Check Out The African Countries Included In Most Dangerous Places To Live

Check Out The African Countries Included In Most Dangerous Places To Live

Here is a list of African countries listed by Expat Insider as dangerous.

Expat Insider is one of the largest and inclusive expat surveys in the world. Its surveys are useful for anyone looking to relocate or visit a new country. Expats in different countries share their experiences, ranging from working, cost of living, family life, finance, ease of settling in, and the overall quality of life. 

This year 20,259 participants from around the globe shared their experiences and it includes responses from unusual places like Aruba, Vanuatu, and Turkmenistan. Together, they represent 182 nationalities and are scattered across 187 countries or territories. A sample size of at least 75 respondents per country or territory is necessary for the overall ranking. The country rankings list the best (and worst) destinations across the globe. 

How did African countries fare?

Expats in four African countries didn't say very good things. Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Kenya were named among the world's most dangerous places to work or live in. 

Rated the worst destinations in the safety and security category were Brazil, South Africa, and Nigeria. The safety and security category accounts for a country's peacefulness, personal safety, and political stability. 

Malte Zeeck, founder and co-CEO of InterNations, said, "For example, in South Africa, which ranks 64 out of 64 countries for this factor, 63% of expats say they don’t feel safe, and 22% even feel extremely unsafe."  


Here's what the expats say

  • Nigeria (62nd overall)


Nigeria was rated the worst country in the travel and transportation, health and well-being categories. 

“We are not really free, cannot walk on the streets, cannot mingle with the Nigerians. There is always the possibility of danger,” a Hungarian expat says.

While a Rwandan expat complains about “the feeling of uncertainty. Almost anything can and might happen to me, anytime, anywhere.”

  • Kenya (58th overall)


Kenya did well in leisure options and personal happiness assessment. They were among the best. 

However, not very well in the safety category. A Danish expat says that he can't walk on the street because it's not safe. He drives or he is driven everywhere. 

A Croatian expat dislikes how “foreigners are often taken advantage of through stealing, scamming, and police stopping you just to take money from you. The roads are awful, traffic is just terrible, and the city is dirty.”

  • South Africa (63rd out of 64)

South Africa

Sometime earlier in the month, South Africa released a crime report that shows that crime has escalated over the last 12 months. Robbery, murder, sexual offences have all been on the rise over that period.

“My life is easier here, a British expat says, but I feel as if I am living in a bubble: I miss the freedom to walk or ride anywhere at any time, and I hate having to worry about my security.”

A Belgian expat complains about the "uncertain political situation, racism, corruption and high crime rate, as well as the weakness of the rand."


  • Egypt (52nd overall)

Egypt Flag

Ranked 8th worst place in the world, Egypt is considered unsafe because of political instability. 

A British expat had quite a lot to complain about: the government, poor infrastructure, horrendous traffic, poor condition of roads, poor condition of buildings, and overcrowding.

Another expat from Ugandan dislikes how “many of the Egyptian people discriminate and are not friendly. Many men have no respect for black women and are rather abusive.”

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Source: Africa News

Written by

Lydia Ume