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Canada voted friendliest country for expats

Submitted by on February 24, 2009 – 11:56 amNo Comment

Photo by hot rod homepage (flickr)Those of us who’ve made the move to Canada may already know this, but the 2008 Expat Experience sur­vey by HSBC International Bank found that “Canada is the friend­liest loca­tion for expats.”

Nearly all sur­vey respon­dents reported that they were able to make friends eas­ily in Canada. Following Canada as num­bers 2 and 3 on the friend­li­ness scale were Germany and Australia.

The sur­vey also found that more than half of expats who move to Canada buy prop­erty there, and 20 per­cent are com­mit­ted enough to life in Canada that they even­tu­ally apply for Canadian cit­i­zen­ship.

What are some of the fac­tors draw­ing expats to Canada? According to Forbes​.com, there are many:

For Americans, trav­el­ing abroad to start over is becom­ing increas­ingly com­mon. America used to have it all: good jobs, boom­ing econ­omy, sky­rock­et­ing stock mar­ket and plen­ti­ful hous­ing. What a dif­fer­ence a year can make. The boom has gone bust and peo­ple are now head­ing for the exits en masse – with an eye abroad.

It’s no won­der they likely find Canada so wel­com­ing. It has an acces­si­ble lan­guage, diverse cul­ture and low lev­els of gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion, says Patricia Linderman, edi­tor of Tales from a Small Planet, an online newslet­ter for expats.

It also has other expats. This is impor­tant, Linderman says, since even the most gra­cious locals already have busy, estab­lished lives and can be unwill­ing to put in the effort to befriend some­one they know could leave within sev­eral years.

…Linderman says other expats are impor­tant because they share sim­i­lar needs like mak­ing friends and adjust­ing to life in a new coun­try. They also under­stand the frus­tra­tions daily life brings.

Photo by hot rod home­page (flickr)

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