“What are the world’s Best countries to consider to immigrate for a family with children?” That’s a question we get quite often here at Flag Theory group – as entrepreneurs and investors often have families who they want to bring with them during an immigration process, ensuring that their children too have a 2nd passport. It’s an admirable goal – to provide your sons and daughters with a prospect of a better life. One of the best ways to do this is through a new residency or citizenship. By moving your self and your family to a better place, you can ensure safety, education, and a future that is brighter.

There are many different countries around the world where you can get residency, permanent residency, or a 2nd passport. You can view the options side by side at passports.io. However, when you are immigrating with dependents and a spouse, several factors including education and safety an effect where is the best place to immigrate. For this reason, we put together a list of 5 countries to consider.

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Australia: Ranked as the 8th best country out of the top 60 by U.S. News, Australia is home to some 23.7 million people. A wealthy country with a major presence in international organizations, Australia boasts quality of life, firm citizenship rights, opportunity for entrepreneurs, economic stability, and a large public services sector. In addition to job availability, Australia boasts a huge English-speaking population, a safe environment, and a high level of happiness among its citizens.

Australia currently has some 5.5 million immigrants. Over 1.2 million of those immigrants came from the United Kingdom and 486,000 from New Zealand. The remaining foreign-born population entered Australia from a variety of countries including India, China, Greece, Vietnam, and South Africa. A very proud nation of people, Australia holds their cultural values dear which can cause some negative sentiment towards immigrants who are unwilling to integrate. With that said, however, the Australian immigration system is designed to ensure that incoming immigrants at least have something to offer. Under the current system, of the 190,000 non-humanitarian immigrants permitted entry to the country annually, around 66% must be skilled laborers. So, if you’re looking to immigrate to Australia but do not have skilled work potential, immigration is going to prove difficult. What makes a skilled immigrant? Entrants to the country receive “points” that score their potential as skilled workers.

Points are awarded for age, English proficiency, education, work experience, skills of accompanying family members, and any employment certifications. Immigrants to Australia who do not get judged under this system are those with employer-nominations, workers in specific “in-demand” occupations, and any humanitarian applicants. The Australian immigration system is currently under review and so things could change in the near future. Overall, however, if you have something to offer and don’t intend on being an obvious drain on the thriving economy, Australia is a beautiful and hospitable immigration destination.

 

France: Ranked 9th out of the 60 best countries by US News, as one of the best nations in the world, France is one of the world’s most influential countries. A democratic nation with a wealthy population, a significant percentage of France’s people fall into a high-income bracket. This wealth and economic stability may be what brings many immigrants to France’s door. France currently has a population of 64,768,389, 6,684,842 of those peoples are immigrants from other nations. A vast percentage of these immigrants came to the country from neighboring countries and EU member-states like Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom. Additionally, some 913,000 of France’s immigrants hail from Algeria, 840,000 from Morocco, and 762,0000 from Portugal. The rich cultural heritage of France only continues to expand as the nation welcomes increasing diversity. How do the French feel about their increasing immigrant population? Well, the answer varies depending upon who you ask. Many French are feeling an increasing strain from immigrants moving into the country, resulting in feelings of hostility. In light of the 2017 election of Emmanuel Macron, however, it appears that the French are less hostile towards immigration than many may have previously thought. As opposed to his more anti-immigration opponents in the presidential election, Macron believes that EU nations should be accepting of EU immigrants. But what if you’re not an EU citizen? If you are seeking a life in France but are coming from a non-EU country, you must apply for a residence permit and display skills and talents that make you valuable to the country. It is likely that these regulations will become more strict in the future, however, as economic growth slows and unemployment slowly rises.

 

Spain: Ranked 19th out of the 80 best countries by US News as one of the best nations in the world, Spain is comprised of numerous semi-independent “communities.” The cultural influence of each of these historical kingdoms allows a nation of diverse and dynamic population. It is likely that this mixing pot of influence, as well as religious freedom and family-friendly atmosphere, is what appeals to many immigrants. Spain currently has a population of 46,505,963, 6,900,547 of those are immigrants from other nations. The immigrating population to Spain is considerably diverse with people coming from Romania, Argentina, Ecuador, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Morocco. The largest number of immigrants come to Spain from Romania with 810,471 Romanian immigrants now living in the country. The second largest number of immigrants come to Spain from Morocco with 778,451 immigrants and following that is Ecuador with 519,123 immigrants.

The large and diverse patchwork of culture in Spain lures immigrants from all over the globe…but how do the Spanish feel about their increasing immigrant population? As it turns out, they are much more accepting than many other nations! Xenophobia and conflicts between immigrants and nationals are rare in Spain. This almost welcoming attitude is thought to be a result of the existing diversity of the Spanish population. In a country that already embraces multiple cultures and religions, immigrants are rarely seen as a “threat” to the Spanish way of life. Despite Spain’s acceptance, however, immigrants still face a struggle with low salaries, high levels of unemployment, poverty, and job insecurity after settlement.

