Singapore remained the most desirable place for expatriates from East Asia in 2022, according to a “Location Ratings” survey by ECA International. The survey showed that locations in Southeast Asia improved overall in scores and rankings over the past year because of the relaxation of pandemic restrictions. Cities that climbed the rankings included those in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Bangkok ranked as the number two destination in ASEAN among surveyed East Asia expats, but it ranked 115th globally followed by Chiang Mai at 116th. Lee Quane, regional director for Asia at consultancy ECA International, said ASEAN locations followed Singapore’s lead and relaxed their Covid-19 restrictions accordingly. Locations in China and Hong Kong had lower rankings, with the latter plunging to 992nd last year from 15th in 2021.
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