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Survey: Singapore tops best expat location list, Bangkok slips
Singapore has retained its status as the best location for expatriates in Asia while Hong Kong has fallen behind Tokyo because of bad air pollution, an annual survey released on Wednesday shows.
Singapore was ranked the best location for the 10th straight year, followed by Japanese cities Kobe, Yokohama and Tokyo, according to the survey by London-based ECA, which ranks cities by climate, air quality, health services, housing and personal safety, among other categories.
In contrast, Bangkok's ranking fell to 9th from 8th place after political unrest late last year caused street protests and the closure of Bangkok's international airport for several days.
Bad air quality and inferior health facilities pushed Hong Kong into fifth place, from fourth last year. But cities in mainland China held on to last year's higher rankings and have become more liveable in the past year as a result of infrastructure development, ECA said.
Most of the 49 Asian locations ranked remain challenging for one reason or another, and therefore, warrant high location allowances, it said. China remains a hardship posting, and pollution is a problem, but infrastructure development, low crime rates and political stability put China well ahead of India in the rankings.
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