2021’s best countries and cities for work related relocation


The most desirable destination for overseas workers seems to be Canada, especially when it comes to choosing a country to relocate to, a global survey has found, replacing the top spot that the US has always enjoyed. This is according to a poll in 190 countries, among 209,000 people that aimed to find the outlook of people in what circumstances, respondents would move to a foreign country for work.

The survey was conducted in the last quarter of 2020 by Boston Consulting Group and global recruitment alliance The Network. It was part of a report published Thursday called “Decoding Global Talent, Onsite and Virtual,” which was the third study on worldwide workforce trends produced by BCG and The Network since 2014.

The authors of the report said the United States had been “hurt by an inconsistent pandemic response, the adoption of more nationalistic policies, and social unrest.” Alternately, they said Canada and Australia, which placed narrowly behind the U.S. as the third most desirable country for relocation, had done a “far better job of pandemic management. They are also seen as having better social systems and more open cultures than the US.”

The fact that countries like Singapore and New Zealand rose to the top 10 rankings of the most desirable countries for workers to relocate to reflected how Asia-Pacific countries had also done a better job of managing and containing the coronavirus, the report said. In terms of cities, the Unite Kingdom remained as the most desirable place in the world to work, followed by Amsterdam.

“The fame and reach of the British Commonwealth give London an aura that helps it overcome geopolitical uncertainties, such as those surrounding Brexit that have dogged the United Kingdom as a whole in recent years,” the authors of the report said.

However, the number of workers overall that had initially confirmed they were willing to move to another country for work had fallen since the first survey in 2014, to around 50% from 63%. The report partly attributed this trend to worldwide travel restrictions and the mass shift to remote working, allowing people to work for a company abroad without having to relocate.

Top countries for worker relocation

  1. Canada
  2. U.S.
  3. Australia
  4. Germany
  5. U.K.
  6. Japan
  7. Switzerland
  8. Singapore
  9. France
  10. New Zealand

Top cities for worker relocation 

  1. London, U.K.
  2. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  3. Dubai, UAE
  4. Berlin, Germany
  5. Abu Dhabi, UAE
  6. Tokyo, Japan
  7. Singapore
  8. New York, U.S.
  9. Barcelona, Spain
  10. Sydney, Australia

Source: CNBC