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Expats Are Snubbing London, Paris and Hong Kong

Major metropolises earn low rankings from foreign workers while smaller Spanish cities garner top scores in a new survey.

   
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

London, Paris, and Rome are famed for their history, culture, and commerce. Now, they share something else in common: Expats don’t like them. 

The three European capitals attracted some of the lowest rankings in a global survey of more than 15,000 people representing 173 nationalities. Concerns about health care, safety, work-life balance, and the affordability of housing weighed on their scores in research conducted by InterNations, a Munich-based expat network with around 4 million members.