3. China *
The primary reason: expats in China are finding themselves with more disposable income than most other places. China is home to the largest proportion of high-earning expats in the world – almost a quarter of expats living there earn more than $300,000 per annum compared with the global average of 5 percent
4. Germany, seen as safe and stable destination for foreigners, placed fourth.
5. Bahrain, the archipelago of islands in the Arabian Gulf, rounded out the top five. The country’s proving attractive as a destination for expats heading to the Middle East particularly for the good work/life balance, the bank said.
6. New Zealand came sixth in the overall rankings, but was voted the bestdestination for raising a family abroad.
The majority of expat parents living in New Zealand commented on the improved health and well-being and safety of their children, as well as saying they are bringing up more confident and well-rounded individuals.
7. Thailand, where expats said they enjoyed a lavish lifestyle at a far lower cost than in their home country, was ranked seventh.
“However much you think you need to bring with you – don’t. Or bring half. What you can get here is either better or cheaper, so not worth the hassle bringing it from home,” an expat in Thailand said
10. Hong Kong