South Africa remains a favourite with expats despite safety issues

South Africa remains a favourite with expats despite safety issues

- A recent survey indicated that expats living in South Africa love being here, even if they don't feel very safe

- Expats feel that the local life has a lot to offer and enjoy the cultural diversity of South Africa

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Sunny South Africa is a destination well loved by people across the globe. About 72% of expats who choose to live in South Africa feel that the quality of life is really good over here.

Although many locals would not praise South Africa if you paid them, foreigners love South Africa and the Rainbow Nation.

Recently a survey has indicated that South Africa is ranked 49th out of 65 countries for overall quality of life. Considering how bad it can get it other countries, that's not too shabby.

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South Africa ranked 19th for 'family life', 29th for 'ease of settling in' and 25th for 'cost of living'. According to the report, Mzansi is in the top the half of the rankings.

More than 75% of expats consider South Africa as a great destination to settle down in, even if crime is such a big problem.

Safety concerns make life hard for many expats in South Africa‚ but most enjoy their leisure time and the great weather.

No one can argue that South Africa has some of the best climates in the world. With sunny summers and relatively mild winters we get the best of both.

But, as expected, South Africa fails when it comes to safety. SA was ranked in the bottom 10 for 'personal safety', political stability' and 'peacefulness'. In this category South Africa was above only two other countries - Nigeria and Brazil.

Another problem that expats experience is transport. About half of the expats in South Africa are not satisfied with SA's transport infrastructure.

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In general, people are willing to endure the political unrest, gigantic potholes and the chance of being robbed on their way to the corner shop for the natural beauty and diverse awesomeness that South Africa offers.

In fact, South Africa offers better and more choice for leisure than many other popular countries such as Mexico, Spain and Portugal.

Given the rich cultural value of South Africa, it is no surprise that our country remains a popular choice for many expats.

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