19 Jul

Is the grass really greener on the other side?

Expatriates of any nationality are invited to take part in a global survey covering all aspects of life in another country

A major independent survey has been launched to discover why people decide to move to another country, what life is like there and whether the experience has lived up to their expectations.

‘The Expat Survey’ invites expatriates of any nationality to share their opinions on a variety of different topics.

While there are the usual questions that involve ticking boxes, the research study breaks away from convention and enquires about the expat experience in general – whether or not expectations have been fulfilled and what expats miss about home – as well as requesting tips and advice for others contemplating a move to a new continent.

In a world of rapid change and volatile economies, employment instability and mounting stress, many have chosen to move overseas in the belief that the grass is greener on the other side.

Choice or obligation?

For some it is a permanent move and for others temporary. In many cases people leave for a lifestyle change; for others there has been no choice. Whether it has proven to be the best or worst decision ever made, the feedback is essential for this survey.

‘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.

Three stages

Conducted as an annual rolling programme the study comprises three surveys. ‘Migration & Lifestyle’ started on 15th July, ‘Retail & Finance’ starts on 10th September and ‘Travel & Health’ starts on 5th November 2013. While the main thrust of each survey lasts eight weeks, all three will remain live until 31st December.

Anyone who completes all three surveys will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win £1,000.

To complete the first survey visit www.theexpatsurvey.com

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