Expat Study Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Study Abroad

4 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Is Dubai’s economic slowdown a warning for its expat professionals?

Dubai is rushing to court investors as its economy tanks. Weakening trade, tourism and property sales are threatening the Gulf States’ most diverse economy, with its growth now regarded as ‘lacklustre’ by economic experts. Last year, real estate deals fell some 21 per cent, with tourism figures remaining at around 16 million since 2017. Consumer spending in the city-state is also subdued, with the triple whammy resulting in just 1.9 per cent growth. The growth figure is half that of 2017 and point 4 per cent more than during...
27 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Survey shows Brit expats prefer their lives overseas

A recent survey involving 1,000 British expats suggests nostalgia for the home country has finally faded. Results of a survey launched by an independent financial advisory firm include the fact that more than half of Britons living overseas feel their home country has changed for the worse, with only one third saying they’d return on a permanent basis at some time in the future. For some three- quarters of respondents, living overseas as an expat has had a profound effect on how they see their country of origin, with 44 per cent...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Hong Kong-based expats still investing in UK buy to lets

Over the past several years, the numbers of expats in Hong Kong investing in British property has grown substantially. Nowadays, the idea of buying a property in Hong Kong as an investment is declining due to the island’s incredibly high real estate prices, with a basic home priced at almost 20 times the average local salary. As a result, home ownership totals on the island are some of the lowest in the world, leaving would-be expat investors looking elsewhere for affordable buy-to-lets. Due to Brexit, UK property prices are in...
23 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in EU call discrimination over post-Brexit free heathcare

Protesting British expats are saying the Spanish government has done more to help them to help them than has the UK government . During an anti-Brexit demonstration in Malaga held by British expats, one protestor told reporters Spain had done far more for Brits than has the UK, a sentiment echoed by UK expatriates in Germany and France. Given that retired Britons over the age of 65 make up one third of all UK citizens living in Spain, expats’ major concern is losing access to the country’s free healthcare. In spite of endless...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2019

How will the 2020 Dutch budget affect the expat community?

In these troubled times, the word ‘budget’ can send expats’ hearts sinking, in case their purchasing power is limited by increased costs or even swingeing taxation! As every expat is - or at least should be – aware, the economic state of a country can have a direct influence on salaries, especially if they’re paid in the home country’s currency. Luckily for expatriate professionals in the Netherlands, their chosen country’s economy is in a reasonably stable state, with its national debt due to decrease to less than 50...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Is renouncing US citizenship the only way expats can fight FATCA?

It’s official – more than 20 per cent of American expats are planning on giving up their US citizenship and quoting FATCA as the reason. The disclosure came as a result of an expat survey by a major USA tax consultancy firm and reaffirms what every American expat believes – double taxation is a burden which needs to be cancelled outright. Citizenship renunciation is a hard decision to make, but complying with FATCA’s onerous laws is even harder and certainly more expensive in the long run. Most believe change is necessary, but...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Expat Brits on Cyprus now have another year to apply for residency

Should a no-deal Brexit be the end result, British expats in Cyprus now have until December 31, 2020 to register for legal status. Wednesday’s announcement of an extra 14 months’ deadline for legal status applications was made on the island’s Migration Department website and will help to calm British expats’ fears as a no-deal exit from the EU looms ever nearer. Initially, residency permit applications could be made up until October 31 for the MEU1, MEU2 and MEU3 permits, with the island’s British High Commission welcoming...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Popular annual Amsterdam International Expat Fair scheduled for October 6

The 17th Amsterdam Expat Fair for Internationals is due on October 6th, and is expected to be the best ever. The fair is a must-visit for all expats in the Netherlands as well as for those planning to arrive, and has grown in popularity as the country’s expat population has continued to increase. This year’s event will concentrate on expat essentials aimed at those who’re considering settling in the Netherlands, those who’ve recently arrived and long-stayers who’ve made the country their home. The focus is on three themes...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Thailand thrashed by Vietnam in recent expat survey

Thailand is now at a new low in this year’s Expat Insider survey. Once a favourite for expat professionals as well as Western retirees, this year’s survey saw it fall by seven places over the 2017 result to 25th out of the 64 countries represented in the study. To make matters worse, its next door neighbour Vietnam soared, winning out as the world’s second most popular expat destination. Respondents to the survey are asked to score various aspects of their present location by rating 48 factors, with the results condensed into...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Thailand Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce supports expat complaints over TM30 reporting

As the TM30 issue continues to raise ire amongst long-term expats in business or on retirement, the Bangkok-based Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce has weighed in with proposals to amend the situation. Following the Thailand-wide expatriate calls for changes or even the dumping of the unpopular law, chair of the JFCCT Stanley Kang told reporters the umbrella body has suggested easing the impact on expats of the newly-resurrected law before it begins to affect foreign businesses in the Kingdom. Mr.Kang also revealed the...