SINGAPORE (Mar 13): Singapore has maintained its top spot as the most liveable city in the world for Asian expatriates, according to the latest Location Ratings survey published by global mobility expert, ECA International.

In a media release issued on Tuesday, Lee Quane, regional director – Asia at ECA International says, “This is due to a combination of factors such as low crime rates, easy access to good quality schools and healthcare and lower levels of pollution than a lot of other locations in the region.”

Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong ranked 28th for expat quality of life.

“Hong Kong has failed to see an improvement on its score from last year and continues to suffer from long-term air quality and pollution issues which has seen it stay in the low position in the rankings,” says Quane.

Chinese cities also saw a fall in ranking, with Beijing dropping the most at 10 places to 134th on the list, due to their increase in internet censorship, ban on virtual private networks (VPNs) and worsening pollution.

Over in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur ranked 126th on the list.

“In the last five years, Kuala Lumpur has seen a drop in the rankings, falling from 25th to outside the top 100. One of the main causes for this is that whilst other locations have improved their air quality, the high levels of pollution in Kuala Lumpur, coupled with relatively high rates of petty crime, have seen the city slip down the rankings,” says Quane.

However, KL scored well in the categories of utilities and the availability of housing, which shows that there are still positives for Asian expats to move there.

Globally, Australian cities have ranked well on the list, with Brisbane taking the second spot after Singapore, while Adelaide shared the third spot with Sydney.

“Australian cities always tend to perform strongly in terms of liveability for Asian expats due to the excellent facilities and infrastructure, as well as the generally low levels of crime and air pollution,” adds Quane.