10 Types of Expat

Every expat has an interesting story, a variety of reasons behind why they decided to live abroad. In 2015 Expat Insider, there was a survey about expats, and according to similarity of responses with certain trends among them, we have 10 types of expats. Let’s see what these types are.

#1 The Foreign Assignee

According to the research, the population of the foreign assignee among expats is 16%. They are the people who are sent to foreign countries by their employers. The company arranges everything for the movers, and pays for the entire relocation. 62% are in relationship, working average 46.4 hours per week. More than 70% of assignees are satisfied with the job and their financial situation. The typical countries of residence are Russia, Kenya, Brazil, Poland, and Romania.

The Foreign Assignee
The Foreign Assignee

#2 The career expat

The population of the career expats is 9%. They find jobs in foreign countries on their own. 59% of the career expats have improved their income by relocation. 55% are in relationship, working average 43.6 hours. 51% speak the local language only a little or not at all. And 46% have mostly expat friends. The typical countries of residence are Bahrain, Belgium, Kenya, Luxembourg, and Oman.

#3 The foreign recruitee

This group consists of 6% of expat population, including the people who are recruited by the local employers. They work average 44.9 hours per week. 61% have improved their income by relocating. 54% speak the local language only a little or not at all. And the typical countries of residence are Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain.

#4 The (ex-)student

They take courses at a foreign university, or do a study abroad program, and just never leave. The population of this group is 6%, among of them, 32% are still enrolled as students while the remaining 68% stayed abroad after graduating. 32% are in relationship with someone from another country. 49% speak the local language very well, and 14% speak five or more languages together. Typical countries of residence are USA, Argentina, Germany, Denmark, France.

#5 The traveling spouse

They give up his or her career to move abroad when their partner is offered a better job or a better opportunity in a foreign country. About 9% of expats are in this group, 86% of them are female. 39% work part-time, 34% are raising children abroad. The typical countries of residence of this group are Singapore, Luxembourg, Kenya, Hong Kong.

#6 The romantic

They move to foreign countries for love. The percentage of population of this group is 9%. Among them, 26% work part-time, 41% are financially worse off after moving abroad and 53% are worried about their future finances. And 46% are planning to stay forever. Typical countries of residence are Greece, Finland, Peru, Sweden, New Zealand.

The romantic
The romantic

#7 The family expat

They move to another country for family reasons. This group takes 6% of the expat population. 32% are financially worse off after moving abroad and 48% are worried about their future finances. 33% are not satisfied with the life abroad, 41% can speak local language very well, 37% have been living abroad for over 10 years. The typical countries of residence are Cyprus, Greece, New Zealand, Canada, and Sweden.

Family expat
Family expat

#8 The dream destination expat

They always wanted to live in this particular country. This group takes 7% of the expat population. 75% of them find it easy to get used to the local culture, 45% are planning to stay abroad forever, 36% meet new people in their local neighborhood, and 16% have joined local clubs or associations. Typical countries of residence are Australia, Costa Rica, Spain, Thailand, Greece.

#9 The greener pastures expat

They move to another country for a better quality of life. This group is 21% of the expat population. Among them, 16% are entrepreneur/business owners, 12% are self-employed professionals or freelancers. Typical countries of residence are Costa Rica, Israel, Ecuador, Panama.

#10 The adventurer

Taking 12% of the expat population, they are the ones who are searching for an adventures or a personal challenges. 22% of them are planning to stay abroad for 1-3 years, 32% stay abroad for the first time, 36% speak local language just a little, 51% are especially happy with their travel opportunities. Typical countries of residence are Ecuador, Ireland, China, Kazakhstan, and United Kingdoms.

The adventurer
The adventurer

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