6 Sep

Biggest ever expat opinion poll to take place

The worldwide expat market is about to be targeted by a newly-formed company determined to survey almost every migrant living abroad.

The company, i-World Research Ltd, has launched a comprehensive online Expat Survey with the promise that filling in answers to the three pages of questions will enter respondents in a prize draw worth £1,000. They’re hoping around 10,000 plus expats will join in and give details and opinions of all aspects of expat life in their chosen countries.

The plus points of the survey, the results of which are expected some time next year, is that those yearning for the expat life but not quite ready to take the plunge will have a better idea of what they’re getting into. Expat blogs in general will garner interesting material from the publication, and certain service provider sectors in expat havens might be forced to rethink their operations due to negative publicity.

The drawback, as with all online surveys, is the privacy of the respondents. All those names, locations and email addresses entered in the hope of winning the prize draw might prove too tempting to ignore for the many companies promoting expat services abroad.

For example, the companies immediately behind the survey, insurers Clements Worldwide, accountancy company ChantreyVellacott DFK and international removal firm Bishops Move would benefit enormously from a potential client database of 10,000 expats. The findings of such a huge survey would, no doubt, be very valuable in adjusting sales and marketing techniques to diverse expat communities.

According to a recent press release, i-World Research has stated that no information will be shared with third parties, has no links to any governments and is promoted, not sponsored, by reputable worldwide companies including publishers. It’s up to expats themselves as to whether they amuse themselves by revealing their thrills, spills and disasters in the fields of lifestyle, finance, health, travel and the immigration process itself, or decide it’s not worth the risk of an inbox crammed with spam.