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Thailand losing favour among expats: HSBC survey

Thailand is falling out of favour with expats, a new survey has revealed.

According to HSBC’s 2018 Expat Explorer Survey, Thailand ranked in 21st place, down 6 places from its rankings in 2017.

The research was conducted online by YouGov in March and April 2018 and saw 22,318 expats across the world surveyed about their experiences living abroad.

The survey found that some of the positives to living in Thailand is that expats have more disposable income and are likely to live in a nicer property than in their home country.

Expats are also more likely to have access to more affordable healthcare than back home.

However, some of the negatives to living in Thailand included safety, the standard of education, job security, career progression and wage growth, all of which expats said were worse in Thailand than in their home country.

For the fourth consecutive year, Singapore was found to be the country of choice for expats.

Some of the top reasons for moving to Singapore were career progression, improved earnings, quality of life and standard of education for children.

However, the country was noted for its high cost of living and poor work-life balance.

While Thailand dropped in the rankings from 2017, other ASEAN nations saw their positions increase, with Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam all finishing higher in the 2018 survey.

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