Thinking of working or retiring abroad? Some countries look upon foreign residents with suspicion or unease. Wherever you go, you'll probably want to make new friends, fit in to a local community, and settle down without trouble.

Feeling at home abroad comes easily when you're surrounded by warm-hearted locals. Expats living in the destinations on this list find it easy to make local friends, and most feel at home in the local culture. Portugal, Taiwan, and Mexico are among the friendliest countries for expats, based on a survey of nearly 13,000 expats from 188 countries by InterNations, a network for people who live and work abroad. 

Participants were asked to rate 43 different aspects of expat life abroad, including Quality of Life, Ease of Settling In, Working Abroad, Family Life, Personal Finance, and Cost of Living. The Ease of Settling in category included the friendliness of locals, the ability to find friends, feeling welcome, and the ability to settle in without having to learn the local language.

Of the 65 countries ranked in the survey, Kuwait was last when it comes to friendly attitude toward foreign residents, and the U.S. ranked 36.

Based on the Internations Expat Insider survey, these are the 30 most welcoming countries for expats.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.