ROME — As the referendum on whether the United Kingdom will stay in the European Union fast approaches, The Expat Survey are discovering how British expats are feeling with the Big BreXpat Survey. The first results of the BreXpat survey have been released on the awareness and feelings surrounding the EU referendum in the UK that will be held on June 23, the survey itself can be found at www.theexpatsurvey.com and is open until May 31 to record the sentiments of any British citizen living overseas. The information gathered thus far has shown that 95 percent of those that have taken the survey are aware of their eligibility to vote, whilst 92 percent know that they lose their right to vote after 15 years and a still relatively high percentage of 83 are aware that it is possible to register to vote online. So far 61 percent of those surveyed have registered to vote, with the main reason for those that haven’t being the 15-year rule, making it 68 percent saying that will be voting in Brexit. Of that number 73 percent feel that they are equipped with enough knowledge to make an informed decision when voting. As tensions begin to run high in Britain, it’s no different for Brits living abroad with 72 percent saying they are concerned about the outcome of the referendum. In the meantime 44 percent say they feel anxious, 23 percent betrayed and 11 percent are angry. When directly asked whether or not they wished to remain in the EU, 68 percent said they would like to stay in, whilst 32 percent voted out. The top three scenarios for expats if Britain were to leave the EU were reported to be: 1. Take dual or solo nationality of the country where they are resident. 2. Sell all UK assets and investments held in the UK, and stop paying any tax in the UK system. 3. Reluctantly return to the UK if their financial position deteriorates as a result of the exit. The Big BreXpat Survey is due to close on May 31, at which point the results will be sent to the leaders of each political party, the Electoral Commission and the media. For those who wish to still have their say, the survey can be found at: https://www.research.net/r/Brexit2016. – See more at: http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/3860#sthash.u2GwLIKk.dpuf
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Do you give your life abroad the big thumbs up? Last year 80% of expatriates confirmed they have an improved quality of life where they now live. 72% said they enjoy better climate and scenery, 67% an enhanced work/life balance and 63% a much greater sense of security. With all that is going on in the world, the team at The Expat Survey would like to know if these and other opinions have changed at all; and do you ever intend to return to your country of origin.
Zooming in on highlights from last year’s programme and focussing on current affairs and trends, there’s something for everyone. New topics for this year include education and studying abroad, politics and voting rights, changes in attitude towards investments, life’s little luxuries, fashion and lifestyle; as well as mental, physical and spiritual health.
The research team really wants to hear from you if you are living outside your homeland for more than 6 months in any one year; on either a temporary or permanent basis. Whether you are a business owner, employee, full time parent, student, retiree or any other status your contribution is important. Those that complete all three questionnaires are automatically entered into a series of prize draws with £1,000 cash, Amazon vouchers and Lebara SIM Cards to be won. Expats can also opt to join their growing international focus group.
The Expat Survey is the largest independent online research programme of its kind (it is also available by post if you would like to request copies to be sent to you text your name and address to +44 (0) 7792 045121). In 2013 expatriates of 89 nationalities responded from 125 countries to a total of 152 questions, producing the most comprehensive multi-topic profiles on their lives abroad. Comprising three questionnaires – Migration & Lifestyle, Retail & Finance and Travel & Health, the first part of their 2014 research programme is now live at www.theexpatsurvey.com
With no links to Governments and none of your personal details shared, the team hopes you will feel welcome to engage, express your views and share your adventures and experiences.
Your votes count too! The Expat Survey Consumer Awards (TESCA)
Servicing those that live overseas is often complex and requires a lot of dedication. Producing daily, weekly and monthly publications or delivering good quality customer care to somebody on the other side of the world, is challenging and requires significant skill and commitment. Importantly the information they supply or the care they provide, can be essential in the day to day lives of those living outside their country of origin.
The Expat Survey Consumer Awards have been launched to give expatriates the opportunity to nominate and commend the work of media owners and service providers that do an amazing job of adding value to the lives of expatriates, no matter who or where they are.
Voting is now open for the following awards:
Best Expat Blog
Best Expat Radio
Best Expat Newsletter
Best Expat Magazine
Best Expat Website
Best Expat Newspaper
To make your nomination and explain why you value them, simply complete the voting section when you have finished the Migration & Lifestyle questionnaire at The Expat Survey.