HSBC Bank International today announces the official launch of their 2011 Expat Explorer Survey. Now in its 4th year Expat Explorer is the largest global survey for expats, where expats worldwide can have their say about their experiences working and living overseas.

2010 saw over 4,100 expats participate from 100 countries across the globe and this year HSBC Bank International is calling for even more expats to take part to ensure that their current country of residence makes it into the 2011 survey and features in the league tables published in the Expat Explorer reports.

“It’s fantastic to see such a steady increase of respondents to the survey year on year which has helped make Expat Explorer the largest expat survey in the world. Even though we received an increase of nearly 1,000 respondents from 2009, we are committed to increasing this number again this year.” said Lisa Wood, Head of Marketing at HSBC Bank International.

“We’d love the 2011 results to include more countries than ever before and having launched our new online Expat Explorer tool earlier this year, we’re very excited at the prospect of being able to develop a resource that’s even more useful for expats by including some brand new data. That’s why we’re asking expats to not only complete the survey themselves, but also share it around their friends, relatives and colleagues to help us capture as many unique expat insights as possible.”

The 2011 survey will continue to delve into the issues close to expats’ hearts and discover how their lifestyle, economic outlook and experience of raising a family abroad has changed following their move to a new country. Last year’s survey found a large proportion of expats feel that the economic situation of their adopted country has deteriorated, with those in the Eurozone experiencing the brunt of the economic impact, while those in emerging economies remained relatively unscathed.

Other key findings from the 2010 research included: 

  • Emerging economies remain on top for expat finances 
  • Wealth gap continues to widen between the East and Mainland Europe with Russia home to wealthiest expats, followed by the Middle East 
  • BRIC countries emerging as expat hotspots 
  • Thailand, Canada and Bahrain were the top three locations for improved expat lifestyle 
  • Expat children live a better life away from home with Belgium ranking as the best place to raise expat children

“Last year we were given further insight into how expats had adapted their lifestyles to the changing economic climate. Many expats thought their economy had declined over the previous year, with this trend being exaggerated for those in Europe – we’re keen to see the changes expats have experienced and how this trend has evolved and developed over the past year with further insights from expats around the globe,” said Lisa.

“If you’re an expat and want to find out how your country ranks, how your fellow expats are coping or even where your next trip might take you, make sure your voice is heard and get involved today!”

If you’re an expat, please share your experience of life abroad by filling in the Expat Explorer 2011 survey at http://www1.gfk-wi.com/wix/p123914242.aspx?WT.mc_id=EPC331.

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