Dublin Named Worst In World For Housing

Clay Curtis
December 5, 2019

The top five destinations to move to were Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Singpore and Montreal.

Dublin is overall ranked 72nd - narrowly avoiding the bottom ten worst cities for expats.

Accommodation, finance and low cost of living make the city attractive to expats, a survey by InterNations, the largest global community and information site for people who live and work overseas, found.

People also find it easy to get used to Dublin's culture with 73% agreeing compared to the global average of 62%.

This is by far the strongest-performing area for Dublin, which a year ago was ranked 21st for job opportunities and career prospects, 28th for work-life balance, and 33rd for job security.

Montreal's local leisure options also fared well, with expats ranking it ninth.

With this, they voted the Nigerian city as the worst city in the Quality of Urban Living Index.

The list is once again dominated by Asian cities in the global Top5.

"The weather is a hassle", said one expat from Brazil while one from Venezuela said that, "winter is too long and cold".

Four Canadian cities featured in the survey.

With only 82 cities in the ranking, Vancouver is pretty low on the list.

The city takes last place for access to affordable housing, a sharp fall from its 68th place past year.

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The good news is that the rest of the top 10 is made up of European cities: Lisbon (6th), Barcelona (7th) Zug (8th) in Switzerland, The Hague (9th) and Basel (10th).

"I love the vast spaces and attractive scenery", an Australian expat said.

"I value how everyone is respected regardless of ethnicity", one British expat said.

Not surprisingly, expats also said that it was hard to learn Hungarian (72nd), and 27% said the locals were unfriendly to foreigners.

While expats rated London and Dublin highly for career opportunities and progression, they both scored badly when it came to anything monetary related.

"Nonetheless, Toronto still ranks 40th in the quality of urban living index", InterNations said in the press release.

Meanwhile, San Francisco was at the bottom of the table due to the local cost of living and the lack of affordability of housing. Only 47% of respondents rate the latter positively, which is just below the global average (51%).

But when it comes to local career opportunities, Toronto was ranked the best in Canada.

Vancouver ranked 11th in the feeling welcome subcategory, with one Indian expat calling Canada "a very accepting country with welcoming people".

It topped in the Finance and Housing Index with close to nine in 10 saying it is easy to find housing, compared to 50 percent globally.

For the survey, more than 20,000 expats representing 178 nationalities and living in 187 countries or territories provided information on various aspects of expat life.

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