InterNations expats survey: Turkey 10th-worst place to live, 6th-worst to work, as Bahrain wins
Turkey has been ranked the 10th-worst place to live (out of 65 countries) by expats in the fourth annual Expat Insider survey by InterNations, which assesses factors from finances to safety through the eyes of expats.
According to the Expat Insider 2017 survey report, Turkey performed particularly poorly in the survey’s Working Abroad Index, with only five out of 65 countries considered a worse place to work. Within that index, Turkey came 56th for job security and 55th for both job and career, and work-life balance.
Although Turkey ranks 19th out of 65 for cost of living, it was also placed in the bottom third (45th) of the personal finance category.
Based on more than 12,500 respondents of 166 nationalities who are living in 188 countries or territories, the survey gages what it means to be an expat in 2017.
Aside from Turkey’s lowly position in the overall country ranking for 2017, three new expat hubs took the lead: Bahrain, Costa Rica and Mexico.
Bahrain scored highly for ease of settling in and career opportunities. Turkey ranks mid-table (37th) for being easy to settle in. The category was topped by Bahrain for the first time having been led by Mexico for the first three years of the survey. The index is based on the following sub-categories: feeling welcome (Turkey came 35th), friendliness (30th), finding friends (31st) and language (50th).
Average quality of life, falling expat safety
For quality of life, Turkey ranks 39th, well behind first-placed Por- tugal, which climbed 23 places from 2016 and last year’s winner in this area: Taiwan, which fell to second place.
Turkey is now considered the second-worst country where expats are “most likely to experience conflict”, falling from 10th-last in 2016, according to the survey. The survey report cites the attempted coup in 2016 and subsequent ongoing constitutional changes as being the likeliest factors behind its fall. Factoring in political stability, Turkey came 62nd out of 65 for being a safe place to live. A personal happiness ranking of 51 also hampered its quality of life ranking.
The tropical Central American paradise of Costa Rica, second-placed overall, made the top 10 for three out of five topical indices: ease of settling in, family life and quality of life.
Despite ongoing concerns about safety and security in Mexico, the destination came third overall due, in part, to a near-perfect climate, welcoming people and an affordable cost of living, the latter area being among the best aspect of life in Turkey, according to those surveyed.
Turkey: an unloved place to work
In the Working Abroad Index, Turkey, in 59th place, was well behind new leaders Czech Republic, New Zealand and Bahrain.
Based on this survey, finance-savvy expats might decide to choose from Vietnam, Colombia or Myanmar – the top three in the Personal Finance Index – as a place to move to.
These are some of the 40 factors that influence an expat’s experience of living in a foreign country. Contrary to last year’s survey, which took a closer look at the working lives of expats, the 2017 edition focuses on life outside the office.
Turks highly welcoming, most emotional in Europe
The survey isn’t all bad news for Turkey. The country, which is the only nation in the world to straddle Europe and Asia, was seen as the 14th most passionate and outgoing country in a list topped by Israel. It was also seen as the most emotional and welcoming among Europe nations.
Finland found safest by parents
Finland remains firmly in first place with expat parents due to its safe environment and high-quality education options, closely followed by Singapore and Czech Republic.
In survey changes, while Egypt, Morocco, Mozambique and Tanzania are no longer part of the 2017 league table due to a lack of respondents, Cambodia and Myanmar have made it back into the Expat Insider ranking system.
The survey of 12,519 expatriates was conducted online by InterNations from Feb. 20 to March 8, 2017, based on members of the InterNations network and expats in general.