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Top-ranking safest countries after restriction measures have started being lifted

by | Feb 25, 2021 10:34

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HR specialists around the world have started resuming their pending global mobility processes after authorities gradually started lifting restrictions. Or are at least considering resuming them in the near future, when expatriates won’t have to go through self-isolation.

The pandemic-related uncertainty has certainly diminished. However, it has yet to disappear completely. A new question arises: What countries are safest for global talent? Where should their next assignment be?

Many news portals have released studies regarding travel safety, but most of them are tourism oriented, with details on exotic countries where people across the globe could spend their holidays. However, these destinations aren’t exactly global mobility hot spots.

In what our industry is concerned, the subject hasn’t been covered much, with a few exceptions. Forbes has recently published an article with a study covering the safest countries to travel to during these days. And this study is relevant for mobility professionals particularly because it offers an overview on the situation on a global level.

Curiously, the countries that have had a late response with restriction measures aren’t the ones suffering the most. Some of them actually have a high safety risk, China (currently ranking seventh) included. How so?

It seems that countries with a stronger economy, that have been gradually and cautiously lifting restriction measures without sacrificing public safety, are currently ranking safer than others that have had a hard time revitalizing their economies. Economic stimuli for SMEs and pandemic-related unemployment benefits may also have had their say in the safety scores of some countries.

This is happening because national economic stability eventually trickles down to businesses, then to their employees and their customers that can more easily comply to rules and regulations as well as adopt new behaviors that cater to their own safety, as well as to the safety of those around them.

Of course, it’s never just as easy as searching for the host country’s ranking on the list, because regional context is also important. Some regions may be safer than others, and it’s only natural, because they have been affected differently, both economically and regarding public safety.

You can find the top 100 list of top-ranking countries across the globe below:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Germany
  3. Israel
  4. Singapore
  5. Japan
  6. Austria
  7. China
  8. Australia
  9. New Zealand
  10. South Korea
  11. United Arab Emirates
  12. Canada
  13. Hong Kong
  14. Norway
  15. Denmark
  16. Taiwan
  17. Saudi Arabia
  18. Hungary
  19. Netherlands
  20. Vietnam
  21. Kuwait
  22. Iceland
  23. Bahrain
  24. Finland
  25. Luxembourg
  26. Qatar
  27. Liechtenstein
  28. Poland
  29. Lithuania
  30. Malaysia
  31. Latvia
  32. Slovenia
  33. Oman
  34. Greece
  35. Estonia
  36. Croatia
  37. Turkey
  38. Ireland
  39. Georgia
  40. Cyprus
  41. Chile
  42. Montenegro
  43. Czech Republic
  44. Malta
  45. Spain
  46. Portugal
  47. Thailand
  48. Bulgaria
  49. Greenland
  50. Mexico
  51. Uruguay
  52. Vatican City
  53. Italy
  54. Serbia
  55. Philippines
  56. India
  57. Romania
  58. USA
  59. Slovak Republic
  60. France
  61. Russia
  62. Argentina
  63. Belarus
  64. Monaco
  65. Sweden
  66. Ukraine
  67. Gibraltar
  68. United Kingdom
  69. South Africa
  70. San Marino
  71. Kazakhstan
  72. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  73. Iran
  74. Ecuador
  75. Azerbaijan
  76. Mongolia
  77. Lebanon
  78. Belgium
  79. Andorra
  80. Cayman Islands
  81. Armenia
  82. Moldova
  83. Myanmar
  84. Bangladesh
  85. Sri Lanka
  86. Egypt
  87. Tunisia
  88. Albania
  89. Jordan
  90. Panama
  91. Brazil
  92. Morocco
  93. Algeria
  94. Honduras
  95. Paraguay
  96. Peru
  97. Indonesia
  98. Cambodia
  99. Laos
  100. Bahamas

HR specialists around the world have started resuming their pending global mobility processes after authorities gradually started lifting restrictions. Or are at least considering resuming them in the near future, when expatriates won’t have to go through

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