International Mobility Relocation Trends
Professional expatriation has become a major element for multinationals. Expatriates represent 10% of their workforce. Nowadays, it is essential for employees to be mobile and able to adapt to any kind of environment.
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The international mobility has long been considered as skilled professionals moving to emerging markets, with attractive relocation packages and high salaries. Hence moving abroad for professional reasons was either be proposed or imposed by companies.
Recently, there has been a trend of people who choose to move abroad, the self-initiated expatriates. According to the 2016 Crown World Mobility survey on global mobility trends, the number of self-initiated expatriates has increased, especially among the Generation Y. Self-initiated expatriation requires meticulous preparation and effective job hunt strategies. Unlike for professional international assignments, the duration of the expatriation is not defined and self-initiated expatriates are likely to be recruited abroad with the same contract terms’ as a local.
International mobility at the core of Expat.com
50% of our members are expatriates while 45% are future expatriates. Among these members, for 45%, work is the main reason for moving abroad.
Expat.com members – Breakdown by professional status
Pie chart demonstrating the breakdown by professional status
Mobility 2016 trends
What are the most attractive destinations for expats in 2016? The Mercer 2016 Quality of Living Rankings survey highlights the following:
• 4 West European cities (Vienna, Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt) are in the top 10 of most attractive destinations,
• Luxembourg is ranked number one in terms of security,
• Singapore appears to be the key destination in Asia,
• the United-States and the United Kingdom are no longer key destinations for expats (both further down in the rankings – not in the top 25).
2016 CITY RANKINGS
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