Survey slams London as worst world city for expats

Published:  18 Nov at 6 PM
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A recent survey left London in the doldrums as the worst city in the world for expat life.

Quality of life, personal happiness and personal safety were all scored low in the InterNations expat survey, with its overall rating a poor 27 out of 35 world cities. The shocking results included a rate of 24th for quality of life, 26th for leisure options, 18th for travel and transport, 24th for health and well-being, 24th for safety and security and a dismal 33 for personal happiness.

The survey was taken before the announcement of the Brexit result saw an increase in street violence and racist attacks. Before publishing the result, InterNations inserted a paragraph stating the Brexit impact on the feelings of expats working in London is still unclear, adding that any changes are unlikely to be positive. It also noted positive pre-Brexit ratings for London’s political stability were as high as 80 per cent.

Given that London is now proven to be more than unpopular for expat life, the one spark of good news about the capital was that it’s tops for jobs. In the survey’s Working Abroad index, London came out at 16th place, and grabbed 5th place overall in the Job and Career sub-section. Career prospects hit an admirable 76 per cent positivity rating, a good way above the world average of 55 per cent.

Should the worst occur and Theresa May’s ‘hard Brexit’ become an unpleasant fact of life, it’s possible that the majority of expatriates from EU member states now living and working in London will be forced out to wherever they can find jobs or even to return to their home countries. Their talents and hard cash will, no doubt be missed by their former UK employers, as well as by their landlords, local retailers, restaurants and pubs.
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