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When people are placed in a completely new and unfamiliar environment, it is a blessing to have existing expats in your new country to help you learn the ropes better. Expats who have ‘been there and done that’ can understand the situation you’re in. This could be for this reason that new expats tend to gravitate with fellow expats.
The results show that this is most likely to be the case for those located in Qatar and the UAE where more than four in five expats are more likely to only integrate with fellow expats, followed by Bahrain (81%), Hong Kong (79%) and Saudi Arabia (73%).
Overall, more than half (58%) of expats agreed that they’re more likely to go out with expat friends rather than local friends. The report also found that Europe is the hardest region to make friends, with European countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Switzerland and Belgium dominating the bottom five places of the ease of making friends league table.
However, the findings show that expats in Canada integrate well within local society and make friends in their host country. Nearly half (45%) of Canada based expats go out with local friends as much as fellow expats, alongside expats in the USA (37%) and Australia (36%).
What have your experiences been?