Make it easier to live and work in Vietnam — expats urge
Expats are enjoying their life in Vietnam but would like the government to do more to make their stay easier, especially in terms of immigration policy.
According to an Expat Insider survey published in July by InterNations, the world's largest expat community, 80 percent of expats said they were happy with the overall cost of living in Vietnam, compared to a global figure of 45 percent. However, they rate Vietnam very low in governance.
The annual survey asked about 12,000 expats living in 52 countries and territories about living and working abroad. If expats ranked Vietnam #1 in the world in the Personal Finance Index, they ranked the country 51st in the “Administrative Topics” subcategory of the Expat Essentials Index, second only to Malta.
Expats say they find it difficult to deal with local bureaucracy (66% vs. 39% globally), open a local bank account (41% vs. 21% globally) and get a visa to move there (48% vs. 24% globally) .
The results of the InterNations poll also showed that expats ranked Vietnam 48th on their "quality of life" index. More than half (53%) were dissatisfied with the urban environment, more than three times the global average.
More than half of respondents also believe that the government does not support environmental protection policies (compared to 18 percent globally), ranking 50th on this indicator.
The number of expats living and working in Vietnam was 117,800 in 2019, 10 times more than in 2005 and 1.4 times more than in 2015.