For expats, Shanghai tops list for desirability again

Updated: 2015-03-09 07:37

By Zhao Xinying(China Daily)

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For expats, Shanghai tops list for desirability again

Noyan Rona, 59, of Turkey, the chief representative of Turkish Garanti Bank's Shanghai office, has lived in the city for almost 20 years.

Rona named some reasons he loved Shanghai: It "is more open; people here are flexible; and it's convenient to reside here. The forestation, the working efficiency and transparency of the governmental offices-all these are good."

The report also cited several aspects that expats thought Shanghai could improve.

About 40 percent said the environment in Shanghai-such as the air and water quality-is not good enough; 14.3 percent hoped for improvements in the service provided by the government, the social security system and the infrastructure, such as the traffic system.

More than half of the respondents hoped departments or organizations in Shanghai would improve medical insurance and service for foreigners, and simplify the procedures for them to enter the country.

Wang Huiyao, director of the China Center for Globalization, a think tank in Beijing, said, "Chinese cities' attraction to foreigners will increase dramatically if the government takes a step forward in issues such as medical insurance, visas and green cards."


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