These non-European countries are the best for European expats

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Published on 2022-11-30 at 09:00 by Estelle
Moving overseas is an enriching experience that many Europeans seek every year. While some prefer to stay in Europe, others choose to go on a great adventure on the other side of the world and sometimes even stay there for good. Which are currently the most attractive non-European countries for Europeans?

New Zealand

Let's kick off the list with the Land of the Long White Cloud! Who hasn't dreamed of visiting this beautiful and amazing country? Well, you should know that it was recently ranked first among the best countries outside Europe for expats. 

Even if its Covid-19 entry restrictions have cast a shadow on its reputation (remember how it was one of the strictest countries in terms of pandemic management), New Zealand tops many rankings. In fact, when it comes to quality of life, administrative simplicity, as well economic stability and breathtaking landscapes, this country is still a favorite destination for expats. What's more, there are so many things to do there. What else could one ask for? 

One of the most important points when talking about moving abroad is, of course, career opportunities. The good news is that the labor market in New Zealand is pretty attractive for expatriates. Sectors such as tourism and agriculture are particularly interesting, especially in terms of seasonal jobs. Qualified profiles can easily find jobs in the information technology, construction, and engineering sectors. But mind you, the required level of both written and oral English is very high.


If discovering one of the many Asian cultures appeals to you, then Taiwan may be a perfect choice. In recent years, it has been ranked as one of the most popular destinations for expats. Why? Well, mainly because of its financial stability, the quality and accessibility of its health care, and the country's overall security standards.

Beyond the welcoming and attractive nature of Taiwanese citizens, there is also the fact that the country is experiencing full economic growth, which makes it doubly attractive. This results in a dynamic and relaxed job market, especially for qualified Europeans. The country is, in fact, known as the perfect career and life booster. People don't move there to start a family, but to live an exciting and challenging professional life. Moreover, Taiwan is one of those countries where it is very easy to settle down.

Not only does Taiwan allow you to live a fulfilling professional life, but it is also a destination where, in spite of its developed cities, you can enjoy nature and beautiful landscapes. You can go for a walk in the mountains, which are only 10 minutes away from the city by subway, and go for a swim in the hot springs.


Singapore's flourishing economy is surely one of the main reasons why European expatriates flock there. Besides the fact that Singapore is very dynamic and modern, one can find attractive job opportunities with salaries that allow for an affordable life as an expat. Its special bonus lies in its highly multicultural character, which is particularly valued by many expatriates.

Singapore is also loved for its tropical climate, which hovers around 20°C or 30°C year-round. For those who come from colder regions and who are not used to the heat, there's no need to panic! All buildings are air-conditioned. 

The city is also appreciated for its extreme cleanliness and its green side. It is also called "the garden city" where one can find many green spaces. Besides, it's worth noting that Singapore's policy is focused on the sustainable development of its spaces and buildings. It attracts all those who love the city as much as nature.

While healthcare is expensive, their standard is very high. And remember that expatriate health insurance policies can help cover the costs. Education in the country is notoriously demanding, but again of the highest quality.


Here is another great country where European expats enjoy living. Despite its bad reputation due to violence and other social issues, Mexico remains attractive, and the reasons for that are clear! The locals are particularly welcoming, the culture is great, the landscapes are beautiful, the cost of living is low, and the food is great. The country has also made great progress in terms of security and safety, which is increasingly appealing to more and more foreigners.

Mexico is located between the United States and South America, which makes it a central and dynamic economic hub. The automotive industry, as well as the tourism sector, offer interesting job opportunities. Expats are very happy to live there and talk a lot about how easy it is to settle in and make friends there. Natural beauty is another major contributing factor. Indeed, when we mentioned landscapes earlier, we were also referring to how new expats can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, from green spaces to paradisiacal beaches.


Canada is one of the best-rated countries for moving abroad and one of the favorite destinations for European expats. As you may already know, most Canadians speak English, but a large part of them also speak French, making things easier for those who are not fully bilingual. In addition, there are many English and French-speaking job offers, but you may need to know a few French-Canadian expressions to understand and make yourself understood. The unemployment rate is constantly decreasing, and job opportunities are numerous in fields such as digital, education, or medicine.

Canada's environment is ideal for those who like vast green spaces, natural parks and snow in the winter. That said, you should be prepared for very cold temperatures during this season! Beyond that, Canadians are very welcoming and friendly, and they make it very easy for expatriates to integrate. The administrative systems are simple and allow for quick procedures, like school registration for children, which is easy and free.

It is worth mentioning that many students travel there every year, especially for university exchanges. 

How to successfully relocate outside of Europe?

To ensure a successful move overseas, especially outside Europe, you will first need a visa, especially if you want to stay for more than 3 months and boost your career. First, determine why you wish to settle in the selected country. 

The most common visas are, without a doubt, the work visa and the Working Holiday Visa (WHV) for those who want to be able to work. But depending on what you are really looking for, you might be able to find a more appropriate visa. Don't hesitate to contact the embassies and consulates of selected countries to find out about the steps to take and the deadlines for organizing yourself in the best possible conditions.

Consider making a to-do list of everything you need to get sorted out before you leave and upon your arrival in your host country. Relocating outside Europe must be carefully planned since everything might not necessarily be as straightforward as it would have been in your country.