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23 Jun at 6 PM

Expats in Qatar see leave cancelled and travel restrictions imposed

Expats living and working in Qatar are being banned form leaving the country after their agreed holiday periods were cancelled. According to expat engineers and executives working at Qatar Petroleum, the ban and cancellations began just one day after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed all links with the emirate due to its...
23 Jun at 6 PM

Survey shows Gulf states rising costs of living

In spite of readjustments in their local economies, Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s survey rankings have moved up, indicating more expense for expats in the region. The Mercers cost of living survey found that Dubai had risen one point to 20th most expensive world city, with Abu Dhabi following on at 23rd, two points up from last year’s study....
23 Jun at 6 PM

May offers EU citizens in UK chance to build up citizenship rights

Billed as a ‘generous offer’, Theresa May’s Brexit statement on EU nationals in the UK gives those arriving lawfully before June 2019 the chance to build up similar rights to British citizens. The right to work and the right to claim healthcare and benefits will be offered to EU expats already in the UK and those who arrive before...
22 Jun at 6 PM

Shifting global economy good news for expat living

The oil price crash combined with increasing global nationalism over the past year has caused the global economy to shift, thus decreasing the cost of living in London and other expensive expat destinations. As a result of the global changes, the latest survey of the world’s most expensive cities has produced some surprising results...
22 Jun at 6 PM

Massive increase in immigrants to New Zealand

New Zealand’s net immigration figures have hit an all-time high as 73,000 more arrive than leave. According to figures for the month of May 2017, immigrants are still flooding to New Zealand in increasing numbers, led by would-be expats from the UK and Australia as well as migrants from China. Las month's net migration figures show an...
22 Jun at 6 PM

Expat fury as votes for life left out of Queens Speech

Despite its being a Tory party promise in the last two UK elections, the long-awaited expat ‘votes for life’ was not included in the Queen’s Speech at the opening of the present parliament. The traditional Queen’s Speech, read out by the monarch at the opening of each new UK parliament, is somewhat of a misnomer as it’s written...
21 Jun at 6 PM

Kuwaiti doctor speaks out on blaming expats

Expats tired of being blamed for the emirate’s demographic imbalances will appreciate a recent statement protesting their innocence by a prominent Kuwaiti doctor. Honesty seems to have been the best policy for Dr Adel al Ibrahim, whose hard-hitting statement in today’s Kuwait Times tells it like it is regarding attacks on the expat...
21 Jun at 6 PM

Survey shows advantages of expat life in Vietnam

Would-be expats keen to experience the road less travelled could find Vietnam is the answer to their dreams of a totally different lifestyle. Known as the ‘Land of the Rising Dragon’ and Southeast Asia’s only Communist state, Vietnam doesn’t immediately spring to mind as a haven for Western expats and entrepreneurs. However, a...
21 Jun at 6 PM

Mass exodus of Brits from Valencia as Brexit negotiations start

Around 20 per cent of the British expat community in the Spanish city of Valencia have already returned to the UK rather than wait to hear the results of the Brexit negotiations. The exodus has mostly taken place over the year following the Brexit referendum, headed up by a number of British expats who’d already decided to return home...
20 Jun at 6 PM

Hong Kong expat exodus opens doors for Chinese investment bankers

Two decades after the Hong Kong archipelago was given back to China, investment bankers and financiers from the mainland are taking over as Western expats leave. Following an exodus of Western expat bankers, Hong Kong’s elite financial ranks are now being swollen by an influx of professionals from the Chinese mainland. Western banks’...
20 Jun at 6 PM

Brexit impact on expat property owners

Brexit negotiations are now underway, but a lack of first-hand information on the UK government’s position is weighing heavily on UK expat property owners in EU member states. Divorce talks between the UK and the EU are now ongoing, with Brexit Secretary David Davis stating the UK is seeking a ‘deal like no other in history’ –...
20 Jun at 6 PM

Expats plight high on the agenda as Brexit talks kick in

EU expats in the UK and British expats living in EU member states are seeing their plight set at the top of the Brexit agenda. Britain’s EU divorce negotiations began Monday in Brussels, with both sides stating a reciprocal rights deal should be finalised as soon as is practicable. According to the UK’s Department for Exiting the...
19 Jun at 6 PM

Expat retirement in the UAE

As retirement approaches for expats working in the UAE, many would like to stay and enjoy their golden years in the place they now call home. At present, some eight thousand expats live and work in the UAE, with many long-stayers approaching their retirement dates but wishing to stay in the Emirates. After many years in the region, the UAE...
19 Jun at 6 PM

Chaos for expats departing Qatar due to shipping ban

Qatar’s ongoing sea blockade is making things difficult for expats leaving the emirate. As a result of the UAE ban on Qatari vessels, expats who’ve planned to leave the emirate this summer are now unable to transport their possessions either by sea or by land. Many are trapped, with no option but to sell off their household goods and...
19 Jun at 6 PM

Major expat howlers and how to avoid them

Taking on a new job in an unfamiliar environment for the first time is about as stressful as life gets, but it’s reassuring to be told that almost every new arrival makes the same, obvious mistakes. When newbie expatriates drop obvious cultural clangers, they’re mostly forgiven by seasoned expat workers, simply because the blunders...
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