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      Moving Abroad - Where to Go

      Thailand is the easiest place in the world for expats to make friends and have an active social life, a survey has revealed.

      If the focus is on earning potential and disposable income, however, Switzerland and China are the best places to head.

      For those with families or who are planning to start one Germany and Singapore top the charts for ease of raising children abroad.

      The research was done by HSBC as part of its sixth annual Expat Explorer survey.

      The first section of the survey ranked destinations for the expat experience they provide, in terms of quality of life, ease of setting up and integration.



      In second place after Thailand was Bahrain, followed by China, the Cayman Islands and Australia.
      When questioned about how easy they found it to make friends, 76 per cent of expats in Thailand said it was easy the highest percentage in the world.
      Next in the friendship rankings were Singapore and Taiwan (63 per cent) and China (59 per cent).
      Those were the only countries that beat the global average, which showed that 57 per cent of expats overall found it easy to make friends when they moved.
      When it comes to improving their social life after their move, expats in Asia fared best.
      More than a third (35 per cent) of expats based in the region said they socialised more after relocating, compared to a global average of 26 per cent.
      The second section of the survey focused on expat economics and assessed factors such as earning potential, disposable income and satisfaction with the economic outlook of the host country.
      Switzerland came first in this section, followed by China, Qatar, Thailand and the Cayman Islands.
      Asked if they noticed an improvement in their financial status after moving, 75 per cent of those in Switzerland said yes, 73 per cent in Qatar and 72 per cent in China. The global average was 56 per cent.
      The ease of raising children was the topic of the third section of the survey. Germany came top, followed by Singapore, France, New Zealand and South Africa.
      The poll also revealed that Germany, France and Spain in particular offer expat parents access to cost-efficient and high-quality childcare.
      The poll was conducted by independent research company YouGov on behalf of HSBC Expat. A total of 7,004 people were quizzed via an online survey conducted between April 29 and June 11, and the sample covered more than 100 countries.
      Dean Blackburn, head of HSBC Expat, said: "With a record number of expats participating this year, the Expat Explorer survey provides an even more comprehensive picture of life abroad, the challenges expats face and the idiosyncrasies that make the expat experience unique."

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      Hmmm, I strongly disagree, and where is your research evidence? Not all research is valid research, HSBC is not a valid research article, just a bank and I'm no fan of, and it's just their opinion in that case.

      I believe this more:

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/bef...Canada.html?fb
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      Have to agree with your thoughts, I love Canada and Australia but my opinion is my own and I understand not everyone shares my thoughts.
      I just post expat news that is out there.
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      Germany too.. maybe okay if you can speak German, which you'd need to, they're not the best at wanting to speak English, I still remember when we lived there for 2 yrs, better standard of living though, well it was anyway..

      Singapore is good, lived there age 2-4 and relatives from that way (my Mums side)

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      This is all just my personal opinion so take it with a pinch of salt. Thailand is overcrowded with young expats and with young highly skilled local Thais, competition for the good jobs is tough these days. China 3rd or 4th tier cities are the places to be these days. Forget Beijing or Shanghai. Smaller cities like Haikou or Sanya in Hainan island are the next boom towns. Less competition from expats and a better quality of life.

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      I love Thailand as a place to visit but i'm unsure how it would be to love, I think when you are very young, (early mid 20's) it could be great to experience the buzzing nightlife and lifestyle they have, but it is very crowded and hectic!

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      I agree with Brad, China outside the major cities is actually becoming a nice place to live with lots of prospects

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      Portugal .. The Algarve is hard to beat
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ktee View Post
      Thailand is the easiest place in the world for expats to make friends and have an active social life, a survey has revealed.

      If the focus is on earning potential and disposable income, however, Switzerland and China are the best places to head.

      For those with families or who are planning to start one Germany and Singapore top the charts for ease of raising children abroad.

      The research was done by HSBC as part of its sixth annual Expat Explorer survey.

      The first section of the survey ranked destinations for the expat experience they provide, in terms of quality of life, ease of setting up and integration.



      In second place after Thailand was Bahrain, followed by China, the Cayman Islands and Australia.
      When questioned about how easy they found it to make friends, 76 per cent of expats in Thailand said it was easy the highest percentage in the world.
      Next in the friendship rankings were Singapore and Taiwan (63 per cent) and China (59 per cent).
      Those were the only countries that beat the global average, which showed that 57 per cent of expats overall found it easy to make friends when they moved.
      When it comes to improving their social life after their move, expats in Asia fared best.
      More than a third (35 per cent) of expats based in the region said they socialised more after relocating, compared to a global average of 26 per cent.
      The second section of the survey focused on expat economics and assessed factors such as earning potential, disposable income and satisfaction with the economic outlook of the host country.
      Switzerland came first in this section, followed by China, Qatar, Thailand and the Cayman Islands.
      Asked if they noticed an improvement in their financial status after moving, 75 per cent of those in Switzerland said yes, 73 per cent in Qatar and 72 per cent in China. The global average was 56 per cent.
      The ease of raising children was the topic of the third section of the survey. Germany came top, followed by Singapore, France, New Zealand and South Africa.
      The poll also revealed that Germany, France and Spain in particular offer expat parents access to cost-efficient and high-quality childcare.
      The poll was conducted by independent research company YouGov on behalf of HSBC Expat. A total of 7,004 people were quizzed via an online survey conducted between April 29 and June 11, and the sample covered more than 100 countries.
      Dean Blackburn, head of HSBC Expat, said: "With a record number of expats participating this year, the Expat Explorer survey provides an even more comprehensive picture of life abroad, the challenges expats face and the idiosyncrasies that make the expat experience unique."
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