Vienna is ranked world’s ‘most liveable city’, but for whom?

For some of my immigrant friends here, the welcome has been far from warm

Claire Healy in Vienna

Last week, The Economist’s Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked the Austrian capital, Vienna, the most “liveable” city on the planet. I have lived in Vienna for seven and a half years. On hearing this news, I felt a little confused, as I do on every occasion when Vienna receives such accolades. (The city has ranked first in Mercer’s Quality of Living ranking for nine consecutive years).