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Top 15 best cities for Asians to work and live
« on: March 27, 2010, 07:32:05 AM »
Metro Manila has been deemed slightly less preferable this year in terms of providing the best quality of life to Asians working abroad, a report released yesterday showed.

The Philippine capital’s ranking slipped one notch to 25th among 49 Asian cities, with Depensar, Indonesia overtaking it in ECA International’s latest Location Ratings for expatriate living conditions.

At the same time, compared to over 254 cities in the world, Metro Manila ranked in the middle-third as the 142nd best destination for Asian expatriates. Last year, the city placed 138th.

Firms reportedly value this data as it guides them in computing locational allowances, ECA International said, noting that 70% of companies pay higher allowances to compensate for difficulties associated with adapting to a new environment.

Comparisons

Asians assigned abroad would be better off working in Singapore, the consistent top placer in the annual ranking which compares living standard indicators such as climate, health services, housing and utilities, social network and leisure facilities, infrastructure, personal safety, political tensions, differences in culture, distance from home and air quality.

"Singapore’s high quality infrastructure and health facilities, combined with low health risks, air pollution, crime rates and a cosmopolitan population help make the city an easy place for Asian assignees to live in," Lee Quane, Regional Director, Asia, ECA International, said in a statement yesterday.

Metro Manila remains out-ranked also by certain cities in Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Brunei, and Vietnam in this regard, according to the report.

It places higher, however, than several cities in India, Laos, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, North Korea and Afghanistan.

Globally, the top 15 best cities for Asians to work and live in are:

   1. Singapore
   2. Sydney
   3. Kobe
   4. Yokohama
   5. Tokyo
   6. Copenhagen
   7. Canberra
   8. Hong Kong
   9. Melbourne
  10. Dublin
  11. Vancouver
  12. Wellington
  13. Antwerp
  14. Brussels
  15. Bern

Hong Kong maintains its position as the best Chinese territory for Asians to live in, followed by Taipei and Macau. Mainland Chinese cities Shanghai, Beijing and Xiamen followed.

In India, Bangalore scores the most favorably, ahead of Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata.

In North America, Asian expatriates are reckoned to live most comfortably in Vancouver, followed by San Francisco and Miami.

The best European cities for Asians working abroad, meanwhile, are Copenhagen, which ranked 5th globally, followed by Dublin, the Belgian cities of Antwerp and Brussels, as well as the Swiss capital, Bern.
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