expat insider 2016 the internations survey.pdf
Introduction and Executive Summary
»» The Quality of Life Index is headed by overall winner
Just like last year, we have broken down the individual ratings
One thing is certain: expats looking for a life of leisure
Taiwan, and with Japan, another East Asian country
by gender. Once again, both men and women completely
better like deep fjords, high mountains, and a steep
ranks third. The second place, however, belongs to
agree on the best-rated destination, whereas opinions on
Austria, due to excellent scores for travel and transport,
the runners-up are divided: Cyprus, for example, does vastly
health and well-being.
better among male participants than among women.
»» The first rank in the Ease of Settling In Index goes to
Mexico — again. It successfully defends its reputation
as the go-to place for a warm welcome.
cost of living.
»» Assignee vs. Entrepreneur: In our topical reports, we
portray the “classic” expatriate on a foreign assignment,
and the very opposite — respondents who said goodbye
Focal Point Working Abroad
to their boss and chose self-employment abroad.
»» Taiwan also makes it into the top three of the
This year’s survey report doesn’t focus on gender, though.
Similar to 2014 and 2015, the last section of the report
Working Abroad Index, though it can’t keep up with
With a view to the increasingly digitalized and globalized
features a variety of country profiles and expat portraits by
clear winner Luxembourg. The tiny Grand Duchy’s
nature of work, we are going for a closer examination of
nationality. We have added a new format as well: three
big neighbor, Germany, also lags slightly behind on
the Working Abroad Index in 2016 and all the factors that
regional reports zoom in on Australia and New Zealand,
play into it. After all, 35% of our respondents cite a career-
key African destinations, and the Arab Gulf states.
»» In the Family Life Index, last year’s number one, Austria,
related reason as their main motivation for relocating.
Expat Insider shows what moves expats around the globe.
drops down to fourth rank. The 2015 runner-up,
Finland, now makes it to the top, ahead of the Czech
Explore the world through their eyes — and enjoy!
Some highlights of this year’s report include:
Republic and Israel.
»» Last but not least, the first place in the Personal
»» “Four Asian Tigers”: Since Taiwan is the 2016 shooting
Finance Index goes to Taiwan, too. With Ukraine,
star, we take a closer look at the so-called Asian Tiger
another newcomer features among the best three
states in a regional comparison.
— also emerging as the top-rated country in the
Cost of Living Index.
»» Working to Live: Also this year, we provide an overview
of countries with the best and worst work-life balance.
Munich, August 2016
Survey Report 2016
Philipp von Plato
Founder & Co-CEO of
Founder & Co-CEO of
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