Expats face unique challenges when moving abroad, often having to make important decisions without really knowing about life in their new country. Trying to help make the move that little bit easier is why we created the Expat Explorer survey, and we are very excited to announce that the 2014 results are in! This is the 7th year of the survey, with 9,288 of you telling us what life is like abroad. We heard from expats from all over the world on why you made the jump, how easy it was to settle in and what the impact of this has been on your kids. Thank you to all of you for sharing your experience, helping to create this valuable resource for expats across the globe – we couldn’t do it without you!Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing some of the findings on the @expatexplorer Twitter and – of course – here on this blog. However, to whet your appetite, we thought we’d give you a quick snapshot of some of the key findings:
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- Switzerland tops this year’s Expat Explorer league table, emerging as a destination to advance career prospects and receive a healthy salary while also maintaining a good work / life balance.
- Another country to shine this year is New Zealand, which came 1st in both the Expat Experience and Raising Children Abroad rankings.
- Adventurous expats choose to head to Asia. Over two-fifths (44%) say that they moved to Asia because they wanted to have a new challenge.
- Expats who tell us that quality of life is more important tend to be attracted to the more relaxed lifestyles and slower pace of life found in New Zealand (54%), Australia (46%) and France (43%).
- For expats living in the Far East, life is sweet and – often – comes at a lower price than it did at home. In Thailand and Vietnam, for example, almost three quarters find they have higher levels of disposable income since moving to the country!
Whether you’d like to see how your country fared, use it to help plan your next adventure or you are just interested in hearing about other expats’ experiences, be sure to check out our interactive Expat Explorer tool here.
We’d love to hear what you think about this year’s findings – tweet us your thoughts @expatexplorer and use the hashtag #EE14!