Largest ever survey of expats - Final results
05 August, 2008 23:05
Largest ever survey of expats - Final results
Four months ago, we talked about HSBC's project to conduct the largest ever survey of expats. The project aimed to give more than 2000 expats across four continents the opportunity to have their say on what life is really like for people living and working away from home, looking at opportunities that come with starting a new life in a foreign country away from home, and the challenges and difficulties that they may face at home and at work.
EasyExpat gave echo to this project, and therefore is today able to have access to the final results.
The survey revealed that Singapore, the UAE and the US are the best locations to be an expat, according to findings of its Expat Explorer survey, the largest international survey of expats ever conducted. (More)
British Expats - Documentary for Brits living abroad: No Place Like Home, ITV1
ITV1 is currently working on the Second Series of "No Place Like Home", a documentary looking at British Expats who are thinking about returning home. It's a straightforward, feel-good programme, simply investigating the dilemma that many expats face, and will hopefully be of help to anyone who is considering going back to the UK.
They are looking to start filming in June and the show will be on air in November 2008 on ITV.
Fever Media, the company in charge of the programme, has sent us this announcement:
ARE YOU MISSING THE UK?
IN A DILEMMA ABOUT WHETHER TO COME HOME TO THE UK?
If the answer is YES to any of these questions then we want you!
We are making a documentary series about expats called ‘No Place Like Home?’ We are keen to hear from British families who are living abroad, but are now thinking about returning permanently to Britain.
Perhaps you miss your family and friends, or could you be longing for the simple things? The sense of humour, the warm beer & the proper cuppa!
BUT...You're also concerned that you might regret leaving all the good things about living abroad if you do go back to the UK.
We are offering you the opportunity to explore the reality of coming home by flying you back to the UK to ‘test-drive’ life in Britain.
This fact-finding visit will give you the opportunity to see loved ones but also equip you with the knowledge to make an informed decision about whether to remain an expat or return to the UK for good.
You’ll be flown back to the UK and given the opportunity to ‘test-drive’ the reality of living in the UK.
Relocation expert Catherine Gee will give you the information you need to make an informed decision about whether to remain an expat or come home for good.
If this sounds like you or someone you know, please contact Kaaj Mehta as soon as possible by email: kaajal.mehta @fevermedia.co.uk
Or call +44 (0) 207 428 5755
Global Survey of Expats
HSBC Bank International today unveils an ambitious project to conduct the largest ever survey of expats.
The project aims to give more than 2000 expats across four continents the opportunity to have their say on what life is really like for people living and working away from home. The survey will look at opportunities that come with starting a new life in a foreign country away from home, and the challenges and difficulties that they may face at home and at work.
The survey will also reveal how new technology helps expats start their new lives and manage their professional and social affairs. It will also find out how expatriate children’s lives differ from the lives of the friends they leave behind.
Paul Say, Head of Marketing and Communications at HSBC Bank International, said: “Living in foreign countries means expats often don't have the normal outlets to express their point of view about their unique lifestyle. This project aims to gather these viewpoints and capture them on an unprecedented scale. As well as giving voice to the expat population, the study will provide new insight on their needs which will help HSBC Bank International to improve its services and products for its customers.”
To make your opinion heard, please visit www.offshore.hsbc.com/survey
Feel free to complete the survey. In the future, you will see, on EasyExpat's blog, exclusive interviews and access to results for the expat community.
In the US campaign, Democrats Abroad chose Obama
As I was saying on Tuesday the 5th, in the primary held in London by the Democrats Abroad (DA), my personal feeling was well confirmed worldwide: 66% of voters chose Barack Obama against Hillary Clinton in the DA global primary result, representing thousands of ballots submitted by 164 countries and territories between Feb. 5 and Feb. 12. (More)
Caucuses: SUPER TUESDAY tonight in the US
The way of choosing the candidate for each party is rather complicated in America, even for insiders.
In the year of the presidential election (hold in November), political parties conduct national conventions to choose their candidate. During those conventions (summer preceding the election), delegates at the party convention choose the candidate.
Those delegates are selected at the state level according to rules determined by each political party (for example, this time, the Democrats - under the reform of Howard Dean - have decided to run a proportional vote everywhere, where each candidate is awarded a number of delegates in proportion to their support in the state caucuses or the number of primary votes they won). There are two types of primaries, closed and open. In a closed primary, voters may vote only in the primary of the political party in which they registered (i.e. a voter who registered as a Republican can only vote in the Republican primary). Most states hold closed primaries.
The caucuses are political meeting where the voters of the party (selected by the primary election) select the delegates who will be voting for the presidential candidate of the party at the convention.
So as a summary: American voters SELECT registered supporters for the Party at the state level who SELECT delegates who will go to the national convention to SELECT the presidential candidate of the party.
Super Tuesday refers to the Tuesday (usually early February or March) where most of the states will hold caucuses (24 states will be voting today - the largest super Tuesday to date).
In order to follow closely the election and the selection process in the US, we recommend reading the blog: http://www.pollster.com
And for a more relaxed way to approach the (s)election day, here is the Seesmic video about Caucuses:
UPDATE: London "Caucus" - Porchester Hall, Bayswater
Democrats abroad count as America's 51st state at the Democrat Convention in Boston in July and bring with them 9 valid votes for the potential presidential candidates. They may have been thousands of miles away from home, but their votes, and those of other ex-pats living abroad, carry the same weight as half of Alaska and Wyoming according to the party's rules.
Today, Tuesday the 5th, Democrats Abroad organised a Caucus in London (US citizens were also able to vote by mail or on the Internet - There's a caucus in Oxford the next day, February 6, from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. at the Rothermore American Institute). Good ambiance, "supporter cookies", drinks and T-Shirts available. Personal feeling: a lot of Obama supporters.
Here are some photos:
Do you have other photos from other cities where they held some Caucus abroad? Please send some to easyexpat _at_ easyexpat.com and we will publish them.
Interesting reports on the BBC News website about the British expats.
An estimated 5.5m British people live permanently abroad – almost one in 10 of the UK population. The emigration of British people has happened in cycles over 200 years. The trend is now rising again: some 2,000 British citizens moved permanently away from the UK every week in 2005. (More)