16 Dec

The Expat Survey featured in Interglobal member magazine

An advertisement for The Expat Survey has been featured in the Interglobal magazine. The quarterly member magazine called ‘InterAct’ provides its readers with interesting articles surrounding life as an expatriate as well as industry and company news.

To view the magazine click here

9 Dec

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? If you have then we really want to hear from you and this is the opportunity to make sure your voice is heard.

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. 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.

In a world of rapid change and volatile economies, with the diversification and consolidation of businesses resulting in employment instability and mounting stress, 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.

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

Conducted as an annual rolling programme the study comprises three surveys – ‘Migration & Lifestyle’ start date 15th July, ‘Retail & Finance’ start date 10th September and ‘Travel & Health’ start date 5th November 2013. Whilst the main thrust of each survey lasts 8 weeks, all surveys will remain live until 31st December so that a continual collection of responses takes place.

Those that 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. Please go to www.theexpatsurvey.com to find out more and complete the first survey which has now gone live.

2 Dec

Frustrated Wives revealed in part one of world’s largest expat survey

As the second survey ‘Retail & Finance’ gets underway at www.theexpatsurvey.com and the third and final part ‘Travel & Health’ is set to launch in November, incredible results are emerging from the first survey ‘Migration & Lifestyle’ providing very detailed insight from those living outside their country of origin in almost 100 countries. The initial part examined from where to where, why and when and now resident in their chosen community what they like or dislike about their adopted home, what media channels they follow and use to stay in touch with friends, family and the outside world; and how easy or hard did they find it to integrate.

Contending with an unfamiliar country and culture, often a new language and suddenly no friends and family for support, numerous wives have shared their sense of bitter disappointment with their husbands’ employers for failing to appreciate the impact on the family unit; and a sense of being left to tackle the challenging dynamics of establishing a home and integrating alone; whilst the focus of the companies was on getting their spouses settled into their new workplace as quickly as possible. In some cases relocation specialists were involved in catering for the career moves, but stand accused of not truly understanding and meeting their needs.

‘For some women, particularly those with children, the sheer stress of the corporate relocation bordered not only on being a career breaker, but almost a marriage breaker as well. These respondents are urging companies to take greater responsibility for getting the experience right not just for their employees, but their families too; and recommend that those contemplating a move use social media to contact other company employees, their spouses and other expats in their chosen destination to get the full lowdown on what their move might really entail’ says Emma Wood, project director for www.theexpatsurvey.com.

‘From the outset The Expat Survey team has been committed to not only conducting the most far-reaching global research programme, but to ensuring that each survey in our three-part annual study connects with expats in a meaningful way to understand their true experiences. We really want expats to have their say and need them to share their stories, good or bad, so that the statistical outcomes of each survey can be placed in real context’ she explains.

Despite the initial upheaval, 71% of respondents intend to remain outside their country of origin; whilst 22% disclosed that they are considering moving on to a new destination and 8% have an active plan-of-action to achieve this imminently. Churches are praised for providing a lot of practical support as well as spiritual; and surprisingly the South Korean Government is highlighted as being a superb relocation facilitator and integrator; whilst Japan and China are sited as places where securing a work permit is painful unless your employer has clout or you have the right connections.

Several thousand expats of many nationalities have responded so far thanks to the fantastic coverage provided by media owners around the world and the on-going promotional support received from its growing number of reputable collaborative partners. These include the currency exchange giant Oz Forex, Vonage the award winning telecoms provider, Bishop’s Move the international removal company and Britishcornershop.co.uk the popular online retailer offering worldwide home delivery.

Retail & Finance survey now live

The second survey in the research programme has been activated at www.theexpatsurvey.com. Whether you are working or not, if you have moved to pastures new, we really need your input so that we can understand what your important considerations are when it comes to personal and household expenditure, banking and investments; and what information resources you now tend to turn to when making these decisions and undertaking your financial planning.

So user-friendly, now available by post as well as online

Some newspaper and magazine owners have contacted us on behalf of their readers to say that they do not have internet capabilities, but are nonetheless keen to participate. As a result we have opened a phone line with answer machine so that expats can ring in to request copies. Please call +44 (0)20 8464 5584 and state which surveys you require, your name, address and telephone number and the team will post them to you. Completed surveys can be returned by post or fax – contact details will be enclosed in the envelope.

Important! The Expat Survey does not share any personal details with any third parties and has no links to Governments. Those that 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.

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