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Adjusting To Life In The US Can Be Challenging For British Expatriates

Adjusting To Life In The US Can Be Challenging For British Expatriates

When individuals think about starting afresh, the thought usually goes hand in hand with living abroad. With developing and first world countries preferred over the third world alternatives. One of the more popular nations is the US. Coming second in the popularity list to Australia, which is still favoured by British expatriates and expats from all over the world. However, a recent study has found life in the US to be as challenging as emerging market countries, such as China and India, for individuals relocating from abroad.

This very bold finding has come from frank and straightforward interviews with expats including many British expatriates. Who had been sent to the US, and just under 70 other nations on foreign assignments. Life in the US had been riddled with a few hurdles for expatriates such as finding a doctor, getting to grips with the health care system, and trying to understand the financial and tax regulations.

Expatriate study reveals some stark differences

Cigna, global health care provider, and the National Foreign Trade Council worked together to complete the Expatriate Trends Study 2013. The last time the study had been carried was back in 2001. Researchers who were a part of the current study, mentioned the US had received lower satisfaction scores compared with other regions around the world.

Expatriates leave families and spouses at home when travelling

Expatriates leave families and spouses at home when travelling

When comparing the two studies, it becomes apparent that expatriates at present are much older than the ones from 2001. Furthermore, they are sent on shorter assignments, and will most likely leave their families at home when they go. Figures from the 2013 study have shown that 23% will leave their spouse and family at home when travelling. A big rise up from the 8% recorded in 2001.

“My personal experience as an expat has further driven home the crucial need for better preparation, guidance and support” said Sheldon Kenton, senior vice president of global employer sales at Cigna.

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