Beat countries to Settle In
1. The USA
America is not known for nothing as the land of the free. It is at the top of the list as the country to which most people want to immigrate. It has always been a country that welcomes expats, and its strong economy and top universities attract many people with children of school age. However, a Green Card can take time to organise. So if you’re thinking about going to the US, you should apply for it early.
Canada is proud to be one of the most immigration- and foreign-friendly countries in the world. With a beautiful landscape, wide open spaces, a great health and education system – it is the chosen destination of many. Did anyone mention Justin Trudeau?
Australia is a popular destination for expats from South Africa and Great Britain. The British are attracted to the vast open spaces, the larger houses, the beach life and the good weather. South Africans see it as a safe haven with many of South Africa’s positive aspects. An additional attraction is that Australia has simple regulations for permanent residency and a high standard of education and health care. It is considered one of the most expensive places in the world to live, but that doesn’t stop expats from going to the coast.
If you were born to shop, Singapore is a country you’ll love. As one of the most developed Asian countries, it offers expats many attractions such as liberal immigration and citizenship rules, a zero employment rate, a harmonious society and high-end shopping malls with top designer brands.
Germany has a very strong economy and a high level of education with some of the best universities in the world. For expats landing on their shores, one of the great advantages is that they have one of the lowest unemployment rates of any EU country. All these aspects, together with its great beer, food and lifestyle of the first world, make it a popular choice for immigration.
6. New Zealand
New Zealand is a wonderful immigration destination, with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. With a diverse culture and a low crime rate, it offers a high standard of living and education. Like Australia, it is not one of the cheapest countries to immigrate to, but it still attracts expats from all over the world.
7. United Arab Emirates
The main attraction of the UAE is that it is a tax-free destination – which means that citizens do not have to pay personal tax. As an oil-rich country, it has a very strong economy and a low crime and corruption rate. With a number of good private schools and universities, excellent health care and some of the best shopping in the world, it ranks among the top 10.
Brazil has a strong economy and a good employment rate – and with its rich culture and eclectic social structure it likes to welcome expats from different cultural backgrounds. Good schools and over 2600 universities (many of which are free for foreign students) ensure that the literacy rate is 90%. Not surprisingly, it is the sixth country in the world to attract foreign students!
Norway has been classified as the happiest place to live on earth and offers a high standard of living, a long, healthy life, excellent free education and yes, very happy people. It is a very peaceful country and its beautiful countryside means that the focus is on outdoor activities. Immigration regulations are not very strict – which is an added attraction (if required).
Argentina offers extensive open spaces and good work and educational opportunities. As an added bonus, the cost of living is low and it is easy for immigrants and expats to become citizens. They only have to meet the monthly minimum income criteria to settle in Argentina.