The Best & Worst Cities for Expats in 2020, iiQ8, Salmiya listed as worst city
Destinations on the Iberian Peninsula come out on top in the Expat City Ranking 2020, with Valencia, Alicante, and Lisbon on the podium reports Internations.org. The other end of the ranking offers more mixed results, though.
The most lively city of Kuwait, Salmiya populated with expat population was listed 66th, Rome 65th, and Seoul 64th.
In GCC Abu Dhabi was ranked 10th, Doha 15th, Dubai 20th, Riyadh 42nd, Jeddah 52nd.
The sources stated that expats in Salmiya are not at all happy with their quality of life and the ease of getting settled; the city ranks last in both indices (see Looking for a Better Quality of Life Abroad? and From Friends to Language: Where It Is (Not) Easy to Settle In).
An expat from India for example points out “the local-expat divide, an unprofessional and rude bureaucracy, and the one-day weekend” as downsides to life in this Kuwaiti city.
Salmiya’s result in the Urban Work Life Index is not much better, with the city ranking 65th out of 66 destinations; only Rome performs even worse (see Where Expats (Don’t) Find a Good Urban Work Life).
In fact, the Finance & Housing Index is the only area where Salmiya does not rank in the bottom 10 — but it still places only 55th out of 66. Salmiya’s best result here is still very much below average: close to two in five respondents (38%) do not agree that it is easy for expats to find housing (vs. 27% globally).
A similar share (37%) is not satisfied with their financial situation, either (vs. 21% globally).
Top 10 best cities for expats
4. Panama City
7. Buenos Aires
8. Kuala Lumpur
10. Abu Dhabi
Worst 10 cities for expats
75. Hong Kong
Source – Arab Times
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