5 Dec

How is your life abroad?

The 2014 Expat Survey aims to compile fresh information about global migration and lifestyle

A global research programme mapping the movements and habits of citizens who have made a new life in a different country is once again calling for the collaboration of expatriates around the world.

In the 2013 Expat Survey, which studied the views and lifestyles of citizens of a wide range of nationalities resident in countries all over the world, 80 per cent of respondents said that they enjoyed better quality of life in their adopted home. Nearly as many (72%) agreed that climate and scenery were better than back home, while work/life balance, personal security, health services and friendliness of the people were also among the factors considered as better in their new homes by the majority of expatriates.

The residents surveyed, however, were less enthusiastic about salaries and political stability.

The largest number of expatriates who answered the 2013 survey lived in Spain followed by residents in France and Holland.

When asked about reasons for moving abroad, the search for a better lifestyle was rated more highly than the climate. On average the expatriates who answered the survey had lived in their current country of residence for nine years, while 13 per cent said they had settled in their new home more than 20 years ago.

This year the Expat Survey programme continues its work to obtain updated information about the views and lifestyles of people who have chosen to live in another country.

The Migration and Lifestyle questionnaire can now be filled in online while the Retail and Finance and Travel and Health sections will be available soon.

Expatriates who complete all three questionnaires will be entered into a draw for a cash prize.

Visit www.theexpatsurvey.com for more information.

4 Dec

The Expat Survey

The Expat Survey – the largest and most extensive independent global research programme of those living outside their country of origin, including but not limited to HNWIs, business executives and professionals and semi/retired over 50s. It is the leading authority on what, when, why and how expatriates communicate and consume.

It is conducted annually with the aim of growing signicantly year on year, so that a rich and reliable multi-territory intelligence resource exists, to enable those companies and organisations that service these segments to be absolutely relevant to their needs and to connect with them efficiently. The 2014 programme is currently live.

https://www.theexpatsurvey.com/

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4 Dec

The Expat Survey Consumer Awards (TESCA)

Servicing those outside their country of origin is often complex and requires a lot of dedication. Producing a daily, weekly or monthly publication or delivering good quality customer care to somebody on the other side of the world, is challenging and requires a lot of 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 they are or where they are, so please make your nominations and recommendations known. 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 Simply complete your nominations and explain why you value them at the end of the Migration & Lifestyle survey at The Expat Survey (https://www.theexpatsurvey.com/). The Expat Survey Consumer Awards are not governed by a Judges’ panel. Expatriates of any nationality residing in any country are welcome to nominate their favourite for each category and make their commendations.

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3 Dec

‘Expatria’ the biggest country you’ve never heard of! (Part One)

Here at the Expat Survey we take ‘expat’ to mean anyone who lives outside of their nation of origin for at least six months of any twelve month period.

There are 232 million people living outside of their nation of origin but what do we actually know about them? Immigrant or expat, tax exile or asylum seeker, estimations vary wildly and the knowledge of a population of almost a quarter of a billion has proven shallow. The Expat Survey conducts independent research that aims to paint a more accurate and textured picture of a constantly changing landscape. To emphasise this dearth in intel, if we took the world’s expatriates and put them in a country, how would that country look and feel?

‘Expatria’ – our imaginary nation of expatriates/immigrants – would have a population of 232 million, rising from 154 million in 1990 and 175 million in 2000, according to UN statistics. This ranks Expatria as the fifth most populous nation on the planet, over three and a half times the number of people in the United Kingdom and sandwiched between Indonesia and Brazil – half the population size of the European Union. Expatria’s population growth rate of over a third since 1990 is matched by Brazil and Indonesia, two of the fastest growing economies worldwide.

The average age of the citizens of Expatria would be 38, being at their average youngest in Africa and oldest in Oceania. UN statistics estimate that 48% of the population would be women and 26 million of the residents aged 65+ years of age and proportionally greater represented than they are in the world population, 11% of the migrant population yet just 8% of the world’s population. Interestingly, 20-34 year olds represent 64 million people and also less females, which can be attributed to the transit of male migrant workers, especially those based in Asia.

The population of Expatria must be considered one of the most diverse on the planet. The largest proportion of people coming from South Asia, accounting for 36 million of the population,  with about 19 million migrants living in Europe, some 16 million in Northern America and about 3 million in Oceania. The second and third largest groups coming from Central America and the Caribbean, 17.4 million Central Americans are living in the US.

Measuring the wealth of Expatria is difficult; however remittance figures estimated by the World Bank give some indicator of the economic power of expatriates worldwide. The World Bank estimates $435 billion will be sent in remittance in 2014, outweighing ODA (official development assistance) by a factor of three. Although being a crude comparison, this figure would project Expatria as a top 40 world economy in 2014 if taken as its GDP. This is without considering the estimated wealth of tax exiles to be found in the havens of Switzerland, Luxembourg and the like. A study conducted by economist James Henry suggests at least £13 trillion ($20tn) squirreled away worldwide, which would catapult its ranking amongst the top few.

