SINGAPORE – Singapore has once again retained its place as the most liveable location for overseas workers, continuing a trend that stretches back to 2005. This was one of the conclusions of the latest Location Ratings research published by global mobility expert, ECA International.
“Singapore is top of the liveability rankings for the 15th year in a row as its superior infrastructure, low pollution and large expatriate communities continue to appeal to overseas workers,” said Lee Quane, Regional Director, Asia at ECA International.
“Moreover, while Singapore imposed a circuit breaker to manage the outbreak of Covid-19 within its borders in 2020, the scale of its lockdown was less severe than other locations in the region,” he added.
Asia Pacific Highlights
- Hong Kong rebounded significantly in the ranking to become the 58th most liveable location for overseas workers, from 93rd place.
- Australian cities see notable fall in rankings, with Brisbane and Adelaide dropping out of the top ten.
- Taipei climbs back into the top 50 most liveable locations, moving up to 46th place.
Hong Kong has seen a significant rebound in its position in ECA’s liveability rankings, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the city was softened by the fall in socio-political tensions and crime rates.
Meanwhile, all Australian cities dropped significantly in the rankings. Brisbane and Adelaide feel out of the top ten most liveable places, while Sydney fell from 3rd place last year to 21st.
In contrast, the Taiwanese capital Taipei has climbed back into the top 50 most liveable locations after maintaining the same score as last year, while many other locations fell.
Nearly every European city included in the rankings saw a drop this year, as COVID-19 restrictions impacted liveability score. Major cities such as Rome and Lisbon fell over 20 places from last year, while Paris dropped out of the top 100 most liveable location for the first time.
On the other hand, cities in the US have moved up the rankings, with eight US locations making it to the top 50 most liveable locations and 27 in the top 100.
The Lebanese capital Beirut saw the biggest change in the ranking after falling over 40 places, placing the city outside of the top 200 locations.