Whether you are alone or with your family, whatever your country of destination, the experience will be memorable. Expatriation is an opportunity to take up new challenges and experience other realities that are often unexpected, but always rewarding. To make the right choice, identify the country that best meets your expectations, both personal and professional so that your experience is all the more exceptional.
Below, we share with you the 7 best countries to migrate to from Nigeria with ex-pats: find information and practical advice for each country on this list.
Emigrate to New Zealand
In recent years, New Zealand has been a destination that we hear more and more about, whether as a holiday destination or as a place of residence.
In New Zealand, finding the perfect work-life balance seems possible for many expats. In 2022, the unemployment rate is below 5%. Residents and non-residents can easily find a job. Indeed, the country has the economic advantage of being present on many international markets and benefiting from the attractiveness of several sectors of activity such as agriculture, certain industries, and tourism. If you are looking to pursue a professional activity, find out about the opportunities and fields that recruit in New Zealand.
In New Zealand the living environment is very pleasant, there is a real closeness to nature. The landscapes are often breathtaking! The country offers its inhabitants a relatively peaceful way of life, which contributes to the attractiveness of the country. Another advantage of the island: is its proximity to Asia-Pacific and Australia. You will notice that is located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed compared to those we know.
New Zealanders speak English, expatriates just have to practice the language on a daily basis. There is nothing better to improve your level of English than to rub shoulders with locals.
As far as things to be done quite easily on-site, “undertaking” is one of them. Know that if you have the soul of an entrepreneur, New Zealand strongly encourages this state of mind. The processes of setting up a business, financial investments, and obtaining loans are quite simple.
In the professional sphere, whether for positions of responsibility or for small jobs, you will discover a more open corporate culture than what we know in France or in other European countries.
In any case, to work in New Zealand, you will need a work visa. If you want to work temporarily and you are under 30, it is also possible to go on a PVT/WHV (Working Holiday Visa).
If you want to apply for a permanent resident visa, you will need, among other things, to have worked there for at least two years with a valid work visa.
The New Zealand public health system may be accessible to certain visa holders and covers a wide range of care. To benefit from it, you must ensure that you are eligible for state-funded health services, otherwise, you will have to take out a private health insurance contract. Be aware that medical costs in New Zealand can be very expensive.
So if you like authenticity, wide open spaces, and have the soul of an adventurer, we strongly recommend that you move to New Zealand.
Move to Singapore
Famous throughout the world, particularly for its port activities, Singapore welcomes a growing number of expatriates every year. The latter are often attracted by the flourishing Singaporean economy and its ideal location within Southeast Asia. The economy is particularly supported by the state, which invests heavily in innovative and modern infrastructure.
A pillar of Southeast Asia, Singapore is present in various business sectors such as electronics, manufacturing, financial services, and tourism. It is also heavily involved in international trade, particularly that carried out by the sea. Indeed, Singapore has one of the busiest commercial ports in the world.
The economic environment of the country is favorable, it is good to live in Singapore. Thanks to real economic dynamism, expatriates generally benefit from high salaries and professional opportunities are there.
French companies have understood for several years the advantages and opportunities offered by Singapore. In 2022, more than 600 women will have settled there, occupying various markets such as the electronics industry, financial services, catering, and the wine trade. Yes, the locals particularly appreciate French wines!
The Singapore archipelago enjoys a hot and humid tropical climate throughout the year. Temperatures normally vary between 20°C and 30°C. The Singaporean weather can sometimes destabilize Europeans who are not used to this type of climate, but, rest assured, it is easy to acclimatize to it after a few weeks. Good to know: many buildings are air-conditioned.
Singapore is also known for its cleanliness, it is also a pride of the country. Nicknamed the “garden city”, greenery is extremely present in the landscape. The government has a policy based on sustainable development. The city-state, in addition to being economically attractive, is an ecological model.
The Singaporean healthcare system, both in the public and private sectors, is known for the quality of its care. For expatriates, it is strongly recommended to take out expatriation health insurance to have access to care, the cost of which can be extremely high. For some, medical coverage may be provided by their employer, but this is not a legal requirement.
You will understand that Singapore has many advantages! It particularly attracts expatriates leaving with their families with its pleasant living environment and its quality of teaching. However, please note that the cost of living is high.
