You’ve decided to live abroad but you’re drawn to several destinations? How to choose your future ex-pat country?
Whether you are alone or with family whatever country your destination is the experience will be unforgettable. Going abroad is an opportunity to meet new challenges and experience other realities that are often unexpected but always rewarding. To make the right choice make sure The one that best meets your personal and professional expectations to make your experience even better.
Below we share with you 7 popular destinations for ex-pats: Find information and practical advice for each country on this list.
Move to New Zealand
In recent years we’ve heard more and more about New Zealand as a destination both as a holiday destination and as a place to live.
Finding the perfect work-life balance seems possible for many ex-pats in New Zealand. Unemployment is below 5% in 2022. Both residents and non-residents can easily find jobs. The country has a presence in many international markets and has The attraction of several sectors of activity such as agriculture certain industries and tourism. If you want to pursue professional activity find out about the opportunities and areas of recruitment in New Zealand.
In New Zealand, the living environment is very pleasant and close to nature. The scenery is often breathtaking! The country offers its residents a relatively peaceful way of life which contributes to the country’s attractiveness. Another advantage of the island is its Proximity to the Asia Pacific and Australia. You will notice that the seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are opposite to what we know.
New Zealanders speak English and ex-pats just need to practice the language every day. Nothing will improve your English better than brushing up against the locals.
As for things that are easy to do in the field “commitment” is one of them. Know that if you have an entrepreneurial soul New Zealand strongly encourages that mentality. The process of setting up a business financial investment and obtaining a loan is very simple.
In the professional field be it responsibility positions or odd jobs you will find a more open corporate culture than we know in France or other European countries.
In any case, to work in New Zealand you will need a work visa. You can also apply for a PVT/WHV (Working Holiday Visa) if you want to work temporarily and are under the age of 30.
If you want to apply for a permanent resident visa you will need to work there for at least two years and hold a valid work visa among other things.
Certain visa holders may have access to the New Zealand public health system and cover a wide range of care. To benefit from it you must ensure that you are eligible for state-funded health care or you will have to purchase a private health insurance contract. Note that medical Fees in New Zealand can be very expensive.
Moving to Singapore
World-renowned especially for its port activities Singapore welcomes more and more expatriates every year. The latter are often drawn to Singapore’s booming economy and its ideal location in Southeast Asia. State special support for the economy Invest heavily in innovation and modern infrastructure.
The backbone of Southeast Asia Singapore exists in various fields of activity such as electronics manufacturing financial services and tourism. It is also heavily involved in international trade especially maritime trade. Singapore has one of the busiest commercial ports in the world world.
The economic environment of the country is good and it is good to live in Singapore. Expats often benefit from high salaries and career opportunities due to real economic dynamism.
For several years French companies have understood the advantages and opportunities that Singapore offers. In 2022 more than 600 enterprises will settle in occupying many markets such as financial services catering and wine trade in the electronics industry. Yes, especially the locals Enjoy French wines!
The Singapore Islands enjoy a hot and humid tropical climate all year round. The temperature usually varies between 20°C and 30°C. The weather in Singapore can sometimes be unsettling for Europeans who are not used to it but don’t worry it’s easy to get used to after a while few weeks. Good to know: Many buildings are air-conditioned.
Singapore is also known for its cleanliness and it is the pride of the country. The greenery known as the “Garden City” is extremely conspicuous in the landscape. The government has formulated policies based on sustainable development. Aside from its economic appeal, the city-state is an ecological model.
Singapore’s public and private sector healthcare systems are renowned for their quality of care. For ex-pats, ex-pat health insurance is highly recommended for access to medical services that can be very expensive. Some health insurance may be provided by their employer but this is not a legal requirement.
As you know Singapore has many advantages! It especially attracts ex-pats leaving with their families with its pleasant living environment and quality of teaching. But be aware that the cost of living is high.
Moving to Thailand
A true paradise for tourists the Land of Smiles has become an El Dorado for ex-pats in recent years. For the vast majority of people moving to Thailand is an opportunity for better living comfort.
The main reasons for this boom are the rich culture rich customs beautiful scenery and attractive cost of living. The country offers the possibility of attaining a better quality of life often accompanied by a more fulfilling social life and the practice of many Leisure activities.
Thailand is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia. For the French, there are real career opportunities. Among the areas of activity that most appeal to the French community especially in Bangkok is industry. Other fields you can apply for are the medical industry cosmetic high Technology Aviation Consulting Textiles Jewelry and Hospitality. That is certain occupations are banned or heavily regulated in Thailand. Therefore it is imperative to inform yourself before doing an event on-site. This also applies to every job you may have abroad Occupy countries around the world.
If you love to travel Thailand’s location will be a real advantage for you. You can easily explore surrounding countries like Cambodia Vietnam Laos Myanmar Malaysia and even Hong Kong and Taiwan.
When it comes to health if indeed a few years ago the quality of healthcare services was not always the case the healthcare sector has grown a lot, especially in the private sector. The country is emerging as one of the leading destinations for medical tourism in Asia, especially in the capital Bangkok. As a result, the prices charged each year have increased dramatically so the cost of medical care is (very) high. Don’t panic most medical institutions accept international private health insurance. To leave with peace of mind don’t risk it don’t spend too much money on healthcare ACS advises those under 60 Who go to Southeast Asia to sign the ACS Health in Asia contract.
