7 out of 10 labor migrants admit that they have a better quality of life in Greece than at home

According to the 14th annual HSBC Expat Explorer Global Survey, which surveyed more than 20,000 people living and working away from home, 7 out of 10 labor migrants in Greece believe their quality of life is better compared to their home country.

61% of respondents living and working in Greece believe that the balance between their personal and professional life has improved compared to the situation in their home country. At the same time, in Spain and Cyprus (where people emigrated), the degree of satisfaction with life is much higher (73%). By a similar indicator, New Zealand (77%) and Australia (74%) rank first in the world.

The Mediterranean countries are among the top relocation destinations to improve the quality of life. Spain ranks first (66%), followed by Cyprus (64%) and Portugal (62%). Greece, although lagging behind these Mediterranean countries, has a relatively high score on this issue, reaching 40% compared to the world average (35%).

Improving the quality of life
The main reasons why someone decides to move to work in another country: career growth (14% in Greece compared to 34% globally) or the development of a professional business network (11% in Greece compared to 31% worldwide ).

In general, the local community and culture are the top priorities for expatriates. In particular, over the next year, migrants in Greece believe that they will be able to:

1. make new friends (52% in Greece, 45% worldwide),

2.understand and study the local culture (52% versus 47% worldwide),

3.to improve your standard of living and material condition (49%, 41% worldwide),

4. travel more (46%, 47% worldwide),

5. start new activities in their free time (38%, in relation to 33% worldwide).

Research shows that the majority of respondents in Greece (56% versus 42% globally) say they were able to continue taking care of their health during the pandemic, while 39% (36% globally) continued to spend time outdoors.

Some migrants have improved their physical and mental well-being after moving abroad. Almost half (48%) of respondents in Greece said they feel healthier and 46% said their mental well-being has improved since they came to our country, with the corresponding percentage worldwide being 35% and thirty%.

Optimism prevails
Labor migrants are optimistic about the development of events in the next year, despite the uncertainty of the past 18 months. In Greece, the percentage of optimists reaches 67% – slightly higher than the world average (65%). The main reason they are optimistic is their hope of returning to normal life (74% in Greece and 75% worldwide).

Globally and in Greece, more than 40% of labor migrants believe that the society in which they live has become more favorable during the pandemic. Societies in Ireland and New Zealand (67%) are at the top of the rankings as the most supportive in the world, while Greece has a high percentage in this sector, at 55% versus 45% of the global average.

Despite the continuing instability in terms of geographic mobility, the survey shows that 37% of respondents in Greece almost immediately felt “at home” – a figure significantly higher than the global average (23%).

Greece performs well in terms of a sense of security (57% versus 49% globally) and in terms of environment and weather (57% versus 41% globally).

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