Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

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...
17 May at 6 PM 2016

China cost of living killing dream for expat workers

According to a survey by a relocation company, twice the number of expats are leaving China than are arriving, due to the country’s escalating cost of living. Up until recently, a relocation to Chjna was a must-have for adventurous expat professionals, especially those seeking high-tech jobs. Since the slow-down in the Chinese economy, the gloss has faded and many are packing up and returning home. Air pollution, the soaring cost of living in major Chinese cities and decreasing benefit packages are all reasons for the sharp...
17 May at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Hanoi take on massive canal cleanup project

A group of expats living and working in Hanoi have formed a volunteer organisation dedicated to cleaning up the city’s network of canals, drains and public gardens. Hanoi is a popular destination for Western expats looking to work and live in a more laid-back Southeast Asian environment, but culture shock often includes the deplorable state of waterways, parks and recreational spaces. After living and teaching English in the city for three years, James Kendall decided he had to do something about it. Kendall’s ideas soon became...
17 May at 6 PM 2016

UK expat contractors with own companies face tax shock

New Inland Revenue regulations governing personal service companies may cause increased tax burdens for expat single owner businesses. The new tax laws, brought in on 6 April this year, will affect oil workers on contracts as well as other single-owner businesses.The focus of the changes is on the individual whose right it is to ‘supervise, control and direct’ (SDC) the contractor on-site, even if the right is not used. Should a third party have an SDC right, a raft of new tax measures will apply. Firstly, contractors working...
16 May at 6 PM 2016

Relocating expats need more help with culture shock

A new report states that professionals country-hopping between assignments need more assistance with relocation stress. The survey involved over 2,700 expat professionals in 160 countries worldwide, with middle-aged family men making up the bulk of the respondents. However, the study showed the majority of expats head overseas alone, leaving their families in stable environments whilst they move between different positions in diverse countries. A major reason as to why most expat professionals are choosing to go it alone was that,...
13 May at 6 PM 2016

Dealing with offshore pensions when its time to move back home

Many Brits living overseas intend to stay in their chosen country of residence for the rest of their lives, but unforeseen circumstances may force the decision to return to the UK. Working or retiring overseas is a dream for many, the majority of whom don’t give a thought to the complications of moving back home until they’re forced to. Older expats, whether working or retired, will need to carefully consider their financial futures, including investment decisions made whilst overseas. Since their introduction some years ago,...
4 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat mums in Oz struggle with high childcare costs

Australia is a long-time favourite for UK expats, but how do they cope with the financial realities and lack of family support? Well over a million Brits have met the challenge of moving half-way across the world in order to achieve a better quality of life, but how do they cope in an unfamiliar country without emotional and sometimes even financial support from the family network? Many expat parents are struggling to manage financially due to the high cost of childcare as well as missing their families’ help at this crucial time....
2 May at 6 PM 2016

UK expat family to lose home to compulsory purchase

A disabled British expat, his carer wife and her mother have just two months to leave their Spanish home before it’s knocked down to make room for a bypass. John Grey and his wife Deborah purchased their dream villa in Alhaurin el Grande in 2003 at a cost of €66,000 after moving from Hertfordshire. Sadly, in 2014 John suffered a stroke which left him with limited mobility, with necessary renovations and a mobility scooter costing another €30,000. Some time during 1994, long before the Greys bought their two-bedroomed,...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2016

New app aims to help non Mandarin speaking expats in China

A Beijing-based start-up has launched a new app aiming to give much-needed assistance to non-Mandarin-speaking expats living and working in China. With what seems like a genius of an idea for those whose brains just can’t get to grips with one of the world’s most difficult languages, GrabTalk’s new app is bound to be a roaring success. Nowadays, more and more expat professionals are flocking to the new opportunities and challenges of China, most of whom are encountering daily difficulties due to an inability to...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Better work life balance main motivation for relocation

An improved work/life balance is the main reason for expat relocation, according to a recent survey. Professionals looking to work overseas are motivated first by the wish for a better work/life balance, although better pay and improved career opportunities also play a part in the decision. According to the results of a study by AXA PPP International, those wanting to progress in their chosen field are willing to move overseas even before they’ve found a suitable job. Although UK companies are trying hard to recruit and support...