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.


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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.