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Thailand, Philippines Drop in Ranking in HSBC Survey of Expats

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As other Southeast Asian countries saw their positions unchanged or up in a survey of expats, Thailand and the Philippines went in the opposition direction.

This year, Thailand ranked 21st in HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey, down six places from a year ago.

The kingdom obtained high scores from expats in the categories of property and health but they were offset by the low scores on the quality of schools and safety. The country also scored low on politics and job security, while safety and economic confidence were in the median.

The survey asked 22,318 expats around the globe in March and April this year and the results on 31 countries were released on Wednesday. Six Southeast Asian countries — Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines — were in the league. In fact, Singapore ranked first as the host nation favored by expats.

The rankings of Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam were up from last year.

Thailand was not alone on the losing side — the Philippines’ position also dropped to 28 from 17.

League Table (based on 2018 results)

Country Your criteria All criteria
Rank 2018 2017
Singapore 1 1 1
New Zealand 2 2 2
Germany 3 3 3
Canada 4 4 4
Bahrain 5 5 Up 9
Australia 6 6 Down 5
Sweden 7 7 Down 6
Switzerland 8 8 8
Taiwan 9 9 Up 12
United Arab Emirates 10 10 Down 7
France 11 11 Up 16
India 12 12 Down 10
Indonesia 13 13 Up 19
Spain 14 14 Down 11
Malaysia 15 15 Up 18
Mexico 16 16 Down 14
Hong Kong 17 17 Down 13
Ireland 18 18 Up 28
Vietnam 19 19 Up 23
Russia 20 20 Up 24
Thailand 21 21 Down 15
United Kingdom 22 22 Up 27
United States 23 23 Down 20
Turkey 24 24 Up 26
Poland 25 25 Down 21
Saudi Arabia 26 26 Up 29
China 27 27 Up 30
Philippines 28 28 Down 17
South Africa 29 29 Down 25
Japan 30 30 Down 22
Brazil 31 31 31