The citizens of Expatria are workers in a diverse range of fields that have significant economic power. European immigrants (European Economic Area) in the UK have contributed £20bn a year from 2001 to 2011 according to a study conducted by University College, London. Not only are expats economic contributors but work in various sectors. In the case of the UK, The Telegraph states that migrants from within the EU primarily fulfilling manual work, in factories and farming, whilst Non-EU immigrants are prominent in professional roles in health and science.

The population of Expatria equates to 3.2% of the world’s population but what do we really know about them?

The understanding of Expatria is in black-and-white with broad strokes, while the UN suggest a worldwide population of extra-nationals in 232 million, independent research conducted by Finaccord suggests a figure 56 million worldwide in 2014. At least there are estimates for the size of this universe, beyond quantitative figures, little is known of the quality and composition of the lives of expatriates.

This article has highlighted that there is a massive population, globally-based, that people know very little about, and what is by no means concrete. In 2013, The Guardian estimated that ethnic minorities, 14% of the population of the United Kingdom, is not effectively marketed to by businesses, only emphasising the massive Expatria-shaped hole in market intelligence. The findings of the Expat Survey 2013 illuminated that expatriates spend more time on sites from their country of origin rather than sites of their country of residence; 70% still choosing to shop online from native sites. Statistics like these emphasise the inability of business to understand the spending habits of immigrant communities.

The deficiency of information highlights the need for independent research, the need for the Expat Survey. The English historian J. H. Plumb once stated, ‘statistics may give shadow and depth to the picture [yet] they cannot paint it.’ In regards to expatriate understanding, it is The Expat Survey that acts as the brush to paint the market’s landscape, to get the wants of a potential quarter billion understood by relevant and influential business.

Sources: CIA Factbook , UN , The Guardian , The Telegraph , UCL, The Expat Survey 2013, Finaccord. Credit to William Purbrick – digital and research assistant for The Expat Survey.

19 Nov

World’s largest independent expatriate research programme is now open

What do expats really think about their life abroad? Do they give it the big thumbs up, or regret their decision to leave their country of origin? Last year 80% of expatriates confirmed they have an improved quality of life where they now live. 72% said they enjoy a 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 reviews these and a broad range of other opinions each year; and whether or not they ever intend to return to their homelands.

During 2013 expatriates from all walks of life completed the research study including high net worth individuals, business executives, career movers, international students, economic and war zone migrants. Zooming in on highlights from last year’s programme and focussing on current affairs and trends, there’s something everyone. New topics for the 2014 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.

Many expatriates are overseas due to the nature of their work and so the programme is very interested in hearing from those that have relocated in pursuit of better opportunities for themselves and their families. Maybe they work for the oil and gas, utilities and mining sector or financial, technology or hospitality industries. No matter what their background is and where they are now their opinions are of equal importance to the project.

Specialising in the communication and consumption habits of those on the move and how human beings qualify their own personal identities, the i-World research unit is independent (it genuinely engages with expatriates organically and is not owned or its contents influenced by a media company or Corporate) and has more than 25 years experience in analysing international markets. It really wants to hear from expatriates over 18 years that are currently living outside their country of origin for more than 6 months in any one year; on either a temporary or permanent basis. Whether they are a business owner, employee, full time parent, student, retiree or any other status their contribution is very 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 and most in-depth annual online research programme of its kind (it is also available by post, simply text 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 no personal details shared, the team hopes expatriate from all over the world will feel welcome to engage, express their views and share their adventures and experiences.

Expatriate votes needed 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.

Additional information:

Voting for other awards will be launched as follows:

Best online retailer

Best Professional Advisor

Best Banking Service

Best Money Mover

Best Niche Service Provider

Within the Retail & Finance questionnaire going live on 30th October 2014

Best COMS Product

Best Relocation Specialist

Best Education Solution

Best travel Company

Best Insurance Provider

Within the Travel & Health questionnaire going live on 30th November 2014

Voting for all awards categories will close on the 31st December 2014, so all those that influence, connect or service the expatriate market are asked to please support this important initiative for the sector by participating or promoting it; and spreading the word.  £1,000 CASH, Amazon vouchers, Lebara SIM cards to be won

17 Nov

The Expat Survey 2014 is now live!

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.

Additional information:

Voting for other awards will be launched as follows:

Best online retailer

Best Professional Advisor

Best Banking Service

Best Money Mover

Best Niche Service Provider

Within the Retail & Finance questionnaire going live on 30th October 2014

Best COMS Product

Best Relocation Specialist

Best Education Solution

Best travel Company

Best Insurance Provider

Within the Travel & Health questionnaire going live on 30th November 2014