The 2018 Expat Explorer research involved 22,318 expats who offered their feedback about expat living in various countries across the globe. It distils their experiences, economic and family life to measure how well their new home caters for them and how it ranks against the rest of the world.

Living Category Winners

  • Experience – New Zealand consistently tops the poll for expat experiences, with 60% of expats moving to New Zealand to improve their quality of life.
  • Economics – Switzerland leads this category. Its strong, stable economy offers expats the highest salaries and a boost to their long-term financial peace of mind without compromising their professional or personal lives.
  • Family – Sweden’s winning focus on children’s wellbeing and family life secures top spot in this category.

Overall Expat Package Success

Singapore leads the world in quality of expat life. Economic, working, family, social and wellbeing feedback contributed to this result. This winning position mirror’s Singapore’s ranking at the best global business country during 2018. The country has the perfect combination of excellent expat working and living.

The top five countries are:

  1. Singapore
  2. New Zealand
  3. Germany
  4. Canada
  5. Bahrain

South Africa, Japan and Brazil are at the foot of the results table.

The Key to Success

The research shows just how crucial a full social life is to the expat experience. Expat life is enhanced by learning a little language, diving into the local culture and becoming a true citizen of the world.

“We have seen that simply ‘getting involved’ makes a huge difference to how quickly assignees settle into their new role and country,” says Louise Chilcott, Global Move and Relocation Specialist from BTR International. Often, this can be supported by the organisation’s relocation policy. Good relationships at work help international assignees to settle faster and stay longer in their new role.

If you would like to know more, or to discuss your organisation’s relocation policy, contact Louise for an informal discussion without obligation. Email her or call +44 (0)1582 495 495.

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