Independent expat survey invites participants

Published:  17 Jan at 6 PM
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Results from the majority of annual expat surveys are regularly skewed by the organisations conducting the studies, the majority of which are international banks and finance houses standing to gain by analysing the results.

Expat Survey 2013, the largest and only totally independent international study of expat lifestyles and experiences, is open until the end of January for those wishing to share their opinions. The questionnaire contains three sections: Migration and Lifestyle, Retail and Finance and Travel and Health, and can be taken on the research programme’s website.

The questions are aimed at gauging personal views on all aspects of the expat experience, no matter where in the world you’re living. Lifestyle, consumer topics, money, cost of living and, say the researchers, your good, bad or indifferent opinions of life in your chosen country are all covered.

Led by a former BBC World head of research, the study has so far received completed questionnaires from expats in over 100 countries. Project Director Emma Wood told the media that her team are more than pleased with the response from expats across the world, saying that it’s fascinating to read the diverse opinions and stories.

Wood added that the results will give an in-depth understanding of expat life and the motivations for relocating in this fast-changing world of rapid globalisation. Results so far show that the internet is increasingly important in expat life, wherever it’s based: and it’s not just for keeping in touch with those in the old country, it’s also for shopping, finance and communication on local forums and international social media sites.
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