Date
22 September 2017
The ECA ranking suggests Hong Kong is a much less livable city for expatriates than it was last year. Photo: HKEJ
The ECA ranking suggests Hong Kong is a much less livable city for expatriates than it was last year. Photo: HKEJ

HK plummets in global ranking of livable cities

Hong Kong has plunged 16 notches to rank 33th in an annual survey of the world’s most livable cities, down from 17th a year earlier.

The city’s deteriorating air quality and political environment are factors behind its slide down an index of expatriate living conditions published by human resource consultancy ECA International Thursday.

ECA’s Location Ratings system evaluates factors including climate, availability of health services, housing and utilities, isolation, access to a social network and leisure facilities, infrastructure, personal safety, political tensions and air quality. 

Among Asian cities, Hong Kong retains its sixth place from last year, after Singapore, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo and Yokohama.

Singapore holds its top spot globally for the 16th consecutive year.

“Hong Kong scores well in a range of factors including infrastructure, education and healthcare facilities, and availability of goods and services”, ECA said in a report.

“However, air quality remains a lot poorer there than many other parts of the region. In addition, Hong Kong’s socio-political score worsened this year as a result of the unprecedented unrest there in recent months and the restrictions placed on movement.”

Shanghai ranked 13th in Asia and 110th globally, the highest among mainland cities.

The rankings of cities on the mainland have risen in recent years but continue to be weighed down by problems related to China’s rapid growth, including pollution, lack of infrastructure, corruption and food safety, the report said.

Copenhagen tops European cities at seventh globally, while Vancouver, at 24th, beats all the other cities in North America.

Occupy Central co-founder Chan Kin-man said ECA only saw the surface of the problems in Hong Kong, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The development of the city’s political system lags behind its social development, and that is the hidden problem that led to unrest during the Umbrella movement, he said.

If the problem is not solved, it will only bring more unrest in the future, Chan said.

Armstrong Lee, director of Worldwide Consulting Group, said ECA’s survey results were quite different from his observations.

He said the air quality in Hong Kong has improved and the Occupy movement had only a short-term impact.

The living environment and limited space in international schools are, in fact, the main concerns of expatriates, Lee said.

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HK plummets in “world’s most liveable city” ranking for worsened air quality and political tension

Hong Kong has seen its ranking drop 16 notches in terms of liveability due to factors including air quality and political environment, based on an index for expatriate living conditions published by human resource consultancy ECA International on Thursday.

Hong Kong ranks 33th in the annual survey of the world’s most liveable cities, down from 17th a year earlier.

ECA’s Location Ratings system objectively evaluates a host of factors to form an assessment of the overall quality of living in over 450 locations worldwide. Factors assessed include climate; availability of health services; housing and utilities; isolation; access to a social network and leisure facilities; infrastructure; personal safety; political tensions and air quality. The system helps companies establish appropriate allowances to compensate employees for the adjustment required when going on international assignment.

Among Asian cites, Hong Kong keeps the same 6th place as last year, next to Singapore, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo and Yokohama.

Singapore holds its top spot both globally and in Asia for the 16th consecutive year.

“Hong Kong scores well in a range of factors including infrastructure, education and healthcare facilities, and availability of goods and services”, ECA said in a report. “However, air quality remains a lot poorer there than many other parts of the region. In addition, Hong Kong’s socio-political score worsened this year as a result of the unprecedented unrest there in recent months and the restrictions placed on movement.”

Shanghai was placed at 13th in Asia and 110th globally, the highest among mainland cities.

Chinese locations ranking have risen in recent years but has been tempered by problems associated with the country’s rapid growth including pollution, infrastructure, corruption and food safety, the report said.

Copenhagen tops European cities with its 7th ranking, while Vancouver beat all of the other cities in North America, standing at 24th.

Ming Pao Daily cited Occupy Central co-founder Chan Kin-man as saying that ECA only saw the surface of the problems in Hong Kong. Political system development lags behind social development is the hidden problem led to unrest in the city, adding that umbrella movement was to pinpoint the hidden problem if it could not be solved at this moment, it could only bring more unrest in the future, Chan said.

Armstrong Lee, director of Worldwide Consulting Group, said ECA’s survey results were quite different from what he recognized, such as that air quality in Hong Kong has improved and he occupy movement brought only short-term impact.

Living environment and limited international schools placement in fact are the concerns of foreign expatriates, Lee said.

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