South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria are among the world’s most dangerous places to live and work from, for expatriates. According to the latest survey, carried out by InterNations.
South Africa and Nigeria were the worst-rated countries in the safety and security category, which covers personal safety and political stability.
“For example, in South Africa, which ranks 64 out of 64 countries for this factor. 63% of expats say they don’t feel safe, and 22% even feel extremely unsafe,’‘ said Malte Zeeck, founder and co-CEO of InterNations.
A British expat states: “My life is easier here, but I feel as if I am living in a bubble. I miss the freedom to walk or ride anywhere at any time, and I hate having to worry about my security.”
A Belgian expat explains about the “uncertain political situation, racism, corruption, high crime rate and the weakness of the rand. However, South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria are among the world’s most dangerous places to live ”.
At the beginning of this month, South Africa produced a dismal crime report. It showed that murders, robberies at residential properties, bank robberies and sexual offenses increased over the last 12 months.
Kenya (58th overall)
A Danish expat complains that “that I can’t walk on the street because it’s not safe: I have to drive or be driven everywhere.”
A Croatian expat narrates “foreigners are often taken advantage of through stealing, scamming, and police ask money from you. The roads are awful, traffic is just terrible, and the city is dirty.”
Kenya was however among the best countries for leisure options, adventure, and personal happiness.
Nigeria (62nd overall)
A Hungarian expat states: “We are not really free, cannot walk on the streets, cannot mingle with the Nigerians. There is always the possibility of danger.”
Similarly, a Rwandan expat complains about “the feeling of uncertainty. Almost anything can and might happen to me, anytime, anywhere.”
In conclusion, Nigeria was the worst-rated country in the group of travel and transportation, health and well-being.