Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

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...
26 Feb at 2 PM 2015

French expat kidnapped in Yemen was due to leave

A French expat abducted in the Yemeni capital Sanaa was scheduled to leave the country just days later, revealed her employer. Development worker Isabelle Prime, 30, had been working for Ayala Consulting in the Middle Eastern country on a World Bank-funded initiative advising the government on its social welfare programme. The firm’s president, Francisco Ayala, said that all the other expat employees had left and Isabelle was the only one remaining but she was due to leave any day. The French woman was kidnapped along with her...
16 Feb at 2 PM 2015

Fewer Indonesian maids to work in Malaysia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said he wants to cut the number of domestic workers travelling overseas and instead provide employment for them at home. President Widodo has told the Manpower Ministry to look into the current situation regarding domestic helpers and come up with ways of providing job opportunities for them in Indonesia rather than sending them abroad to work. However, such a move could develop into a problem for Malaysia, where 60 per cent of domestic workers are from Indonesia. Nevertheless, the Malaysian...
12 Feb at 9 AM 2015

Bahrain plans to remove illegal expat workers

Bahraini officials are to launch a crackdown on what they believe is tens of thousands of illegal foreign workers in the Gulf country. A key reason there are so many illegal foreign workers in Bahrain is because of visa rules that allow foreigners to buy two-year visas for around US$4,000 and enter the country without the guarantee of employment. Once in, they often accept whatever is offered to them, regardless of whether working visas are provided. The latest crackdown is also set to involve officials targeting the firms that sell...
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...
8 Feb at 11 AM 2015

Neve Campbell to star in Swedish expat comedy

Hollywood actress Neve Campbell will star in four episodes of Greg Poehler’s Welcome to Sweden, a comedy about expats living in Sweden. The actress will play Diane, an American who has been sent to the Scandinavian country’s capital, Stockholm, to take up a marketing management role at a bank. Poehler described the news that Campbell, who shot to stardom after appearing in the 1990s hit thriller Scream, would appear in the show as “great”, saying that she had seen the script and was impressed by it. The actor cum...
7 Feb at 9 AM 2015

UK expats in California flocking to buy Cadbury’s products

British nationals in San Francisco are panic-buying boxfuls of Cadbury’s chocolate products amid fears that supplies will run out. Briton David Kidd, owner of the city’s You Say Tomato import store, noted that there were empty boxes on the shelves as people were coming in and buying in bulk of late. He said that in the past week customers had been in and purchased whole boxes of both Dairy Milk and Flakes. The reason for the mad rush to buy Cadbury’s products is down to a recent lawsuit brought by US confectionary company...
26 Jan at 2 PM 2015

Copenhagen and Bern lead the way in expat liveability index

Copenhagen and Bern are the easiest places for Europeans to relocate to, according to a new index by ECA International. The organisation, which advises firms on posting workers on foreign assignments, evaluated more than 450 locations across the world. Among the things it evaluated were: the lifestyle on offer in a city; the availability and cost of housing and utilities; the availability of health services; the climate; political tensions; the quality of air; personal safety; and infrastructure. ECA noted that that factors such as...
22 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Canadian expat missing ‘under strange circumstances’ in Costa Rica

Police in Costa Rica are investigating the disappearance of a missing Canadian native, announced the Canadian embassy and Central American country’s Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). Police discovered an abandoned vehicle with its roadside doors left open along Route 32 on Tuesday evening. Upon further investigation, they found that the car was registered to one Ryan Piercy, a Canadian man who was last seen earlier in the day. Piercy’s wife told OIJ director Francisco Seguro that her husband had left for work on Tuesday...
22 Jan at 2 PM 2015

Expats demanding winter fuel allowance show proof of wintry conditions

Thousands of UK expats across the Europe are campaigning to ensure their winter fuel payments are not scrapped, and many have now taken to sending photos to show just how cold conditions are in the countries they live in during the winter months. Under a new government proposal, expats living in Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, France, Malta, Cyprus and Greece will no longer receive their winter fuel allowances (around £200- £300 per year) as of next winter because the countries they live in are considered too warm. However, expats in...