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Africa & Middle East Through Expat Eyes

How do expats see their local neighbors and their new home? This chart visualizes how expatriates living in Africa and the Middle East describe the population of their host country.


For this series of charts, we asked expats a number of questions about how they’d describe their current country of residence and the local population. Questions included, for example, “would you say they are rather dynamic or constant? More rational or more emotional?” Responses were collected on a rating scale of one to seven.

The answers to the various questions were sorted into two categories referring to broadly defined pairs of opposites (rational & distant vs. emotional & welcoming, constant & traditional vs. dynamic & innovative). The values from the various rating scales served as the basis for assigning coordinates on each axis in order to place each country within a coordinate system. In addition, answers on how expats regard their host country on a scale from passionate to calm and outgoing to reserved form the basis of a separate column chart.

None of the charts present any objective facts about those countries and their people, but rather the subjective perception among expatriates living there.

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