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This Irish emigration hotspot is the 'world's most liveable city'

They do excellent poutine.

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TORONTO HAS BEEN named the world’s most liveable city by a leading architecture and design magazine.

The Canadian city, home to over 5,000 Irish emigrants, was praised by Metropolis magazine for going through an attractive transformation period, improving transport links and preserving a major greenbelt.

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The city’s Kensington Market area comes in for particular praise, being called one of the city’s most successful neighbourhoods.

“With a vibrant arts and food scene, historic townscape, and mixed traffic, it’s easy to see why so the area is beloved by so many Torontonians.”

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The city’s embrace of a multicultural populace is also praised.

“The [Ismaili] centre highlights the diversity that fuels Toronto’s civic dynamism—successive waves of immigration have made the city a microcosm of the world. Though there are inevitable tensions, multiculturalism has turned a waspy colonial outpost into a model of tolerance envied globally.”

Toronto beat out Tokyo and Helsinki to top honours. The rest of the top ten was filled out by:

  • Copenhagen
  • Hong Kong
  • Indianapolis
  • Medellín
  • Melbourne
  • Pittsburgh
  • Rotterdam
  • Singapore

Another Irish emigration hub, Christchurch, was named in the cities to watch.

Read: Emigration quiz: Where does your heart reside, Ireland or abroad?

Read: Like many other graduates, I left Ireland knowing I wanted to come back

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