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Ten best countries to relocate for overseas jobs

Posted on March 8, 2021
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Relocating abroad Here are your 10 best options

With the pandemic forcing most of us to stay at home almost the whole of last year, career stagnation was a harsh reality for many. But with things getting better in 2021, many are considering relocating to another country. Which are the best countries for overseas careers? Well, a new survey by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network, reveals the ten most desirable countries to relocate in 2021.

The survey conducted between October and December 2020of nearly 209,000 people in 190 countries titled “Decoding Global Talent, Onsite and Virtual,” threw up some interesting findings and revealed changing attitudes towards mobility than what was prevailing a few years ago.

The survey revealed that the percentage of people willing to take up an international career came down to 50% in 2020 from 28% in 2018. Interestingly those who wished to move abroad for work were predisposed to favor countries that had a successful record in dealing with the pandemic.

According to Rainer Strack, a senior partner at BCG and co-author of the report, “COVID is a new variable that is making people cautious about considering international relocation.”

Changed rankings of countries

According to the report, here are the top ten countries that are preferred by respondents to relocate for work:










New Zealand

 Countries that have ranked lower than the previous survey in 2018 or have totally disappeared from the list include US, France, Italy and Spain are those that faced difficulties in controlling the pandemic last year. Countries like the US and Germany have ranked lower in the 2020 survey due to this reason.

 Change in the ranking of countries

BCG survey Image 1Source-BCG

Countries that were able to handle the pandemic well have become popular destinations for relocation. These include several countries in the Asia-Pacific region such as Japan, which has moved up by four places, and Singapore and New Zealand, which have a first-time appearance in the list. Canada’s well-planned strategy in tackling the pandemic has helped it to move to the top of the list ahead of the US making it the number one destination to relocate for work.

Canada overtakes America as world’s favorite workplace: BCG report

BCG ranking Image 2


Willingness to relocate

The survey also revealed that around 50% of respondents were willing to relocate which was a decline from 63% of the last survey in 2014. This trend was attributed to the travel restrictions due to the pandemic and large-scale adoption of remote working which provided the facility individuals to work for a foreign company without having to relocate.

Top cities that workers prefer to relocate

  • London, U.K.
  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Dubai, UAE
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Singapore
  • New York, U.S.
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Sydney, Australia

With countries succeeding in controlling the pandemic and removing travel restrictions, the preferred overseas career destination of individuals may soon be accessible.

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