Are you considering looking for greener pastures outside your home country? Do you want to start a new life in a foreign land? Many people would like to start a new life in another country because of the opportunities it delivers. However, many find it difficult to decide where to go and there are a lot of factors to consider.
If you are considering Asia to be your new home, here are the top 10 countries you can relocate in as an expat:
If you want to move to the East but still feel right at home, Singapore is the country to move to.
Singapore is a fast-paced city, helping expats make a living in the region and allow their children to keep up with their studies easily. However, for expats to enjoy the comforts provided by Singapore, they have to work hard all the time unless you get a good expatriate package. Basic necessities and goods are very expensive in Singapore, as well as services.
But this is one of the best countries that are safe to walk on the streets in the middle of the night, world-class quality education and zero tolerance to racism. If you are relocating with young children, Singapore should be on top of your list.
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Want to learn a different language, travel around and experience a different culture all at the same time? Many expats recommend Malaysia to those who want to experience everything the country has to offer.
Everything in Malaysia is very affordable, allowing expats to enjoy their extra income on food, entertainment and others. Education and childcare in the country are also good, but it can be very expensive.
#3 Hong Kong
Although it is a province of China, Hong Kong is independent of the mainland. Many expats can enjoy high salaries when they work in the country, as well as high disposable income for their other expenses. The country is also culturally diverse, with a growing social and expat community.
Unfortunately, expats may find it hard to locate a large home. Hong Kong has one of the most expensive rental rates in the country and spaces are at a premium. Expats would have to work tirelessly to live here with no problems.
Taiwan is considered by many expats as a hidden gem. It offers expats excellent living standards and opportunities to build a career in the country.
While salaries are not very high in the country, the low costs for basic expenses, rent and others will appeal to many expats. Some expats who lived in Taiwan shared that they were able to build up their savings while in the country.
However, if you plan to move to Taiwan, it is best to study Mandarin. It will make things easier to reach out to the locals.
If you are looking for a country that has a vibrant culture, affordable living conditions and great opportunities, Vietnam is the place to go.
The country has the highest disposable income rate in the region, placing first in the region.
Expats would find prices very affordable: from transportation, food, entertainment to leisure. Public transportation is also top-notch in Vietnam, making it easy for expats to explore the country.
Many expats would also love the rich culture Vietnam has. It is quite easy to make friends with the locals and experience diversity. However, healthcare and childcare are not too good in the country. Quality of life may also be a problem for some expats, especially if they live in far-flung areas.
Even if the country does not score high on its economic status, Indonesia is the best place for expats who want to start a business. According to expats, it is very easy to build a business in the country due to the affordable prices of resources and labour.
However, most expats would agree that Indonesia is a great place to learn and experience a new culture. Many expats who live in the country share that they love getting involved in the local culture and even have a lot of local friends since they moved to the country.
I love China as an expatriate. I lived in Shanghai for 2 years and I have been back to China as a tourist every year.
Want to challenge yourself and live in one of the largest countries in the world? China will definitely challenge expats who would like to build a new life in the country.
China has a very rich culture and expats will not find it difficult to establish themselves thanks to its affordable rates. Work opportunities are also quite high in China for expats, especially in main city centres like Shanghai and Beijing. Foodies and culture lovers would also love China.
The only setback expats have to sort out when they do move to the country is the language barrier. Learning Mandarin can help you communicate with locals better.
Besides that, you have to use a private VPN to access your Facebook, Twitter and YouTube every single time because they are banned in China. Quite a pain in the butt, if you ask me but hey, I survive without social media for 2 years!
Japan is now becoming one of the best hubs in Asia for expats looking for jobs. The job market in Japan is very diverse because expats can choose jobs from almost all industries.
Culture-wise? Japan has one of the oldest cultures in the region and expats would definitely find it easy to immerse in it. The quality of life is also very good in Japan, no matter where they are in the country.
Considered as one of the most densely populated areas in the world, India is now attracting expats to build a career or business in the country.
Everything in India is very cheap and there are great opportunities for expats to explore the country’s offerings. Expats could easily make friends in the country, as well as enjoy the country’s culture.
#10 South Korea
Expat fans of K-Pop and K-drama would definitely love to move to South Korea.
South Korea has a strong economy and a lot of job opportunities for expats to try out. It is also culturally diverse, enabling expats to learn more about the country. There is always something new in South Korea for expats to explore, and there is also the DMZ to look into.
Living the life of an expat is never easy at first. You will definitely need to get used to your new surroundings and learn how things go before you can start establishing yourself in the place. If you do decide to go for one of these countries, make sure to do your research first.
Remember: even if you want to start fresh in a new country, if the country in question does not have the opportunities you are looking for, it can be a big problem. Good luck!
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