If you have decided to move abroad in 2023 but are still not sure where to, a few factors can help you out. While quality of life is a determining factor for everyone, the factors can change depending on your situation. If you’re a professional, for example, the job market situation will also come into play. Here is our selection of the 5 best destinations for the new year according to these criteria.
Canada is by far one of the most popular countries for moving abroad, thanks to its stable economy and its picturesque landscapes. This North American country currently has 38.28 million inhabitants and a stable job market open to foreign talent. The unemployment rate remains low (7.5%) and the flourishing sectors include tourism and hospitality, education, technology and health sectors.
To settle in Canada, you will need to be fluent in English, or you will have to be committed to learning it, as it is the official language, except in the Quebec region, where French is spoken.
Another plus is certainly the warm welcome and friendliness of Canadians.
Good news: if New Zealand seems like the perfect country to you, you should know that the country has lifted its COVID-19 restrictions and is open to foreigners again. Indeed, a lot of to-be expats would have been waiting for this as New Zealand is one of those offering the most opportunities to expats in 2023 according to the William Russel ranking.
This English-speaking country of 5.12 million inhabitants has a dynamic economic situation and access to employment, which makes it a top destination. The job market is indeed attractive and many sectors offer interesting positions, notably in health, construction or IT. If you are a motivated young graduate, speak English and are able to adapt easily to the specificities of the country, this is the destination for you.
The quality of life that New Zealand offers is very much agreed upon by everyone: work-life balance, numerous activities, magnificent landscapes and the kindness of the “Kiwi” people will make New Zealand a unique experience.
Respected for its commitment to human rights, public service and sustainability, Sweden is increasingly appealing to expats and it is not hard to see why. Its quality of life and warm, respectful people make it a sought-after destination that often tops the rankings.
Other than that, the economic situation of the country is stable and finding a job in Sweden should not be too hard if you have strong qualifications that stand out.
Although the official language of the country is Swedish, English is spoken by the majority of the population, even in companies, which will facilitate exchanges. Also, although the days are much shorter in winter, the beautiful northern lights and famous snowy landscapes more than make up for it.
South Korea is now one of the top 5 countries to settle in thanks to its booming economy, diverse population and openness to foreigners. Its culture is fascinating and attracts more and more foreigners whether as tourists or as expats.
The job market, which has been growing steadily in recent years, is a real asset for people wishing to settle in the country. Indeed, talents from Western countries are highly sought after for their qualifications but also for their language skills. For example, English teachers are in demand in South Korean schools. The salaries are relatively high and some of them can even benefit from free housing if they decide to move abroad for professional reasons. Outside the teaching world, it is of course the technology, automotive and electronics sectors that are most important for finding qualified jobs.
In the heart of Europe, Germany is a powerful EU country where the quality of life, in addition to a strong economy, will certainly appeal to future expatriates. In fact, it is the 3rd favorite European country for expatriates, after Switzerland and Spain. Indeed, this country offers many opportunities and high salaries to qualified people. The unemployment rate is low (5.4%) and the economy is growing steadily.
Although German is required for many jobs, English is widely spoken in the country.
This country offers great quality of life. As an expat, you can both experience the culture and modernity of the country and enjoy the many activities while having a stable job.
Living abroad is an enriching experience and although the discovery of a new culture is what will first be thrilling to you, the quality of life and the job market are the main reasons to stay. These 5 countries combine all these.