Many UK expats in China disappointed in move

Published:  16 Jun at 6 PM
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Only 33 per cent of British expats who have moved to China see the move positively, according to the results from the most recent NatWest International Personal Banking quality of life index.

According to the bank, while 35 per cent of expats were satisfied with the relocation, 23 per cent said they made the wrong decision to move to China, while 42 per cent are of “mixed minds” over the decision.

The study, which was carried out between October and December 2011 by NatWest IPB, surveyed 1,800 UK expats living around the globe. It found that the majority (63 per cent) of the people living in China are there on work assignments.

Nevertheless, working in China also has its clear benefits, as 86 per cent of respondents claimed to enjoy a bigger salary. Nearly 70 per cent also highlighted career advancement as a benefit.

The more social aspects of life in China, however, were not rated highly by respondents. Only 48 per cent of those surveyed said they enjoyed the “exciting culture”, citing it as the best part of living in China. Forty-three per cent cited the local people as the best part, while 39 per cent said their favorite part was “feeling worthwhile in a community”.
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