Expat Study Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Study Abroad

16 Dec at 3 PM 2014

House shortage in Doha leaves expats facing huge rent increases

A shortage of housing in the Qatari capital Doha means expats will have to pay higher rent prices than they would do in other Gulf states, according to a recent study by global real estate company Colliers International. The fact the city has such a shortage has resulted in the cost of rent soaring to unprecedented levels – a rise of 14 per cent this year alone. And things are unlikely to get better for expats on Doha any time soon as the shortage is predicted to go on for at least four years. The average expat in Doha - not...
2 Dec at 12 PM 2014

Survey names Costa Rica happiest place in the world

The Central American country of Costa Rica is the happiest place in the world, according to a recent survey by relocation website Movehub. The study, which conducted research on 151 different countries, found that Vietnam was the second happiest place on Earth, followed by Colombia, Belize and El Salvador. The research took measures such as life expectancy, ecological footprint and general well-being into account, using data from the New Economics Foundation’s Happy Planet Index. It worked out each country’s happiness level...
13 Nov at 9 AM 2014

British expats described as unsociable

British expats do not properly integrate after emigrating, according to a new survey, which says they prefer to stick to their own social groups. British expats living in United Arab Emirates and African countries are the least integrated, said the study, which was conducted by global relocation specialist Robinsons. The survey showed that almost a third of respondents, 27 per cent, said that their friends were “mainly British”, while 10 per cent described their social group as “exclusively British”. At the opposite end of the...
3 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Chinese goverment survey reveals most expats are illiterate males

The results of a survey by China’s State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs may have come as a shock to the ministry, but expat professionals seem to be regarding it as a big joke. The study was undertaken in order to determine how to attract the brightest and best overseas talent to China’s buzzing economy. The results, however, seemed to indicate that most expats are male, and almost all are unable to utter ever a short, simple sentence in basic Chinese. Expats who took part in the survey had a different tale to tell,...
30 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Hong Kong expats support protestors by running umbrella shaped marathon

Although Hong Kong’s expat community is divided over the ongoing student protests in the heart of the city, two of its number today took part in an umbrella-shaped 102 km marathon in support of democracy. The pair, both experienced ultramarathon runners, were expecting to take around 15 hours to cover their planned course, shaped on a map of Hong Kong as an umbrella in honour of the protestors. John Ellison and Andrew Dawson told reporters prior to the start that the route had been deliberately designed to be long and hard as it...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2014

US expat woes increase thanks to FATCA

A recent survey undertaken with a sample of US expats living in popular destinations revealed that almost three-quarters of respondents had considered voluntarily renouncing their citizenship to avoid the onerous FATCA requirements. The complications of endless form-filling, the threat of being barred from opening local bank accounts and the invasion of personal financial privacy have already resulted in an unprecedented number of US expat citizens giving up their passports. According to the survey, 73 per cent of respondents admitted...
22 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Survey results shock reveals pension fraudsters targeting retirement savers

The results of a recent survey prove that increasing numbers of pension liberation crooks are operating onshore and offshore, defrauding retirees confused about the new pension rules. The research, undertaken by financial firm Fidelity, revealed that 66 per cent of retirement savers are still uncertain about their rights under the new legislation. In spite of massive publicity since the April budget announcement, understanding of the ‘over 55’ rule is still causing problems and leaving savers at risk from scammers and massive tax...
22 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Mega rich give fortunes to support young entrepreneurs and the underprivileged

A recent study has revealed that wealthy philanthropists nowadays are focusing on helping new self-sustaining projects, job creation and the poverty-stricken. Around 13 per cent of the world’s wealth is held by just 0.003 of its population – the mega-rich millionaires and billionaires who monstly made their fortunes in the heady second half of the last century. However, rather than gifting to museums or universities as in the past, the ultra-wealthy are turning their thoughts to encouraging young entrepreneurs, those working in...
15 Oct at 10 AM 2014

Are protests affecting the Hong Kong expat community

Expats in Hong Kong are now living through an unprecedented level of protests against China’s Communist rulers, but how is the seemingly unresolvable drama affecting the expat community? Started, as are many similar events worldwide, by local students and now spread to hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens who value their island’s democratic basis, the protests are certainly making everyday life difficult for the city’s large expat community. Few Westerners are seen in the morass of people, but many are forming their own...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2014

Expats in UAE shunning local banks for offshore accounts

A recent study has revealed that almost 50 per cent of expats working in the UAE prefer to put their savings in offshore bank accounts rather than in UAE banks. The survey, undertaken annually by an emirate-based financial comparison website, showed that 48 per cent of respondents were happier saving their spare cash in home country or offshore banks than in UAE banks. As a result, according to the authors of the survey, UAE banks are missing out on new business aimed at keeping expat residents’ savings in the emirates. Results...