As globalization is gaining momentum, and a growing number of people living outside their native country.
According to the UN, their number worldwide reached more than 244 million, which is 40% more than in 2000.
More and more people looking for work and new opportunities abroad, but what makes another country attractive to immigrants?
To find out, the global InterNations community recently held its annual Expat Insider survey, which was attended by more than 14,000 immigrants from 191 countries.
They were asked to rate 43 different aspect of life abroad, from the friendliness of the locals and family life to the level of prices and the balance between work and personal life.
By counting how many points each country scored on each of these points, the organizers of the survey ranked the most attractive for emigrants countries.
We talked with those who moved to the States at the top of the ranking, to see what local life was like most.
Hospitality as a feature of local culture, friendly people and all the amenities of Western life — that allows immigrants to easily adapt to life in Taiwan. In addition, the locals are always happy to help.
“I was very pleasantly surprised at how welcoming are Taiwanese. They were patient when I forgot a few Chinese words, and did everything possible to help me when I am in a precarious situation,” says Monica Mizzi.
She was born in Australia but now lives in Taiwan, is an event planner and leads a cultural blog called Typing to Taipei.
“Most immigrants live in Taipei, where more people speak English and developed transport system,” she adds.
From all the districts of Taipei expats prefer Tienmu. “This is a major “area for foreigners”, more like a suburb and remote from the system of rapid public transport,” says Lizzie is a Jerk.
She is originally from Oklahoma city and is now engaged in volunteer work in Taipei as Consul InterNations.
The jerk in Taipei for several years and lives in the Central district of Xinyi. She “loves that there are plenty of shops, restaurants, exhibitions, cinemas, and performances of street artists”.
Compared to other Asian capitals life in Taipei can be called cheap, but if you want to save money, it is better to follow the local way of life.
© flickr.com Chao-Wei Juan UFO Houses in Sanzhi
“The purchase of imported goods, including appliances, food, clothing or shoes may be expensive for you to live,” says Karen Farley, a member of InterNations, whose homeland is Canada.
Those who are just planning to move to Taipei, you should know that there are very few have a spacious Western style kitchen equipped with an oven.
Most of the dishes here are small, with a mini-oven or microwave.
However, according to Mizzi, while in Taipei “incredibly delicious cuisine”. Here you can buy food at the night market, try the soup with rice noodles and beef in a network cafe or to go to a prestigious Japanese restaurant.
Moreover, all this often is cheaper than eating at home.
One of the main benefits of this Mediterranean country’s warm climate and proximity to continental Europe.
Favourable weather conditions mean that the pace of life here is low, and therefore, those who are planning to move to Malta must be ready to unlearn in a hurry.
© flickr.com Robert Pittman Azure window on Gozo island, Malta
“In some stores in the middle of the day starts “Siesta”, and the service in the restaurant, in the opinion of many, is getting slower,” says Silvia Di Felice, born in Rome.
“Once I sat down at a table around 8 PM and left at midnight! We only took a snack and one main dish. Not all restaurants, but be prepared for a similar relaxed attitude to work,” she adds.
City St. Julian’s and Sliema, located on the East coast, attracted those who want to live near restaurants and nightlife.
And for those who prefer a more provincial and calm way of life, Di Felice recommends that the capital Valletta, as well as small towns Naksar 12 km North-West from Valletta and Vittoriosa 9 km on South from Valletta.
The country hosts many cultural events including the international festival of arts and film festival in Valletta, as well as several festivals dedicated to local food — for example, the strawberry festival, Festa Frawli which are especially recommended by Di Felice.
Also not to mention the countless wine festivals. “I have two favorite varieties: white wine and red Cittadella Caravaggio Merlot,” says Di Felice.
Many immigrants attracted by the favorable for foreigners Malta’s tax system (which provides no tax on capital income earned abroad, and other benefits), but rents can be high.
“As a rule, the locals charge foreigners a little more, so you should spend time to find housing, to find the best options,” says Di Felice.
According to the survey, life in Ecuador like immigrants for several reasons: there are friendly people, affordable health care, cheap delicious food.
In addition, the style of life in different cities of the country are very different, and foreigners to choose from.
“The beauty of Ecuador lies in the diversity,” says Hagai gat, Ambassador of InterNations, who was born in Israel and currently living in Guayaquil.
