Expat Switzerland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Switzerland

6 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Vietnam scores in expat survey for salaries and lifestyle

A recent survey shows Vietnam has overtaken Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand as a popular destination for expat professionals. The most recent Expat Explorer survey’s Vietnam result may come as a surprise to many would-be expats who’ve not even considered it as a destination, but the Southeast Asian country is now ranked at 28th in the career sector. One major reason is that 80 per cent of expats on employment contracts also benefit from allowances. In the Asia group of expat destinations, Vietnam came second for its...
4 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Is Singapore worth the effort for expats

Due to its recent rating as the 16th most expensive world destinations for expat professionals, Singapore’s reputation as a hub for the good life may be at risk. When it comes down to choosing a country which delivers the perfect expat professional environment, earnings versus expenses are a prime consideration. Those on expatriate contracts are still being provided with car and housing allowances, enabling a comfortable lifestyle similar to that in their home countries. However, those on local terms may not be in this enviable...
3 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows UAE still tops for career minded expats

Expats determined to further their careers should still head for the UAE, according to the latest survey by HSBC. Regarded as the best expat destination for successful careers in Asia and the Middle East, the UAE is also the fourth best in the world for salaries, relocation benefits packages and overall lifestyle.UAE-based responders to the Expat Explorer survey numbered over 3,000, with the results showing the work environment had improved still more over the results of the 2015 study. The survey included a number of categories...
21 Dec at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in UAE might not be home for Christmas

Christmas plans of UK expats living and working in the UAE risk being wrecked by threats of strike action from three major carriers. Three airlines are involved in a rash of labour actions aimed at disrupting many flights, including those booked by UAE expats returning home for Christmas celebrations with families and friends. Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Swissport are all facing industrial action by disgruntled employees backed by their trade union. Of the 120,000 UK expats living in the UAE, a good few return regularly to...
21 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Kuwaiti parliament mulls bill to reduce expat numbers by 2021

If adopted, a draft law submitted by five members of the Kuwaiti parliament would reduce the number of expat workers in the emirate by 800,000. According to the Kuwait Times, the bill calls for a higher national committee to oversee the reduction of expat numbers over five years, resulting in parity with the number of Kuwaiti national employees. At the present time, Kuwaiti employees account for just 30 percent of the overall population of 4.4 million, with some 1.3 million employed. Suggested exemptions from the proposed laws include...
18 Dec at 6 PM 2016

EU expats in UK face HMRC pension transfer block

In a surprise move by HMRC, French and Italian expats working in Britain are to be blocked from transferring their pensions to their home countries should Brexit force them to leave the UK. All French and Italian pension schemes on HM Revenue and Customs’ list of permitted international schemes have been removed in an unexpected move by the UK’s financial watchdog. Last month’s HMRC list of accepted overseas pension scheme showed 19 Italian and seven French pensions, all of which had disappeared from December’s updated list....
7 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expat families hit by more increases in tuition fees

The increasing financial burden of international standard education for the children of expats is now a major problem. As the world economy stutters and relocation packages are replaced by local contracts, the ever-increasing fees changed by international schools overseas are becoming a major problem for expat families. As a result, globally mobile expats are being advised to stay firm on education costs when negotiating salaries and benefits. The situation is becoming critical, with more and more expat parents deciding to...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Options for stunned US citizens after the Trump victory

Prior to election day itself, social media and expat forums were loaded with US citizens determined to emigrate should Trump win. Now that the hopefully impossible is stark reality, many of those who were contemplating deserting the sinking ship are now rushing for just about any lifeboat in any friendly, non-Trumped country. A quick trawl through recent surveys brings up 10 escape-hatch countries already popular with US expats. It doesn’t matter whether you’re seeking a job, thinking of a start-up or even retiring, there are a...
3 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Bicultural expat couples choose China for culture and opportunity

With bicultural marriages becoming the norm in the younger expat community, China’s business opportunities and inclusive society fit the bill as a long-stay destination. Bicultural couples nowadays are choosing to live in an entirely new environment rather than have one or the other try to adapt to their partner’s country of birth. It’s a major challenge, but China is a great choice as it’s totally different in culture, work ethics and opportunities than anywhere in the West. The major challenge when resettling in a Chinese...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Spain still at risk from fugitive fraudsters

In spite of endless warnings from Britain’s Financial Conduct Agency, local forums and the expat media, UK residents in Spain are still losing their savings and pensions to unscrupulous crooks. This week, one expat newspaper serving the Costa Blanca expat community posted news that Mark Acklom, named on the list of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, is hiding from justice in Murcia. The Olive Press investigation listed his crimes, cons, convictions and jail times along with the five aliases he used to scam an even greater number of...