Best and Worst African Cities for Expats to Work in 2021

Africa has the largest number of expatriates in the world. Contrary to the stereotype that this is a region ravaged by disease and violence, she has shown enormous outlook over the years. And the fact that foreigners keep flocking to the continent further proves its potential.

Africa is the second most populous continent, home to over 1.3 billion people. However, the high figures do not correspond to the resources of the countries. As demand is greater than supply, professionals come in search of greener pastures.

Expats are also drawn to Africa for its rich culture. But not all cities offer them the best experience. For example, N’Djamena, Chad, and Lagos, Nigeria, are the most expensive cities for expats this year.

Expats ranked the best cities to work for this year. the 2021 ranking of expatriate cities includes 57 cities around the world. However, only four African cities had enough respondents to qualify for this year’s ranking, and two of them made it into the bottom ten.

Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi has moved up 50 places from last year’s ranking after achieving excellent results in the Getting Settled and Finding Houses Index. The Kenyan city ranks 12th out of 57 in the 2021 Expat Cities Rankings, making it the top African city for expats.

According to the report, Nairobi ranks 4th in the world in the Getting Settled Index. 78 percent of expats in Nairobi described residents as friendly, which is high compared to the global average of 69 percent. Also, 74 percent of expats in Nairobi are satisfied with their social life. This is 17 percentage points higher than the world average (57 percent).

Nairobi also ranks sixth in the finance and housing index. 82% of expats find it easy to find accommodation, and almost half (49%) find it affordable.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ranks 41st out of 57 in the 2021 Expat Cities Rankings. It ranks 15th on the Getting Settled Index. Expats can easily socialize, make new friends and feel right at home in Cape Town. It even ranks 3rd in the Leisure and Climate sub-category. 81 percent of expats enjoy its weather and outdoor lifestyle.

But expats are not happy with some of its attributes. Cape Town ranks well on the local cost of living (18th) and finance and housing (13th) indices. Most expats say accommodation is easy to find, but only 40% find it affordable.

The city also has a poor ranking in the urban quality of life index (51st). 42% of expatriates worry about the political stability of the city and 43% worry about their security. More than half (53%) of them are also unhappy with the state of the local economy.

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ranks 52nd out of 57 in the 2021 Expat Cities Rankings, making it one of the worst cities for expats. Its position was due to the fact that it had the lowest ranking for health and the environment. Expats also rank the city’s transport poor (52nd). 22% of expats in Cairo are unhappy with their jobs and 42% are worried about local career opportunities.

However, most expats find it easy to make friends in Cairo because the residents are friendly. They also have no difficulty finding accommodation and think it is relatively affordable. Cairo also ranks 7th in the world for cost of living.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Expats rank Johannesburg 55th out of 57 countries in the world, making it the least preferred African city. Expats think its transportation and politics are the worst among the 57 countries. Many of them are also worried about their safety. The urban environment and health care are also unsatisfactory.

Johannesburg also ranks low in terms of job satisfaction and job security. The majority of expats in this city say it is easy to find affordable accommodation. However, many of them are unhappy with the cost of living in the city.

Written by Oluwatosin Ogunjuyigbe

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