World's Most Dangerous Cities
by Robert Wenzel: My
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has released a global report on personal safety that aims to rank
cities by their safety levels to help companies compensate employees
fairly when placing them on assignments.
the firm, these are the most dangerous cities:
Iraq The capital of Iraq, Baghdad, is lthe world's most
dangerous city in Mercers rankings. Following the withdrawal
of military forces from Iraq as of Dec. 31, the U.S. State Department
and British Foreign Office warn their citizens against all but essential
travel to Iraq. They add that those traveling there should do so
only with a professional security company. Monthly car bombings
and threats of attack against U.S. targets throughout Iraq continue,
including in the "Green Zone" of Baghdad.
Chad The upheaval in Libya has destabilized large parts
of Chad, and there is an underlying threat of terrorism and kidnappings.
Ivory Coast The national forces loyal to Ouattara continue
to seek to secure all parts of Abidjan and the interior. Crimes
such as muggings, robberies, burglaries and carjackings pose risks
for foreign visitors in Abidjan. Political rallies and public gatherings
should be avoided. Yellow fever, cholera and measles cases have
also been reported in the Abidjan area since the start of 2011.
Central African Republic There were outbreaks of violence
in Bangui in early June 2011 resulting in government-imposed curfews
in the city, and recently there have been attacks on some Europeans
on the scenic walks.
Democratic Rep. of the Congo The capital has a critical
crime threat, and U.S. citizens continue to be the victims of serious
crimes, including armed robbery by groups posing as law enforcement
officials in both urban and rural areas, especially after nightfall.
It has been reported that robberies by gangs of street children
are increasingly common and becoming more aggressive.
Pakistan U.K. and U.S. citizens are urged to keep a low
profile, avoid large gatherings and limit movements on Fridays,
the Muslim holy day.
Georgia the region could explode at any minute, given
the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Yemen the biggest threat here is kidnap by armed tribes,
criminals and terrorists.
Kenya Plenty of local unrest here, recent attacks in
the city in 2012 include a grenade attack on a church near Nairobi
city center on April 29, with one death reported. A series of grenade
explosions in the central business district on March 10th that killed
at least six people and wounded dozens.
Guinea Republic According to Mercer, criminals target
visitors at the airport, in the traditional markets and near hotels
and restaurants frequented by foreigner.
On the other
end of the spectrum, Luxembourg ranks highest for personal safety.
Bern, Helsinki and Zurich, follow. According to Mercer, Vienna has
the best living standard in the world.
In the North
America, the safest cities are all Canadian, Calgary, Montreal,
Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto (All tied at 17th globally).
ranked cities for safety in United States according to Mercer are
Chicago, Honolulu and Houston all ranked 53rd globally,
with permission from Economic
Economic Policy Journal
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