The Expat Insider 2022 survey features 52 destinations with a minimum sample size of 50 respondents. The Ease of Settling In Index is based on three subcategories with two or three rating factors each. The respondents were asked to rate each factor on a scale of 1 to 7.
The Local Friendliness Subcategory is based on the general friendliness of the local population and their friendliness towards foreign residents. Finding Friends includes making local friends and expats’ satisfaction with their social life. For this subcategory, the respondents were also asked if they have a personal support network in their current country of residence. Lastly, the Culture & Welcome Subcategory covers feeling at home, feeling welcome, and getting used to the local culture.
Mexico is the uncontested number one in the Ease of Settling In Index. It ranks 1st out of 52 destinations for all three subcategories and eight rating factors. Mexico has the world’s friendliest population — at least according to expats: 90% describe the local residents as generally friendly (vs. 66% globally), and 89% consider them friendly towards foreign residents in particular (vs. 65% globally). “The local residents around here are the friendliest and most helpful people I have ever known,” stresses a US expat.