Expat India News

Latest 10 news items tagged India

18 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Country cost comparisons for thrifty expats

Given the vast number of surveys citing various costs of living in countries across the globe, expats should find it easy to decide which countries match their financial situations. For would-be expats, the cost of living in their preferred destination is perhaps the most important aspect of planning a life overseas. Whatever the financial situation, monthly expenses and the cost of setting up are crucial to the choice, with less expensive countries allowing a few luxuries as well as necessities. Costs are, of course, relative to...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Expat chaos reigns as Saudi fee payment software proves problematic

Frustration and, in some cases, panic is building in Saudi Arabia’s expat community as online payment software for the new dependents fees proves not fit for the purpose. The Saudi Gazette is reporting a swathe of texts and emails from expats desperate to stay legal regarding the new tax, all reporting problems with the e-payment programme. Crucial complaints include the software’s failure to update its records when the tax has been paid and, worse yet, visa cancellations for no obvious reason and with no explanation. More...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Rescued Quatari puppy becomes canine expat in Chicago

A four-month old puppy rescued from a Qatar building site by an expat American animal rescue volunteer is now safe in a Chicago dog shelter. Good news coming out of Qatar at present is a rarity, as is any news about expat efforts overseas to help homeless and maltreated animals, whether they are dogs, cats or more exotic species. The reality is that a large number of expatriates living and working overseas are more likely than not to be involved in volunteer organisations set up to help those who can’t help themselves. Oli, the...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Doha residents and expats get used to reality of daily living

As the Gulf States consider Qatar’s reply to their demands, expats and Qataris are adjusting their lifestyles to suit the unwelcome reality of their new situations. Almost a month after the emirate’s Gulf neighbours cut off diplomatic relations and imposed an embargo, Qatari nationals and the tiny country’s large expat population are adjusting to unwelcome changes in the daily reality of life. Prices for staple goods have increased, with essentials such as milk and vegetables being shipped in from Turkey and Iran, and those...
22 Jun at 6 PM 2017

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 increase on last year of 3,600, with 75 per cent of the 130,400 arrivals non- Kiwis looking to settle in the country. The rush to become part of the country’s growing economy happened at the same...
31 May at 6 PM 2017

Expat jobseekers dump UK and USA for less politically uncertain locations

Expats looking to find the perfect job are now shunning the UK and USA in favour of less politically uncertain destinations. Asia, Canada and Australia are now the preferred locations for job-seeking expats looking for a new place to hang their hats. The UK is out of favour due to the massive uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and the threat to the USA’s economy from the Trump presidency is causing many expat minds to change, helped along by the White House’s new immigrant policies. Data shows a first-quarter 30 per cent increase...
26 May at 6 PM 2017

UK and USA uncertainties spur expat interest in Australian job market

Aspiring expat jobseekers are turning their attention to Australia due to Brexit uncertainty and the political and economic effects of the Trump presidency. A 30 per cent surge in the numbers of job seekers from overseas hit Australia’s recruiters at the beginning of April and shows no signs of slowing down. The biggest increases in applications came from India, up by 55 per cent on last year’s totals, with Japan at 49 per cent, Ireland at 11 per cent, the UAE at 26 per cent and South Africa at 22 per cent. The rise came in spite...
17 May at 6 PM 2017

Hong Kong losing its charm for expat professionals

Once the favoured exotic destination for expat professionals, Hong Kong is losing ground to India and Japan due to its shrinking benefit packages. Expat pay packages and benefits in Hong Kong, once a favourite of expat professionals looking to get the best deal, are at their lowest point since 2012. The once generous terms of employment have dropped by 5 per cent and are now eclipsed by job offerings on the Chinese mainland, in Japan and in India. The average package of salary and inclusive benefits for middle managers is now at...
9 May at 6 PM 2017

What do expats miss most about Britain

Expats working overseas often can’t simply take a trip back when they’re experiencing homesickness or missing everyday things they can’t get in their new countries of residence. In the real world, most expats experience bouts of homesickness however long they’ve been away, but few have the total freedom to up sticks and return for a month or so of pure nostalgia. Homesickness is usually triggered by holidays such as Christmas, birthdays or simply by missing favourite foods, sights and symbols. The ‘green and pleasant...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Brit expats trapped in pensioner poverty due to sterling fall and frozen pensions

Britons who decided to retire overseas and live in modest comfort with the help of their UK state pensions are now facing a poverty-stricken future as a result of the frozen pension rules and Brexit’s effect on sterling. Living with the knowledge that one’s life savings will soon run out, one’s pension payments are shrinking due to the fall in sterling and there’s no hope of repeal for the frozen pension rule isn’t what many UK retirees expected would happen within their lifetimes. However careful their planning, the present...