Moscow entered the top 20 world cities in terms of attractiveness for expats for the first time

For the first time, Moscow entered the top 20 Expat Insider rating of the international Internet community InterNations, which assesses the convenience of different cities in the world for foreign specialists to live. The Russian capital rose in it in a year from 54 to 17 places and, according to the cumulative assessment, bypassed New York, Berlin and Zurich, said Vladimir Efimov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations.

“The Expat Insider rating is based on a survey of the international expat community and is the authoritative source of objective information about their living conditions in various cities and countries. 15 thousand people from 181 countries participated in the survey, that rated 66 cities in the world in terms of attractiveness for expats. The leaders in the ranking are Valencia, Alicante and Lisbon, followed by Istanbul, Beijing and Cape Town. Moscow's neighbors in the ranking are Luxembourg, Ho Chi Minh City, Doha and Vienna. The fact that foreigners living in Moscow give high marks to various spheres of life in the capital suggests that we have done a great deal of work to develop the city, ” the Vice Mayor emphasized.

The rating includes four thematic sub-ratings: "Getting Settled" (goodwill of the local population, hospitality, language skills and making friends, communication), "Finance& Housing" (financial situation, housing affordability), "Quality of Urban Living" (climate and free time, transport, security and politics, health and the environment); and ”Urban Work Life” (employment and career, job security, work-life balance).

“Moscow was rated the highest in terms of job satisfaction and career opportunities - 12th place and financial position - 16th. Also, expats were highly praised for the public transport system - 19th place and housing affordability - 21st. Moscow showed significant growth in almost all groups of indicators: from 69 to 21 for the group “Urban Work Life”, from 66 to 35 in the group “Getting Settled”, from 49 to 35 for “Quality of Urban Living” and from 19 to 14 for “Finance & Housing”- said Kirill Purtov, the Minister of the Moscow Government, Head of the Department of Economic Policy and City Development.

According to the Analytical Center of Moscow, the Internet expat community InterNations has been annually conducting a survey among its users since 2017 on a number of issues related to various areas of life in cities around the world, and based on the data obtained, it compiles the Expat Insider rating. Moscow has been present in the rating since 2017, the highest place occupied by the capital since the beginning of the publication of the rating is 33.