Jump to content
BANGKOK 21 May 2019 21:24
Hockeybik

Expats in Thailand giving up and moving on

Recommended Posts

Moved to here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Given that the OP has no real data or numbers, its a little hard to comment. The OP talks about working ex-pats leaving, even though there have been no changes to working Visa's etc. 

Opinions, thoughts, comments are irrelevant without any hard data that shows that people are leaving, tourists are in decline etc.

 

  • Like 2
  • Confused 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Hockeybik said:

While the article does not name the study it does summarize with these numbers, "...two years ago working expats comprised 42 per cent of respondents. When asked whether they were happier than when they first arrived, some 39 per cent said no, with 44 per cent of the negative responses coming from expats aged under 60 years. The majority quoted financial pressures as the reason for their discomfort, with 66 per cent of all respondents saying they’d thought seriously about moving on. The recent survey shows just 23 per cent are working expats, indicating a majority of expat professionals thinking about leaving have now left." 

 

There may be many flaws in how this data was collected and in the conclusions reached but I stand by the "perception is reality" view. If the news is bad, then it IS bad. Regular TV posters for the most part seem to be on the fully legal side of Thai immigration and do not feel pressures as much or react as much to "news" but, anyone thinking about coming to work or live, may react quite oppositely. 

Also agree with you, many things appear bad and have changed in general but as saying goes grass always looks greener on the other side.

 

other places may look more attractive until you move there and find out there are problems there also. Example , Cambodia looks like an easy choice, cheaper and easier with visa but health and infrastructure is lacking. So one may well be excited about washer visa but then hit the wall with some health issues.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From the article:  "The new rules are sowing chaos and confusion"

The dust has settled, we've either acclimated or moved on. I know a guy who knows a guy, and that guy says it's business as usual (though he raised his annual rates by ฿500). Yes, we were confused and anxious, but the days of 500+ responses in a 24 hour period about announcements made by immigration (alleged or actual) are done. Life goes on.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Rather than turn it into yet another Thai knocking thread read the facts?

 

I was a working "expat" in Thailand for many years, International companies bring in expats for their expertise and to train the local work force, happens every where in the world, once the local work force is trained and able to take over the reins??? the expat moves on, hopefully to another well paid job, appears to me this is what is happening, there are some very good Thai's in the work place, many have been educated overseas, they are more than competent - in some cases - most are not "moving on" but being moved on, worth remembering that the Japanese have by far the largest percentage of "expats" working in Thailand.

Edited by CGW
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...