June 2019 Emigrate News Archive

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Asia now the most expensive continent for expats

Asia now the most expensive continent for expats
Whilst formerly top expat destinations fade due to currency woes, economic instability and anti-foreigner sentiment, Asia is the place to head for if you’re earning top dollar as you’ll need it just to get by. Once known as the world’s bargain basement for cost of living as well as quality of life, Asia as a whole is now becoming...

Vietnam best in Southeast Asia for expat entrepreneurs as well as retirees

Vietnam best in Southeast Asia for expat entrepreneurs as well as retirees
Vietnam’s low cost of living is now a major attraction for expats as well as tourists. As Vietnam’s economy flourishes, attracting international businesses and start-ups, it’s also becoming the Southeast Asian country of choice for an increasing number of expats as well as tourists. At present, some 82,000 expatriates live and work...

Is early retirement the solution or the wrong decision?

Is early retirement the solution or the wrong decision?
Early retirement somewhere exotic is a dream for a good number of would-be expats, but few take into account the possibility of a few negatives. Retiring early from a profession you’ve given your life to can easily result in an identity crisis as you’re no longer recognised as the person you were in your work environment. Whatever...

Changing careers midstream as an expat needs to be done carefully

Changing careers midstream as an expat needs to be done carefully
Changing careers midstream can be challenging for expats, but step-by-step planning increases the chance of success. Changing careers can be deliberate or it can be purely accidental, as in a new contact offering you what may seem like the opportunity of a lifetime. Either way, it needs to be done carefully and with a full understanding...

Would Boris as PM cause even more chaos for British expats in the EU?

Would Boris as PM cause even more chaos for British expats in the EU?
Will British expats be even worse off should Boris Johnson become Prime Minister? The Brexit threat is centred on British expats living, working or retiring in EU member states, the majority of which have at least guaranteed expat rights until the transition period ends on the last day of December 2020. In addition, British state...

Tiny Irish island brands itself as an offshore expat digital hub

Tiny Irish island brands itself as an offshore expat digital hub
Although anti-globalism is closing the door to expat top talent in a number of countries, European states are still wide open for recruitment of highly-skilled practitioners in a variety of sectors. Unsurprisingly, the tech sector is still hotter than hot as regards job opportunities, but skill sets able to be utilised in support of...

More changes to Thailand visas for expats and tourists

Posted on June 20, 2019 in Visas
STORY LINK More changes to Thailand visas for expats and tourists
More changes to Thailand visas for expats and tourists
As Western tourism and expat arrivals shrink, the Thai Embassy in London is making it even more difficult to visit the former Land of Smiles. The Thai Embassy in London has announced new visa requirements for tourists and expats heading for Thailand. Following this month’s earlier announcement that applicants living in Britain and...

Expat oil and gas professionals concerned about oil thefts in Nigeria

Expat oil and gas professionals concerned about oil thefts in Nigeria
Recent reports of a new wave of oil thefts in Nigeria have caused concern amongst expat professionals working in the oil and gas industry. Over the years, expats working in Africa have become used to flare-ups threatening their security. as vandalism and fuel theft are recurring issues for multinationals in the region. However, it’s...

New style international schools in Asia are affordable for expat families

New style international schools in Asia are affordable for expat families
As the international school marketplace broadens, affordability is the new hallmark. Traditionally, the concept of international schooling was created for temporarily-resident expat families in far-flung locations in order to ensure their children didn’t fall behind on return to their home countries. A lot has changed since then, with...

British expats worldwide are losers due to currency fluctuation

British expats worldwide are losers due to currency fluctuation
One issue that’s seldom taken into account when expatriation is under discussion is currency fluctuation. Whether the reason for leaving the home country is for a better-paying job, retirement or entrepreneurship, the logistics of the move itself almost always take precedence over what may or may not happen in the future. Back in time...

Bangkok and Singapore inflation taking its toll on expat life

Bangkok and Singapore inflation taking its toll on expat life
If the cost of living is an essential part of your emigration plans and you’re thinking of heading to Asia, inflation in Bangkok and Singapore is running riot. Singapore has been a hub for ambitious expats for several decades, and was once a reasonably-priced destination favoured for its markets and the amazing quality and variety of...

Malaysia as the perfect destination for expat retirees

Malaysia as the perfect destination for expat retirees
Emigrating from a country where it’s impossible to save money and heading to one where it’s possible to live off a pension or investment income and still save is a sensible move. If you’re still struggling to save enough from your regular salary, the thought of moving overseas to a place where a pension or investment income takes...

Are UK expats taking foreign citizenship to guard against Brexit effects?

Are UK expats taking foreign citizenship to guard against Brexit effects?
If you’re planning a quick exit from the UK due to dire prophecies concerning a no-deal Brexit, is foreign citizenship a part of your strategy? It seems expat surveys really do have their uses, as recently revealed by the authors of a study aimed at discovering how many expat Brits are planning to formally end their connections with...

Biggest ever Hong Kong protest causes concern in the expat community

Biggest ever Hong Kong protest causes concern in the expat community
If you’re planning to make Hong Kong your expat home from home, you should be aware of the present mainland Chinese attempts to tighten its control. Since the handover of Hong Kong from the British, political turbulence has been a regular occurrence but, now that China’s star is rising fast, this unique group of islands may not be...

Swedish medical app helps expats find help when sick or depressed

Swedish medical app helps expats find help when sick or depressed
The Scandinavian countries including Sweden are popular with expats as well as tourists, but what happens if you fall sick? For expats living and working in Sweden, the country’s healthcare system is one of the best, but only if you know where to go and what to do. The first port of call is your local healthcare centre unless you have a...

Japan’s mix of ancient and modern draws adventurous expats

Japan’s mix of ancient and modern draws adventurous expats
If you’re captivated with Japan’s fascinating history and unique culture, working in one of its major cities will be the experience of a lifetime. Japan is unique in the world for its culture and history, although living there may not be every would-be expat’s dream. From the crowded mega-cities to the ancient remnants of its...

Renting your first expat apartment in Beijing

Renting your first expat apartment in Beijing
Finding the right home at the right price in Beijing It has to be said that many new expats arriving in China’s capital city expect rentals to be at bargain prices, not realising commercial reality strikes in Beijing just as it does elsewhere on the planet. Even so, apartment rents are still far cheaper than in London, Hong Kong or New...

Debunking several myths about Thailand as an expat destination

Debunking several myths about Thailand as an expat destination
It has to be said that Thailand is now a somewhat controversial expatriate destination, but is it as bad as it’s being painted? It’s true the formerly-named ‘Land of Smiles’ seems nowadays to be scowling at its expat residents more often than not, especially concerning immigration matters, but a number of myths are now being taken...

Experts confirm expats in UAE ripped off by unscrupulous IFAs

Experts confirm expats in UAE ripped off by unscrupulous IFAs
British expatriate professionals living and working in the UAE on a permanent basis are again being ripped off by unscrupulous IFAs. For expats who’ve no intention to ever return to return home, transferring their pension schemes seems common sense and, in a limited number of cases, it is. However, for the financially unsophisticated,...

Is Cambodia the next hub for digital nomads?

Posted on June 3, 2019 in Working Abroad
STORY LINK Is Cambodia the next hub for digital nomads?
Is Cambodia the next hub for digital nomads?
Is Cambodia the next hotspot for younger expat professionals? Digital nomads are now an accepted part of the global expatriate scene, with Bali one of the first hotspots for these ultra-mobile independent expat professionals. Looking to the future, Cambodia seems likely to follow on as a major hub, as it’s already a destination for...

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