Malaysia is a nation with plenty of history, culture, and exotic charm that lures in thousands of foreigners each year. In fact, many people decide to make the country their new home and enjoy their lives in a place that offers almost year-round sunshine! It’s also no secret that the people of Malaysia are some of the friendliest you will ever encounter on your travels.

The country is full of natural treasures waiting to be explored and provides the perfect base for those seeking employment opportunities in Asia. In recent years, Malaysia has experienced unprecedented immigration. But, what are the reasons behind the country’s explosive growth in migration?

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It’s the gateway to Asia

Malaysia is geographically well-placed to other important Asian nations such as Singapore, India, and China. It’s also quite close to Australia and New Zealand as well. Because of its location, you are afforded a wealth of travel and job opportunities in the region.

Many people that migrate to Malaysia enjoy visiting the neighboring countries for their vacations. Having said that, the country has a plethora of unique and exotic landmarks and places of interest to visit!

Healthcare is virtually free

One of the advantages of being a permanent resident of Malaysia is that you can gain access to a wealth of healthcare options without paying much money (if any, in some cases). Unlike many Western nations, Malaysia has a network of government-funded hospitals and clinics that make healthcare accessible to virtually all of the population.

For those with insurance policies, the private hospitals and medical centers in the country boast some of the world’s best physicians, doctors, and facilities.

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Housing is very affordable

Assuming you are moving to the country and get a well-paying job or are retiring there with a large pension, you’ll find it’s possible to purchase a spacious home in a safe neighborhood for less than you think!

Malaysia has a plethora of housing options, and when you look at property for sale, you will find a home that is well within your budget. As with any country, it’s also cheaper to buy outside of cities like Kuala Lumpur. Still, even if you purchased a property in a city center location, the cost of doing so is still lower than comparable homes in many Western countries.

Of course, if you’re not sure whether you want to be a permanent resident of Malaysia just yet, it’s also possible to rent an apartment or house. Again, the cost of doing so is far lower than what you may be used to in a Western nation.

People are friendly, especially to foreigners

Have you ever been to a country and noticed that its citizens seem rather rude or just don’t have time for you? The good thing about Malaysia is that is not the case! One of the country’s biggest assets is its people. They are happy, friendly, and will help you in your hour of need, so to speak.

You will find that most Malaysians are kind and generous. If you encounter any difficulties in your daily life, there will always be someone willing to help you out. So, if you’re worried about moving to Malaysia and feeling isolated, don’t be!

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Getting a job is relatively straightforward

Assuming you have the correct residency and work permits, obtaining employment in Malaysia is as simple as searching online and applying for a position! However, it’s worth bearing in mind that government bureaucracy is minimal if you get a job before moving to the country.

In general, the government wants to know that you can earn a living in the country to support yourself and pay taxes into the system. If your current employer transfers you to the country, there won’t so much “red tape” to deal with. Plus, if you decide to work for a different company while you’re out there, the transition will be easier from a legal point of view.

Being a modern Asian nation, Malaysia has a wealth of job board websites that you can search. Plus, you can obviously look for positions in local newspapers and employment agencies too.

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The weather is great

Believe it or not, one of the main draws to Malaysia is the climate! Because the country is so close to the equator, the weather is mostly sunny and warm all year around! It’s no secret that a bright and sunny day will make people feel more positive about themselves and their lives.

If you come from a nation where the weather is mostly gray and raining, you will feel like you’ve come to heaven if you move to Malaysia! The only downside to the sunshine is the temperatures; the minimum is around 23 degrees Celsius!

During the summer months, most Malaysians tend to stay indoors in air-conditioned shopping malls, office buildings, and homes. The country’s climate can best be described as tropical; hot and humid at times.

A world-class transport network

When migrating to a new country, it’s important to determine whether there are good public transportation facilities before arriving. Because some migrants don’t wish to drive, they prefer to use buses and trains to get around the country.

Thankfully, Malaysia has invested a lot of money over the years in its public transport systems. Even if you don’t live in cities like Kuala Lumpur, you will find that it’s easy (and affordable) to get around. So, if you plan to travel to work or social venues each day and don’t have a car, it’s no problem!

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A variety of cuisines on offer

If you are a food aficionado, you will love living in Malaysia! Many people migrating to the country say they enjoy the wealth of food options available to them in the country. Sure, it’s possible to eat Western-style food like take-out, pizza, burgers, and so forth. But, there’s a variety of Asian cuisines on offer from traditional Malaysian meals through to Indian dishes like curry.

All Malaysians are proud of their culinary heritage, and many popular meal options include a range of cuisines inspired by other ethnicities.

Food and drink is inexpensive

Those migrating to Malaysia from a Western nation will notice how much cheaper food and drink is in the country! Even popular brands of food and beverages sold around the world are easier to swallow from a cost point of view.

For example, if you purchased three rather filling meals with drinks on your travels, you’ll get some change out of US$10.00. In the United States, for instance, that wouldn’t buy you much at all.

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To give you some examples of grocery costs, a carton of orange juice will set you back around US$2.50, while a loaf of white bread is only US$0.73!

Internet access is available almost everywhere

One of the reasons why Malaysia is one of Asia’s fastest-growing countries is down to its investment in infrastructure. We’ve already talked about how it has a world-leading public transport network, well, another thing you’ll soon find out is how easy it is to get online almost anywhere!

It’s possible to get DSL broadband or fiber Internet installed at your home, and there are a wealth of public Wi-Fi Internet connectivity options virtually wherever you go.

The only downside is that mobile Internet still has a long way to go to catch up with speeds enjoyed by people in neighboring Asian countries. 4G and LTE are still in their infancy, and providers like Maxis offer an average data connection of just 13 Mbps. Still, given that Wi-Fi is so broadly available, it’s no wonder that most Malaysians aren’t that bothered about high-speed mobile Internet access!

One thing to bear in mind is that Internet usage is routinely monitored in the country. You will find that access to websites that criticize the government is often blocked by ISPs, although it’s easy to circumvent such blocks by using a VPN (virtual private networking) provider like ExpressVPN.

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Plenty to see and do

Last, but not least, people moving to Malaysia often cite the wealth of entertainment and sightseeing options available to them. It’s no secret that the nation has a rich tapestry of history and culture. As such, there are thousands of points of interest to visit. In fact, you can almost guarantee that you’ll never run out of places to visit in your spare time!

The country also boasts one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. You will soon discover all kinds of weird and wonderful animals, especially along Malaysia’s coasts and in the rainforests inland.

The kinds of animals you are likely to encounter on your travels in the wild range from orangutans and tapirs through to tigers and even rhinos! Of course, you aren’t likely to encounter a dangerous animal like a tiger in the middle of a street in Kuala Lumpur, for example!

Final thoughts

It’s clear that Malaysia has an array of advantages that entice foreigners to make the country their new home. With a booming economy and consistent infrastructure investment, Malaysia is on course to soon become an economic powerhouse in Asia.