LANGUAGE SKILLS PUT TO USE.
Highly educated and largely multilingual, our Spanish respondents mainly venture abroad for career opportunities, which their income seems to reflect.
Alongside the Portuguese and just ahead of the South Koreans, our Spanish expats seem to move abroad primarily for work more than any other nationality in the survey.
About one in five (22%) says they mainly moved to their current country of residence because they were assigned there by their employer. Just as many (22%) declare that they found a job there on their own, and about one in twelve (8%) was recruited by a local company. Thus, in total, over half of our expats from Spain (52%) primarily relocated for work. This is true for just over a third of our participants in general (36%).
Four out of five Spanish respondents claim that they work for or own a company that predominantly operates internationally.
On average, just two out of three of all survey participants (66%) say the same.
Furthermore, over half of our Spanish expats (52%) declare that there are 5,000 or more employees at their company, which just 37% of all respondents echo.
A big part of Spaniards’ appeal to large international corporations could be their high linguistic proficiency. Almost four-fifths (79%) indicate that they speak three or more languages; a noticeably higher portion than the global average (61%). As well as their language skills, another factor could be our Spanish respondents’ academic qualifications. Close to three-fifths (58%) state that they have completed a master’s degree as their highest level of education, and 8% even have a PhD. On a global scale, just 45% and 6%, respectively, can make the same claims. Career Comes First While about two-thirds of all respondents (64%) note that they are in a relationship, only slightly over half of our Spanish expats (52%) indicate that they have found a significant other. Additionally, compared to the global average of 43%, just a third of our respondents from Spain (33%) claim to be completely satisfied with their relationship. On the topic of commitment – or the lack thereof – Spanish respondents do not seem too inclined to permanently settle down in their current countries of residence. On average, more than a quarter of all expats surveyed (26%) indicate that they might stay in their new-found homes forever. In contrast, just one-seventh of Spanish expats (14%) consider this a possibility. Spanish expats seem to be quite content with their careers, however. Half our Spanish participants are satisfied or even completely satisfied with their career prospects, which is true for just two-fifths of respondents in general. Similarly, more than half our respondents from Spain (54%) feel that their disposable income is more than enough to cover their daily expenditures. Of all survey participants, a somewhat lower percentage (45%) share this feeling.
Expat Social Circles
One in three participants from Spain (33%) describes their neighborhood as an area with mostly local residents. Among all participants, not quite as many do so (27%).
However, while just as many respondents in general (27%) reveal that they usually meet people in their local neighborhoods, not even ne-fifth of Spanish expats (18%) say the same. Rather, two in five respondents from Spain disclose that they usually meet people at expat events. This may be why nearly half (45%) describe their group of friends and acquaintances as mostly other expatriates. Another likely reason for this may be that the Spaniards are having trouble making local friends. Close to half (45%) do not find this is easy; a markedly higher proportion than the global average (35%).
About the Author
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