Expatriate workers, those whose companies send people to work abroad, have once again put Valencia at the top of the list, according to the survey of the InterNations platform, with about 12,000 responses from 181 different cities. They are three very different cities from three continents with very diverse characteristics. The Spanish city stands out for its safety, quality of life and habitability, although it limps in job opportunities in the area. Behind it is followed by Dubai, ideal for finding work, and Mexico City, which despite its insecurity rate, is ideal for being friendly and affordable.
Health , safety, climate, work-life balance and access to housing are the highest priorities for these foreign workers.
The Valencian capital also stands out for the ease of settling in the city, and for the feeling for these foreign workers of "feeling at home". In addition, they are happy with their social life and sporting opportunities and value the affordability of public transport. In addition, 92% of expats feel safe in the city, compared to 81% on average worldwide, in addition to being one of the most valued places for maintaining personal finances.
The emirate city of Dubai stands out, above all, for the job opportunities for expats, which emphasize that the local business culture encourages creativity. In addition, they feel comfortable with the local authorities, and are satisfied with their social life. They also have a high quality of life, although they miss having more access to online service.
To complete the top 3, Mexico City is where it is easier to live among the cities analyzed. They emphasize, above all, the good welcome given by local residents. It is, of the first three, the city with the best capabilities to get good personal finances, since they are very satisfied with their financial situation, good salary and affordable prices, especially housing.
Although the city is in the middle of the table in the section of workers abroad, they are happy with their current job and job opportunities in the capital. Housing is easy to find and affordable, but Mexico City loses quality in administrative matters, and in the Quality of Life index, where it falls to the bottom in environment and climate, safety and security.
In the InterNations Expat City 2022 Ranking, Lisbon (4) also stands out , for its incredible climate and quality of life, but with mediocre work options, and Madrid (5), with great leisure activities, and a welcoming culture. Behind, Bangkok ranked sixth thanks to its low cost of living, while work-life balance gave eighth place to Melbourne and Singapore (10).
While Barcelona appears in 11th place, where it also stands out for its leisure options and quality of life, although it falls in job opportunities. Miami (12) appears as the highest-ranked North American city on the list, followed by New York (16) and Toronto (19).
In the United Kingdom, London fell to 40th place, along with other major European economic capitals such as Paris (48) and Frankfurt (49), where the inability to access affordable housing stands out, with everything that affects personal finances. At the bottom of the list is Johannesburg, where the lack of affordability to housing is combined with citizen insecurity.