Dublin disappoints due to pricey housing and cost of living

Published:  16 Nov at 6 PM
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The Irish capital has now been rated as one of the world’s worst cities for expat life due to its soaring cost of living and unaffordable housing.

Once famous for its traditional pubs and friendly locals, the Republic of Ireland’s capital, Dublin, is now seen as a disaster for expatriates. The survey rating’s timing may well be unfortunate, as the city’s administration is working hard to attract financial professionals and their companies forced to leave the City of London due to Brexit. Dublin was rated by expats taking part in the global survey at number 47 out of 51 world cities, just a few points ahead of Paris, Lagos, Riyadh and Jeddah.

According to the InterNations survey, the quality of life as an expat in Dublin leaves much to be desired, particularly as regards affordable housing. The city’s offerings were slated as second worst in the world, gaining only 50th position just above pricey Stockholm. Some 90 per cent of expat respondents said they were unable to afford local accommodation, with a further 50 per cent complaining their salaries weren’t enough to make ends meet.

The reason why expats stay in their Ireland-based jobs is the career advancement opportunities offered by major Dublin employers. In this sector, the city was placed 11th after receiving positive comments by 65 per cent of those surveyed.
Local friendliness was rated even higher, with 84 per cent describing Dubliners as warm and friendly to foreigners, well above the average global result of 65 per cent. However, it comes as no surprise that most expats living and working in Dublin hated the Irish weather!

CEO of the survey company Malte Zeeck’s comments on Dublin’s low rating blamed accommodation costs and high prices in general, but pointed out the famous charm of the Irish was instrumental in making expats feel at home, even if they had difficulty in affording a comfortable place to live. It remains to be seen how the British Brexit upheaval and the anticipated arrival of a large number of highly-paid refugee bankers affects the city’s ratings several years from now.
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