Emigrate to Thailand
A real paradise for tourists, the Land of Smiles has become in recent years an El Dorado for expatriates. For the vast majority of them, expatriating to Thailand is an opportunity to access a better standard of living.
The main reasons for this craze are the culture, rich in many customs, the beauty of the landscapes, and also the attractive cost of living. Indeed, the country offers the possibility of access to a better quality of life, often accompanied by a more fulfilling social life and the practice of numerous leisure activities.
Thailand is Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy. For the French, there are real professional opportunities. Among the sectors of activity that most recruit the French community, particularly in Bangkok, there is industry. Other fields where you can apply are the medical sector, cosmetics, high technologies, aeronautics, consulting, textiles, jewelry, and hospitality. Namely that certain professions are prohibited in Thailand or are highly regulated. It is therefore imperative to inform yourself before undertaking an activity on site. This is also valid for each job abroad that you are likely to occupy in all countries of the world.
If you like to travel, the geographical location of Thailand will be a real advantage for you. You can easily explore neighboring countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Malaysia, or even Hong Kong and Taiwan a little further.
On the health side, if indeed a few years ago the quality of health services was not always there, the medical sector has evolved considerably, especially in the private sector. The country is becoming one of the main destinations for medical tourism in Asia, especially in the capital Bangkok. As a result, the prices charged increase sharply each year and the medical costs are thus (very) high. Do not panic, most health establishments accept international private medical insurance. To leave with peace of mind, not to take risks, and not to spend excessive sums on health care, ACS advises people under 60 who go to South East Asia to take out ACS Health in Asia contracts.
Emigrate to Portugal
For nationals of the European Union, it is very easy to go and live in Portugal. On-site, administrative procedures and tax administration are simplified. Expatriates, in general, are attracted by the country’s attractive real estate prices and professional opportunities, but not only… Indeed, the cost of living is one of the main reasons for the country’s attractiveness: it is lower than in other European countries such as France. The proximity of Portugal to France also appeals to many French expatriates. Note that expatriation costs may thus be lower than those to a distant destination. Portugal, being part of Europe, has a cultural heritage close to ours, emigrating to this country presents less risk of culture shock.
The first thing to do when moving to Portugal is to obtain your Portuguese tax number: Numero de Contribute. It is useful in many administrative formalities and in particular to open a bank account. To obtain it, simply go to the Autoridade Tributaria e Aduaneira closest to your home or work.
In Portugal, the weather is mild most of the year. It is one of the countries in Europe where it is warmest in winter. In addition to the country’s quality of life, the population is welcoming. For gourmets, know that gastronomy has a very good reputation!
On the health side, if you are a French expatriate, to access public health care in Portugal you can use your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This social protection is quite comprehensive and effective depending on the region of residence. The public health system is not free but remains less expensive than the private service. For a consultation with a doctor at the Da Luz Hospital in Lisbon for sore throats, you have to count 97 € of medical expenses.
For nationals outside Europe, it will be necessary to subscribe to private social security coverage.
Move to Sweden
A country in northern Europe, Sweden seduces many people in search of the ideal country.
Sweden’s economic growth is attracting many foreign investors and more and more expatriates. Despite a sustained unemployment rate (about 7.5% in 2022), the country’s desire to create jobs is considerable and many sectors of activity remain dynamic: music, fashion, design…
Even though the cost of living is high and the real estate market is saturated, Sweden has an advantageous tax system. The purchasing power is a little higher than that of France. The standard of living in the country, meanwhile, is considered to be fair by the locals.
In Sweden, the temperatures are cold in winter and hot in summer. Unlike other northern European countries like Norway, the Swedish climate is generally dry and continental.
Swedes are perceived as very respectful. It can still be difficult to integrate in Sweden since although everyone speaks English, the locals are generally cold and distant people. Thus, to facilitate its integration on the spot, it is strongly advised to open up to Swedish culture, make efforts to understand it, and why not learn a new language: Swedish.
To live and work in Sweden, there are two important procedures to take into account: the obligation to register with the tax authorities Skatteverket (the Swedish tax agency) and the identification number. A person who is expatriated for more than a year in the country must imperatively register with the Swedish tax authorities (Skatteverket) and for this have adequate expatriate health insurance.
