A privileged child, educated in an international boarding school and guarded away from any local life – this is how many people imagine expatriate children. Does this age-old stereotype of expat kids still stand? We take a look...
International living provides great opportunities for the younger generation who, from their wider cultural exposure, are likely to grow up to become tolerant, engaged and intelligent adults. HSBC Expat's 2012 Expat Explorer Survey found that Canada and Australia ranked highest for providing the most active lifestyle for children.
Offspring of expatriate parents are often termed ‘third culture kids' (TCKs). The term third culture kid was first coined by sociologist Ruth Hill Useem when she spent a year researching expatriates in India in the 1950s. She found that children who had moved from their birth place to live in the culture of another had developed a third culture of their own; transcending the culture of their country of origin and their new country.
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