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15 most attractive countries for expatriate workforce

September 17, 2013 11:49 IST

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There are some countries that are more friendly towards expatriates, provide excellent infrastructure and offer good pay packages.

Let's take a look at nations most attractive to those seeking employment overseas, especially in law, finance, oil and gas and life sciences.

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United States

Global professionals looking to work in the US: 24 per cent

Change in percentage: Up 11 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 1

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 1

The United States, the biggest economy in the world, remains the favourite of professionals around the globe.

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Image: A view of Times Square in New York City, United States.
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United Kingdom

Global professionals looking to work in the UK: 13 per cent

Change in percentage: Up 4 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 2

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 3

The United Kingdom, one of the biggest financial centres of the world, is ranked high by professionals in law, life sciences and technology.

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Image: Piccadilly Circus in central London, United Kingdom.
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Australia

Global professionals looking to work in Australia: 13 per cent

Change in percentage: Up 4 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 3

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 2

Australia, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, is ranked high by professionals in oil and gas, finance and life sciences.

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Image: Pedestrians walk past shops in central Melbourne, Australia.
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Singapore

Global professionals looking to work in Singapore: 9 per cent

Change in percentage: Up 3 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 4

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 4

Singapore, one of the biggest financial centres of the world, remains an attractive destinations for professionals.

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Canada

Global professionals looking to work in Canada: 8 per cent

Change in percentage: Up 3 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 5

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 5

Canada, which has huge reserves of natural resources, attracts many professionals due to its excellent quality of life.

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Switzerland

Global professionals looking to work in Switzerland: 6 per cent

Change in percentage: Up 2 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 6

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 6

Switzerland, one of the wealthiest economies in the world, provides world-class infrastructure, high salaries and competitive environment.

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France

Global professionals looking to work in France: 5 per cent

Change in percentage: Up 1 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 7

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 8

France, which has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, remains a favourite destination for professionals of various industries.

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Hong Kong

Global professionals looking to work in Hong Kong: 5 per cent

Change in percentage: Up 1 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 8

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 7

Hong Kong, one of the biggest financial centres of the world, has been a magnet for expatriates, especially those from the United Kingdom and Australia, for decades.

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Image: A view of Wanchai district in Hong Kong.
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The United Arab Emirates

Global professionals looking to work in United Arab Emirates: 5 per cent

Change in percentage: Up 2 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 9

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 9

United Arab Emirates, which has one of the biggest reserves of oil and gas in the world, attracts expatriates from around the globe, especially to its major cities Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Germany

Global professionals looking to work in Germany: 4 per cent

Change in percentage: Up 1 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 10

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 10

Germany, one of the biggest economies in the world, has been a magnet for expatriates for decades, especially its financial sector.

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China

Global professionals looking to work in China: 3 per cent

Change in percentage: Up 1 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 11

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 13

China, the fastest growing economy in the world, has become an attractive destination for professionals in recent years, primarily due to its booming economy.

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Brazil

Global professionals looking to work in Brazil: 3 per cent

Change in percentage: Up 1 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 12

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 14

Brazil, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, is an attractive destination due to its world-class infrastructure, exciting nightlife and competitive salaries.

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Italy

Global professionals looking to work in Italy: 2 per cent

Change in percentage: No change

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 13

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 15

Italy, which is going through tough economic times, attracts professionals from around the globe due to its high per capita income, location and quality of life.

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Spain

Global professionals looking to work in Spain: 2 per cent

Change in percentage: Down 1 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 14

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 11

Spain, which was badly hit by the 2008 global economic crisis, has fallen three places in attractiveness for professionals.

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Image: A view of Agbar Tower in Barcelona, Spain.
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New Zealand

Global professionals looking to work in New Zealand: 2 per cent

Change in percentage: Down 1 per cent

Rank in attractiveness in 2013: 15

Rank in attractiveness in 2012: 12

New Zealand, one of the biggest exporters of dairy products, is not as attractive for professionals as it used to be a year ago.


Image: A view of Auckland from atop the Sky Tower, New Zealand.
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