Expat India News

Latest 10 news items tagged India

6 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Is medical tourism worth the hassle for expats?

Given that private healthcare almost anywhere is far cheaper than in the USA and often a deal cheaper than in the UK’s failing NHS, is it really worth shopping around for necessary operations? In the USA, commonly-performed operations such as knee transplants cost between $35,000 and $50,000, with the UK equivalent costing from around £12,000 to £15,000, still a hefty charge for pensioners and those earning basic wages. Websites offering medical tourism at a far lower price are tempting, but often the hype doesn’t match the...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Multiple Golden Visas now essential for the ultra-wealthy

Is global citizenship now a must-have for wealthy expatriates? Paying anything from a reasonable amount to a small fortune for a second passport, residency and citizenship in a country you’ve never even visited now seems to be the must-have accessory for expats as well as wealthy nationals of slightly politically unstable world countries. So much so that multiple Golden Visa passports are more desirable than just one as they brand the owner as worldly, interconnected and a contact to be cherished by those less fortunate. Practically...
19 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Life gets tougher for expatriate professionals in Dubai

The recent and continuing expatriate exodus is hitting Dubai where it hurts – in the pocket. Once top of the expat wish list for huge tax-free salaries, a glittering lifestyle and every possible amenity, Dubai isn’t what it used to be. The famed city in the desert is fading fast as the expatriate exodus expands, although its massive retail and commercial construction projects continue apace. No-one in charge is asking who’s going to buy the executive mansions or lease the acres of retail and office spaces as expats and their...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Saudi businesses suffering due to expat exodus

A dearth of expats is leaving Saudi businesses counting the cost Even although the vast majority of expat workers who’re suffering from Saudi Arabia’s new labour market reform are from the lower and middle-income groups, key private sectors such as housing, transport, education, recreation and retail are feeling increasingly negative effects. Expat citizens of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Philippines are the hardest hit by Saudization , with many sending their families back to their home countries in an exodus...
3 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Half UAE total wealth owned by just one per cent of residents

As the super-rich in the UAE get even wealthier, a report has revealed they control over half the emirates’ total wealth. It’s well-known that the UAE acts as a magnet for multi-millionaires, with a recent report admitting that just one per cent of the entire population owns 51 per cent of the combined wealth of the emirates. The lucky few, known as High Net Worth Individuals, are the US dollar millionaires with investments, bank deposits, cash, properties and other tangible assets worth at least one million and usually far more....
25 Sep at 6 PM 2018

USA so-called merit-based immigration not good for the UK

As the USA moves to a so-called merit-based immigration system, will the post-Brexit UK decide to follow? At the present moment, highly-skilled expatriates living and working in the USA are accusing the Trump administration of hypocrisy for its attempted move towards a flawed ‘merit based’ immigration system which supposedly prioritises highly-educated, English-speaking immigrants over those from many other countries. The move’s many critics say it’s never been easy for the best of the rest to get a green card and residency,...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expats arriving at UAE airports warned about immigration scam

Expats arriving back in the UAE after holidaying overseas are being warned not to fall for a recently discovered immigration fraud. Scammers are targeting expatriate holidaymakers returning to the emirates through Dubai airport, using Caller ID Spoofing to convince victims they’re genuine immigration officers. At present, scores of returnees have received calls from crooks impersonating genuine immigration staff and accusing them of committing serious immigration laws whilst away. Victims are threatened with deportation should they...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2018

How the rest of the world sees expats

Are expats mostly too busy seeing the world through new eyes to be concerned about how the world sees them? The focus of a recent survey was somewhat different from the usual run of annual online expat questionnaires about living costs, liveability, salaries and suchlike as it measured expats’ beliefs of how their new communities feel about them. Words and phrases such as ‘a burden’, ‘good or ill feelings’, ‘rude’, ‘vital’ and ‘insensitive’ were all used to identify expats’ takes on how they’re perceived by...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Global expatriate totals to hit at least 87 million by 2021

By 2021, the total number of expatriates scattered across the world is expected to reach over 85 million. Expatriation in the present day is a far cry from its 19th century origins, when various wealthy empires sent their representatives to keep the natives down whilst plundering the resources of their lands. Huge numbers of present day expats also have money on their minds, whether it’s to send home to their families or to work overseas for a salary they could only dream of back where they came from. However, becoming an expat...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Thailand hospital business expects boom in medical tourism

According to research by the Kasikorn Bank’s research centre, the profitable private hospital business in Thailand is expected to grow further during 2018. Literally millions of foreign patients, including expat residents as well as medical tourists are expected to visit Thai private hospitals by the end of 2018. The split is expected to be some 2.5 million medical tourists and just under a million expatriates living in the Kingdom. Last year, medical tourists accounted for 2.4 million visits, with expat numbers at 900,000....