13 Nov

Is the grass really greener on the other side?

Calling all expatriates of any nationality! Have you moved overseas for a better quality of life for your family, to pursue a career opportunity or simply for a change of scenery to the place you always adored?

Whatever initiated your move, ‘The Expat Survey’ invites you to share your opinions on a variety of different topics. Whilst there are the usual questions requiring you to tick boxes, the research study breaks away from convention and enquires about your experience, whether or not expectations have been fulfilled, what expats miss about home, and requests tips and advice for others contemplating a move to a new continent.

‘The Expat Survey’ is considered the largest independent research study ever undertaken on migration and expatriate life. Led by the ex-head of research for BBC World, Keith Donaldson, it does not share any information with third parties and has no links to governments.

Keith Donaldson said: “The study is entirely independent and promoted, but not sponsored, by almost 100 publishers and reputable companies servicing expatriates around the world, such as the international accountancy firm Chantrey Vellacott DFK and the specialist expatriate insurance company Clements Worldwide.

“Your input will make a valuable contribution to understanding how those residing outside their country of origin can be supported, so that organisations and companies that specialise in servicing expatriate communities and individuals can understand their needs better.”

Many have chosen to move overseas in the belief that the grass is greener on the other side. For some a permanent move, for others temporary; in many cases for a life-style change, for others there has been no choice. Whether it has proven to be the best or worst decision you ever made, your feedback is essential.

Conducted as an annual rolling programme, the study comprises three surveys – ‘Migration & Lifestyle’ (already live online), ‘Retail & Finance’ start date September 10 and ‘Travel & Health’ start date November 5 2013. Whilst the main thrust of each survey lasts eight weeks, all surveys will remain live until December 31 so that a continual collection of responses takes place.

“Those who complete all three surveys are automatically entered into a prize draw to win £1,000, which you can opt to donate to charity if you wish,” said Keith Donaldson.