Relocation isn’t the same as emigration – however the results give a good indication of how relocating to these cities would feel to international assignees.

Every year, Mercer researches the best places for UK expats to move to.

The winner of the 2016 survey? Vienna. Again.

For seven years in a row, the Austrian capital has secured top spot for overall quality of living. The achievement is particularly significant when you notice that most major international capitals didn’t achieve a place in the top 20. Notable by their absence is New York, London (39), Paris (37), Hong Kong and Dubai.

In fact, Western Europe dominates the top ten best cities for expats:

1. Vienna, Austria
2. Zurich, Switzerland
3. Auckland, New Zealand
4. Munich, Germany
5. Vancouver, Canada
6. Dusseldorf, Germany
7. Frankfurt, Germany
8. Geneva, Switzerland
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
10. Sydney, Australia

“Despite recent security issues, social unrest and concern about the region’s economic outlook, European cities continue to offer some of the world’s highest quality of living,” Mercer says.

How Does This Survey Influence Corporate Relocations?

“As companies expand globally, assignees relocate to many different locations,” says Kevin Wieczorek, Sales & Marketing Director of BTR International. “The features that are benchmarked within the Mercer survey, such as lifestyle, cost of living and accommodation should be important elements within a relocation policy.

“Ensuring that assignees and their families enjoy the relevant support during their move abroad ensures success on a personal and business level.

“Importantly different countries have varying requirements regarding visas and transportation of assignees’ good. We look after every details to ensure that each relocation is as stress-free as possible.”

To find out more contact Kevin via or call +44 (0)1582 495495.

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