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Native Brazil Indian greeting a visitor.

Transitioning to a new home can leave you with a mix of emotions and when that new home is in another country emotional stress can be further heightened.  Moving to a foreign country means adjusting to another culture.  Being able to navigate through that new culture can make all the difference from you feeling at home or feeling homesick.

The question is, “How can I possibly know how I will be treated before I actually move?”

The answer is the InterNations Expat Insider 2017 survey, conducted by InterNations, the largest community of global expats, with 12,519 individuals. Expats were asked if they ever felt unwelcome in their current country of residence over a twelve month period due to any of the following factors: nationality, culture, race, ethnicity, language or accent, age, gender, or sexual orientation.  Responses to these factors revealed the top countries that make expats feel welcome and the countries that don’t.  It can you give you a bit of insider knowledge to get you prepared emotionally for your move.

Welcome! Bienvenidos!

Most expats felt positive about their experience responding with ‘never’ or ‘very rarely’ feeling unwelcome. Those expats likely reside in these 7 countries:

  1. Bahrain
  2. Costa Rica
  3. Malta
  4. Mexico
  5. New Zealand
  6. Portugal
  7. Spain

Unwelcome. Uvelkomne.

Feeling unwelcome had much to do with three factors; gender, religion, and language and accent. Those that felt unwelcome are most likely to live in these 5 countries:

  1. China
  2. Denmark
  3. Kuwait
  4. Qatar
  5. Saudi Arabia

You never know how your own personal experience will compare to others and all of these countries from the most welcoming to the least have something great to offer. Use this list to see who’s putting out the Welcome Mat and who’s saying Do Not Disturb. For more details read the full Expat Insider 2017 survey.