Philippines is home from home for expats families

Published:  18 May at 6 PM
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Of all Southeast Asia’s tropical countries, the Philippines is the most popular haven for expats and their families.

According to a recent survey, the main reasons for the popularity of the Philippines amongst expats are its booming economy and the hospitality of its people. In reality, there are many, many reasons why the island archipelago is attracting more and more expats to its friendly shores. The expatriate population is a global diaspora with English as its second language, also happily spoken by the majority of Filipinos and recognised for its importance to tourism.

The latest Expat Explorer survey highlights the personal fulfilment felt by over half the respondents living on the country’s tropical islands. Working in the Philippines is, they said, much more satisfactory than the daily grind in their home countries. One of the main advantages mentioned was the absolute ease of settling in and feeling at home amongst the hospitable local people in their chosen province. Expats with children were especially happy to be part of the family-oriented culture, and the children themselves found it easy to make new friends in school.

It’s true that the first few months in a completely new environment is a strain for expats and their families, but the Philippines’ laid-bask lifestyle took the strain out of the experience for many, including those who were missing their extended families and old friends in the home country. Filipinos are famous for welcoming newcomers regardless of their faith, race, gender or sexual orientation and the diverse local cultures are happy to include expatriates of all kinds.

Expat retirees are also discovering the islands’ stunning natural beauty and the overall warmth of the climate as well as the people themselves. Long-stay visas are easier to obtain than in the majority of Southeast Asian countries, and the cost of living is well below that of Western countries. Importantly, language problems hardly exist, making it far easier to cope with life’s little problems and simply enjoy being part of a genuine, welcoming community.
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