WORLD - Israel 14th Best Country for Expats

Arno Froese

Israel is the 14th-most attractive location for expats worldwide, rising eight places in just one year, according to a major annual survey conducted by global networking community InterNations.

Examining the satisfaction levels of over 20,000 expats regarding living and working abroad in 64 countries across the globe, the Expat Insider 2019 survey showed that expats in Israel are particularly happy with the high-quality of life and their working life, but struggle with the high cost of living.

Taiwan, Vietnam and Portugal were ranked as the best global destinations, all of them attracting expats with their ease of settling in and good personal finances. At the other end of the spectrum was Kuwait, ranked as the least desirable destination for relocation, followed by Italy and Nigeria.

Compared with last year, Israel improved in all six key indices measured by the survey. The country was ranked among the top 10 destinations worldwide by respondents for working abroad (10th place) and quality of life (9th).

Expats in Israel expressed particular satisfaction regarding the availability of leisure activities in the country (88% vs. 75% globally), the affordability of healthcare (84% vs. 55% globally), and the quality of medical care (88% vs. 65% globally).

In terms of working abroad, Israel gained 12 ranks since last year—from 22nd place to 10th—after expats expressed increased job satisfaction (78% in 2019 vs. 65% in 2018). Israel is only beaten by Vietnam in the category of job satisfaction., 5 September 2019

Arno's commentary

The sense of security is self-evident by this survey. This gives us a totally different picture than what we hear and read in the news media. Over and again, people will ask: isn’t it too dangerous to live in that country? Quite the opposite is true. For example, in the crime index for mid-2019, the Numbeo organization places Venezuela as the worst country, with the US in 49th place, and Israel in 92nd place. The safest countries are Japan (121st), Taiwan (120th), Hong Kong (119th).

We are reminded of the words found in Ezekiel 34:13: “And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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