Negative Outlook of France Causing Most Expats to Not Want to Return Home

Published:  17 Mar at 2 PM
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A survey has revealed that 66 per cent of French expats are not planning on returning back to France within five years due to the country’s poor economic outlook.

A poll carried out by French firm Humanis said that the expats earned more and had a better quality of life whilst working in a foreign country.

Around 2.5 million French nationals are working and living abroad, double the figure from 20 years ago. Austerity measures and high taxes are to blame, which is causing worries about a brain drain of the top workers in France.

Francois Hollande, the French President, is becoming unpopular due to the country’s stagnant economy and high unemployment rate.

Le Petit Journal commissioned the study and according its founder, Hervé Heyraud, French workers are considered to well trained, productive and adaptable, and are being lapped up by foreign employers.

The study showed that 20 per cent of French expats earned annual salaries of between €36,000 and €60,000, whereas the average salary in France was €29,000 per year. France’s current negative image was another a reason why people did not want to return according to six out of ten of the respondents however they did miss parts of French life.

According to the survey results, 48 is the average age of a French expat. Fifty-eight per cent are female and most expats are now living and working elsewhere in Europe. The majority of expats are married and can earn a salary of over €36,000 per annum.
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