The best alternative destinations when moving from the Baltic States

  • 2020-02-03
  • Caroline Taylor

The Baltic countries have traditionally had high levels of emigration. It is estimated that 20% of Latvians live abroad, as do 17% of Lithuanians and 15% of Estonians.

Western Europe is a hugely popular destination, while North America has also seen a big influx of Baltic immigrants over the years. So, what alternative places offer high standards of living and employment opportunities now?


Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is one of the most rapidly developing cities on the planet. With many new residential and commercial developments being worked on right now, there are plenty of employment opportunities. The Dubai Statistics Centre recorded an unemployment rate of just 0.5% in 2018.

Among the construction projects going on are the massive Ciel hotel and the sprawling Dubailand. This is now arguably one of the most sophisticated cities anywhere, with the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, among the highlights of its skyline.

It already has an impressive infrastructure and high quality of life. For example, real estate portal Bayut confirms in their area guides that the Dubai Marina area has two metro stations and a tram network. There is also a huge variety of residential properties of different types and sizes here.


This island state in Asia is renowned for its high standard of living. The average salary here is calculated as being S$67,152, according to a Robert Half and Michael Page survey. This works out as close to €45,000.

In 2019, this country attracted over $US15 billion in investments, which was far higher than the prediction of up to $10 billion made by their Economic Development Board.  This is expected to create over 32,000 new jobs in the next few years.

Singapore is widely regarded as being an attractive destination for manufacturing, innovation and digital technologies. The unemployment rate here was 3.77% in 2018, and it is one of the world’s safest places to live.


This giant country has long been regarded as an ideal destination for immigrants. Many of its cities boast an incredibly high quality of life. Sydney, Melbourne and Perth are regularly ranked as being among the best places in the world to live.

There is currently a lack of skilled workers here in a number of industries. The Australian Skilled Immigration Program makes it easier for the likes of teachers, architects and doctors to get hold of a visa to live here permanently.

In 2018, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that 7.3 million immigrants live in the country. This means that close to 30% of the population was born abroad and moved here.


As the country with the world’s third-largest economy, there is a good standard of living to be found here. Unemployment rose to 2.4% in 2019, and it is estimated that over 2 million foreign nationals now live here.

An ageing population and low birth rate has led to Japan now being more open in its immigration policy than before. At the end of 2018, politicians introduced new visa laws that make it easier for skilled foreign workers to live here.

All of the countries and cities featured here are wonderful places to live, with strong economies and solid infrastructures. If you are looking to start a new life elsewhere, they are all worth considering carefully.