The European Commission’s Report on the Quality of Life in European Cities has unveiled the top cities for immigrants to live, with Cardiff in the UK taking the lead with a score of 95 per cent. According to the report, Cardiff is considered a welcoming city for immigrants, LGBTIQ people, older individuals, and families with children. Coming in second is Lisbon, Portugal, with a score just five per cent lower than Cardiff.
The report also highlights that non-capital cities are often viewed as more favorable places to live. This is further exemplified by the fact that foreign-born individuals are more likely to reside in cities. In fact, they represent 15 per cent of the population in cities, compared to 10 per cent in towns and six per cent in rural areas.
Braga in Portugal and Groningen in the Netherlands secured the third and fourth places, respectively, as the best cities for immigrants to live, with scores of 89 and 88 percentage points.
The report also shows that, on average, 73 per cent of residents in European cities believe their city is a good place for immigrants to live. Cities in northern regions are seen as more favorable for immigrants, with 79 per cent of residents expressing this belief. On the other hand, cities in eastern countries scored lower, with only 67 per cent of residents claiming the same.
Spanish and Portuguese cities were notably cited as being favorable for immigrants, with at least 84 per cent of residents considering their cities to be good places for immigrants to live.
Barcelona in Spain, Gdansk in Poland, Tyneside Conurbation in the UK, and Hamburg in Germany were ranked fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively, each with a percentage score of 87 per cent. Helsinki in Finland and Glasgow in the UK closely followed with a score of 86 per cent, placing them in the ninth and tenth positions.
The report also compared the rates of favorable immigrant living conditions within specific cities to the national levels in some countries such as Croatia, Poland, Slovakia, and Turkey, revealing varied perceptions of different cities within these countries.
As the report sheds light on the quality of life for immigrants in European cities, it serves as a valuable resource for those looking to relocate within the region, offering insights into the best cities to consider for a more welcoming and inclusive living environment.
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