Moving to Portugal
Living in Portugal is easy for EU nationals. Simplify on-site administrative procedures and tax collection. Expats are generally attracted by the country’s attractive real estate prices and career opportunities but not only. The cost of living is one of the main reasons for the country’s attractiveness: it is lower than other European countries like France. Portugal’s proximity to France also attracts many French ex-pats. Note that ex-pat fees may therefore be lower than those from afar destination. Portugal being part of Europe has a cultural heritage similar to ours there is less risk of culture shock to move to this country.
The first thing to do when moving to Portugal is to obtain your Portuguese tax number: Numero de Contribute. It is useful in many administrative procedures especially opening a bank account. To get it just go to the Autoridade Tributaria e Aduaneira which is closest to your home or work.
In Portugal, the weather is mild for most of the year. It has one of the warmest winters in Europe. In addition to the quality of life in the country, the population is also popular. Food has a very good reputation for foodies!
In terms of health if you are a French ex-pat receiving public healthcare in Portugal you can use your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This social protection is fairly comprehensive and effective depending on the area of residence. The public health system isn’t free but it’s still there Cheaper than private service. To consult a doctor at the Da Luz Hospital in Lisbon for a sore throat it is necessary to calculate the medical bill of 97 euros.
For nationals outside Europe, it is necessary to subscribe to private social security insurance.
Move to Sweden
One of the Nordic countries Sweden lures many people in search of their ideal country.
Sweden’s economic growth is attracting many foreign investors and an increasing number of expatriates. Despite persistent unemployment (about 7.5% by 2022), the country’s desire to create jobs is huge and many fields of activity remain vibrant: music and fashion design.
Even though the cost of living is high and the real estate market is saturated Sweden’s tax system is favorable. The purchasing power is slightly higher than that of France. At the same time, the standard of living in the country is considered fair by the locals.
In Sweden winters are cold and summers are hot. Unlike other Nordic countries such as Norway, Sweden’s climate is generally dry continental.
Swedes are considered very respectful. It is still difficult to integrate into Sweden because although everyone speaks English the locals are usually cold and distant. Therefore to promote its integration in the field, it is highly recommended to be open to Swedish culture and work hard Understand why not learn a new language: Swedish?
To live and work in Sweden there are two important procedures to consider: the obligation to register with the tax authority Skatteverket (the Swedish tax authority) and an identification number. Those sent abroad for more than one year must be compulsorily registered in the country’s Swedish tax authorities (Skatteverket) and have adequate ex-pat health insurance for this purpose.
Equally important the ID number is essential for settling in Sweden. This personal number assigned to each person can be used instead of a passport or ID card. For example, it is useful to go to the doctor or sign various contracts. like the obligation to register a number Obtained at the Swedish Tax Agency.
In Sweden, French people can use the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to enter the public health system. Healthcare in Sweden is also fee-based but the state appears to have found a balance to reduce inequalities in people’s access to healthcare. The country spends a portion of its gross domestic product on the health system. The cost of expert consultation is approximately 30 EUR. For a foreigner of non-European nationality to reimburse medical expenses, it is necessary to purchase foreigner insurance when planning to go abroad.
Move to Canada
Canada is one of the most frequented destinations for ex-pats. According to the French Foreign Ministry, more than 100,000 French people will live in Canada in 2022.
There are several explanations for expats’ enthusiasm for living in Canada: the cultural mindset or ease of working with English-speaking people in the host country and of course career opportunities.
In Canada, the job market is very active and the unemployment rate has declined over time. Many French companies were established there attracting a larger French-speaking population and young French graduates. In addition to facilitating access to employment contracts for French ex-pats, An agreement has been reached between France and Canada. For example every year a large number of young French people choose PVT Canada in this country for one or two years or it can be a university exchange.
In general, there is a great deal of solidarity among ex-pats of different nationalities in Canada. The country welcomes them all in a secure system with simpler steps to settle. For example, children of expatriates are easily educated because enrolment in public schools is free (These are probably French schools).
Canadians are open and welcoming which facilitates the integration of ex-pats. The country has incredible architectural wealth but also culture. Its expansive landscape is also very attractive. The flora and fauna of Canada are very special. Weather conditions are very different. Winters are Long and harsh with temperatures up to -30°. If you leave without health insurance be careful not to get sick or have an accident on the spot. Expat health insurance is essential on-site. The cost of healthcare in Canada is very high. for your professional and/or personal The experience is not spoiled make sure! A simple consultation with a GP costs about $100 while a hospital admission for appendicitis costs about $6,000.
That said those wishing to get a two-year PVT in Canada must present 24 months of health insurance to obtain a visa. Therefore a person doing PVT in Canada must be able to provide proof of insurance when going through customs.
So? What will be your destination for your expatriation?
Defining the destination that best suits you is essential. Once found, it is important to prepare for your expatriation and fully live this enriching experience that will mark you for life.
Near your country of origin or on the other side of the world, once there you are not immune to illness or accident. Taking out expatriate health insurance before your departure allows you to approach your adventure with the peace of mind.
Despite the distance from your country of origin (which can become worrying during expatriation), going to live in a foreign country is an opportunity, take it!