© flickr.com Tea, two idana the streets of Ecuador
“Retirees who want to move to Ecuador, often looking for places where the cost of living is lower, so they will approach the coast, the southern part of Ecuador and Ambato [city 150 km South of Quito],” he explains.
“And those who are going to do business or enjoy an active city life, suitable Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca,” adds gat.
He warns that life in big cities is more expensive: the cost of housing and prices in cafes and restaurants here above.
Those who know the language can be channelled into the country. “Here in Acutance [100 km North of Quito], a city with a population of about 20,000 people, we are practically the only immigrants, and we like it,” says bill Hagan.
He is a native of Kansas city and works as a tourist guide in start-UPS Your Local Cousin.
“At the same time, a 15-minute drive away is the town of Cotacachi, so if we want to socialize with other expats or eat North American cuisine, it is easy for us to do it,” he adds.
Like Malta, Mexico initially attracts immigrants with its warm climate and the hospitality of the local people, rich traditions, culture and delicious food make them feel happy for years to come.
“Mexico is an amazing country, history and culture which account for several thousand years, with stunning beaches, amazing archaeological sites and colonial cities,” says Samira Hosseini.
© AP Photo, Israel LealЛюди near the pyramid of Kukulkan in Chichen Itza, Mexico
She is the Ambassador for InterNations, was born in Iran and now lives in Monterrey, 150 km on West from the border with the American state of Texas.
“A varied and colorful cuisine of Mexico is before especially hard to resist,” — said Hosseini.
Immigrants also delighted with the hospitality of the locals.
From Hosseini have a friend who moved in about the same size European city at the same time. In contrast to Hosseini, she never invited, and in a new environment she felt lonely.
“I also felt tired — but due to the fact that I had too many friends and I too often got invited to parties, from which I could not refuse, says Hosseini. In Mexico don’t feel lonely.”
Many expats from Western countries prefer cities by the ocean, including Tulum on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico or Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast, but the real center of gravity of Mexico, located in the Central part of the country.
“Mexico city is a true Metropolitan city,” says Ambassador InterNations Microbo Samson Wokoma born in Nigeria.
It encourages immigrants to settle in the Central regions of Mexico, including La Condesa, La Roma, Escandon and Napolese.
The prices are reasonable, lots of restaurants, bars and clubs. In these areas well developed public transport system including buses, the subway, and there are conditions for Cycling.
Due to this the residents of the areas can easily get to other parts of the city, and many residents of Mexico in varying degrees, speak English, easy assimilation in the new country.
In addition, this city has another nice feature: nearly every immigrant can find a little piece of their homeland.
“Many expats can find a restaurant serving their national dishes, places where celebrate foreign holidays such as Oktoberfest,” says Wokoma.
Being cheaper than many other capitals, Mexico city is still one of the most expensive cities in Mexico.
However, according to Vakama, the family will be able to accommodate 16 000 pesos (about $ 770. USA) per month, even in the capital.
The incredible natural beauty of this country attracts people from all over the world, and due to the proximity of beaches to the city infrastructure emigrants, as a rule, quickly become accustomed to the leisurely local pace of life.
“I moved to New Zealand with his parents, then lived abroad and came back here because I miss measured way of life, good people and friendly atmosphere,” says purwa Bhatnagar.
© flickr.com, Kathrin & Stefan Makesocket in the vicinity of Dunedin in the South island in New Zealand
She is also the Ambassador of InterNations, and her childhood was spent in Hong Kong and Singapore. Bhatnagar notes that the average new Zealander goes to work from 8:30 to 17:00 and never works overtime.
He loves spending time with family at meals, and on weekends organizes various events, including parties, trips or “tramping” — as the locals call Hiking.
For those who like big cities, Bhatnagar recommends that Auckland, which she calls “new Zealand new York”.
Wellington’s population is slightly less, but in this city, a lot of jobs in public administration, education and technology.
Tourist center of the country Queenstown is popular among those who want to fully enjoy the beautiful nature, or those who want to work in the service sector.
Minus a leisurely life style may be relatively small compared to the cost of the goods (especially fresh food and housing in the major cities like Auckland) wages.
However, travel, leisure and health services remain relatively cheap.