Malta fell 19 ranks in the Quality of Life Index, according to The Expat Insider 2018 survey, and found itself placed at the 38th spot.
The data was collected over the period 15 February to 7 March 2018, and was promoted through the InterNations website. The study is based on five indices, Quality of Life, Ease of Settling In, Working Abroad, Family Life and Personal Finance.
Malta however was labelled as the “biggest loser” in the Quality of Life Index, as the country fell by 19 ranks over 2017.
While Malta’s climate and weather awarded favorable scores to the country, many expats seem not to be impressed with the socializing and leisure activities available.
“Corruption seems endemic at all levels of society in Malta” – British Expat
Only 56% of those who participated in the study gave a positive rating to Malta’s political stability. The global average stood at 63%. According to the study, a respondent from the UK commented that ‘corruption seems endemic at all levels of society in Malta’.
The study also found that 18% of the expats residing in Malta were not happy with the lack of peacefulness in the country.
87% said that they were happy for their personal safety in Malta.
17% of the expats residing in Malta also expressed their unhappiness with the available leisure activities.
Malta was ranked in 42nd place in the newly added category, digital life.
“There is a general unfriendly attitude towards foreigners in Malta”
In the Ease of Settling In index, Malta fell 14 places when compared to 2017, ranking 25th out of 68 countries. Only 68% of the respondents said that the attitudes towards foreign residents was generally friendly, when compared to 77% in 2017. A Portuguese expat residing in Malta said that ‘there is a generally unfriendly attitude towards foreigners in Malta, and it can be difficult to socialise with local residents’. Only 36% consider the Maltese population in general very friendly, compared to the 45% in 2017.
Malta according to the study “put in a poor performance” even on this index.
The study targeted expatriates which ranged from employees on corporate assignments and people living and working abroad for various other reasons. A total of 18,135 expatriates took part, representing 178 nationalities and living in 187 countries or territories. Five indices; quality of life, ease of settling in, working abroad, family life and personal finance.