EXPAT FAMILY LIFE THRIVES IN FRANCE

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The InterNations Expat Insider survey reveals why France is great for expat families. InterNations, the world’s largest expat network, has conducted the Expat Insider Survey 2014 – completed by close to 14,000 expatriates. It aims to provide a comprehensive picture of life abroad: Focusing on the general quality of life, it identifies the most popular expat destinations. Topics covered include work, family, relationships and romance, leisure, and personal finances.

As an essential part of the survey, respondents rated their satisfaction with various aspects of expat life. This served as the basis for an overall ranking of 61 countries, as well as five topical indices. The survey report also features detailed country profiles for 20 destinations and 15 in-depth nationality profiles. An “expat typology”, according to reasons for relocating, rounds out the report.

Family life in France ranks 3rd out of 34 countries, according to the survey results. Expats living in France are particularly satisfied with the quality of their children’s education, and around two-thirds (67%) agree that education is easy to afford, as opposed to only 29% of expats worldwide. Expats in France feel confident about the health and safety of their kids with only 1% responding that they were in any way concerned in this regard. Medical care is also something that expats in France are unconcerned about, with four out of five participants agreeing that the medical care in France is good or even excellent. Not everything, however, is easy: Expats in France find settling in somewhat difficult, and just under two-thirds (64%) believe it’s difficult to live in France without speaking the language. Despite this, France ranks 9th out of 61 countries for overall quality of life.

The results of the InterNations Expat Insider survey show that France is a great place for expats, but French expats also make up one of the largest expat nationality groups surveyed. If France is so great, why are French expats choosing to leave? The survey results found that finding a job abroad is the primary reason French expats move away.

Internations survey

For more information about the study and a comprehensive results report, please
see: http://www.internations.org/expat-insider/2014.

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