Madrid ranked best Europe’s best city for expats

Planning to move abroad in the New Year? Madrid may be your best bet, according to one new study.

Spain’s capital is the best destination in Europe for expats, says InterNations’ annual Expat Insider report. Its 2016 study highlights the city as number one in Europe, due to expats highlighting how welcome they feel, as well as how easy it is to make friends there. The low cost of living is also a factor, with 72 per cent of expats highlighting its affordability, compared to 49 per cent on average around the world.

European cities generally fare well in the rankings, with Dusseldorf also in the top five best cities. Vienna, meanwhile, ranked first in InterNations’ sub-category of quality of life, while Frankfurt ranked first for working abroad and Munich for job security. Madrid, though, emerged top of the continent, not just ranking well within Europe but also ranking third in the whole world’s ranking.

Indeed, the Spanish capital came behind only Melbourne and Houston as the most popular expat destinations in 2016. Australia’s Melbourne consistently ranks as one of the city’s with the best quality of life, with expats in InterNations’ survey highlighting their work-life balance and job satisfaction as particularly positive factors in living there.

The Texan capital, meanwhile, scored highlight for the cost of living, personal finance and for general overall satisfaction, as well as the east of settling in. However, the data was collected before the US presidential elections, which means that the latter score may well lower in the coming months, due to the rhetoric of Donald Trump’s campaign, which was strongly anti-immigrant. Indeed, in the immediate aftermath of the election result, the Canadian immigration site went down, due to high volume of traffic.