How quickly an expats settle in a new country is as much about what they have left behind, as it is about getting to grips with their new surroundings. It takes nearly 25% expats more than a year to feel settled, but once they do they spend between five and 10 years abroad.
Even with the squeeze on expat packages, employees are often well supported, surrounded by colleagues and a recognisable business structure. However, economic migration isn’t often possible without the help of spouses and families.
These are some of the findings of a two-year study, which includes the views of 61 nationalities in 56 countries. They have been released in a new book: Do they eat soup in England? Insights and advice for expats struggling to find their feed abroad.
The book is designed to support expat families, helping them to settle by legitimising their emotional struggles. It is available free from Amazon on 5th and 6th July, or retails at £5.99.
Lisa, an American living in Germany
I wish I had been given this book when my husband was offered his new job. I felt so unsupported by his company. It would have made me realise that what I was experiencing was a normal part of the process. I so nearly gave up and came home.
Ally, a Canadian who lived in Dubai:
I didn’t think about the emotional journey I was embarking on. This book would really have helped me come to terms with conflicting and confusing feelings. I just jumped straight in, but I splashed around for a bit. This book is the life buoy I needed.
Amanda, an American living in the UK:
This is a thought-provoking, real-world guide to expat life: the adventure, challenges, exhilaration, and hiccups of it all. It’s a relatable, funny and thoughtful account of the realities of life abroad, full of great advice for newbies and vets alike!
Claire, a Brit who lived in Singapore:
This book is great for anyone who feels alone on their expat journey. It's reassuring and really gives you a boost to help you realise you're not the only one.
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