Expats warm to the Philippines

Published:  21 Mar at 6 PM
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According to a recent survey, expats are favouring the Philippines for its friendly local communities and its ‘at home’ ambience.

Whether you’re relocating for work, retirement or just as a change from your country of origin, feeling at home in your chosen host country is a must, especially if English isn’t the native language.Results of the latest HSBC survey of recently-arrived expats show that the Philippines, along with Malaysia, Russia, Mexico and Bahrain all give that cosy ‘at home’ feeling either immediately or within just a few months of arrival.

Newbies find the laid-back, friendly Filipino nationals and their outgoing lifestyle welcomes recent arrivals, making it far easier to adjust to different cultural norms both in social life and at work. Two thirds of those surveyed found no problems with supportive work colleagues and the local community, resulting in more positive business relationships and a fun social life.

Those who’d relocated with their partners and wished to continue with their own careers also favoured the Philippines as a great place to discover and take on new work-related challenges. Even more importantly, two-thirds of the expat partners surveyed were happy to report that their relationship had become closer since the move. Many put this down to the warmth and hospitality of Filipinos as a whole, feeling that the welcome they’d received cancelled out the stress of moving and adjusting to a totally new environment.

The Philippines has always been popular with expats from the UK, and rates highly along with a total of ten countries including Russia, the American expats’ favourite Mexico and the retirement havens of Malaysia and Bahrain. As popular with families as with singles and couples, the top ten scored as regards education and child care as well as the ease with which children integrated into their new society and surroundings.
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