Expat India News

Latest 10 news items tagged India

8 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Dubai property market still popular with UK expats

The Dubai real estate market has remained buoyant through 2016, with UK property investments forming a large part of its success. Recent reports from Dubai’s Land Department show property investments of AED 57 billion involving 26,000 investors during 2016, making the emirate one of the world’s most popular property investment hubs. Its success is believed to be a result of regional economic decline and political challenges overseas, and is being seen as a reflection of investor trust in Dubai developers’ focus on quality and...
2 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Vietnam hosts festival celebrating local friendships with expats

In a move well ahead of neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is hosting a Development and Integration Festival aimed at integrating expats into the Ho Chi Minh community. Ho Chi Minh City’s annual Development and Integration Festival kicked off yesterday for its three-day run aimed at introducing the country’s culture and history to an ever-increasing number of expat residents. Amongst its many features are the culture and arts of Vietnam, the city’s development plans and Vietnam’s delicious traditional cuisine. ...
23 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Tech expats in USA fear Trump effect on visa programme

Expats working in USA tech hubs are afraid their skilled worker visa programme may be terminated by Trump. Following Donald Trump’s mixed messages on the campaign trail concerning the USA’s skilled worker visa programme, tech workers in Silicone Valley and other American IT hubs are afraid for their jobs. Before the presidential election, the industry had been lobbying for an expansion to the programme, which at present admits 65,000 workers and 20,000 graduate students every year. Trump’s campaign trail speeches sometimes...
22 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Divorcing expats QROPS cash ruled safe from UK law

Divorced British expats may be relieved to learn their QROPS pension scheme cash is safe from being split up according to UK law. Retiring overseas as a married couple doesn’t always turn out as planned, with divorce not uncommon amongst expats. Making adjustments not only to life as retirees but also to an unfamiliar culture and environment can put unbearable strains on less than stable relationships, as can the temptation to succumb to younger, more attractive charms. A recent UK family court judgement settled once and for all...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Is India the new China for expats

As China falls fast as regards popularity with expats, the recent HSBC survey suggests India may be the new number one for those looking for business opportunities amid exotic surroundings. It seems the expat world is changing even faster than the real world, with formerly popular destinations such as Hong Kong and mainland China tumbling down the lists published by annual surveys. As fast as China falls, India is surging upward, with its overall rank now higher than that of the USA as well as China. So, what’s so special about...
13 Oct at 6 PM 2016

India wins out over the USA and China in expat survey

According to a recent survey, expats living and working in India are happier than their counterparts in the USA and China. The respected HSBC survey awarded the sub-continent 26 points against 30 for the USA and 34 for China, with the results based on three parameters, family, experiences and economics. In the economics sector, India ranked just behind China and the USA, but scored in sub-sectors such as local economy at 10 points against the USA’s 16 and China’s 20. As regards expats’ working lives, India sits at 24 points...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Russia caught up in early contract terminations

Expats working on contract in Russia are being discriminated against by having their contracts cancelled early and being replaced by workers from central and eastern Europe. Recruiting firms in Russia are reporting increasing instances of Western expat professionals having their contracts terminated early and being replaced by either Russian workers or expats from eastern and central Europe. Although uniquely-skilled foreign workers are still much in demand, it’s cheaper for cash-strapped companies to hire Russians and northern...
1 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Cheapest world destinations for impecunious expats

Whatever the reason you’re desperate to desert your home country, if you’ve limited funds you need to research the cheapest world destinations before you start packing. Expats become expats for a variety of reasons, one of which is they’ve fallen out of love with the country of their birth. This alienation is tricky to deal with, especially if you’re cash-strapped or on a less than generous pension and have little in the way of savings. Obviously, the place to look is online, with price comparison sites taking in just about...
31 Aug at 6 PM 2016

India becoming more popular with expats due to its low cost of living

India has always been popular with backpackers and alternative lifestyle travellers, but it’s now climbing the popularity charts as a more conventional expat destination. The sub-continent's dismal rating in last year’s InterNations survey has improved this year by seven places, with the boost due to its low cost of living and improving economic status. Now ranked 49th out of 67 worldwide destinations, its only problem is the vast difference between Western culture and that of the ancient land. As regards working overseas,...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2016

EU based retirees fear loss of UK state pension increases

Many thousands of UK state pensioners living in the EU fear losing their rights to regular pension increases due to the post Brexit fallout. The expat communities of Spain and, to some extent, France, are crammed with UK citizens who’d made the choice between poverty in Britain and comparative comfort abroad. Many sold their UK homes in order to buy an apartment in one of the Andalusian coastal resorts, and have been living within their means on just their UK state pension. With the advent of Brexit, their financial security may...