Expat Study Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Study Abroad

23 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expat retirees backtracking as more young people leave

A recent survey has revealed an increase in younger people becoming expats whilst more retirees are returning to the UK due to financial woes. In 2015, more than 121,000 UK citizens left the UK and headed for expat destinations across the world, according to the Office for National Statistics. At the same time, a NatWest International survey indicated that almost half the total left to work overseas, and around 6 per cent left to study at overseas universities. Taking the two studies into account, it seems that expats are becoming...
22 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Hong Kong now worlds most expensive expat city

One of the most important and longest running cost of living surveys has declared Hong Kong to be the most expensive cities in the world for expats. The 22nd Mercers survey places the Asian expat hotspot at the top of its list of 209 cities as regards cost of living. The aim of the annual study is to help major employers decide on relocation packages, taking into account the average prices of over 200 items from a beer or a coffee to accommodation costs. Hong Kong’s elevation to the top of the tree isn’t a surprise, as the...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Cyprus government running scared of the Brexit effect

In spite of appeals from British expats, the Cypriot government is keeping its cards very close to its chest as regards the possibly devastating effects of a Brexit on the local economy. Reports of a probable collapse of tourism to the island plus the loss of a large number of British expats now in residence have been circulating for several weeks. However, if the government has any contingency plans, it’s in no hurry at all to divulge them to either the expat community or its own population, the majority of whom are involved in the...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2016

EU states no longer attracting the brightest and best expat talent

A recently released OECD report points out that legal labour regulation has resulted in a decline in the European Union’s share of the global talent pool. According to the respected think tank, the European community is now facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis requiring member states to come up with coordinated, bold solutions in order to preserve long-term competitiveness. Reforming its legal labor migration laws is essential to getting the region back at the top of the sustainable growth game. Those emigrating to European...
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...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Cyprus president upsets UK expats during London Greek Radio interview

During his visit to the UK, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades managed to alienate UK expats living in Cyprus with his lack of concern for their plight should Brexit become a reality. The interview on London Greek Radio was set up to encourage the high number of Cypriot expats living and working in the UK to vote ‘Remain’ in order to strengthen their positions as UK residents. Due to Cyprus’s history as part of the Commonwealth, Cypriot expats are allowed to vote in all UK elections including the Brexit referendum, unlike...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in Cyprus fear post Brexit loss of bank savings

Amongst the endless debates about the ramifications of a Leave vote, British expats living in Cyprus now have a new concern about the possible fate of their bank deposits. In spite of the thousands of media pages both on and offline devoted to examining and re-examining the plight of British expats in Europe in the event of a Brexit, one topic has been ignored. Expats in Cyprus, however, still remember the 2013 bail-in which resulted in the confiscation of legally held bank deposits totalling over $100,000. In addition, over the years...
9 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Singapore expat cost of living soars over five years

A survey of relative costs of living across professional expat global relocation destinations rates Singapore 18th in the 'most expensive Asian cities' lisitng. Current rankings for Asian cities now places Singapore as the 18th most expensive city in the Asian region. Over the past five years, the city state’s cost of living has risen significantly in spite of recently lower inflation rates. The city’s global cost of living ranking has soared 12 points, mirroring the increases in the cost of living for expat professionals. ECA...
9 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expats and tourists flee violent protests in Papua New Guinea

Expats and visitors to Papua New Guinea’s capital and major cities found themselves trapped in escalating violence after police fired on a student protest. Yesterday’s demonstration against Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his government turned violent when police began firing on students, severely wounding dozens. Tear gas and shots turned the capital’s streets into mayhem as locals, expats and tourists headed for any available shelter from the bullets. Amid fears of payback violence by armed local mafia groups, the riots...
8 Jun at 6 PM 2016

German Post Office refuses thousands of British expat referendum postal votes

Prepaid envelopes provided for expat Brexit referendum postal votes are being refused by German post office workers as they are the wrong size! Around 100,000 British expats are believed to be living in Germany, with a good number registering for postal votes in the Brexit referendum. Although the prepaid envelopes provided with the voting forms comply with the Internal Business Reply Service scheme, they’re the wrong size as regards standard German envelopes. As a result, numerous expat voters are being told that they must...