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A man crosses a road in the central business district in Sydney, Australia on May 7, 2013

A man crosses a road in the central business district in Sydney, Australia on May 7, 2013. Analysts said the Australian economy needed stimulus as mining exports to Asia, which helped it dodge recession during the global downturn, recede

Top 15 most popular destinations for global professionals

There are now over 200 million people across the globe living and working abroad, more than double the figure 25 years ago. Professionals are increasingly moving around the world to take advantage of the emerging global hubs of excellence, according to a report by recruitment consultancy Hydrogen.

In the report "Global Professionals On The Move" released on Wednesday, the firm ranked the top places where professionals would want to work in abroad. It is based on a survey of more than 2,000 respondents across 90 countries.

Here are the top 15 countries on the list based on the percentage of professionals that identified that country as their number one choice.