Malta emerged as the best place for expatriates based on a recent survey conducted by an international organization of over 14,000 respondents of various nationalities.
Malta, according to InterNations, a social network and information site for people who live and work abroad, ranks first in the survey for overall job satisfaction, with seven in 10 expats generally satisfied and 27 percent even completely satisfied.
"In terms of career prospects, only the USA and the United Kingdom rank higher," InterNations said.
InterNations said Malta particularly attracts Information Technology (IT) professionals.
Other popular destinations for those in the search of an interesting job and good career opportunities are China, Mozambique, Luxembourg and Poland, the group said.
On the other hand, at lower end of the ranking are countries that are suffering economically like Italy, Portugal and Greece. InterNations said these countries "offer the least favorable job opportunities for foreign residents."
Malta, along with Norway and Sweden, is also popular among expatriates for its favorable work-life balance, InterNations said.
"Finding the perfect balance between work and life can prove to be an ordeal for many expats," noted InterNations founder and co-CEO Malte Zeeck.
The Philippines, meanwhile, is not popular for work-life balace, said InterNations, as expats there — as well as in Uganda, Nigeria and Panama — "work up to 10 more hours per week than their counterparts in Scandinavia.:
InterNations also said expats in Greece "are suffering from a bad work-life balance."
The Working Abroad Index ranks countries according to various factors from three different areas: job and career, work-life balance, and job security.
In total, 64 countries are included in this index. In order to be included, the minimum sample size in the ranking is 50 respondents, although nearly 40 countries had a sample size of over 100. Questions were rated on a scale of one to seven.
For its annual Expat Insider survey, InterNations, which has 1.8 million members in 390 cities around the world, asked more than 14,300 expatriates representing 170 nationalities and living in 195 countries or territories to rate and provide information on various aspects of expat life, as well as their gender, age, and nationality. —KBK, GMA News