Expat India News

Latest 10 news items tagged India

22 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Toxic air pollution forces expats to flee Delhi

With air pollution over New Delhi recently at dangerous levels, expats are packing up and leaving in order to protect their health. Pollution during the winter season is a perennial problem for the city, but this year the toxic smog is worse than ever and is seriously endangering the health of residents and their families. The thick, grey covering over the city is caused by a combination of paddy crop burning in the adjacent states of Punjab and Haryana, adverse weather conditions and pollution from traffic and industry. At its worst,...
21 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Younger expatriates are looking to reshape the world

It’s possible the early decades of the 21st century will be recognised as the restart button for the human race’s subliminal desire to roam. Some 60 years or more ago, the term ‘expat’ was set alongside ‘gypsy’ and ‘traveller’ for many Brits who simply couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to leave their country of origin for an unknown fate in a country where English wasn’t spoken. The exceptions who proved this rule mostly headed out on diplomatic missions to lands where no decent Englishman would want to settle...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats put their lives at risk working in Delhi

For decades, India was regarded as a must-have posting for senior executives at multinational companies in the West, but health risks due to pollution are killing its attraction. Nowadays, India is regarded as a proving ground for major talent as well as an important international market, but its rise as an expatriate hub has been all but halted by the grim conditions in its major cities. Seen from space, the region round New Delhi shows a thick blanket of smog far more dangerous than the infamous smog in London after the end of WWII....
14 Nov at 6 PM 2017

US expat group in Manila rejects Trump administration during presidential visit

As Donald Trump flies back to Washington after his Asian trip, a group of American expats living in the Philippines are expressing their opposition to his presidency. The group’s chosen name of TeamMuellerManila says it all about their allegiance against the Trump administration. It’s named for Robert Mueller, the chief of a US investigation into Russia’s collusion with the Trump campaign and Trump himself during the presidential race. The group announced in a statement that it ‘stands in solidarity with our Filipino family...
23 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Madagascar warned about plague outbreak

The international expat community in Madagascar are being warned of a rapidly spreading outbreak of plague. Government departments in Madagascar are warning all expats, residents and visitors to take care as the country’s health authorities rush to stem the rapid spread of the disease known historically as the Black Plague. The plague is endemic in Madagascar, but this year’s outbreak has already killed 94 people and is spreading rapidly. World governments including the UK, UAE and Portugal, have issued updated travel advice, and...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Gulf State slowdowns affecting real estate sales

Dubai as a must-have for expat professionals might now be more affordable as its property market stalls. As economies in the Gulf States slow down, house prices and rentals are becoming more affordable for expats. Dubai’s developers are hoping to encourage incomers to invest in pre-sales in order to offset the fall in oil prices and currency problems. Standard and Poor’s earlier projection that Dubai rents and real estate priced would continue to fall over the whole of 2017 seems to have been accurate, giving expats the chance to...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows India sucks as an expat destination

The results of a recent expat survey have revealed India is amongst the 10 least popular expat destinations. The recently released Expat Insider survey saw India languishing in 57th place out of the 65 countries surveyed, and the result wasn’t due to problems with salaries and living costs. Expats were content with the sub-continent’s low cost of living and their salaries, but were more than unhappy about their quality of life. Slammed in the survey were long working hours, personal safety, pollution and poor family life, all...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Qatar fights back with 80 country visa free scheme

As the Gulf State diplomatic boycott of Qatar drags on with no apparent solution, the wealthy little emirate is fighting back. Qatar’s latest weapon against the economic damage being caused by the June 5 boycott is a new law granting visa-free entry to citizens of no less than 80 world countries. According to the head of Qatar’s Tourism Authority Hassan al Ibrahim, the scheme will place Qatar as the region’s most open country for visitors. The move, approved by citizens and expats alike, is part of an effort to build up trade...
1 Aug at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand on the up as a preferred expat destination

Traditionally, New Zealand has always welcomed large numbers of expats looking to start a new life, with British expats making up a strong percentage of its annual arrival statistics. A recent analysis of the country’s immigration data has revealed a five per cent increase in arrivals for the 12 months from June 2016. Out of the total of 131,400, leaving aside the 25 per cent comprising New Zealand citizens returning from overseas, the trend in immigration is still on the up. Australia continued to be the largest source of arrivals,...
27 Jul at 6 PM 2017

UK retirees in France plead for return of winter fuel allowance

British expatriates living in France are considering asking the UK government to repeal its withdrawal of the winter fuel allowance given to retired UK citizens to help with their fuel bills. Brits living in France’s mountainous regions as well as in the areas fronting the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel have been the worst affected since the payment to all expats in France was discontinued in 2015. Entitlement to the allowance was calculated by the British government by means of averaging temperatures in France, Cyprus,...