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The top 10 cities employees want to relocate to

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When it comes to dream cities to get a job, London comes out on top as the place job seeker's want to work the most.

London, followed by New York, are the top two cities employees answered with when asked "Where else besides your home country would you work?" as part of a global study by the Boston Consulting Group and The Network, a group of recruiters involved in the study.

This probably comes as no surprise. As well as being hubs of business, both cities have the biggest foreign-born populations of any city in the world, with about 3 million foreign-born people each, the report stated.

Many workers around the world still view the US as the most desirable country overall to search for work, including employees in large (G20) economies.

But for people in China (42%), the US comes in as the second most popular choice overall after the UK. This is also true of French and Indian employees, with 53% and 43% respectively saying they would consider work opportunities there. The UK also appeals to workers in Africa.

Singapore ranks in ninth place on this year's list, as Asia Pacific cities become slightly less appealing to workers who don't speak the languages.

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"The Asia-Pacific region doesn’t generate as much interest as a possible work destination as the US or Europe, largely because of the perceived difficulty of learning Asian languages (a perception that is particularly strong in Europe and the Americas, where most of the survey participants are based)," the report reads.

"China, for instance, isn’t the top work destination for people in any of the G20 countries, and Japan ranks first only among Indonesians."

The study also found two in every three job seekers say they would be willing to move abroad for work, including "startlingly" high numbers from countries such as Switzerland (75%), Australia (80%) and the Netherlands (90%).

"It’s a world in which the geographic barriers to employment are coming down, including in the minds of some of the most talented and highly educated workers," said Rainer Strack, BCG senior partner and one of the report’s four co-authors. "This is opening up significant opportunities for individuals and for the many countries and multinational companies that are facing talent shortages of one sort or another."

The top 10 foreign destinations employees want to work

1. London

2. New York

3. Paris

4. Sydney

5. Madrid

6. Berlin

7. Barcelona

8. Toronto

9. Singapore

10. Rome

Read the full report here.

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