The two worst cities for UK expats to move to are in same European country - 'it's full of challenges'

Milan Italy

Milan ranked low on a number of factors expats consider

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 04/12/2023

- 10:12

Updated: 04/12/2023

- 13:17

A study of expats has found the worst cities to move to

There are lots of options in Europe and further afield when looking to move.

A survey found the worst places to move as an expat and the two worst were in the same country.

The Expat Insider 2023 ranked countries on various factors expats consider when moving.

This includes the quality of life, affordability, availability of healthcare, work-life balance and housing.

Rome fountain

Rome was second worst on the list


Five worst cities to move to






Two Italian cities ranked highly on the list with Milan and Rome in the number one and number two spot.

Milan ranked as the worst city to move to based on difficulties in finding housing.

"Dealing with bureaucracy, opening a local bank account and securing a visa all pose challenges for expats," the report said.

It found a third of expats in Mila "aren't happy" with their social lives, and while 63 per cent found the locals friendly, many did not feel at home.

Rome ranked among the worst for working abroad index, personal finance, quality of life, admin topics and difficulty living there without speaking the language.

Tourists in Milan

Milan is popular with tourists


The study also revealed the worst countries for expats to move to, with Italy voted as the 7th worst.

Kuwait ranked the worst overall, with Norway the worst country in Europe for expats.

The top three cities to live in can all be found in sunny Spain..

Malaga took the number one spot, followed by Alicante and Valencia. Expats reported having a happy life in these cities.

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