Written by Thomas Wilkinson
CEO, AXA - Global Healthcare.
Research by AXA - Global Healthcare reveals that almost nine in ten (87%) expats have felt isolated during their time abroad, with half (48%) of those saying that missing friends and family was the primary reason.
Language barriers (24%), a lack of a local support network (20%) and generally getting oriented in a new location (18%) were also key factors that led to expats feeling isolated. When asked what would make them most likely to move back to their home country, one in four (26%) said that being closer to families and friends would be their biggest motive.
When asked about their experience as a whole, a quarter (26%) of expats had a negative view of living abroad, with most of these feeling either stressed (9%) or isolated (8%). Others reported feeling bored, lethargic or angry about their experience.