10 Types of Expats
- The Foreign Assignee: Typically sent to a specific country (often UAE, Brazil, India) by their employers and works a solid 46+ hours per week.
- The Career Expat: Often move to countries such as Bahrain, Belgium, China Luxembourg, with work contracts they found on their own.
- The Foreign Recruitee: Recruited by local employers from countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman or Bahrain, these expats see their income improve more than other foreign workers.
- The (Ex-)Student: These expats generally speak the local language better than other types of expats. They often live in countries such as Greece, Sweden, Argentina, Ireland or Norway.
- The Traveling Spouse: Primarily women, this group of expats follow their partner’s job or education and often live in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia,or Switzerland.
- The Romantic: Moving for love to Central America, Sweden, Philipines, Malta
- The Family Expat: Moved to enjoy life abroad and see a new way of life. Of course, this can also include moving to be closer to your spouses family. These expats often live in countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia.
- The “Single Destination” Expat: This type of expat chooses a country and builds a new life there. They are quite likely to settle into the local culture.
- The “Greener Pastures” Expat: Many expats move for a better life. There are hundreds of these expats here in Nicaragua. Sometimes the better life comes from lower cost of living – but other times it’s just the different culture and way of life. Among the countries mentioned, Mexico, Thailand and Costa Rica are also on the list.
- The Globetrotter: Many of these expats are just slow-moving world-travelers. And Backpacking the world is one thing – but staying a few months / years in each place sounds much better.