Barcelona among the top 10 best cities for foreigners to live and work

Southeast Asian cities take the top spots in the ranking

Barcelona is among the best cities for foreigners / Kaspars Upmanis on Unsplash
Barcelona is among the best cities for foreigners / Kaspars Upmanis on Unsplash
18 March 2020, Redaction

The InterNations website, a website which helps people to connect with fellow expats, has published 'The 30 best cities to move to in 2020', according to a survey of 20,000 expats, foreigners living and working outside their home country. The cities on the list range from the main capitals of Southeast Asia, to cities in Turkey, Europe and North America.

The capitals of Southeast Asia are at the top of the ranking. In spite of initial difficulties like the language, cities like Taipei, Kuala Lumpur and Saigon are the preferred destinations for expats and many of those asked claimed that if you speak English, it is more than possible to survive. These cities stand out above all because the cost of living is affordable, although the quality of medical services, security or work expectations for a foreigner can vary somewhat.

The first non-Asian city on the list is Montreal in Canada. Despite the good working conditions, good medical services and safety, the cost of living is somewhat more expensive, although not to the extent of Toronto or Vancouver. If Canada is your contry of choice, make sure you're prepared for a hard winter.

The first European cities are Lisbon, Portugal and Spain's very own Barcelona. The two Iberian cities, although each with its own particular climate, resemble each other due to the fact that each one, according to expats, offers a good social life, both are close to the coast and open to foreigners. They are good destinations for work, with phenomenal access to good medical services and public safety.

Northern European cities such as Zug and Basel, both located in Switzerland, The Hague in the Netherlands and Aachen in Germany round off the top 10. Madrid also appears in the top 30 in 17th place as another city with great potential for expats. 

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