Recent research by expat networking group InterNations found that although 46% of expats have children of their own, only 21% are currently raising their children abroad.
The group conducted a survey of 3,000 families who live and work overseas, finding that some countries are significantly friendlier towards new families than others.
Before we look at the most welcoming countries to raise a family in, Switzerland, Russia and Austria have been ranked as the least friendly towards expats with children.
Here are the nine friendliest:
Expat families say that this country is incredibly welcoming to children, but rated it negatively for safety and security, due to political instability.
“Mexicans do not only welcome families with a friendly attitude, but expats in general,” found InterNations.
The country ranks highly for friendliness, but does even better when it comes to leisure options available to children. Australia also ranks highly for work-life balance.
Greece is high in the rankings for friendless, but expats voted the country poorly for other sub-indices, such as education options.
The Asian country comes in near the top for being incredibly welcoming to expat families. 76% of respondents also said that they feel positively about their children’s health there.
- Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a favourite among expats in general for is low cost of living. 74% say that they are “satisfied with the local leisure activities for their kids” and over 91% rate the friendliness towards children as positive.
This country excels in everything, from quality of life to happiness with personal finance situations. 97% of expats also said that they rate the country’s attitude towards children positively.
Israel is popular with families, thanks to its high rating “with regard to education and health”, says InterNations.
“Every single parent rates the friendliness of the local population towards children positively and 68% are even completely satisfied with the warm attitude towards families,” the report claims.
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