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Photos: Top Expat Destinations 2017

Expatriates think that Bahrain, Costa Rica and Mexico are the best countries to live in.

Palestinians paddle a boat during sunset at the beach in Gaza City August 23, 2013. Gaza's sandy beach is a favourite spot for locals to relax, especially as most residents cannot afford holidays outside the enclave. Picture taken August 23, 2013. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY) - GM1E9AA171Q01

But the reputations of the United Kingdom and the United States as good places to live have plummeted, according to a new survey. Bahrain has rocketed to the top of the list (it was in 19th place last year) because expats have reported that settling into life in the Middle Eastern island nation is easy. It’s also popular because they can get by without learning the local language.