Palace elated over survey showing country’s attractiveness to expats

MANILA, Oct. 3 (PNA) — The palace welcomes a survey showing the Philippines as one of the most preferred countries of expatriates.

The Philippines is rated highly by expats looking outside their homeland for career satisfaction, according to a survey commissioned by British banking giant HSBC.

HSBC Expat Explorer’s survey ranked the Philippines at 28th in 39 countries favored by expatriates as good destination.

In a radio interview over dzRB Radyo Ng Bayan on Saturday, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the survey result is something to be proud of for Filipinos and it shows the county’s openness to its visitors.

“We are known around the world for our warmth and our hospitality,” she said. “We roll out the red carpet not only for our visitors but until such time that they become integrated or become part of our society as our residents.”

“And siguro maganda ring pangitain ito na more and more people see the Philippines (as) not just a place to visit but talagang na-fi-feel at home sila sa ating bansa.”

The HSBC ranked countries based on their attractiveness using various metrics such as opportunities in disposable income, wages, savings, economic confidence, entrepreneurship, politics, career progression, work/life balance, job security, quality of life, culture, health, making friends, integration, safety, finance, healthcare, property and closeness with partner, school quality and childcare quality.

The survey among 21,950 expats was intended to serve as a guide for people who are not sure where they want to move, are still undecided between a few countries, and want to compare their home country with other countries.

The survey rated Singapore as the top all-round destination for expats. It was followed by New Zealand, Sweden, Bahrain, Germany, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Switzerland. (PNA)