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[Infographic] How Foreign Assignees Really Experience Life Abroad

The Expat Insider 2019 Business Edition has just been released. Centered around foreign assignees, international hires, and relocating spouses, the report looks at global talent mobility through expat eyes. The report is based on the Expat Insider survey — one of the world’s largest surveys on life abroad (20,259 expats participated in 2019).

Career development is the core motivation for this expat type moving abroad, but reasons relating to work-life balance, such as personal growth and new experiences outside of work also stand out. Notably, 21% are considering an early return with loneliness as a top reason. Here's a snapshot of foreign assignees:

Expat Insider 2019 Business Edition: Foreign Assignees

Foreign assignees are most satisfied with their financial situation, their job overall, and job security. They are least satisfied with making friends and feeling at home in the local culture, and have low satisfaction ratings for aspects relating to their personal life. They also experience ups and downs with these factors throughout the expat lifecycle. Therefore, their needs for support with these aspects are valid.

In terms of employer relocation support, foreign assignees are the most supported expat type when compared to international hires and relocating spouses — 81% received reimbursement, 59% received a lump-sum payment, and 58% received specific relocation services.

Of those that didn’t receive specific services but wanted it, the top needs are access to professional networking, social networking, and information on local life, as well as local settling-in services. Of all foreign assignees, 34% moved with their partner or their partner joined at a later stage. Of these, 41% received spouse support. These percentages indicate that spouse support is necessary for this expat type.

Of those that are happy abroad, 57% state they are happy with their job — the top happiness contributor. However, of those that are unhappy, large shares indicate the main causes for unhappiness are not having enough socializing opportunities (59%) and the lack of a personal support network (42%).

Get more insights on this expat type in the Expat Insider 2019 Business Edition: Foreign Assignees.


About the Expat Insider 2019 Business Edition: The InterNations Expat Insider is one of the world’s largest surveys on life abroad — 20,259 expats took part. The Expat Insider 2019 Business Edition focuses specifically on global employees and their spouses — 10% of respondents were foreign assignees, 23% were international hires, and 7% were relocating spouses. Through detailed results, infographics, and expat quotes, the report provides insights that can assist global mobility and HR professionals in understanding the needs of expat employees better.

Expat Insider 2019 Business Edition

Expat Insider 2019 Business Edition

A Look At Global Talent Mobility Through Expat Eyes

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