Singapore voted best city in Asia for expats
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.
According to the Expat Insider survey, 89 percent of respondents said they enjoy living in Singapore.