Equally important, the identification number is essential for settling in Sweden. Assigned to each person, this personal number can replace the passport or identity card. It is useful to go to the doctor for example or to sign various contracts. Just like the obligation to register, the number is obtained at the Skatteverket.
In Sweden, the French can use the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to access the public health system. Health care is also chargeable in Sweden, but the state seems to have found a balance to reduce inequalities in access to care for the population. The country devotes part of its GDP to the health system. The cost of a consultation with a specialist is around €30. As an expatriate of non-European nationality, in order for health costs to be reimbursed, it is necessary to take out expatriate insurance when preparing to go abroad.
Move to Canada
Canada is one of the destinations to which expatriates head the most. According to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, more than 100,000 French people will live in Canada in 2022.
Several explanations justify the enthusiasm expatriates have for going to live in Canada, among them: culture, mentalities, the ease of dealing with English speakers in the host country as well as professional opportunities.
In Canada, the job market is very active and the unemployment rate is decreasing over time. Many French companies are established there, which attracts, even more, the French-speaking population and young French graduates. In addition, to facilitate access to employment contracts for French expatriates, agreements have been put in place between France and Canada. For example, PVT Canada, which each year allows a large number of young French people to choose this country for one or two years, can also be a university exchange.
In general, between the different nationalities of expatriates in Canada, there is great solidarity. The country welcomes them all in a secure system where their steps to settle are simpler. The children of expatriates, for example, can easily be educated since registration in public schools is free (these may be French schools).
Canadians are open and welcoming, which facilitates the integration of expatriates. The country has incredible architectural wealth, but also cultural. Its immense landscapes are also very attractive. The fauna and flora in Canada are exceptional. The weather conditions are very different. Winters are long and harsh with temperatures that can reach -30°. Be careful not to fall ill on the spot or have an accident if you left without health insurance. Expatriate health insurance is essential on-site. Indeed, medical costs in Canada are very high. So that your professional and/or personal experience is not spoiled, make sure! Indeed, a simple consultation with a general practitioner costs approximately $100 while a hospitalization for appendicitis costs approximately $6,000.
Namely, a person who wishes to obtain a two-year PVT in Canada must necessarily present health insurance for a period of 24 months to obtain his visa. Thus, people going on a PVT in Canada must be able to provide proof of insurance when going through customs.
Emigrate to India
In the country of Gandhi, we find both all the beauty and the harshness of life. A mix that offers another view of the world to the many settled expatriates. In India, you will most certainly step out of your comfort zone.
On the Asian side, India is one of the countries that attract the most expatriates. Some are attracted by cultural differences, others by economic opportunities. Indeed, the labor market offers, in a growing economic context, real opportunities in different sectors of activity such as automotive engineering, energy, IT… Growth sectors where qualified profiles easily find their place within innovative VSEs/SMEs.
Other expatriates choose India to permanently live their retirement abroad in an environment different from that which they encounter in the West and thus establish their main residence there. They can benefit from a low cost of living and a varied environmental richness. For example, in India, the climate varies according to the region. The size of the country thus offers a multitude of climates, based on 3 main seasons: hot, cold and wet.
To expatriate in India, you must obtain one of these three visas: the entry visa, the work visa or the business visa. We advise you to anticipate all the steps necessary for your visa application.
A major concern of newcomers to India: is the health system. The quality of health services varies from place to place. The precarious conditions of certain regions of the country can make it difficult for locals and expatriates alike to access healthcare, despite the existence of private hospitals and clinics. In large cities such as Bombay or Delhi, access to healthcare is simpler but still remains more restricted than in a developed country. India is indeed a developing country where a small percentage of GDP is allocated to the health sector.
It is strongly advised that expats take out private health insurance in order to be able, despite the shortage of qualified doctors, to be treated by professionals and thus to be reimbursed for their medical expenses, or even in certain cases to be able to be repatriated.
So? What will be your destination for your expatriation?
Defining the destination that best suits you is essential. Once found, it is important to prepare for your expatriation and fully live this enriching experience that will mark you for life.
Close to your country of origin or on the other side of the world, once there you are not immune to illness or accident. Taking out expatriate health insurance before your departure allows you to approach your adventure with the peace of mind.
Despite the distance from your country of origin (which can become worrying during expatriation), going to live in a foreign country is an opportunity, take it!