.
Next on the list is Italy, Nigeria, Brazil, Turkey, India, the United Kingdom, Greece, Russia, and South Korea. This is already the fifth time that the survey placed Kuwait among the worst destinations starting in the years, 2014 to 2019. In 2017, it was ranked as the second-worst destination for expats but once again regained its spot on top in 2018 and 2019.
Ease of stability, quality of life were some of the factors considered. It was also ranked third-worst country when it comes to ‘health and well-being’.
In a similar report, it is said that 35% of expats expressed their happiness and satisfaction with their stay in Kuwait. The number greatly varied in countries like Bahrain with 81% of satisfaction and Oman with 84% satisfaction among expats.
Additionally, Kuwait is also worst when it comes to ‘sense of alienation and affection’ and the third-worst country when it comes to ‘making friends’.
“While most expatriates are satisfied with the economic situation, Kuwait is the second-worst country in terms of job satisfaction,” says the report.
“Despite the good performance shown by other Gulf countries participating in the report on the level of language and communication, Kuwait recorded a decline,” it added.
If there’s a list of worst countries for expats, there’s also the top destination for expats and Taiwan comes first in line. It was followed by Vietnam, Portugal, Singapore, Bahrain, Ecuador, Malaysia and Czechia.