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16 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Scottish expats work to feed refugees in freezing Budapest

The severe cold weather in Europe is hitting hardest on refugees and the homeless, but a group of Scottish expats are doing their best to help. Dozens have already died in the life-threatening -19 Celsius freeze, many of whom were refugees from the Middle East or homeless Hungarians. Unable to watch the suffering without attempting to do something, the owners and customers at Budapest’s Caledonia Scottish Pub are cooking and serving literally thousands of meals and distributing them to those in desperate need. Owners Patrick...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Can UK expats rely on state pension to cover bills

The UK state pension is one the most ungenerous in the developed world, forcing many British retirees to relocate in order to take advantage of lower costs of living elsewhere in Europe or Asia. Taking into account that UK pensions are frozen unless the relocation is to countries whose governments have an agreement with the UK, even those who move to cheaper EU destinations can find it hard to manage due to currency fluctuations. Even so, for many expats, the UK retirement pension forms the majority of their retirement...
11 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Anti Brexit movement ramping up in the UK and abroad

As parliament dithers and no clarification has yet been received on the Supreme Court’s judgement, resistance to Brexit as a done deal is growing in the UK as well as in British expat communities across Europe. As protest groups continue forming in major European expat destinations, EU expats living in the UK are getting together in ever-increasing numbers to campaign against being summarily ejected from the country once Brexit is finalised. The vast majority of EU citizens in the UK, many of whom are long-stayers with jobs and...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Lifestyle changes for expats in Italy

Italy’s ancient culture is one of the many reasons why it’s popular with long-stay expats, but living the Italian dream can result in serious lifestyle changes. Italy is a draw for many would-be expats disenchanted with their countries of origin, with its milder weather, ancient history, wealth of delicious foods and laidback lifestyle all contributing to its appeal. Tuscany is a favourite for UK nationals, although many other regions including Sicily have their fair share of expatriate residents. One thing’s certain, expats...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats and retirees paid in sterling feel exchange rate pinch

The shocking decline in the value of the pound sterling against major currencies is hitting UK expat pensioners as well as expats working overseas and being paid in sterling. The majority of UK expats are either retirees drawing pensions originating in the UK or professionals working on overseas contracts including sterling payments. Both groups are now being hard hit by the pound’s spectacular fall against a basket of major currencies. Overall, the currency has dropped 11 per cent over the last two years, but its fall post-Brexit...
6 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Best destinations for expat heathcare at the right price

For many expats weighing up the pros and cons of a particular country, the quality and cost of healthcare is one of the most important aspects. Affordable, quality heathcare is one of the most important aspects of expat life for older professionals looking for an overseas position, retirees seeking the perfect location and expats with young families, but standards and costs across the world aren’t easy to evaluate. Most would-be expats judge healthcare standards by those in their home countries as well as by the necessity of...
6 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Vietnam scores in expat survey for salaries and lifestyle

A recent survey shows Vietnam has overtaken Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand as a popular destination for expat professionals. The most recent Expat Explorer survey’s Vietnam result may come as a surprise to many would-be expats who’ve not even considered it as a destination, but the Southeast Asian country is now ranked at 28th in the career sector. One major reason is that 80 per cent of expats on employment contracts also benefit from allowances. In the Asia group of expat destinations, Vietnam came second for its...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2016

UAE sends message of peace after year of world turmoil

Christians in Abu Dhabi flocked to St Joseph’s Cathedral’s midnight mass to send a message of hope and peace to the troubled world. Tolerance, peace and hope was the Christmas Eve message from the UAE Christian community to the rest of the world during an outdoor midnight mass in Abu Dhabi. The scene as the day drew to an end couldn’t have been more different than the similar gathering in Bethlehem, set behind metal barricades and separated from the rest of the Holy Land by a towering wall. Elsewhere across the world,...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expat woman escapes from Dubai rape situation via 999 call

A quick-thinking Canadian woman living and working in Dubai managed to thwart a rape attempt by a UAE soldier by dialing 999 whilst the man was driving to a remote spot. The 21-year-old Canadian had agreed to meet the soldier at an agreed location in order to have dinner with him, and had driven her own car to the meeting place. After parking her vehicle, she joined the man in his car and the pair headed for a restaurant in Dubai’s International City. After the meal, she asked the soldier to drop her off at her parking place as she...
23 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Irish expats send festive love to family and friends

Irish expats all over the world unable to return home for the festive season are sending their love and best wishes to their families and friends by holding traditional Irish celebrations. Wanderlust, traditionally a part of the Irish psyche, has led many nationals of the Emerald Isle to try their luck in far-off climes, especially after the 2008 financial crash which left the country in a poor economic state. Irish expats are now scattered across the planet, with a good few ending up in Canada or Australia with new jobs and hopes for...