Expat Study Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Study Abroad

18 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Kuwatization to axe thousands of expat private sector jobs

Kuwait’s Civil Service Commission is planning to freeze thousands of expat contracts by 1 July. Kuwatization is taking a new turn as the emirate’s Civil Service Commission is planning to freeze over three thousand expat contracts and shelve them at the beginning of July this year. The move, a significant part of Kuwaitization, is intended to open up formerly expat jobs to Kuwaiti nationals, thus reducing the totals of foreigners working in the emirate. At the present time, the expatriate population makes up 70 per cent of the...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Brit ambassador faces furious expats at Paris Brexit meet

Angry British expats based in Paris gave British Ambassador Edward Llewellyn a hard time during a scheduled Brexit meetup. The meeting was intended as an update on the progress of Brexit negotiations as regards UK expats’ rights, but an audience of furious British citizens had other ideas. In the 18th century British Embassy building, chaos reigned for a full two hours as Brits had their say, shouted and heckled over the content of the Ambassador’s carefully-prepared speech emphasising ‘considerable progress’ in the...
6 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Survey reveals friendship comes as standard in Ireland

According to the latest ‘friendliness’ survey, the Irish are friendly, sociable, love a laugh and welcome incomers. One of the most important aspects of relocating is making new friends in the locality as well as in the workplace. Now that the UK’s friendliness rankings in surveys is decidedly on the wane, Ireland’s is definitely on the up. The latest expat study shows Ireland is now in 30th place whilst the UK is relegated to 56th out of 65, the total number of countries surveyed. Some 76 per cent of respondents agreed that...
6 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Expat professional women at risk of poverty in retirement

The gender gap doesn’t just apply to top wage levels but continues to ensure a great many expat professional women will be faced with poverty when they retire. Recent media coverage of the salary gap between top-ranking women and their male counterparts misses out on one result – the differential guarantees women retirees will be living on far less than men with the same qualifications and experience who’ve worked in the same jobs. In fact, women are at far greater risk of being impoverished in retirement by a factor of between...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Expat financial independence winning out over risky IFA advice

Following the seemingly endless media reports of dodgy IFAs, Ponzi schemes and fraudulent cold-calling financial scammers, the new buzzword in the worldwide expat community is financial independence. The online Financial Independence world, usually referred to simply as FI, contains many bloggers describing their own experiences and passing on tips to those who’ve had enough of being cash cows for unscrupulous IFAs at best and downright fraudsters at worst. One Dubai-based expat founder of a non-profit community entitled SimplyFI...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Annual US expat tax survey might make interesting reading for lawmakers

An annual survey aimed at collecting the opinions of US expats on tax-related subjects including FATCA and expat tax reform is expanding its brief for this year’s study. The survey is being authored by a leading US expat tax specialist firm, perhaps arousing suspicions that the real intent is to garner yet more potential clients and topping up its already long list of 8,000 US expats. However, this year’s survey has been broadened to cover the effects of the Trump presidency on expats’ lives and tax liabilities. Taking place...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Kuwaitization causing major downturn in property rental market

Investors in the Kuwait expat rental property market are feeling the cold hand of reality as workers leave or relocate to smaller apartments. Some 14 per cent of apartments in residential developments popular with expat workers are now empty, according to a study by the Kuwait Real Estate Association. Translated into real numbers, the percentage means 52,000 apartments out of a total of 371,000 are now untenanted. To make matters worse, realtors active in the sector are predicting the sector’s woes will increase still further during...
21 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Abu Dhabi backs Youth Media Council to identify fake news

In an attempt to protect Abu Dhabi citizens from the effects of fake news, a dozen young residents have been chosen to form a Youth Media Council. The strategy, announced by the National Media Council, is intended to develop the emirate’s media sector as well as protecting against fake news on a variety of online media platforms, with the youth council composed of young expats as well as Emiratis. According to the council, it’s the start of a new phase during which young people will take an integral role in developing the media...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Expats and UAE citizens send gifts of love to Syrian children

Over 2,000 Dubai residents joined in the ‘From UAE With Love’ initiative taking place over last weekend. The initiative was the brainchild of Dubai’s Ministry of Human Resources, aimed at giving boxes full of toys as well as letters of encouragement to underprivileged children in Syria and neighbouring countries. Over 2,000 expats and Emiratis took part, hoping to share joy and happiness for at least a short while to children suffering from war and violent unrest on their home countries. The UAE Red Crescent will deliver the...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2018

EU expat exodus from UK predicted to soar during 2018

The trickle of EU expats leaving the UK is expected to become a flood during 2018. Ever since the Brexit referendum result was announced, EU member state citizens living and working in the UK have quietly been preparing to leave, either for their home countries or to start again as expats in an unknown land. As the negotiations drag on, the trickle is predicted to become a flood during 2018, whatever agreement is reached about the transition period. The effect of the Leave vote on sterling is making the exodus even harder and more...