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The Covid-19 crisis showered the desire for expatriation


A hand is holding a passport. Illustrative photo. (RICHARD VILLALON / MAXPPP)

Going to work abroad is less of a dream. In 2020, only half of those surveyed in a very large study of more than 200,000 people by the Boston Consulting Group and Cadremploi, were willing to travel to another country for work. 50% is a lot, but it is also a very sharp drop. In 2014, two thirds of respondents were candidates for expatriation. It is therefore a very marked decline of fourteen points, mainly due to the health crisis.

The coronavirus has also had an influence on the countries to which employees would like to go. The United States is losing its first place in the hearts of travelers around the world. This is the first time in eight years. We prefer countries where English is spoken but which are perceived as safer, with a more effective social protection system, which have better managed the Covid crisis and which are more welcoming to immigrants. This is especially the case for Canada, which now ranks first among attractive countries for foreign labor. In the top 5 we also find Australia, which has yet announced the extension until June of the closure of its borders, Germany and the United Kingdom.

France continues to decline for foreigners interested in expatriation. She is still in the top ten, in ninth place, but her ranking has been steadily declining for six years. The same goes for Paris, number 11 of the cities where expatriates from all countries want to work, whereas it was in third place in 2014. Paris continues to attract expatriates from North America, Africa and the Middle East. Orient, but it is shunned by Asians.

And the French, where do they want to go? Not too far, and on condition that you speak French! Switzerland, Canada and Luxembourg have their favors. The United States still ranks fourth, but it is down. And the border countries, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy are in the favorites. The pioneering spirit does not seem to be relevant to the French.



Source site www.francetvinfo.fr

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