Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

14.41 3 Dec 2019


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A survey of expats has seen Dublin named the worst city in the world for housing.

This year's Expat City Ranking has found 88% of the expats surveyed responded negatively to the affordability of housing in the capital - double the global average of 44%.

However, out of the 82 cities examined Dublin comes third for job and career prospects, with four in five people happy with their job security.

Topping the list as the best city to live as an expat is Taipei in Taiwan, followed by Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

Lisbon is the highest rated European city at number six, just ahead of Barcelona and Zug.

The worst ranked cities are Kuwait, Rome and Milan, with the likes of Paris, San Francisco and New York also listed in the bottom ten.

Dublin is overall ranked 72nd - narrowly avoiding the bottom ten worst cities for expats.

The Irish capital ranks high for local friendliness (16th out of the surveyed cities) and urban work life (8th), but low when it comes to local cost of living (76th).

On the subject of housing, the authors of the report write: "Homes in Dublin are expensive, with 88% of respondents rating the affordability of housing negatively (double the global average of 44%), and 59% even deeming the situation very bad.

"A Portuguese expat describes the rental market in the city as 'so bad it makes me consider leaving the country'.

"Not only is housing expensive, it is also difficult to find: the majority of expats (86%) disagrees that accommodation is easy to find in Dublin; 41% even completely oppose this."

San Francisco is listed as the second worst city for housing, with respondents reporting challenges in finding affordable accommodation in the Bay Area.

Main image: File photo of Dublin city. Picture by: Christian Charisius/DPA/PA Images

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