A surprising number of expats are relocating to the Southeast Asian island
Many of us dream of upping sticks and moving somewhere completely different – whether that’s to a warmer climate, a more remote location or a bustling city that offers plenty of career opportunities.
But did you know that a large number of expats choose Singapore as their ultimate destination each year?
We find out why below:
A High Standard of Living
One thing Singapore isn’t is cheap. Expats need to be prepared to pay a top price for apartments, food and other basic amenities.
But there’s a reason for this – the standard of living is high.
Many companies will offer luxurious places to live like SilverDoor Apartments while they look to find the perfect place to settle down. Fantastic healthcare and education are some of the many benefits to living in Singapore. Plus, the salaries on offer do tend to make up for the higher cost of living.
A Great Place for Children
For those moving with children, Singapore offers a safe, modern place to raise your children. Not only is there great security and low crime rates in Singapore, but the quality of education is high, meaning many find raising children in Singapore easier than they would in their native country. Schools tend to teach the children in English, too, but they will also pick up Mandarin which is a great skill for them to have as they grow up.
Plus, it’s easy to get help, e.g. childcare, while you’re juggling your job – and you can take peace of mind that the healthcare is second to none, too.
A Social Hub
A lot of expats who move to Singapore praise it for how easy it is to integrate with the local culture and other expats. Due to the high volumes of people who move to the city, there’s a wonderful cultural mix that gives you the impression that everyone’s welcome – and they are.
There is a high number of clubs and gatherings for expats from all countries. And the fact that there are so many also means you can often get by without knowing the local language. However, you may need to watch out for what is known as the “Singlish” language – a mix of languages, including English, that can be hard for non-natives to understand. Nevertheless, many expats find they rarely experience any issues when communicating with others.
A Wonderful Climate
Another huge draw for Singapore is that the climate doesn’t vary too much. You don’t have sharp contrasts between the seasons because it’s located almost on the equator and, therefore, enjoys a year-round tropical climate. Temperatures tend to range from 72°F to 93°F with the humidity levels increasing when it rains.
As you can see, there are a number of great benefits to moving to Singapore. But if you are considering such an adventurous move, you will want to secure a job before you go as the jobs market is highly competitive (with expats and Singaporeans). Many people do secure work through networking, however, but researching this thoroughly before you make the jump is highly recommended.