Expat South America News

Latest 10 news items tagged South America

12 Jun at 6 PM 2017

World Economic Forum report on safety rejected by low scoring Thailand

Thailand’s reputation amongst expats and tourists is likely to take a knock following the World Economic Forum’s placing of the country in the top 20 for its high rates of violence, crime and low rates of police service. The WEF Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, released earlier, comes on the heel of a further report placing the popular expat destination at the top of a list naming and shaming countries with the highest number of road accidents. The report covers 136 world countries and uses statistics compiled from...
27 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Venezuelan riots cause oil giants to relocate expat workers

The political turmoil in Venezuela is forcing multinational oil companies to reduce the numbers of expat employees in the country. Venezuela has a large expat community, with the majority of its foreign professionals working for multinational companies in the oil industry. Most live in the capital, Caracas, or in Puerto de la Cruz, Valencia, Anaco and Maracaibo, and the companies themselves are now on edge due to a recent government take-over of the General Motors automotive plant during violent protests. Venezuela is enduring...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Worlds worst countries for expatriate life

Quality of life is one of the most important aspects explored by would-be expats before life-changing decisions are made, but some countries are best avoided. Annual surveys of expat hubs all over the world are a great way to ensure a happy, safe and remunerative relocation, but there are a number of countries which should be avoided like the proverbial plague. Health, safety and security are the keywords, especially if the prospective move abroad includes your family, with a recent InterNations survey telling it like it is as regards...
20 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Singapore scores as favourite UK expat professional destination

The city-state of Singapore is again hitting the headlines as the best destination for relocating expat professionals. Singapore has long been a hub for UK expatriates seeking high salaries, first-world amenities and opportunities to develop their careers, and is a high scorer in related surveys as a result. The latest survey by an international removals specialist company rated the city-state as number one of 18 destinations, triumphing over Canada and Australia in second and third places. Chart-topping reasons for Singapore’s...
16 Feb at 6 PM 2017

US citizens discover the advantages of moving abroad

With increasing numbers of disenchanted US citizens making the move to overseas locations, it’s no surprise that most find their lifestyles and living costs are far better than in the home country. Media reports of an increase in the number of Americans desperate to emigrate after the Trump inauguration are prompting stories of actual expat experiences across the globe. Canada is a favourite due to ease of access and the fact that English is the local lingo, although those heading for Quebec province will need to prove their ability...
30 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows Thailand losing popularity as an expat destination

Thailand’s overall position in the well-known HSBC Expat Insider survey has dropped in one year from seventh position to 18th, with its positions in several sub-sections of the poll dropping still further. Once a dream destination for expats, whether working or retiring, Thailand’s reputation now seems to be on the line as regards personal happiness, quality of life, travel and transport, friendliness, settling in and safety and security. The only categories still in positive territory seem to be leisure options and healthcare,...
21 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats and visitors celebrate Benidorm Fancy Dress Day

British expats living and working in Benidorm threw off their Brexit worries and joined thousands of tourists for Spain’s famous British Fancy Dress Day revels. Around 40,000 British party-goers descended on the expats’ favourite beach resort of Benidorm for the annual fancy dress celebration. From retirees who’d lived in or near the city for some years through British business owners and their families to plane-loads of tourists from the UK, everyone used their imagination to be the best-dressed (and occasionally the...
24 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Uncovered data reveals top world locations for financial scams

As the UK’s Financial Conduct Agency continues to warn retirees of pension transfer frauds, recently uncovered data reveals the worst world-wide locations for expat financial scams. The data shows UK retiree pension savers are now at even more risk of being scammed out of their savings by unscrupulous, often illegally working financial advised lurking in favourite expat destinations. Global scams are now big business for fraudsters, egged on by pension liberation and even by Brexit’s predicted financial uncertainties. One...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2016

The adventurous expats guide to dangerous countries

As a welcome change from surveys listing the most expensive, cheapest, prettiest, friendliest and safest of the world’s expat destinations, here’s a list of the most dangerous places to visit. The plethora of expat surveys come in all shapes and sizes and often contradict each other in the same week, giving would-be expats a confusing picture of options rather than helping them make a decision which might affect the rest of their lives. However, the latest survey to emerge should appeal to adventurous expats, as it lists the most...
5 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Canadian expat couple get chance to be volunteers at Rio Olympics

The dream of a lifetime has come true for Abu Dhabi resident expats Norman Labbe and Susan Ward. Thanks to their multicultural experience of living in Abu Dhabi, Norman and Susan were two of only 10,000 foreign volunteers to be accepted for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The election process was, they admit, arduous, and took a full two years of endless form filling, language tests, background checks, a group Skype interview and online courses. Finally, they were interviewed together with five other international applicants in order to...