French expatriates abroad are often talked about, but little is said to be the other way around. Yet they have something to tell us about our society and bring a refreshing vision.
Thanks to the study “Expatriates in France: tell us about your life” carried out by Paris 21 in September 2014, we could learn some lessons from the opinions of foreign expatriates.
For 72% of them, integration into their new team has been experienced in a positive way. But we can see that many complain about the cumbersome procedures (88%) but also their hierarchy, too heavy (75%) or not communicating enough (75% also).
Regarding daily life and the French in general, 30% of the expatriates consider their reception to be unsatisfactory… The clichés about the French have therefore probably a background of truth, because they are considered arrogant and unfriendly to 79% but also and above all good living at 66%. The main difficulty faced by expatriates in France is the mastery of the language (44%), which is not surprising considering that the French are a little behind in this area. In the end, 80% of them say that what they prefer the least in France… It’s human relationships! Sad observation that reveals a lot about the efforts to be made for the French …
But let’s be reassured! They love the quality of life, the food and the French culture!
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