Making friends abroad

“We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.” Dalai Lama XIV

Just after I moved to Denmark in 2013, I became curious about how expats make new friends. This led to a study where I – with the help of a few student helpers – interviewed 72 expats around the world, to ask them about how they made new friends. This has led to a process model that shows how this works, and this is explained in Chapter 2 of my upcoming book Breaking out of the Expat Bubble (coming out on the 5th of February 2024). This chapter will be available in Open Access – so keep an eye on this page!


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