The Expat Insider 2019 Business Edition aims to provide an expat perspective on global mobility and international recruiting. The goal is to assist global mobility and HR professionals to better understand the needs of Foreign Assignees, International Hires, and Relocating Spouses and to manage resources more efficiently.
The report is based on the Expat Insider survey, one of the world’s largest surveys on expat life, with 20,259 expats from across the globe participating in 2019.
The Expat Insider 2019 Business Edition focuses specifically on the following three expat types on a global level, based on their main reason for relocating: Foreign Assignees (respondents that were sent abroad by their employer), International Hires (respondents that found a job abroad on their own or were recruited internationally), and Relocating Spouses (respondents that moved abroad together with their partner for their partner’s job). The report provides insights into how these expats experience life abroad — from the relocation support they receive (and want) to how easily they settle in, the aspects making them happy (and unhappy), and their family setup.
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Within the core chapters of Foreign Assignees, International Hires, and Relocating Spouses, the report focuses on the following topical sections:
What are the main motivations for relocating — career development, new experiences outside of work, senior positions, or other? Why is a notable share of these expats planning an early return?
What types of relocation support do these expats receive more commonly — financial support or relocation services? What relocation services do they not receive as commonly and really need?
Do they feel at home in the local culture? Are they content with their work-life balance? When in the expat lifecycle do they struggle most? How do those with a partner and children experience life abroad?
How happy are these expats? What are the main factors contributing to their happiness — and unhappiness? How do these factors relate to the relocation support they receive and their ease of settling in?