THE KIDS COME FIRST

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Mov­ing to a new coun­try can be an un­set­tling time for chil­dren, but fam­i­lies think­ing of mov­ing to France can be re­as­sured by a re­cent re­port from HSBC Bank re­veal­ing that mov­ing abroad has a pos­i­tive ef­fect on chil­dren’s life­style.

Three in five ex­pat par­ents sur­veyed said that the move had a pos­i­tive im­pact on their chil­dren’s qual­ity of life, while al­most half of par­ents said that they saw an im­prove­ment in their chil­dren’s health and well-be­ing.

The re­port also re­veals that 48% of ex­pat chil­dren take more than six months to feel at home in a new coun­try. Miss­ing friends and fam­ily, mak­ing new friends and un­der­stand­ing the lan­guage are ex­pat chil­dren’s main con­cerns. How­ever, it seems over­com­ing these hur­dles is def­i­nitely worth it – al­most half of all par­ents said the move had brought the fam­ily closer to­gether.

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