Amid their economic crisis, however, Spain continues to accept many immigrants which only seems to worsen the quality of life for incoming populations. For many families, though, these effects of economic crisis are little of a deterrent. So, just what does it take to immigrate to Spain? Amid increasing numbers of immigrants, Spain recently made reforms to their immigration policy, making things a little more confusing for those seeking entry. Depending on your reason for seeking entry to Spain, requirements for your application vary.

 

United Kingdom: Ranked 3rd out of the top 80 countries by US News as one of the best nations in the world, the United Kingdom is one of the world’s most developed nations and holds considerable world influence. Long seen as a destination for immigrants worldwide, the United Kingdom has seen increasing diversity in immigrant populations over the last few decades. This increase in diversity is likely a result of the quality of human and property rights as well as religious freedom and well-developed public health and education systems. The United Kingdom currently has a population of 62,348,447, 6,955,738 of those are immigrants from other nations. Similar to Spain, the immigrating population to the U.K. is quite diverse hailing from countries all over the world.

The biggest source of the U.K.’s immigrants, unsurprisingly, is India with some 657,792 of the immigrant population being Indian by birth. Second to India is Poland with 521,446 of the U.K’s population immigrating from Poland. Following these two nations, Pakistan, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, Bangladesh, the USA, Jamaica, and Kenya are the largest contributors to the U.K’s immigrant population. How do the British feel about immigrating populations? This very much depends on who you ask, particularly with Brexit looming over everyone’s heads. Many British feel that their culture is being diluted by foreign influence and their jobs are at risk due to the influx of workers willing to work for lower wages. Brexit has thrust this issue into the limelight, however, since a large portion of Britain’s immigrant population provide vital services that could not be filled adequately by native Britons.

As the negotiations for Brexit continue, it seems that more and more British natives are being made aware of just how much the British economy depends on immigrants. Current regulations for immigration to the United Kingdom are under scrutiny and likely to be revised with Brexit. As it currently stands, though, requirements for entry to the country vary depending on your reason for immigration. For most non-EU immigrants, entry to the country requires leave to enter the country. When granted, this may come with conditions and restrictions applied.

 

Canada: We might be a little biased, but we think Canada is the most immigrant-friendly country in the world. (We're trying to be objetive and ranking us 5th.) We've got plenty of space, we're already ethnically diverse (including two of the six most multicultural cities on earth, Vancouver and Toronto), and we survived the global recession relatively unscathed. Yes, it can get pretty cold, and you'll probably want to avoid rural areas at first, but Canada has great social services and a high standard of living. Ranked 2nd out of the top 80 countries by US News as one of the best nations in the world, Canada is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. It is this availability of land and the Canadian welcoming attitude towards immigrants that attracts incoming immigrants annually.

Of course, the human rights, property rights, quality of life, religious freedom, and well-developed public health and education systems are also a draw! Canada currently has a population of approximately 36,000,000, 7,202,340 of those are immigrants from other nations. In addition to attracting immigrants from the United Kingdom and United States, Canada is a particularly attractive destination for many Asian countries. The United Kingdom is the largest source of Canada’s immigrants with some 674,746 individuals living there having come from the U.K. China is the second largest source of Canada’s immigrants with 543,573 immigrants living in Canada. Following that, India, the Philippines, Italy, the USA, Hong Kong, Germany, Poland, and Vietnam. Where many nations are less accepting of immigrant populations, Canada is rather unique in its position.

The current demographics of Canada mean that without immigrants, the Canadian population will decline in the coming years. Immigrant populations are what helps to maintain the nation’s economy. Due to this, most Canadians are happy to accept incoming immigrants. One concern for Canadians, however, is the focus of immigrants on larger industrialized cities. Immigrants flock to these developed areas in search of work and cultural hubs, however, these are the areas that offer the most opportunity for Canadians as well.

 

Germany: Ranked 4th out of the best 80 countries by US News as one of the best nations in the world, Germany is the most populous nation in the E.U. Bordering nine other countries, it’s no surprise that Germany sees a diverse influx of immigrants seeking the country’s stable growing economy. Germany currently has a population of 81,644,454, 10,758,061 of those individuals are immigrants from other nations. The vast percentage of these immigrant’s hail from other central European countries. The attraction? The low unemployment rates, huge economy, and openness to refugees. The largest number of Germany’s immigrants, some 2,733,109 people, hail from Turkey. Second to Turkey is Italy with 842,666 immigrants now living in Germany. Third is Poland with 613,768 immigrants. Following these top three contributing nations, the largest population of immigrants in Germany come from Greece, Croatia, the Russian Federation, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands, and the Ukraine.

