Sin­ga­pore voted best city in Asia for ex­pats

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - CHAR­LOTTE ROSE c.rose@mm­

IS the Yan­gon traf­fic get­ting you down? Are you start­ing to con­sider the Google “off­line” di­nosaur a close friend? Does the 6am loud­speaker drive you out of bed – and your mind? Per­haps you should move to Sin­ga­pore, voted the best city in Asia for ex­pats in a sur­vey con­ducted by ex­pat net­work In­terNa­tions.

With more than 14,000 re­spon­dents, the Ex­pat In­sider 2016 re­port – one of the largest ex­pat sur­veys world­wide – of­fers an in-depth anal­y­sis of ev­ery­day ex­pat life in more than 60 coun­tries across the globe. More than 14,000 re­spon­dents rep­re­sent­ing 174 na­tion­al­i­ties and 191 coun­tries or ter­ri­to­ries took part and had their say on mov­ing, liv­ing and work­ing abroad.

Rank­ing fifth out of 35 cities in this year’s sur­vey, Sin­ga­pore is the only Asian city in the over­all Top 10, with the clos­est con­tenders be­ing Hong Kong in 23rd po­si­tion and Kuala Lumpur at 24. The re­sult is es­pe­cially due to the Feel­ing Wel­come sub­cat­e­gory, where the city comes in ninth place. Seventy-three per­cent of re­spon­dents say that it is easy to get used to the lo­cal cul­ture in Sin­ga­pore. Among the other Asian cities, only Kuala Lumpur does bet­ter with re­gard to set­tling in, rank­ing eighth out of 35. Top­ping the list over­all are Mel­bourne, Hous­ton and Madrid. Yan­gon, which ranked eighth out of 64 cities in the 2015 sur­vey, did not make it into the charts this year due to a lack of re­spon­dents.

Mean­while, if it’s a fat pay­check you’re af­ter, get your­self to Bei­jing. At 26th po­si­tion it may not score highly over­all, but the city out­per­forms all of its com­peti­tors in fi­nan­cial terms and se­cures the first place in the Per­sonal Fi­nance In­dex. The sur­vey finds that nearly three-quar­ters of the re­spon­dents in Bei­jing agree that their dis­pos­able in­come is more than enough to cover their daily needs.

In the over­all coun­try in­dex, new­comer Tai­wan ousted two-time champion Ecuador to win this year’s sur­vey as the most liv­able coun­try for ex­pats. In ad­di­tion to claim­ing first place out of 67 coun­tries in the over­all rank­ing, it is in the top 10 for ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in­dex due to the qual­ity and af­ford­abil­ity of its health­care and the en­vi­able fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion of ex­pats liv­ing there. It comes as no sur­prise then, that a ma­jor­ity of ex­pats in Tai­wan (64pc) plan to stay there longer than three years; with more than half of these (36pc in to­tal) even con­sid­er­ing stay­ing there for­ever.

The Ex­pat In­sider 2016 sur­vey polled ex­pa­tri­ates liv­ing in 191 coun­tries on var­i­ous as­pects of ex­pat life, as well as their gen­der, age, and na­tion­al­ity. For the first time, sur­vey re­spon­dents in the 2016 sur­vey were also in­vited to share which city of res­i­dence they are cur­rently liv­ing in.

With 2.4 mil­lion mem­bers in 390 cities around the world, In­terNa­tions is the largest global net­work and in­for­ma­tion site for peo­ple who live and work abroad.

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Ac­cord­ing to the Ex­pat In­sider sur­vey, 89 per­cent of re­spon­dents said they en­joy liv­ing in Sin­ga­pore.

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