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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)

CountryYour criteriaAll criteria
Rank20182017
Singapore111
New Zealand222
Germany333
Canada444
Bahrain55Up9
Australia66Down5
Sweden77Down6
Switzerland888
Taiwan99Up12
United Arab Emirates1010Down7
France1111Up16
India1212Down10
Indonesia1313Up19
Spain1414Down11
Malaysia1515Up18
Mexico1616Down14
Hong Kong1717Down13
Ireland1818Up28
Vietnam1919Up23
Russia2020Up24
Thailand2121Down15
United Kingdom2222Up27
United States2323Down20
Turkey2424Up26
Poland2525Down21
Saudi Arabia2626Up29
China2727Up30
Philippines2828Down17
South Africa2929Down25
Japan3030Down22
Brazil313131