Study shows expat millennials more than happy in Belgium

Published:  27 Mar at 6 PM
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Expats come in all shapes, sizes and ages, with millennials in Belgium the latest addition to the international expatriate community.

Data from a thinktank study for BNP Paribas has shown that almost all expat millenials living and working in this small European country are more than happy about their decisions to relocate. The study encompassed seven European countries including Belgium, and surveyed younger expats between the ages of 18 and 28 years. The result for Belgium was nothing short of spectacular, with 96 per cent of respondents saying they were happy with the lifestyle and over 80 per cent stating their careers had benefited from the move.

A spokesperson for BNP Paribas explained that the present intra-Europe mobility is being driven by millennials, with increasing numbers of young would-be expats leaving their home countries for professional and academic experiences overseas. More than 80 per cent of young professionals chose Belgium for its career opportunities, while 50 per cent said personal development was the reason behind their choice. A small minority of around 10 per cent cited financial reasons for their move.

Millennial students also took part in the study, with 53 per cent saying their schools had opened their eyes to opportunities in Belgian education, and 30 per cent giving the experience of another culture as their motivation. A further 39 per cent wanted to become fluent in a second language, with 37 per cent looking to improve their chances of career advancement.

Whilst having fun was secondary to other reasons for their moves, a significant majority of students and professionals said their social lives had improved since they arrived in Belgium. The country’s quality education was praised by 60 per cent of students surveyed, and 82 per cent of young expat professionals said their careers had been advanced since they arrived. Nearly half stated they’d more disposable income, and 17 per cent were able to save more money.

Source: The Bulletin
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