Thailand is the number one expat destination when compared globally across economic and lifestyle factors taking the top spot from Bahrain in 2010.
This is according to HSBC Bank International which has revealed the preliminary findings of the 2011 Expat Explorer survey, the largest global expat survey of its kind.
The findings show that Thailand is the number one expat destination when compared globally across economic and lifestyle factors taking the top spot from Bahrain in 2010.
Surprisingly, some countries which have experienced significant difficulties in the past 12 months still rank well in terms of expat finances and experience, with Egypt taking the second spot in the overall league table, followed by Saudi Arabia.
Now in its 4th year the 2011 Expat Explorer surveyed 3,385 expats from over 100 countries and covers every aspect of life overseas from managing finances and the economic benefits of relocating, to lifestyle issues and raising children abroad.
The full results of the 2011 survey will be released in late November with new countries such as Egypt, Brazil and Turkey making their first appearance in the Expat Explorer league tables.
The report will look in detail at some new expat trends such as:
- Despite the economic uncertainty in 2010, expats remain fairly optimistic about the economic outlook in the country where they live. Despite this optimism only 64% of expats intend to stay in their current country compared to 87% in 2010.
- The economic benefit of becoming an expat: In 2011 63% of expats report having more disposable income since relocating compared to 56% in 2010.
- Language barriers are becoming less problematic for expats with only 27% reporting this as an issue compared to 30% in 2010.
- In 2011 expats are less concerned about feeling lonely and missing their friends and family with only 31% reporting this in 2011, compared to 34% in 2010.
Courtesy Investment International