05 Ago 2015
agosto 5, 2015

Spaniards Abroad

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Highly educated and largely multilingual, our Spanish respondents mainly venture abroad for career opportunities, which their income seems to reflect.

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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.

Solid Qualifications

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%).

SOURCE: InterNations

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