Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

20 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expats buying homes in Vietnam despite legal issues

After decades of semi-closure, Vietnam is opening up to expats and allowing house purchase under certain circumstances. For years, Vietnam’s real estate market has been considered risky for investors and expats due to legal restrictions on long-term stays and house purchases. Recently, it seems that strengthening demand from South Korean and Japanese buyers has resulted in an easing of restrictions for property investment in Vietnam. As the country attracts more expat businesses and expat workers, condo blocks in Hoh Chi Minh...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expat demand for international school places soars

Searching for an international school for your children is one of the most daunting tasks for expat parents on long-term assignments overseas. Packing up and moving to a strange land to take up a new job is tough enough for singles – for parents with children of school age it can be a nightmare. Successfully identifying an international school to suit the needs of your youngsters can depend on where in the world you’re located, although most popular expat destinations now have several such schools to choose between. The...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expat favourites in this global migration century

With global migration now at an all-time high and involving huge numbers of international professionals as well as retirees, where do they come from and where do they go? Professional expats have many reasons for leaving the home country, with career prospects, increased salaries, an improvement in the work/life balance and the excitement of a new challenge some of the most important. A new report from the United Nations tracks the most popular destination countries and maps the home countries of the international diaspora. The...
8 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Saudi Arabia plans to tax expat wages

Continuing the hunt for extra revenue to offset the fall in oil prices, Saudi Arabia is considering taxing foreign residents’ salaries. The introduction of income tax for foreign residents as yet another way to increase falling revenue streams is bound to be controversial, and is at present being considered as ‘only a proposal’, according to the Saudi Finance Minister. The story broke as part of a Jeddah-based news conference, during which FM Ibrahim al-Assaf said the initiative is up for discussion with nothing decided as yet....
8 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Ireland launches campaign encouraging expats to return

Due to the devastating effects of the 2008 financial crash in Ireland, many highly qualified IT specialists left for overseas jobs, and are now being enticed back as the country’s economy strengthens. For several years after the 2008 crash decimated Ireland’s economy, qualified professionals across the board left to make new lives everywhere from Europe to Australia and New Zealand. With the country now on a stable footing, skills shortages especially in the IT and Life Sciences sector are slowing further development in the Emerald...
31 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat entrepreneur offers one stop shop for expat moves to Spain

A formerly successful businessman who’s been there and done it all is now the proud owner of a one-stop-shop advice and help centre for Brits moving to Spain. Moving overseas can be the most stressful experience ever, with local bureaucracy causing mini-nervous breakdowns in even the calmest new arrivals in a foreign land. Many Brits heading for Spain to retire have visited the country on annual holidays, but living there is a whole new ball game with rules based on a foreign culture and language. Leon Cohen’s background in...
28 May at 10 AM 2016

Staying safe in your new expat haven

Emigrating can be an exciting lifestyle challenge for expats, but it pays to check out hidden hazards before you arrive. Whether you’re moving overseas as part of a long-held retirement plan or taking on a new job in a challenging location, it’s best to research what’s out there as regards threats to your future or even your life. Wherever you’re going, hidden hazards unmentioned in the tourism literature can wreck even the most carefully-constructed relocation plan. Perhaps the most important aspect of researching a new...
26 May at 6 PM 2016

Result of latest Brexit Poll sends sterling exchange rate soaring

Tuesday’s Brexit poll result is bringing good news to expats living in EU member states due to its positive effect on sterling exchange rates. Expats living in favourite European retirement havens are happy to receive positive news on two fronts this week. Results of a new Brexit poll by ORB Telegraph revealed the Remain campaign is now ahead by a full 13 points, with the immediate effect that sterling rose against the Euro to 1.32 to the pound.It’s especially good news for retirees on UK state pensions, the real value of which...
26 May at 6 PM 2016

Weird expat requests to Brit consular staff

It’s not just expats who have problems with their embassies - the FCO staff themselves have their own problems with wacky expat requests. It’s fair to say that many Brit expats feel they’re not being well served by their country’s overseas embassies and consulates, but employees in these unappreciated outposts have their problems as well. Not every expat moving overseas, and certainly not every tourist, bothers to revew the home country’s overseas services online before picking up a phone when there’s a problem....
19 May at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Saudi to be forced to have private health insurance

Given that health care is one of the most expensive necessities for moving overseas, Saudi Arabia’s setting up of a private health plan for all expats would seem to be a good idea. According to online reports, the Saudi government’s new, compulsory private health plan will be backed by insurers and linked to more than 2,500 hospitals in the kingdom. The majority of Western expats in high-level professional positions either have heath insurance or can afford private care, but the huge number of expats from India, Bangladesh and...