Asian Expats Choose Singapore As World’s Most Livable City
Singapore once again emerged as the world’s most livable city, topping a list that is dominated by Australian cities. This was according to the recent study conducted by ECA International, a prestigious human resources consultancy.
The ECA survey was based on the factors such as climate, availability of health services, housing and utilities, isolation access to a social network and leisure facilities, infrastructure, personal safety, political tensions, and air quality to assess the quality of living in 400 locations worldwide.
ECA International revealed that Singapore topped the list due to its consistently good air quality, world-class health care system, excellent infrastructure and low crime rate. The country trumped long-time Asian city rival Hong Kong, which now has one of the worst levels of air pollution.
According to Lee Quane, the Regional Director of ECA International Asia, while Hong Kong is a very livable place with its education, housing, transport system and good services to expats, businessmen and tourists, the bad air quality could impact on the decision of an employee to relocate to the city. “In this respect, Singapore has a clear lead over Hong Kong giving it an advantage in terms of attracting business from overseas,” Quane added.
More than 20 percent (20%) of Singapore’s current population makes up expats who chose Singapore as their home.
Meanwhile, on the list of the world’s top ten most livable cities, Sydney ranked second, while Adelaide and Brisbane both took the third spot. Other Australian cities namely Perth and Canberra came in as 6th and 7th place, respectively in the list.
On the other hand, the only other Asian that made to the top ten was the Japanese city of Kobe, which trumped Hong Kong (now ranking 11th). Other livable cities in Asia are Taipei, Macau George Town, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur. The livable cities in the region include Baghdad, Kabul, Port-au-Prince, Karachi, Tripoli, Conakry, Sana’a, N’Djamena, Brazzaville, Niamey and Khartoum.
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