It seems that France appeals to expats of all ages. When looking at the age demographic of the average expat in France, about a third of expats fall in each of the age brackets with 32% between the ages of 18 and 24, 33% between 35 and 54 and 35% of expats in France over the age of 55.
While the age demographics are evenly spread, the fact that 35% of expats in France are over the age of 55, compared to the global average of 21%, demonstrates France’s sustained popularity among the older generation and retirees. In turn, this helps to explain the lower than average proportion of expats moving to France to take advantage of better career prospects (17% compared to a global average of 36%) and lower numbers in full-time employment (only 28% of expats in France are in full time employment compared to a global average of 54%). This is compounded by eight in ten (80%) respondents having been there for three years or more, indicating that it is a place to settle rather than to pass through quickly.
The popularity of France among retirees, who are likely to have more spare time as a result of their employment status, may be accounted for by the fact that more than half (59%) of these expats associate France with being a culturally interesting place and a destination offering a good quality of life (51%).
Like elsewhere in Europe, expats in France tend to experience higher cost of living with the country ranking 32nd out of 37 in the Expat Expenses league table. This means that most expats living there do not see an improvement in their financial status after the move. Nearly two in five (39%) expats feel that their finances got better upon relocation, which is twice the global average of 20%.
While the cost of living may be higher in many respects, France stood out as being cost effective in terms of childcare and education. Expat parents generally see an improvement in the quality of the childcare (56%) and education (53%) since moving and are actually spending less on these expenses. Compared with the global average of 67%, only 45% of expats think that the overall cost of Raising Children Abroad is more expensive in France than in their home country. This factor combined with other elements such as children’s improved health and wellbeing, means that France ranks an impressive 3rd place out of 24 countries in the Raising Children Abroad league tables.
"Learn the language and try to enjoy the moment instead of looking back" – Expat in France
|Country of origin:||UK (22%);
IT & INternet (9%);
Media, New Media, Creative
|Age:||18-34 (32%); 35-54 (33%); 55+ (35%)|
|Gender:||Male (40%); Female (60%)|