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Singapore is the best overall destination for expats

Singapore has been ranked by expats as the best place to live and work abroad for the second year running, according to the 2016 Expat Explorer survey.

Expats living in Singapore highlight several advantages of moving there. In particular, it emerges as a particularly attractive destination for expats who are seeking a new challenge (38%), improved earnings (37%) or better quality of life (36%).

There are also financial benefits of relocating to the city-state. The majority of expats in Singapore say their earnings increased after moving (62% compared with a global average of 42%) and a similar proportion agree they are able to save more than they did at home (60% compared with the global average of 53%).

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62% of expats in Singapore say their earnings have increased

Others comment on the different opportunities that are available for business owners and those looking to climb the career ladder. Over half (58%) of those living in Singapore agree that is a good place for expats who want to start a business compared with 38% globally. Expats also identify the country as one of the top three places for those who want to progress their career, just behind Hong Kong and alongside the UK1.

There are other perks to be had outside of work. Singapore ranks fourth for overall expat experience, with more than two thirds agreeing that they’re enjoying a better quality of life now than they did at home (67% compared with a global average of 52%). Expats also comment particularly on feeling safer and healthier than they did at home, with figures far exceeding the global average for both of these elements2.

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67% of expats in Singapore say their quality of life has improved

A global trading hub

In the Economics league table this year Singapore comes second, maintaining its position behind Switzerland. Seven in 10 (73%) expats living in Singapore agree that they are confident in the local economy, a higher proportion than those expressing the same sentiment elsewhere in Asia-Pacific (52%).

Childcare and education

Singapore excels in the Family league tables , ranked third by expat parents for raising a family abroad. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of expats say Singapore has better quality childcare available than in their home country (up from 53% in 2015), and education stands out as the highest globally with three quarters saying it is better than at home (75% compared with a global average of 43%).

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63% of expats say Singapore has better quality childcare

Expat parents also observe how their children have adapted to living in Singapore. Since moving, seven in ten feel their children are more open towards new experiences and cultures (71% compared with 69% globally).

1 62% of expats in Singapore agree with this statement compared with a global average of 43%; 68% in Hong Kong and 62% in the UK.

2 84% feel safer in Singapore than they did at home compared with a global average of 52%; 47% feel healthier than they did at home compared with a global average of 38%.

The 2016 Expat Explorer survey is a global survey completed by 26,871 expats across the world. The research was conducted online by YouGov in March and April 2016. League tables are calculated using responses to 27 of the questions asked in the research. A minimum sample of 100 expat respondents including at least 30 expat parents is required for a country to be included in the league tables.

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