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Are British expats unsociable? This survey says yes

by Ray Clancy on October 31, 2014

When it comes to integrating overseas, British expats certainly live up to their reserved and unfriendly stereotype, with almost a third never going beyond their social groups, new research has found.

British expats living in African countries and the United Arab Emirates are the least integrated, according to the new study by international relocation specialist Robinsons.

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10% of expat Brits reveal that their social circle is primarily British, despite living overseas

The research revealed that when it comes to making friends overseas, nearly a third, 27%, of expats would describe their social group as mainly British, while an insular 10% admitted their friends were exclusively British. Just 10% mixed predominantly with locals.

The research also explored the countries where Brits were most and least likely to integrate with the local communities, ranked according to the percentage of predominantly British friends expats had.

New Zealand was the top country where expat Brits were more integrated, followed by Canada and then Asia. The regions where they were least integrated were Africa, the UAE and Eastern Europe.

The research also highlighted a shameful attitude towards language capabilities in foreign speaking countries, with 37% of British expats admitting they never bothered to learn the local tongue.

Meanwhile, 26% admitted they were uninterested in the local culture, with 5% stating they preferred British culture, including British food.

‘While relocating overseas has countless benefits including the chance to meet new people and experience a different way of life, building friendship groups with the local community can be a daunting and scary time for many,’ said Rhonda Olsen, relocation director at Robinsons.

‘However, this shouldn’t be feared. To make the whole relocation process as stress free as possible, our dedicated team of experts can offer useful help and advice into every aspect of a move, from tax and VISA information to the best neighbourhoods to live in, and cultural quirks,’ she added.

The study was commissioned to help Robinsons better understand its customer-base, and questioned 1,000 UK expats about their life overseas, including friendship groups and attitudes towards the local culture.

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