ECONOMY | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Hong Kong records major rise in liveability for overseas workers: report

It ranked as the 58th most liveable city from 93rd last year.

Hong Kong has seen a significant rebound in its position in liveability rankings for overseas workers, going up to 58th from 93rd, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was offset by the fall in sociopolitical tensions and crime rates, according to the latest ratings by global mobility expert ECA International.

“Despite the recovery overall, some areas of Hong Kong’s score did worsen, such as the freedom of news and media which has been impacted by recently introduced national security legislation, and Hong Kong’s ranking remains significantly lower than in 2018,” ECA International regional director Lee Quane said.

ECA's Location Ratings system evaluates a host of factors to form an assessment of the overall quality of living in over 490 locations worldwide, which helps companies establish appropriate allowances to compensate employees for the adjustment required when going on international assignment.

Factors being assessed include climate, availability of health services, housing and utilities, natural phenomena, isolation, access to a social network and leisure facilities, infrastructure, personal safety, political tensions, and air quality.

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