Sunday, 10 May 2009

Top expat locations for 2009 - have your say

I was reviewing the Expat Existence report of the 2008 Expat Explorer survey and I was pondering the results and wondering if they will change.

Last year the top 3 expat locations were Singapore, Dubai and the USA - the least popular locations were the UK and France.

The drivers of popularity were; ability to earn and save, how their new country of residence compared to the country that they left and their current lifestyle. If you want to learn more you can download the full report here.

So much has changed in the last 12 months since the 2008 survey was conducted. The world is a very different place - economic conditions have significantly changed and the global economy has slowed.

Demand for international workers is not as strong and as a consequence expatriates are making decisions about their futures. Just look at the latest USA unemployment figures released last week - the highest figures since the 1980s - expats will be impacted in some shape or form.

Another good example is this one I found about Australian expats in the Middle East too.

Its going to be really interesting to see where the 2009 top locations will be. What do you think? I'd love to hear your point of view?

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