Macau is ranked 19th most livable city for expatriates in the Asia Pacific region, reveals the latest Location Ratings survey for expatriate living conditions published yesterday by global consulting firm ECA International.
Globally, the Special Administrative Region occupied 82nd position in a list of 470 locations, which represents a decrease of one place compared to last year’s ranking.
According to ECA International, the assessment criteria range from climate conditions and air quality, availability of health services, and housing and utility conditions, to infrastructure, personal safety, and political environment.
Hong Kong, evaluated 15th most liveable city in Asia Pacific for expatriates this year, saw its global ranking drop one place to 29th.
According to Lee Quane, Regional Director of Asia, ECA International, the neighbouring SAR’s decrease in the ranking results from a combination of both internal and external factors.
While other locations in Asia Pacific – mainly in Australia, Japan and New Zealand – have improved their overall living conditions over the past five years, poor air quality levels and ‘ongoing social-political tensions’ have contributed to Hong Kong’s slight decline in this year’s ranking, the regional director explained.
In fact, in a different survey by ECA International last November, the consultancy firm forecasts a better salary hike for employees based in Macau than for those based in Hong Kong.
The report expects MSAR employees will experience an increase in real wages of 1.7 per cent, overtaking Hong Kong in the regional rankings.
The best and the worst
Singapore tops both the regional and global list for a fifth consecutive year, according to the report.
Taipei, meanwhile, is considered by ECA to be the 2nd best city for expatriates to live in, in the Asia Pacific region, climbing two places in the global ranking to 69th.
Australia hit the jackpot, with Oz cities occupying five of the top ten locations with the best quality of life in the globe. By order of their scores they are Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Canberra.
Wellington in New Zealand landed sixth position both regionally and globally.
On the other hand, Kandahar (275th) and Lashkar Gah (276th), both located in Afghanistan, presented the highest levels of difficulty for expatriates to adapt to living and working.
The worst global score for air quality went to Beijing and New Delhi.