Kuwait 42nd most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for ex­pa­tri­ates

Ex­pat Ex­plorer Sur­vey 2017 cov­ers 46 coun­tries

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 28: Kuwait ranked sixth in the Mid­dle East and 42nd out of 46 coun­tries de­clared as the world’s most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for ex­pa­tri­ates, ac­cord­ing to the HSBC Ex­pat Ex­plorer Sur­vey 2017 which polled about 30,000 mi­grant work­ers across the world, re­ports www.arab­news.com

Kuwait’s global rank­ing this year went down by seven notches com­pared to 2016 when it landed on the 35th spot.

Sin­ga­pore re­mained on top glob­ally, while Nor­way climbed six places to the sec­ond spot, ahead of New Zealand that dropped by one spot.

Mean­while, Ger­many and the Nether­lands climbed dra­mat­i­cally to the top five com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year.

On the rank­ing of other GCC coun­tries, the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) took the top spot in the Mid­dle East and 10th in the world – two places higher than the pre­vi­ous year when it ranked 12th. It is ahead of other pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions like the USA, United King­dom and Hong Kong. It also edged out Switzer­land from the top 10 as the lat­ter dropped from the fifth spot in 2016 to 11th place this year.

Bahrain ranked sec­ond in the Mid­dle East and 13th in­ter­na­tion­ally, drop­ping from ninth in 2016; while Oman ranked third in the Mid­dle East and 15th in the world – three places higher com­pared to pre­vi­ous year’s rank­ing – 18th.

Qatar ranked fourth in the Mid­dle East and 31st glob­ally – two notches lower com­pared to 2016 when it ranked 29th; while Saudi Ara­bia ranked fifth in the Mid­dle East and 40th glob­ally – nine places lower com­pared to last year when it ranked 31st.

The sur­vey an­a­lyzed peo­ple’s salaries, ca­reer growth po­ten­tial, job se­cu­rity and sav­ings. It also asked peo­ple about so­cial is­sues, such as how easy it was to make friends, health care and ac­cess to cul­ture.

Peo­ple were also asked about how easy it was to raise chil­dren, how safe peo­ple felt where they were liv­ing and gen­eral qual­ity of life.

The UAE scored high on eco­nomic ar­eas, com­ing fifth over­all, but did not fare so well in ar­eas con­cern­ing peo­ple’s so­cial and fam­ily lives.

“Ex­pats liv­ing in the UAE are re­warded for their hard work… (it) at­tracts a wide range of peo­ple keen to live and work away from home,” the re­port stated.

Pro­por­tion­ately there are more ex­pats liv­ing in the UAE than any other coun­try, who said their mo­tive to mov­ing to the UAE was to im­prove their earn­ings.

“With a small lo­cal pop­u­la­tion, the UAE’s econ­omy de­pends on qual­i­fied ex­pats who moved there to boost their in­come. It came fifth in the eco­nomics cat­e­gory of 2017 Ex­pat Ex­plorer Sur­vey, with high rank­ings for dis­pos­able in­come, wage growth and ca­reer pro­gres­sion” the re­port added.

Bahrain scored well on earn­ing po­ten­tial and for rais­ing chil­dren, with 71 per­cent of those ques­tioned be­liev­ing there were bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties than in their home coun­tries.

“Bahrain also scored highly as a place to raise chil­dren – 71 per­cent of ex­pat par­ents be­lieve their chil­dren have a bet­ter qual­ity of life than in their home coun­try and 57 per­cent said that Bahrain of­fered bet­ter health and well­be­ing op­tions for their off­spring,” the re­port ex­plained.

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