In a survey by InterNations, the world’s largest network for people who live and work abroad, the company asked 14,300 expats, representing 174 nationalities and living in 191 countries or territories, to rate 43 different aspects of life abroad on a scale of 1-7.
From this, InterNations calculated the scores to get an overall average of the quality of life of people living in foreign countries.
The Quality of Life index took into account factors such as: Leisure Options; Personal Happiness; Travel & Transport; Health & Well-Being; and Safety & Security.
In January, Business Insider looked at the countries where expats have the best quality of life with Taiwan topping that list. However, for every happy expat there is likely an unhappy one, and as a result, we decided to look at the countries InterNations says offer the worst quality of life.
Check out the 19 worst places for expat quality of life below:
19. China — Regardless of its growing economic prosperity, China can be a difficult place for Western expats to settle thanks to its vastly different culture and language. It scored particularly poorly in Internations’ health and well-being sub-index, ranking 64th out of 67 countries surveyed.
17. Uganda — Uganda’s capital is home to a large expat population, but the country as a whole does not provide a great experience for expats. It scored poorly in three of Internations’ five subindexes.
16. South Africa — With English widely spoken across the country, there is very little in the way of a language barrier for British and American citizens moving to South Africa. However, expats living there feel unsafe, with the country finishing 65th out of 67 in the safety and security subindex.
15. Ukraine — Ukraine’s expat experience did not stand out in any particular category but scored fairly poorly across all categories. It was 41st in the travel and transport subindex.
14. Ireland — Ireland is perhaps the most highly developed of all the nations on this list, and is the only country in western Europe to score so poorly in Internations’ ranking.
12. Peru — Peru ranks as the second worst country for expats in South America for quality of life, with foreigners living in the country feeling unsafe. Peru was 59th out of 67 in the safety and security subindex.
11. Kazakhstan — Kazakhstan may not be the most obvious country for expats to move, and it scores poorly on Internations’ list. Expats reported poor leisure options as well as bad health and wellbeing.
9. Kenya — A haven for British expats, Kenya’s low position on Internations’ quality of life ranking is largely down to its poor safety and security score. Only three nations ranked worse in that area.
8. India — With over 1 billion people and a rapidly growing economy, India is set to become a huge player on the international stage. However, expats do not have a great quality of life, with leisure options and health being major concerns.
7. Tanzania — The third-worst African nation on Internations’ list, Tanzania finished 65th out of 67 in both the health and well-being, and travel and transport subindexes.
6. Brazil — Brazil’s low place on this list was largely driven by the fact it was last in the safety and security subindexes. Kidnapping and gun violence are prevalent in Brazil’s big cities.
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4. Egypt — Egypt scored poorly across the board in Internations’ ranking, finishing below 60th in four of five subindexes. Its best score was 48th overall in the leisure options subindex.
3. Kuwait — Kuwait may be one of the most prosperous nations in the world, but that prosperity does not translate into quality of life for expats. It was dead last in both the leisure options and personal happiness subindexes.
2. Mozambique — Ranking 66th out of 67 in both the travel and transport and health and well-being subindexes, and 63rd for safety and security, the east African state of Mozambique is the runner-up for the worst quality of life among expats.