But, how do the Germans feel about the huge influx of immigrants? Well, German politicians have built their careers on the concept of building a welcoming culture that keeps doors open to immigrants. This open-door policy has, however, led to a considerable number of refugees, something which is now becoming a bone of contention for locals. Having accepted so many immigrants into their country, many Germans feel that they have “done their part” and that their own culture is beginning to suffer. This sentiment was reflected in the recent election when support of Angela Merkel dropped considerably as a result of her open-door policy to refugees. This is undoubtedly what led to her most recent promise to limit the number of refugees that Germany would accept.

So, Germans are growing tired of the huge influx of immigrants… but how do they feel towards those who are living there currently? Despite maintaining the “welcoming culture” that has been encouraged, a recent poll shows that only 59% of Germans feel that immigrants are welcome in Germany. Those who believe that immigrants are not welcome blame a strained social system for their sentiments. These individuals believe that as this strain worsens, clashes with and acceptance of immigrant populations will worsen. Essentially, while Germany is an immigration friendly country, it may not remain so for very long.

 

United States: Ranked 7th out of the top 80 countries by US News as one of the best nations in the world, the United States is recognized for being the most dominant military and economic power in the world. A diverse country in terms of cultural influence, the U.S. lures many immigrants with the promise of human rights, freedom, religious freedom, a rich business climate, and opportunity for a better life. The United States currently has a population of 310,232,863, 42,788,029 of those are immigrants from other nations. A plurality of these immigrants come directly from Mexico. Some 11,635,995 individuals in the U.S. currently are Mexican by birth. The U.S. also has a large percentage of Asian immigrants hailing from China, the Philippines, India, Vietnam, and South Korea. The immigrant population is rounded out with immigrants from Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Cuba, and Canada. The attraction of the U.S. lies in existing cultural communities from many of these nations in addition to the belief that the U.S. is the land of opportunity. How does the U.S. feel towards immigrating populations? That really depends on who you ask. It’s no secret that President Donald Trump is no real fan of immigrants, but polls show that some 60% of Americans disagree with his wall-building plan. Recent research also shows that the general feeling that immigrants are a burden on the country has declined by 36% since 1994. In fact, 63% of Americans now feel that immigrants strengthen the country. So overall, while there are some individuals who feel their jobs are being stolen by immigrants, that number is much lower than some may have you believe. In general, U.S. citizens are welcoming and accepting of immigrating populations. To apply for permanent residence in the United States you can be sponsored, i.e. you must be related to a U.S. citizen or green-card holder. Note that different relationships are given higher priority over others. Or you must secure employment with a U.S. company. You may also qualify as a refugee or become a resident through the “green card lottery.”

 

Singapore: Singapore is the safest place in the world. Do you need any other reason than that? The government ensures a safe and productive working environment but isn’t overbearing. When it comes to education, Singaporeans routinely score the best in the world, and your children are guaranteed a multicultural upbringing – with a public school system can prepare your children in both English and Chinese. It’s hard to find a more international country to live in, where your children will be prepared for the global rise of Asia. There are several routes to obtain immigration documents in Singapore – but the Entrepass is one I’ve gone through personally and can recommend. The Singapore government does a fantastic job of fostering innovation through various incentives, schemes, and backing. These reasons and more are why American investor Jim Rogers moved himself and his whole family here, and part of what we talked about when we sat down to talk a few years ago.

 

New Zealand: New Zealand has 4 very attractive programs for entrepreneurs and investors who are able to relocate or start a business. For those who want to run an active business and are able to employ a few local Kiwi, you can apply under the entrepreneur or entrepreneur + schemes which mandate the business is active and provides some benefit to society in New Zealand. For those who prefer to make a passive investment (in real estate or a farm, for instance) you could apply under their investor and investor + schemes which start at about 2M and go up from there. Under this scheme, you couldn’t make your investment your primary residence, but it is fairly flexible when it comes to investment in land/farms. This is partly why there has been a huge influx of Chinese money pouring into New Zealand farming. New Zealand is about as safe as it gets, and the most dangerous thing your children might encounter is an angry sheep.

 

Panama: Panama is the safest country in central America, and their friendly nations visa allows the main applicant to attach a spouse and defendants to the application for small additional fee of just a few thousand dollars. Your kids are pretty much guaranteed to become fluent in Spanish, and there are many international schools in Panama city. However, the countryside is what I would also recommend, as part of your qualification for permanent residency includes either an investment in a business ($10,000) capitalization, or real estate ($80,000). It’s a fairly simple process. Simply obtain police records (or FBI check if you are American) in your home country and get it apostilled at a Panamanian consulate or embassy. This is the only step you’ll need to do outside the country of Panama, we’ll handle the rest of the forms for you, and setup the various meetings you’ll need. Contact us now.

 

Malta: Malta Located as a group of Islands in Southern Europe, Malta is a Mediterranean destination that allows for citizenship by investment, meaning you can instantly qualify for a Maltese passport. If you have parents or grandparents you’d also like to immigrate with, Malta is perhaps the best country to look at, as there are specific provisions which allow for an applicant to attach up to 2 generations of dependents. This means that mom, dad, and even grandpa can move to Malta.