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Poland, India and Thailand better countries for expats than Ireland

The new HSBC survey put Ireland in 27th place, up four places from last year.

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IRELAND IS MORE attractive to expat workers than it was last year – but it’s still behind 26 other countries, including India, the UK and France, according to a new HSBC survey.

The study of 26,000 expats based on earnings and work-life balance put Switzerland in the top spot for the second year in a row.

Ireland is in 27th place with particularly low ratings for disposable income and savings.

However, Ireland did get a positive mention regarding quality of life for children. The study states:

The countries where expat parents are most likely to see an improvement in their child’s quality of life are Australia (83%), New Zealand (83%), Austria (79%), Bahrain (78%) and Ireland (73%).

Both London and New York attract expats seeking to boost their careers. Nearly three quarters (71%) of expats in both cities say working there will improve their job prospects when they return home, compared with 46% of expats globally.

The motivations of expat students vary among age groups. Those aged 25 or over are more likely to have moved abroad in search of purpose in their future career: 16% of students aged 25 or over give this reason, compared with 13% of those aged 22 to 24 and just 6% of those aged 18 to 21.

HSBC rates Ireland as an adventure – usually rainy but delightful.

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