Where Do Expats Thrive?

The most recent Expat Explorer report summarises thousands of expat insights from around the world. (18, 059 expats contributed to the survey.) If you are thinking of embracing an international relocation opportunity, where would be the best new place for you to live and work?

Of all the countries in the world, Switzerland offers the most complete relocation opportunity. Why? The survey report explains: “An impressive 82% of expats in Switzerland have seen an improvement in their quality of life compared to their home country, with its stunning scenery a major contributing factor. Expats also praise Switzerland’s low levels of pollution, with 70% noting cleaner and more pleasant surroundings than they were used to at home.”

Best Locations for Expat Living

The five countries voted the best for expat living were:

1.     Switzerland

2.     Singapore

3.     Canada

4.     Spain

5.     New Zealand

It’s interesting to note that expats aged under 35 years have a different outlook. Younger workers are increasingly mobile and enjoy the fulfillment and financial rewards that international relocations offer. 47% of young expats move abroad to further their career. During their move, 80% of young assignees increase their earnings, 55% become confident whilst 71% learn new skills.

Where Younger Expats Thrive

It is interesting to see how this list differs to the overall results, reflecting the various priorities involved, such as family support, financial and career progression, plus improved work-life balance.

The locations favoured by younger expats (and their corresponding position with the overall results) were:

1.     Hong Kong (15) – for challenge and income

2.     USA (23) – career progression and quality of life

3.     UK (27) – confidence at work and networking

4.     Poland (13) – career acceleration and work-life balance

“It’s interesting to see how the results vary between the younger and overall responses,” says Louise Chilcott, Global Move Specialist at BTR International. “By offering a range of support services, we ensure that each individual move is as stress-free as possible, and that each assignee has the support they need to embrace their relocation.”

If you would like to know more, or to discuss your organisation’s international move and relocation support services, contact Louise for an informal discussion without obligation. Email her at louise@btrinternational.com or call +44 (0)1582 495 495.

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