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Culture, friendship and integration at the heart of the expat experience

New Zealand and Spain have come first and second in the HSBC Expat Explorer Experience league table for the second year running. Around the world, expat life continues to be a positive experience.

An easy move

The majority of expats in New Zealand (59%) and Spain (56%) say they moved to the country to improve their quality of life. The move has paid off for almost three quarters (73% in New Zealand and 74% in Spain) of expats who say their quality of life has improved since moving abroad.

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74% of expats in Spain say their quality of life has improved

Expats in New Zealand found it easy to organise their affairs on arrival in the new country. Almost three quarters (74%) found it easy to set up their finances, 70% found it easy to set up healthcare and 56% found it easy to arrange accommodation.

Meanwhile in Spain, 73% of expats say they are immersing themselves in the culture of the country, compared with the global average of 60%.

A welcome in Canada

Canada jumps three places to third in this year’s Expat Experience league table. For the second year running, it is the most welcoming country for expats regardless of their gender, race, faith or sexual orientation, with 69% describing it as more welcoming than their home country.

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69% of expats in Canada say it is more welcoming than their home country

Expats in Canada are also more likely than those in any other country to say they are integrating well with the local people and culture. More than three quarters (76%) say this compared with the global average of 61%.

Positive experience

Globally, life abroad continues to be a positive experience for the majority of expats. More than twice as many (52%) say they see an improvement in their quality of life compared to (22%) who do not. The majority (61%) say they are integrating well with the local people and culture.

More than half (52%) of expats have found it easy to form new friendships, compared to a fifth (21%) who have found it difficult.

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52% of expats have found it easy to form new friendships

The 2016 Expat Explorer survey is a global survey completed by 26,871 expats across the world. The research was conducted online by YouGov in March and April 2016. League tables are calculated using responses to 27 of the questions asked in the research. A minimum sample of 100 expat respondents including at least 30 expat parents is required for a country to be included in the league tables.

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