February 2018 Emigrate News Archive

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Nantes scores high with expat professionals and entrepreneurs

Nantes scores high with expat professionals and entrepreneurs
Results of a recent survey reveal Nantes in Western France is the best city for expats looking to work in the country. The study, conducted by L’Express newspaper, placed Nantes ahead out of a pack composed of a selection of larger French towns and cities including the capital. Paris topped the poll, with Nantes a close second. In...

Mumbai expat professional salaries soar to highest in world

Mumbai expat professional salaries soar to highest in world
It may have been a long time coming, but Mumbai’s place as the city with the world’s highest-paid expats wasn’t exactly unexpected. Expat professionals lucky enough to have relocated to India’s largest and most important city are taking home annual salaries as high as $217,165, twice the global average expat wage of $99,903. The...

Singapore opens new international schools aimed at cost conscious expats

Singapore opens new international schools aimed at cost conscious expats
Singapore is considered an all-time favourite for expat professionals, but is an expensive state in which to live, especially if you’ve your children’s international school education to consider. The good news for cash-strapped expat professionals with families is that two new international schools specifically aimed at the...

Vietnam now popular with expat entrepreneurs

Vietnam now popular with expat entrepreneurs
Vietnam is coming under increased scrutiny by expatriates looking to settle in the country and earn a living. Living in Vietnam is an exciting, totally different experience for those willing to adjust to its culture and environment, especially if the plan is to start a new business. Living on a budget is easy, but becoming an entrepreneur...

Portuguese property market boosted by expat buyers

Portuguese property market boosted by expat buyers
Portugal’s booming real estate sales during 2017 were boosted by increased interest from foreign buyers. Portugal have been a favourite destination for expats from the UK for several decades or more, but foreign buyers from across the world boosted sales figures to an impressive high during 2017. Data compiled by real estate...

UAE expat advisory handbook aims at awareness of emirati laws

UAE expat advisory handbook aims at awareness of emirati laws
UAE authorities have issued an ‘expats’ charter’ handbook in an effort to create awareness of local laws and cultural norms. According to a statement from the authorities, the new handbook is intended to progress human rights by means of enlightening expat workers as to the region’s laws, rights and duties. Eventually, the...

How do expats maintain a sense of wellness

How do expats maintain a sense of wellness
A high number of expats living overseas are there for just two reasons – increased career enhancement and a vastly increased salary. Unless it’s a company reassignment with everything from accommodation to a visa taken care of, the procedure for getting set up and finding a job in a foreign land can be tedious and long-winded. For...

Vision20 30 weaning Saudi off expat labour

Vision20 30 weaning Saudi off expat labour
For several decades, a relocation to Saudi Arabia ha been seen as the pathway to wealth and professional success, but is this all set to change very soon? Some nine million expats are living and working in the desert kingdom, many of whom are oil and gas sector professionals who’ve made Saudi their permanent home. The recently-...

Shenzhen set to overtake Silicon Valley in tech innovations

Shenzhen set to overtake Silicon Valley in tech innovations
Shenzhen’s rise as a new hub for innovation is now drawing increasing numbers of expat entrepreneurs from the West. Just two years ago, the Chinese city was already home to over a million foreigners, with the vast majority arriving from South Korea, Japan and India, as well as from the USA. Numbers have increased significantly from that...

Taking care of the practicalities before you retire overseas

Taking care of the practicalities before you retire overseas
If you’re looking to spend your retirement abroad, a certain amount of advance planning will make the transition far easier. Wherever you’re heading, the first priority is getting the correct visa for your needs, whether your dream is lazing on a beach, volunteering or even starting a blog or online business. Right now, Britons can...

Tax breaks and added perks aim at attracting City bankers to Europe

Tax breaks and added perks aim at attracting City bankers to Europe
If you’re a financial services professional planning to relocate to Europe either before or after Brexit, you’re likely to keep more of your salary than your UK counterparts. New analysis has shown bankers and financial services professionals will benefit from certain personal tax sweeteners after their employers have relocated to new...

UK expat retirees advised to transfer personal pensions before Brexit

UK expat retirees advised to transfer personal pensions before Brexit
British expats overseas who’ve left their personal pension back in the UK are being advised to transfer it before Brexit kicks in. The advice is aimed not just at UK expats already living abroad, but also to those planning to emigrate in the near future. It’s being spurred by increasing concern over the viability of company pensions...

Britain now far less popular with EU expat professionals

Britain now far less popular with EU expat professionals
The Brexit effect has pushed the UK well down the list of the most popular destinations for expat professionals looking to relocate. For the first time, the UK is no longer in the top six best locations for talented expats looking to find jobs. According to a recent survey of over 10,000 professionals, Brexit is already damaging the...

Mexico wins out on low cost expat locations

Mexico wins out on low cost expat locations
For would-be expats turning their backs on EU member states due to Brexit, Mexico may well be the answer. For many aspiring expats, including retirees and budding entrepreneurs, the cost of living is a major factor in their choice of destination. Building a new life in EU member state favourites such as Spain is now risky due to Brexit,...

Friendliest places for expat retirement

Friendliest places for expat retirement
If you’re determined to retire overseas to a warmer, less expensive country, one of the most important considerations is the ease of fitting in with the established expat community as well as with local people. Real estate, an affordable cost of living and acceptable healthcare standards and costs are three of the most important aspects...

Expat millennials in Dubai buying into lifestyle developments

Expat millennials in Dubai buying into lifestyle developments
As the demographics of expats in Dubai change, property developers are increasingly promoting lifestyle-centric work and play spaces. Millennial house hunters looking to remain indefinitely in Dubai are creating a new demand for accommodation suited to their lifestyles. Having everything necessary right on your doorstep is the new trend...

Pattaya police raid darts club and confiscate dartboards

Pattaya police raid darts club and confiscate dartboards
If you’re planning to retire to Thailand and love a game of darts in your local friendly bar, you’ll need to think again as playing the popular game is now illegal in the Land of Smiles. Last evening, local police stormed into expat bars in the seaside tourism hub of Pattaya and confiscated all the darts boards, telling bar owners...

Advice on getting the new UAE good conduct certificate

Advice on getting the new UAE good conduct certificate
If you’re about to travel to your new job in the UAE, here’s how to get your mandatory document proving you’ve no criminal convictions. The mandatory new requirement for expats applying for work permits came into force on 4 February and is set to be stringently enforced. Dependent on where in the world you live, the bureaucratic...

Expats hit by increase in UK passport postal applications

Expats hit by increase in UK passport postal applications
As part of a Home Office campaign to shift the cost of UK passport processing to users rather than having it partially subsidised from tax revenues, the charge for a postal application is set to soar. The move is expected to hit hard on British expats as well as citizens living outside the London area, with the fee increase being passed...

May trashes hopes of EU expats arriving during Brexit transition

May trashes hopes of EU expats arriving during Brexit transition
British Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters during her Chinese trip she’s determined to deny rights to EU expats who arrive in the UK during the transition period. May’s comments are certain to provoke a new row with Brussels as they follow the EU’s offer of a ‘status quo’ transition period of just under two years. The...

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