The concept of immigration has existed since time immemorial. Whether it was the search for greener pastures, the need to survive in a warmer climate or the safety of kin and property, man’s search for better prospects has been endless.
In modern times this natural need meets more formalities and barriers. As countries have territorial borders, geo-political factors and economic concerns in play, immigration is now viewed as the movement of human capital. This has inevitably led to procedures being placed for immigration control which in turn means immigration is no longer a matter of packing up and moving at will. It is a matter of careful consideration with a researched awareness of countries.
A country’s economic prosperity, the social benefits offered to its people, its culture, its literacy rate, these are all factors that can drive its immigration policies.
When looking for immigration options, there are certain countries that have gained more popularity due to the ease of their immigration processes and the standard of living they offer. The quality of the economic prospects they can offer businesses and families is also a factor in their popularity.
Below are the top 10 countries that are on everyone’s list of the best countries to consider for immigration:
A country with a population density of just 4 people per square kilometre, Canada is known to be a welcoming and prosperous host country with plenty to offer. It has a strong system of social benefits in place with healthcare, education, and other such benefits, accessible to all.
Canada has a multitude of visa and immigration programs to apply under for example separate programs for skilled people, for family sponsorships etc. Then there are provincial programs and refugee programs, also, making Canada an easy choice for immigration seekers.
2. The United States of America
Known as the land of opportunity, the United States of America comes easily to everyone’s top 10 list of immigration countries. As one of the most powerful countries in the world, it attracts visitors and immigrants from all over the world seeking economic prosperity, business opportunities, a superior standard of life, access to its prestigious educational institutions etc. The United States of America also offers a variety of immigration and visa programs like the E-2 Investor Visa only for businesses, alongwith programs that serve for students, asylum seekers, families, and refugees to name a few.
3. St. Lucia
St. Lucia is a genteel, economically stable, friendly island in the Caribbean offering citizenship by investment opportunities to businesses and families. Its year round tropical climate makes it a great place to call a second home. Its strong second passport is coveted for a number of reasons other than the ease with which it can be obtained. St. Lucia offers its citizens great healthcare and educational opportunities through the visa free and visa on arrival access its citizens have to 131 countries. This includes the Schengen Area and the United Kingdom. St. Lucia is lenient on taxes making it an especially advantageous choice for business owners.
Germany, as Europe’s largest economy, has a high demand for skilled workers especially technically skilled workers like engineers, software programmers etc.
Known for its high standard of living, its educational institutes and state of the art healthcare facilities, Germany presents an attractive option for individuals as well as families. Germany offers visas for job seekers and families and is considered one of the top choices for young professionals.
Dominica, an island nation in the Caribbean, is a popular destination for tourists year round. A tropical climate ensures its always high season for visiting and there’s never any shortage of interesting things to do on the island. Dominica is mostly a popular immigration choice for business owners and professionals because of the power of its passport. Dominica’s passport allows visa free and visa on arrival travel to 151 countries including the Schengen Area, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. This opens up the possibility of global mobility and business opportunities which is a highly attractive benefit of acquiring Dominica’s citizenship.
A strong and encouraging culture of entrepreneurship makes Australia one of the best places for people looking to migrate for better economic prospects. Australia’s location on the world map means that permanent residency is a more popular immigration option when compared to temporary work visas. Especially as permanent residents can also access a range of healthcare benefits which allows them to enjoy Australia’s high standard of living to the fullest.
As the second largest exporter of natural gas in the world, Qatar’s place in the top 10 list of popular immigration countries is secured by the fact that it welcomes expatriates to its growing economy. Most companies in Qatar offer very generous remuneration packages and benefits to expatriate employees.
Qatar’s high standard of living comes at a relatively low cost of living when considered in lieu of salaries and tax benefits offered. Although naturalisation is a tedious process and not guaranteed to be successful, Qatar is still a magnet for highly paid professional expats.
8. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s oil based economy has always thrived and welcomed expats. A booming economy and a low population density meant that Saudi Arabia has a lot of attractive job opportunities to offer. This applies across all industries from labour work to highly skilled engineering work to high qualification jobs like doctors and this is justified by the comparatively high salaries paid to expats. Good pays, a modern infrastructure, and a high standard of living all make Saudi Arabia a very comfortable country for immigration considerations.
9. United Kingdom
It is no secret that the United Kingdom has some of the world’s oldest and most prestigious educational institutions like Oxford, Cambridge and Eton. The UK also has a well established reputation for its medical research and quality of healthcare offered to its residents. Other than the usual citizenship and residency programs, the UK offers attractive business opportunities through the Start-Up Visa, the Innovator Visa and the UK Expansion Worker Visa.
A true Nordic country, Sweden is known for its excellent educational and medical infrastructure. It offers a healthy work-life balance with highly competitive salaries making it one of the most sought after countries in the world for job opportunities. Sweden has one of the lowest gender gap in salaries, and when combined with parental leave policies, it is an especially attractive immigration choice for young couples and young families.
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