Year after nomad scheme launch, Malta remains among least favourable countries for expats – survey

Malta plummets from top five to bottom 10 in just five years

 

Malta has once again ranked at the bottom end of an annual survey by Expat Insider that lists the best countries for Expats – this time placing 43rd out of 52 countries.

This, despite Malta’s effort by the government last June to boost Malta’s appeal by launching a ‘Nomad Residence Permit’ to attract digital nomads. The residence scheme offers non-EU applicants a one-year visa allowing them to live and work from the island.

The report, conducted in February, registers a continuous steady decline for Malta, which has slipped consistently since it was ranked 4th in 2015 and 2016. Between 2018 and 2019, it had dropped a further 11 places from 25thto 36th place. In 2021, it placed 50th out of 59 countries.

Overall, Malta has plummeted from the top five to the bottom 10 in just five years.

The survey was carried out by InterNations, one of the largest global expat networks with over 4.2 million members worldwide. In 2022, a total of 11,970 expats participated in the survey, representing 177 nationalities and living in 181 countries or territories.

Ranking for best and worst countries for expats in 2022. Photo: InterNations.org

The five major categories that contribute to the overall country ranking are ‘Quality of Life’, ‘Ease of Settling in’, ‘Personal Finance’, ‘Working Abroad’ and ‘Expat Essentials’. Each of these categories is then sub-divided.

When it comes to Quality of Life, Malta ranks a poor 49 out of 52 countries. This category looks at factors such as travel options, the environment, leisure and health options, and safety and security. Malta ranked exceptionally low when it comes to the environment (5oth) and higher when it comes to health and wellbeing (32nd).

The country’s strongest category is the ‘Ease of Settling in’ category, where it ranked 21st. This was followed by a ranking at 26th for the ‘Personal Finance’ category. Malta then ranked 31st place in the ‘Working Abroad’ category – which assesses the job market and work-life balance within the country.

Lastly, Malta ranked 43rd for the ‘Expat Essentials’ category – which measures the difficulty expats face in their day-to-day life in things like administration, language, and housing. Malta ranked last within the ‘Administration’ sub-category.

Mexico, Indonesia, Taiwan, Portugal and Spain were listed as the top five best places for expats in 2022, while Luxembourg, Cyprus, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Kuwait were listed as the five worst.

                           
                               
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kenny mcilwee
kenny mcilwee
2 days ago

What do you expect

kenny mcilwee
kenny mcilwee
2 days ago

Shit wages, high cost of living, poor air quality, getting ripped of by restaurants,, supermarkets, etc endless construction , dirty filthy streets, crime on the rise, lawless island the list is endless

carlos
1 day ago
Reply to  kenny mcilwee

Corruption is the backbone of power and that what’s happening in Mafia Malta

Francis Said
Francis Said
1 day ago
Reply to  kenny mcilwee

You could not have summed it up better.

JB Hutchinson
JB Hutchinson
21 hours ago
Reply to  kenny mcilwee

Absolutely right. As an expat in Malta, with a pretty good job lined up, I can’t wait to leave this rock in the sea. I pity anyone who has to live here. This is not Europe. This is 3rd world country setup and mentality that happen to be in the EU.

Out of Curiosity
Out of Curiosity
1 day ago

Malta has become a huge challenge to live in for the natives let alone for the expats! Nevertheless we continue to build new accomodation units everywhere, until this bubble will blow up big time, putting into risk our banking and financial systems.

Aggie
Aggie
1 hour ago

It’s hardly surprising when rents are so high and wages are so low, lack of flexibility in working hours makes driving a nightmare in the morning and evening. No respect for rules, other people or themselves.
Saying all that I love it, it’s only a couple of hours to fly to a different country but always love coming home.

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