Singapore offers best living environment for Asian expats: survey
by Mustafa Shafawi
SINGAPORE: Singapore continues to offer the best living environment for Asian expatriates. This is according to the latest Location Ratings for expatriate living conditions published by ECA International.
This is the 11th year in a row that Singapore has held pole position.
ECA International's Location Ratings system is used to assist international HR departments to establish expatriate allowances which compensate staff for the difficulties of adapting to living in their assignment location.
The ratings are based on an analysis of living standards for more than 400 locations globally. Factors such as climate, health services, housing and utilities, and infrastructure are taken into account.
Regional director (Asia) of ECA International, Lee Quane, said: "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 expats to live in."
The Japanese cities of Kobe, Yokohama and Tokyo, along with Hong Kong, are the other Asian locations that are ranked top 15.