Published on November 10th, 2014 | by john.weir0
New Zealand comes up trumps for expats
A friendly and welcoming environment is making New Zealand a leading destination for those seeking a new life overseas, according to a new survey.
The HSBC Expat Survey, which annually questions expats living in 34 countries around the world, rated New Zealand as both the best place to raise a child, as well as the country where expats are most likely to stay. The results follow the recent news that migration numbers have hit a record high for New Zealand with a net gain of more than 45,000 people in the last year, helping plug gaps created by a healthy growth in both employment and the economy.
In the survey, New Zealand was voted as the best place to raise a child in the world, with 87 per cent of expat parents in New Zealand noticing improved child safety in the country. Parents also noted an improvement in both health and wellbeing of their children since moving, with the diverse landscape and good weather listed as two of the main reasons they enjoyed living in the country.
New Zealand was also named as the country where the highest number of expats are likely to remain, with a staggering 90 per cent of people who have moved to the country planning on remaining there indefinitely, nearly 30 per cent higher than the global average.
Greg Forsythe, manager of attraction and settlement at Immigration New Zealand commented: “The feedback we receive time and time again from British expats who move to New Zealand is that the country very quickly becomes a home from home and this is in large part due to the people.