Expats show more loyalty to homeland athletes

22nd August 2008, Comments 1 comment

Fifty-six percent of expats say they will support their homeland athletes if athletes of their country of origin compete with athletes of their country of residence.

22 August 2008

AMSTERDAM -- Expats living in Europe are not only interested in the performances of the athletes of their country of origin at the Olympics, but also in the performances of the athletes of their country of residence.

According to a study by Ruigrok | NetPanel and Expatica.com, 74 percent of expats are (very) interested in the performances of the athletes of their country of origin and 66 percent are (very) interested in the performances of the athletes of their country of residence.

Expats however still tend to show more loyalty to homeland athletes.

Fifty-six percent of expats say they will support their homeland athletes if athletes of their country of origin compete with athletes of their country of residence.

When it comes to winning golden medals, 71 percent of expats say they feel proud when an athlete of their country of origin wins a golden medal. Fifty percent say they feel proud when an athlete of their country of residence wins a golden medal.

These results are based on an online study among 256 expats living in Europe. All expats are members of the European Expat Panel, an online panel set up by Ruigrok | NetPanel and Expatica.com. You can be part of the European Expat Panel by going to http://onderzoek.netpanel.nl/ep. Share your opinions on the issues that internationals face in every day life. As a panel member, you will receive a maximum of twelve email invitations per year to take part in a short online research.

For more information on this research or the European Expat Panel, please contact Kjell Massen, senior research manager at Ruigrok | NetPanel (kjell@ruigroknetpanel.nl, +31 6 47828513).

1 Comment To This Article

  • historytechdoc posted:

    on 25th August 2008, 11:40:26 - Reply

    What exactly was the point of this study by Ruigrok | NetPanel and Expatica.com? And how much did it cost?

    Truly a ridiculous question posed in this study! Supposedly aimed at 'proving' some underlying disloyalty or prejudice on the part of those either having or desiring Dual-Nationality. Why was not the question asked whether one could be happy if either country won, or even better for one to be happy with whoever is the best athlete.

    A split of 56% vs. 44% tells very little in any case, without knowing how long an expat has been living in a foreign country, or what their expectations are of being rotated to another region or back to their home base. It takes time to become familiar with local national athletes and if one is on a two-year rotation, it really doesn't give one enough time to neither know the local culture nor its sports champions.

    As far as the current 2008 Olympics are concerned, this whole event has been mainly a hugh (staged) PR event for China to gain prestige and a commercial venture for all its suppliers.

    For me the importance of Olympics is for a lot of young people to get together better know each other; not only to compete, but become more tolerant of each other's cultures. Otherwise, I'll be glad to see it pass away for another 4 years.

    This event has pushed aside some really long-term important news in Georgia and Pakistan, etc.