Expat India News

Latest 10 news items tagged India

16 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Fight to end Brit expat frozen pensions gets tougher as campaign ramps up

Brit expat retirees in Commonwealth countries to remain on frozen pensions whilst those in the EU will get uprates. As British retirees living in EU member states post-Brexit sigh with relief at the news their state pensions will be uprated, their equivalents in Commonwealth countries are being denied parity yet again. The British government’s press release on last Monday’s Commonwealth Day hit a sour note with its hollow message of a ‘common future’ coupled with its ignoring of the financial plight of retired Britons in...
25 Feb at 6 PM 2020

How are expats in Singapore coping with the coronavirus crisis?

Is the coronavirus epidemic wrecking Singapore’s record on safety? One of the major plus-points of Singapore as an expatriate professional destination is its long record of overall safety. Due to its geographic location, the risks of natural disasters are very low, as tsunamis and tropical cyclones seem to avoid the city state and volcanic eruptions aren’t close enough to cause anything more than ash clouds. Another positivity for expat residents on the island is the openness which allows the harmonious multicultural existence of...
10 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Shanghai hold debate over election and Brexit

A debate held by a group of British expatriates living and working in Shanghai reinforced the strength of feeling held by UK citizens overseas. Brexit is still of critical importance to British expats in China, even although they’re many thousands of miles away from home. Last Sunday’s debate in Shanghai was dominated by this week’s election and its possible effect should Johnson remain as Prime Minister and Brexit become a reality. The debate took place at one of British expats’ favourite bars, with five speakers...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Qatar ups minimum unskilled worker wage in preparation for 2022 World Cup

Qatar has passed a new minimum wage law aimed at expats as well as local employees. It seems the emirate’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup may have positive effects on expats living and working in Qatar. A recent proclamation by the government announced not only the revocation of all expats’ exit visas but also a minimum wage law encompassing all workers. The two concessions are part of a broad reform of the labour market between now and the World Cup, with another relaxation due on the present restrictions regarding change of...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Mauritius affordable golden visa lures expat investors

With worldwide property investment still a favourite for expat professionals, Mauritius’s recent rule relaxation should prove of interest to those with spare cash. Already well-received in the worldwide expat property investment community, Mauritius’s recent relaxation of several rules governing property and residency has resulted in a fairly dramatic surge in interest. As a result of the changes, the small Indian Ocean island and its 1.2 million population are now accessible to any expat with $500,000 to spare. For this amount,...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Western tourists and expats in Thailand to be replaced by Indians

Western visitors and expats are now shunning Thailand in favour of other nearby destinations. The previous effect of Western tourism in Thailand wasn’t just to bring short-term revenue into the country as many visitors decided to make the popular Southeast Asian destination their permanent home, either by retiring, starting a business, finding a job or even marrying a Thai girl and starting a family. Nowadays, fewer and fewer Westerners are travelling that road, due to a perception they’re no longer welcome, difficulties with...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Dismal Kuwait expat survey ranking criticised in Arab online media

Kuwait’s recent ‘worst destination for expats’ ranking in a major expat survey seems to have struck a chord in an online UAE news outlet. After Kuwait’s relegation to 64th out of 64 nations surveyed for the second year running, the ranking achieved viral status as local and international media comments made sure the world’s expat community was aware of the emirate’s downsides. According to the survey results, expats would be better off in Russia, Nigeria, India, Turkey and even the UK than in Kuwait. Even more galling...
10 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Omanisation rules OK as 34,000 expats thrown out last year

Oman’s Omanisation strategy was ramped up last year, with recently released figures showing some 34,000 expat private sector workers headed back to their home countries. It isn’t clear how many of those who gave up and got out were Western expats, but the Sultanate’s construction industry was a major employer of those who left. Other sectors replacing expat workers with Omani nationals are retail and wholesale businesses, fisheries and agriculture, manufacturing, services and admin and support service providers, with the...
27 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait hits out at expat numbers again

Kuwait curbs on expatriate numbers are set to continue. In yet another attempt to curb the numbers of expat arrivals in Kuwait, official sources have announced an increase in salary requirements to Kd 500 for those requesting family visas. Also part of the announcement was the threat that the increase isn’t the emirate’s final attempt to control the numbers of expat workers within its borders. Further decisions related to the increase of transaction fees are to follow, as the charges at present are amongst the lowest in the entire...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait lawmaker hits out at overlarge expatriate communities

Expatriates in Kuwait are in the firing line again as MP hits out at the size of expat communities. This week it was Kuwati lawmaker Ahmad al-Fadhi’s turn to slam the emirate’s expat community, claiming it was far too large and therefore poses a security threat to the country. As a sideline, he also mentioned the vast majority had either no or very low qualifications. Indians, Syrians, Bangladeshis and Egyptians, he said, now make up over half of the emirate’s 3.4 million expat residents. Quoting what he described as the...