China’s mainland has been ranked third by expats as one of the best destinations for career progression, financial well-being and quality of life.
According to the seventh expat explorer survey conducted by the YouGov research firm in the UK from April through May 2014, the results after polling nearly 9,300 expatriates from over 100 countries showed that Switzerland takes the throne for being the top expat destination, followed by Singapore. Mainland China comes in third, with Germany and Bahrain trailing behind. Hong Kong came 10th on the list.
Wondering who made the move to Asia? Calculations show that the UK has the highest number of expats in Asia, making up 34 percent of the whole expat population. The US comes in second with 11 percent, then New Zealand with 6 percent.
Asia has also managed to become home to the highest earning expats. Among countries in Asia, expats based in China are the highest earning expats in the world, with a grand total of 23 percent of people making over 300,000 US dollars per year, the survey found.
The top occupations of expats in the Asia Pacific are Banking, Insurance and financial services, education, telecoms and IT & Internet. Forty-eight percent of expats in Asia are aged 35 to 55.
China’s international business presence, cultural treasures and the increasing spread of English language skills amongst locals makes China a popular destination for expats and those seeking careers and new adventures abroad (despite the lack of smog insurance).
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