Canada has surpassed the United States as the most attractive destination for foreign workers, according to a report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network on global talent. Canada leads this overall ranking. It ranks highly among respondents with master’s and doctoral degrees, workers with digital experience as well as those under 30.
According to the data in this report, the COVID-19 pandemic has played a significant role in affecting the places where foreign workers prefer to work. Also, the way the country reacted to the pandemic may have influenced survey respondents. For example, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore and New Zealand have relatively low numbers of cases and were all in the top ten. In addition, popular destinations such as Germany and France dropped two places in the rankings, while Italy and Spain did not make the top ten at all.
Also, many famous cities such as New York, Barcelona and Rome are now less attractive destinations for foreign workers. Other cities less affected by COVID-19 are becoming even more popular, including Tokyo, Singapore, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The downgrade of the United States in this ranking comes further, the tightening of immigration measures in the United States, especially under the Trump administration, has also diminished interest in working abroad. Another factor that may have played a role in declining interest in the United States is recent social unrest linked to issues of racial injustice and long-standing police brutality. Without these concerns about political, social and health issues considering remote workers, the United States would rank first, according to the survey.
According to this report, around 57% of workers are willing to work remotely. These workers are still eager to work remotely for companies in the United States and Canada, but are generally more reserved when it comes to relocation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To make this report, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network interviewed a total of 209,000 people in 190 countries.