Roaming: Living and Working Abroad in the 21st Century

Thank you for taking the time to respond to this survey based on the book Roaming: Living and Working Abroad in the 21st Century. Roaming argues that millions of people who live abroad cannot be classed immigrants, expats, refugees, migrant workers or any other term used today. Roamers actively choose to live abroad and may never return to live in their home country full-time.  
 
Many of the questions below (e.g. 'Where is home?') have complex responses.  Please chose the answer with which you are most comfortable. There is space at the bottom of the survey for you to make additional remarks. 
 
There is a draw for a $50 Amazon gift voucher as thanks for your help with this research. if you'd like to participate in the draw, please enter your email at the bottom of the survey.

All responses are confidential and your details will never be shared with a third party. Thank you for your help!
 
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1. Are you currently living abroad or in what you consider your home country?

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2. Whether you live abroad or "at home" right now, would you describe yourself as one of the following:

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3. In the past 3 years, have you spent at least one year living or working in a country that is not your home country?

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4. If you are employed, in which industry do you work? Please chose one that best describes your line of work (e.g. if you work for a bank investing in real estate, please chose "Banking and Finance.")

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Are you female or male?

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6. When were you born?

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7. Where are you from? (If you have more than one citizenship, choose the place you grew up or however you feel most comfortable answering.)

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8. Do you hold a passport for the country in which you were born?

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9. How many passports do you have?

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10. Where do you live?  If you have more than one residence, please chose the city in which you spend most of your time

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11. Other than English, how many other languages do you speak fluently (defining 'fluent' as a language in which you could work, even if some brushing up were required)?

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12. Was English the main language you spoke at home?

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Are you married or single?

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14. Have you ever been involved in a long-distance, cross-border relationship?

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15. If you are married or have a life-long partnership, were you and your partner raised in the same country?

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16. Do you have any children?

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Did you grow up in the same country where your parents grew up?

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18. Were you born and raised in the same country?

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Would you consider yourself a Third Culture Kid?  (TCK is defined as "someone who, as a child, has spent a significant period of time outside their parents culture. TCKs build relationships to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the TCKs life experience, TCKs feel most at home with other TCKs.)

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20. In how many countries did you live for more than one year before the age of 18? (Selecting "1" indicates your home country.)

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21. Did you attend a high school / secondary school that was state funded or privately funded?

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22. In how many countries have you lived for more than 1 year since finishing your undergraduate degree (or if not applicable, since leaving high school)?

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23. What is the highest level of education have you received? (As national university systems vary widely, please chose the most suitable equivalent.)

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24. When you were an undergraduate university student (BA), did you study abroad?

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25. If applicable, in which country did you complete postgraduate studies (if you have postgraduate degrees from more than one country, e.g. an MSc from India and an MBA from the USA, chose both India and the USA.)

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26. Apart from your home city, In which of the following cities have you worked in for more than a year?

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27. If you had to choose one primary reason, why are you living abroad in your current place of residence?

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28. If you had to choose a secondary reason, why are you living abroad in your current place of residence

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29. If you are employed, how did you find work when you first moved to your current country of residence?

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30. If you are working, under what type of terms are you currently employed? Please choose the one that best describes your contract.

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31. If you are not working, but living abroad with your partner, under which type of contract is your partner employed?

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32. Did economic problems in your home country or previous country of residence inform your decision to move abroad?

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33. What best describes your idea of 'Home'?

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34. If you responded 'Other' to the question above, where is home?

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35. When you moved to your current city of residence, how long did you expect stay?

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36. How long have you lived in your current city of residence?

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37. How much longer do you intend to stay in your current country of residence?

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38. How long have you been living away from your home country?

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39. When you left your home country, how long did you expect to be away?

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40. If you intend to leave your current country of residence at some point, where would you like to go next?

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41. If you think you'll leave your current city of residence at some point in the future and you don't intend to return 'home',  where are you most likely to go next?  Chose the 2 most likely cities:

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42. If you responded 'Other / None of the Above,' what are the two most likely cities you'll move to next?

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If you have bought property, where have you done so? (Multiple answers are possible)

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At the end of the month, do you have more  spending power in your current country of residence than your previous country of residence (adjusting for wages, cost of living, taxes, etc.)?   

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45. What is your household's annual income including bonuses, after tax?

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46. If you work, how many hours a week do you normally work?

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47. Did you vote in your passport country's last national election? If you have more than one passport, did you vote in at least one country's last election?

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48. If you did not vote in your passport country's last election, why not?

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49. If you're currently living abroad and were given the ability to vote in the elections of your resident country, would you do so?

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If you have any other additional thoughts you’d like to share, please do so below.

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51. Thank you for completing the survey!  If you would like to be included in the draw for a $50 Amazon gift voucher and to be notified when the book is published, please enter your email below.

If you'd like to stay in touch about the project, please join Roaming Facebook group: www.facebook.com/RoamingAbroad/

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