Where would you want to live and work

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Migrating from your home country is a leap of faith, whether the journey is motivated by work, circumstance or adventure. There’s a lot that cannot be planned, like the friendships formed, the impact on your worldview, and opportunities you’ll encounter through luck or good timing. But it’s not all in the hands of fate: some cities really are dream destinations for expats. Cities with prime job prospects and an appreciation for diversity are high on the wish list for most migrants. Add an active social scene into the mix, along with compelling travel prospects, and expat life goes from good to life-altering, never-going-home incredible.

For the best cities ranking, expats rated 25 elements of living abroad that measured quality of life, getting settled, work-life satisfaction, financial security and housing, and local cost of living.

Taipei came out on top thanks to its high ratings for overall quality of life. The city ranked third out of 82 cities for this particular category. Tokyo, Japan, came in first, while Zug, Switzerland, came in second for top quality of life standards. Expats in Taipei were especially satisfied with local transportation, as well as available and affordable health care. Workers did note that getting settled in Taipei was more difficult, likely because of a language barrier where many residents primarily speak Mandarin Chinese or Taiwanese Hokkien. However, newcomers did rank locals high in terms of friendliness, and the majority of people who recently moved to Taipei said they were happy with their new social life.

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, was named the second-best city to move to for expats and was identified as the world’s easiest city to get settled in. While Malay is the official language of the country, English is widely used, and 91% of expats found it easy to live in Kuala Lumpur without speaking the local language. That’s compared to a 47% average of expats who feel similarly in other cities across the world. Expats in Kuala Lumpur rated financial security and affordable cost of living highly, and though long-term career opportunities were lacking, expats said they were very satisfied with their jobs in general. Recent reports have found people who move abroad are happy not just with the change to their daily lives, but they’re also seeing benefits to their careers.

Here are the best cities around the world to move to for work.

  1. Taipei, Taiwan

  2. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  3. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  4. Singapore

  5. Montréal, Canada

  6. Lisbon, Portugal

  7. Barcelona, Spain

  8. Zug, Switzerland

  9. The Hague, The Netherlands

  10. Basel, Switserland

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