The 10 most accommodating immigration destinations
1. The USA
America is not known as the land of the free for nothing. It tops the list as the country most people would like to immigrate to. It has always been a country that welcomes expats and its strong economy and top universities are attractions for many people with children of school-going age. A green card can take time to organise however, so if you’re thinking of heading to the USA, apply for it early.
Canada is proud to be one of the most immigrant and expat-friendly countries in the world. Featuring beautiful scenery, wide open spaces, a great healthcare and education system – it is the chosen destination of many. Did someone mention Justin Trudeau?
Australia is a popular destination for expats from both South Africa and the UK. The British are attracted to the wide-open spaces, larger houses, beach lifestyle and great weather. The South Africans see it as a safe-haven with many of the positive aspects of South Africa. An added attraction is that Australia has easy regulations for permanent residency and a high standard of education and healthcare. It is regarded as one of the most expensive places in the world to live, but that doesn’t stop expats from heading to its shores.
If you’re born to shop, Singapore is a country you’ll love. One of the most developed Asian countries, it offers expats many attractions including liberal immigration and citizenship rules, a zero rate of employment, a harmonious society and high-end shopping centres featuring top designer brands.
Germany has a very strong economy and a high level of education with some of the best universities in the world. For expats landing on its shores, one of the big attractions is that it boasts one of the lowest levels of unemployment of all the EU states. All these aspects, together with its great beer, food and first-world lifestyle make it a popular choice for immigration.
6. New Zealand
New Zealand is a wonderful immigration destination, with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Featuring a diverse culture and low crime rate, it offers a high standard of living and education. Like Australia, it is not one of the cheapest countries to immigrate to, but it still attracts expats from all over the globe.
7. United Arab Emirates
The UAE’s top attraction is that it’s a tax-free destination – which means citizens do not have to pay any personal tax. As an oil-rich country, it has a very strong economy and a low crime and corruption rate. With a range of good private schools and universities, excellent healthcare and some of the best shopping in the world, it happily falls into the top 10 list.
Brazil has a strong economy and a good employment rate – and with its rich culture and eclectic social structure, it readily welcomes expats from diverse cultural backgrounds. Good schools and over 2600 higher education institutions (many of which are free to foreign students) ensure the literacy rate is at 90%. Not surprisingly it’s ranked as the 6th country in the world attracting foreign students!
Norway has been ranked as the happiest place to live on earth and offers a great standard of living, a long healthy life, excellent free education and yes, very happy people. It is a very peaceful country and its beautiful scenery means there is a strong focus on outdoor activities. Immigration rules are not very strict – which is an added attraction (if one is needed).
Argentina features wide-open spaces and good opportunities for work and education. As an added bonus, the cost of living is low and it’s easy for immigrants and expats to become citizens. You just have to fulfil the minimum monthly income criteria in order to become eligible for settling down in Argentina.