Which nation is the friendliest

The 10 most hospitable countries for emigrants

The front runner is Portugal, followed by Taiwan, Mexico, Cambodia, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Oman, Colombia, Vietnam and Canada.
The expat community InterNations recently ranked the countries with the world's best welcoming culture for expats. The front runner is Portugal, followed by Taiwan, Mexico, Cambodia, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Oman, Colombia, Vietnam and Canada. Compared to previous years, the US is now doing poorly in terms of people's attitudes towards foreigners. Here, the United States only ranks 36th out of 65 countries (19th place in 2016). In fact, over a third of US expats have difficulty making friends locally (35%), according to the latest annual survey Expat insider emerges. Almost 13,000 emigrants from 188 countries and areas were surveyed. The best rated countries in detail:

1st place: Portugal

  • Friendly reception of expats: 94%
  • Friendships can be made easily on site: 58%
  • Expats likely to stay forever: 47%
Portugal has climbed nine places since 2016 and can now call itself the country with the best welcoming culture for expats. "The people are friendly and helpful"says an Australian. An immigrant Dutch person really appreciates that "The people here take care of each other". Indeed, almost four in five expats (79%) describe the Portuguese as friendly and open to strangers and around three in ten (29%) say that their social environment consists mainly of local people (compared to 19%) on a global level).

2nd place: Taiwan

  • Friendly reception of expats: 86%
  • Friendships can be made easily on site: 61%
  • Expats likely to stay forever: 30%
73 percent of expats in Taiwan agree that Taiwanese are friendly and open to strangers and not aloof (8%). "The people are very warm-hearted, even if they don't know someone", according to an American living in Taiwan. Perhaps it is this warmth that makes it easy for most expats to settle in in the country (74%) and to feel at home in the new culture (69%).

3rd place: Mexico

  • Friendly reception of expats: 87%
  • Friendships can be made easily on site: 73%
  • Expats likely to stay forever: 39%
According to expats, it is easy to make friends in Mexico. So it is not surprising that 30% say that their friends are mainly local people. In addition, four out of five expats find it easy to settle in in the country (81%) and to feel at home in the new culture (80%). An expat from the USA particularly likes "How easy it is made to get used to the new situation and how incredibly friendly the people are".

4th place: Cambodia

  • Friendly reception of expats: 92%
  • Friendships can be made easily on site: 59%
  • Expats likely to stay forever: 23%
Going to Cambodia does not seem to be a cause for concern for emigrants: more than four in five consider the people in the country to be friendly and open to strangers (85%) and find it easy to settle in here (83%). This may be one of the reasons 39% felt at home in the country almost immediately - the highest percentage of any country in the survey and more than twice the global average (19%).

5th place: Bahrain

  • Friendly reception of expats: 86%
  • Friendships can be made easily on site: 55%
  • Expats likely to stay forever: 11%
69 percent of expats find the people in Bahrain to be open and friendly towards strangers and a further 73% feel at home in the new culture. Maybe because there is hardly any language barrier here. 91% find it easy to live here, even without knowing the local language. "Bahrain is a great mix of many different cultures", says an expat from the USA. And indeed: only 1% of the expats surveyed believe that they will never feel at home here.

6th place: Costa Rica

  • Friendly reception of expats: 87%
  • Friendships can be made easily on site: 78%
  • Expats likely to stay forever: 48%
Among the 65 countries in the survey, Costa Rica ranks first when it comes to making friends locally. Perhaps the reason is that 85% of expats describe Costa Ricans as friendly and open to strangers (whereas only 9% think they are aloof). This means that the proportion is 30 percentage points above the global average (55%). Perhaps this also contributed to the fact that over four in five expats (81%) feel at home in the new culture. On a global average, this value is 60%.

7th place: Oman

  • Friendly reception of expats: 86%
  • Friendships are easy to make on site: 60%
  • Expats likely to stay forever: 12%
“Oman is very open and friendly to expats. The people are warm and hospitable ", such an Indian living in Oman. And most expats in the country seem to agree: Almost three quarters describe the local population as open and friendly (73%). Despite this positive assessment, only 3% of the respondents state that their friends are predominantly from the local population. However, the majority of expats (58%) have a fairly mixed circle of friends.

8th place: Colombia

  • Friendly reception of expats: 87%
  • Friendships are easy to make on site: 62%
  • Expats likely to stay forever: 33%
Among the top 10 countries in Colombia, expats are most likely to find their friends mainly in the local population (34%). Over four in five expats (86%) describe Colombians as open and friendly towards strangers and find it easy to settle in in the country (81%). An American thinks the Colombians are "Open, warm-hearted and friendly" and an expat from the Netherlands adds that she "Are always helpful".

9th place: Vietnam

  • Friendly reception of expats: 83%
  • Friendships are easy to make on site: 56%
  • Expats likely to stay forever: 16%
81 percent of expats describe the Vietnamese as open and friendly towards strangers and 73% find it easy to settle in in the country. "I love this relaxed atmosphere in the city"says an expat from South Korea about life in Ho Chi Minh, "The people are mostly warm-hearted and gentle". Despite the friendly reception of expats, over half of them (51%) want to stay in the country for a maximum of five years, which is well above the global average (35%).

10th place: Canada

  • Friendly reception of expats: 81%
  • Friendships can be made easily on site: 43%
  • Expats likely to stay forever: 45%
Canadians are perceived by 62 percent of expats in the country as open and friendly to strangers. An expat from France put it this way: "You are open-hearted,tolerant and benevolent ”. Almost three in ten expats (27%) state that they find their friends mainly in the local population. Perhaps one of the reasons why expats can settle in so quickly (70%). Many expats (45%) think it is likely to stay in the country forever. But the proportion of those who do not yet feel at home in Canada (15%) is the highest among the ten countries with the best welcoming culture.

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