Expat Trends

2014 Quality of Living Rankings

20 May, 2014 12:35  Erin Erin

2014 Mercer rankings Once again, Mercer's Quality of Living survey has ranked the world's cities in a game of "Where is the best place to live?". Determined by a combination of factors like cost of living, safety, job opportunities, and transportation, this survey is meant to provide governments and multinational companies helpful information about life in different countries. It also serves as a helpful guide for expats and travellers looking for where to settle down in this great big world.

Top 5 Cities for Quality of Life in 2014



Would You Ever Consider Giving Up Citizenship?

09 October, 2013 09:24  Erin Erin

A recent Rasmussen poll found that 9% of Americans Have Considered Quitting Their U.S. Citizenship. In our Expat Twitter Round-Up: October 7th, 2013 we featured the @nomadcapitalist's video reaction to this poll.



Share Your Experience in One of the Biggest Expat Surveys

17 September, 2013 10:36  Erin Erin

Expat Survey logo The Expat Survey Programme is hosting the most extensive independent global research programme ever conducted on expatriates. The survey seeks to gather information on why we move abroad and what we do once we are there. 

This information is useful to the people who have created a life abroad, the companies that maintain expat personnel, and those who wish to sell in the expat market. As we've found from such resources as the Infograph of the Expat Population, there are around 230 million people living abroad and the more we can learn about this population, the better. 



Chance at Winning £1,000 for Completing Expat Survey

15 August, 2013 12:57  Erin Erin

Happy group © Yuri Arcurs - Fotolia Jumping into expat life can be confusing and isolating, but one of the benefits of sites like Easyexpat and Blogexpat is to help bring together the expat community. Not only do we provide full city guides and resources for your move and life abroad, we share expats stories, blogs, and interview expats from around the world. While everyone's story is different, it can give you strength to know that the challenges you face are not so different from those around you.

That is why we are putting the word out about the largest global research programme into those living outside their country of origin. The Expat Survey Programme is hosting the most extensive independent global research programme ever conducted on expatriates. With the participation of people around the globe, we can learn more about why people move abroad, what factor social media plays on expat perception, and how well connected expats stay to their country of origin and host coutry.



Mercer 2013 Expat Cost of Living Survey

31 July, 2013 10:12  Erin Erin

2013 mercer cost of living russiaMercer's Quality of Living survey evaluates 214 cities across five continents to help identify which sites are the most expensive for expatriate living. The latest report was published on July 23rd, 2013 and provides valuable information for governments, multi-national companies, and people interested in living abroad.

New York is used as the base city with all other cities compared against it. Currency movements are measured against the US dollar. The survey covers and measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment.



Infograph: Tallest Residential Buildings in the World

16 July, 2013 13:28  Erin Erin

Having the tallest building in the world is a place of honor, but one that most buildings only enjoy for a fleeting moment. New structures are ever-reaching further up into the sky, battling each other for top prize.

The current tallest residential building in the world is the

Princess Tower Dubai in the United Arab Emirates at

101 stories

413 meters (1,355 feet).

This surpasses the previous record-holder, 23 Marina, also in Dubai. The Q1, in Gold Coast, Australia also previously held the title, but is now only the fifth tallest. Better catch the current goliaths now as bigger and taller are being built every day. Take a look at the Movin on Up Infrograph:



How Racially Tolerant is your Country?

22 May, 2013 08:56  Erin Erin

Upon arrival in a new location, expats can be shocked by vastly different surroundings and attitudes which can result in a real sense of dislocation. On top of this, they may experience upsetting changes in political and social views. This can be not just disconcerting, but outright dangerous for some people of color and specific heritage. As we explored in our post "Gay Rights Movement Around the World", equal rights are not afforded to all people in all places.  (More)


Infograph: Expat Population of the World

17 May, 2013 09:00  Erin Erin

The word "expat" has been discussed at length, by us on ExpatsRadio, by expats, and by the world at large. What does the word mean? From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary,

Expat: an expatriate person

transitive verb
1. to withdraw (oneself) from residence in or allegiance to one's native country
intransitive verb
2. to leave one's native country to live elsewhere; also : to renounce allegiance to one's native country

While interesting, this doesn't really help illustrate what an expatriate looks like. Where do we live? How many of us are there? What makes us a group?



European Property Index: the winner is...

12 March, 2013 14:20  Erin Erin

Paris, Haussmann building - Fotolia Deloitte published last year the first edition of the Property Index - a directory of prices and housing factors across the continent. It analyses factors influencing the development of residential markets and compares residential property prices in selected European countries and cities. (More)


2013 Expat Cost of Living Ranking

12 February, 2013 15:04  Erin Erin

Tokyo Tower © SeanPavonePhoto - Fotolia.comA high cost of living is something expats around the world struggle with. It can even send some expats home, as seen in our latest Expat Twitter round-up in which popular Japan expat blog "Surviving Japan" admitted defeat and returned to the USA. Even if the cost of living doesn't send you home, understanding what makes a city expensive can help you find your place and thrive.

The Economist Intelligence Unit recently released it's "Worldwide Cost of Living Index 2013". The index is a weighted average of the prices of 160 products and services, with New York's figure set at 100 to provide a base for comparisons. (More)


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