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27 Sep at 6 PM

Vietnam scores high for expats in Asean states survey

It’s not just foreign investment that’s changing the game for expats in Vietnam, it’s career progression, lifestyle and the country’s overall charm. The recent 2016 Expat Explorer survey placed Vietnam as the second-best ASEAN country for expats after long-term winner Singapore. In addition, last year’s 25th place globally became...
27 Sep at 6 PM

Expat buyers rush for properties in Cyprus

The Cypriot property market’s surprise recovery is being led by foreign buyers and is showing a significant increase in sales over the past months. Although interest from Cypriot buyers is still at an all-time low due to difficulties in getting loans, foreign buyers have stepped in and are behind a huge improvement in the island’s...
27 Sep at 6 PM

US expat voters targeted as campaigns reach final weeks

Both sides in the upcoming US presidential election are aggressively targeting American expatriates, believing the expat vote may swing the results. Republican and Democrat campaigns are both actively wooing US expats following media suggestions that the hundreds of thousands of unregistered overseas voters may hold the key to the...
26 Sep at 6 PM

Too little too late repeal of 15 year UK expat disenfranchisement

After years of broken promises, lawsuits, appeals and campaigns against expat electoral discrimination, it seems UK citizens who’ve lived overseas for over 15 years may yet get the vote. The millions of Brits living in EU member states and recently excluded from voting for their future security in their chosen destination may well greet...
26 Sep at 6 PM

US and UK expats arrested in Bangkok after body parts found in freezer

The English language media in Thailand is reporting three expats have been arrested in Bangkok after a police raid discovered dismembered body parts in a large freezer. UK national Peter Colter together with US nationals James Eger and Aaron Thomas are in custody after a Bangkok police raid connected with forged passports also revealed...
26 Sep at 6 PM

Unlicensed expat real estate brokers in Qatar to face deportation

As part of Qatar’s newly introduced real estate brokerage laws, any non-Qatari, unlicensed real estate salespersons will be arrested and will face immediate deportation. The new penalties for non-licensed expat estate agents have now been confirmed by Qatari Minster of Justice Hassan bin Lahdan Mohannadi, with the legal draft itself now...
23 Sep at 6 PM

Abu Dhabi Irish school offers Gaelic classes to expat children

An innovative new school in Abu Dhabi is aimed at teaching Irish to the children of expats from the Emerald Isle. The unique Gaeliscoil Irish-language school exists to teach the children of Irish expats working on contract in the UAE, in the hope that its pupils will stay in touch with their heritage and history through the beauty of the...
23 Sep at 6 PM

How to avoid expensive mistakes when buying Spanish property

For decades, Spain has been the top choice for British expats looking for second homes or retirement villas, but ‘look before you leap’ is still the best advice. Spain’s sunshine, friendly people, great food, fascinating history and culture and ready-made expat communities have been attracting the British since the early days of...
23 Sep at 6 PM

Switzerland social life sucks and money rules OK

According to a recent survey, expat salaries in Switzerland are the highest in the world, but the social life is a disaster. HSBC’s 2016 expat survey saw alpine Switzerland placed fifth in the world overall as well as scoring tops in the economics and career prospects sector of the poll. However, it seems that friendship is being...
22 Sep at 6 PM

Expats love France for its quality of life

A respected online survey taking in the world’s major expat destinations has praised France for its quality of life. Although France in general received brickbats as well as praise, its quality of life for expats was rated a deserved fourth out of the 45 countries surveyed. The result was far in advance of the USA at 26th and the UK...
22 Sep at 6 PM

Avaaz anti Trump campaign launches in London

The latest attempt to save the world from the unthinkable prospect of Donald Trump in the White House was launched in London on Wednesday. The campaign, organised and run by registered US charity Avaaz, is being promoted as the ‘October surprise which will end Trump’, and seeks to mobilise the more than eight million unregistered...
22 Sep at 4 PM

Totals of UK expat pensioners winter fuel payments slashed following crackdown

The recent crackdown on payment of winter fuel allowances to UK expat pensioners living overseas has resulted in the total cost of providing the benefit falling by two-thirds. The British government’s bill for winter fuel payments to pensioners living outside the UK has fallen dramatically since new rules for its entitlement were brought...
21 Sep at 6 PM

Hints on healthy living in your expat paradise

Whether you’re a retiree, an expat professional, a backpacker or just looking for a permanent change of scenery, it’s wise to look out for common illnesses and their causes in your chosen destination. No-one expects to move to a new country and find themselves in an unfamiliar hospital being treated for a local bug, but it does happen...
21 Sep at 6 PM

Survey suggests a city for every type of expat

The difference and diversity of the world’s most popular cities means there is one perfect urban retreat for every potential expat. Expats come in all shapes, colours and desires, with finding the dream destination especially important as it ensures the expat experience is all it can be. Each world city has its own original sense of...
21 Sep at 6 PM

Research shows international schools hard hit by oil price crash

Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern international schools are facing an enrolment crisis due to the drastic fall in oil prices. Redundancies as well as shortened contracts in expat professional hubs are expected to have an unprecedented effect on enrolment in international schools. The Middle East is predicted to be worst hit, as contracts...
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  • "The law has been passed this week and Spain offers arguably the most attractive "Golden Visa" option in Europe. We should not expect this to move the market in Spain. We are talking about investment over €500,000, the luxury end. And nationwide we would expect no more than a few hundred transactions in the first year. But it is a positive..." left by La Vida Spain on New Spanish property investment visa draws Chinese and Russians
  • "After reading about the expats survey in our local freebie paper and deciding to take part, logging on to this left me quite bamboozled as to where the survey is, there seems to be no sign of it. I suggest if a survey is being conducted under whatever guise a list of questions be published for expats to answer. Otherwise this survey is..." left by Brian Milnes on Massive new independent expat survey now live online
  • "The article is quite clear and as usual in this country ( spain) because I live in a remote area I only find things out accidently or by being surprised and fined. I don't understand how the European parliament does not act against this type of 'robo'. It is so frustrating to see a corrupt and authoritarian Spanish government get away with..." left by john porro on Spain to apply stealth tax to residents with solar power
  • "Absolutely right - already we have been receiving requests from cliets based in Italy to look at how they can 'avoid' the new regime. The Italian government is shooting itself in the foot on this one - people will relocate!" left by TaxTeddy on Changes to Italian tax regime to hit hard on expats
  • "Although there are a large number of British curriculum school in Dubai it's not easy to get into one. The waiting lists are long to start with, sometimes artificially long. People move away and don't remove their name from lists, and fearing the long lists parents put their children's names down on several lists. It's also an expensive..." left by Expat Explorers on British curriculum international schools popular in UAE and Asia