Expat Resource Centre

Expat Typology

Why do people move abroad? - An infographic showing what characterizes the 10 types of expats that roam the world, according to the Expat Insider Survey.

Millions of people have taken the huge step in life to relocate to a new country, and the reasons for moving vary widely; from being transferred by an employer, to looking for an adventure or joining a loved one abroad – anything can motivate an individual to become an expat.

InterNations, the networking community for people living and working abroad, quizzed thousands of expatriates around the world about their reasons for relocating; and identified a list of 10 distinct types of expats.

The Expat Insider survey divided the population into sub-groups with different motivations and goals. From each sub-group then emerged certain trends. The results exposed that the main reason for moving abroad is pursuing a better quality of life (21% of the population). Another significant reason is relocation by employers (16% of the population).   

Expat Typology Infographic


This article was featured on our Cigna Global customer magazine, Your Health Matters - Summer Edition 2016