Expat South America News

Latest 10 news items tagged South America

14 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Sexism alive and kicking in expat destinations

Female expats unprepared for this negative aspect of culture shock are experiencing sexism in a number of countries. Nowadays, single women are as likely to emigrate either to further their careers or to retire as are men. However clued up they are to cultural differences and diversities in their new country, they’re often unprepared for the politically incorrect male chauvinism they’ve hardly ever experienced at home. Photographer and writer Sheila Taylor left the UK for a two-year stint in Rio de Janeiro, expecting a fresh,...
23 Mar at 3 PM 2016

Expats in Brussels share dismay over terror attack

The entire international residential community in Brussels is in a state of shock following the deadly ISIS terrorist attack at the airport and Maelbeek Metro station. Belgium’s capital city is a hub for expats from across the world due to its status as a major international political centre and home to the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. As such, the threat from international terrorism has always existed, but no-one could have predicted with certainty the devastating explosions at Zaventem Airport and...
10 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Aussie expat Row2Rio boat in near miss with cargo ship

Phuket-based expat Luke Richmond had a close call during the Row2Rio challenge when a huge cargo ship barrelled towards his team’s rowing boat. Luke and his three team mates had undertaken the challenge of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean from a base in Portugal to Brazil in order to pay tribute to the world Olympic Games as well as raising donations for the Maacmillan Cancer Support charity. Late at night and some 1,500 kilometres into their 6,000 kilometre journey, they were rowing between the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria...
8 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Expats head to sunny South America for healthy lifestyles

A new arrival in the endless supply of surveys promoting the best expat havens is championing Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua as hot destinations for a healthy lifestyle. The traditional image of beer-swilling, beach-lazing expat life doesn’t feature in the latest survey of popular expat destinations. Conducted on behalf of International Living as part of their annual Global Retirement Index, it recognises that would-be expats nowadays are as concerned about healthy living as they are about getting the best bang for their...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2015

UAE best destination for expat executives

The UAE has been named as the best place in the world for leading executives to relocate to, according to global research by professional online network LinkedIn. LinkedIn found the oil-rich state attracted more young talent than anywhere else in the world, with 1.89 per cent of its total workforce being added to member profiles in 2014. The study revealed that the leading source of professional talent arriving in the UAE was from India (28 per cent), while the UK, Pakistan, the US and Qatar completed the top five. Other Gulf states...
27 May at 4 PM 2015

Imprisonment for one killer of Miss Venezuela and British expat

One of the killers of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her ex-husband, British expat Thomas Berry, has been handed a 25-year jail term. Twenty-five-year-old Gerardo Jose Contreras Alvarez was jailed after confessing to his part in the murder of the two, who were shot dead in front of their daughter Maya Veliz , five, who was also shot on the leg but survived. The family’s vehicle had suffered a puncture and was being put onto a tow truck at the time of the shooting. Police chief Jose Gregorio Sierralta explained that the...
8 Mar at 4 PM 2015

Mexico near the top of expat happiness list

A recent survey carried out by InterNations has found one of the happiest place in the world for expats is Mexico, with 91 per cent of respondents saying they were content in their new lives. Some 14,000 expats in 160 countries were questioned about their lives overseas, with factors such as family, work, personal finance and ease of settling in all considered. When it came down to feeling at home, Mexico City ranked number one with expats, while the country as a whole came third in that particular list. Meanwhile, 91 per cent of...
26 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Saudi Arabia approves Chile as domestic helper source

Domestic helpers from Chile will now be allowed to apply for work in Saudi Arabia, announced the country’s Labour Ministry. The workers from the South American country will have seven different roles to choose from – four for men and three for women. The jobs males will be able to apply for are drivers, nurses, housekeepers and helpers, while females can take on work as nurses, housekeepers and nannies. Chile is the first country from Latin America to be added to the 14-strong list, which includes seven from Asia (the...
9 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Ecuador again scores highly in expat index

Ecuador has been named the best place to live and work as an expat, according to a recent InterNations survey. The report, The World Through Expat Eyes, quizzed more than 14,000 people on why they relocated, how life abroad was and how happy they were, and found that the South American country came out on top ahead of Luxembourg and Mexico respectively. InterNations took 61 one popular countries among expats into account, rating them on a number of factors including ease of settling in, overall quality of life, how welcoming they...
7 Jan at 10 AM 2015

Ecuador tops list of retirement havens

The South American nation of Ecuador has been ranked the best place to retire abroad, with Latin American countries dominating the list. The International Living magazine’s Annual Global Retirement Index looked at factors such as cost of living, healthcare and climate in ranking a total of 25 popular countries among expat retirees on the overall quality of life offered. Although prices in Ecuador are on the up, there are still many excellent real estate deals available, according to the senior editor at InternationalLiving.com,...