August 2019 Emigrate News Archive

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Examining the problems and pitfalls of expatriation

Examining the problems and pitfalls of expatriation
Expatriation nowadays is portrayed as the answer to higher salaries, a lower cost of living, success in business, a more glamorous lifestyle, loneliness and even the search to find the perfect partner, but what happens when it all goes wrong? Annual surveys of expat destinations form essential reading for those determined to grasp a new...

Adjusting to the Japan experience as a newly-arrived expat

Adjusting to the Japan experience as a newly-arrived expat
For many expats, the lure of Japan is too potent to resist, but adjusting to the country’s unique culture is a challenge. Cultural struggles are the norm for newly-arrived expatriate professionals in Japan, especially as body language and social cues are often even more important than what’s said or written. The culture places a great...

Is global nomadism the new face of expat life?

Is global nomadism the new face of expat life?
The new kids on the expatriate block are global nomads, moving from country to country as the mood strikes them. For decades, expats moved overseas for reasons such as reassignments, relocation, retirement or the chance to start a new business in a less highly-regulated destination. Digital nomads were unheard of, as was digital anything...

How to work with Burmese colleagues during your Myanmar relocation

How to work with Burmese colleagues during your Myanmar relocation
Whilst Myanmar may not be every expat’s idea of paradise, for those committed to helping others as well as developing themselves it can be the journey of a lifetime. Recently opened up to foreigners after decades of isolation and dictatorial rule, Myanmar is now seeing expatriates arriving to work with NGOs as well as in businesses...

An expat guide to choosing between Vietnam and Thailand

An expat guide to choosing between Vietnam and Thailand
Southeast Asia is a favourite for would-be expats looking for something different, with Vietnam and Thailand the two most talked about choices. Both countries are packed with natural beauty, their contrasting cuisines are exotic and nourishing and their individual cultures and histories are fascinating. In the past, Thailand was the most...

German universities now world’s fourth best for expatriate students

German universities now world’s fourth best for expatriate students
Germany is now the fourth most favoured world destination for expat students. Studying in Germany has always been popular, especially as German universities don’t charge tuition fees but do provide a constantly high quality of education across the board. For international students from less-than wealthy families and talented young...

Philippines welcomes expat retirees with affordable lifetime visas

Philippines welcomes expat retirees with affordable lifetime visas
Expats looking towards Asia for a straightforward, no-nonsense visa for retirement and permanent residence need look no further than the Philippines. Southeast Asia is understandably a favourite would-be home for Western retirees, but it’s now becoming difficult and overly expensive to get a lifetime visa in several formerly popular...

Expats in Vietnam not interested in career advancement

Expats in Vietnam not interested in career advancement
In spite of the fact that Vietnam is now moving towards Asian tiger status, the majority of its expat community aren’t interested in career advancement. A recent online survey of expats by a leading recruitment company produced a surprising result in that 65 per cent of respondents had no ambitions for career advancement as they were...

New Johnson policy is set to wreck the lives of expats in both the UK and EU

New Johnson policy is set to wreck the lives of expats in both the UK and EU
The news that the UK government aims to cut off free movement for EU expats immediately after a no-deal Brexit takes effect is causing fear of a backlash against UK expats by EU member states. European citizens living and working in the UK are confused and anxious over reports the three-month extension of free movement post-Brexit is now...

Is it all over for the Hong Kong expat community?

Posted on August 19, 2019 in Working Abroad
STORY LINK Is it all over for the Hong Kong expat community?
Is it all over for the Hong Kong expat community?
If you’re banking your career future on a stint in Hong Kong, you many well have missed the boat! As protestors storm Hong Kong’s streets for the 12th week in a row, expat talk in trendy bars in the city’s financial district turns to the inevitability of an intervention by the Chinese army. The formerly unthinkable fact of a...

Britons escaping Brexit effects should choose Ireland’s most friendly city

Britons escaping Brexit effects should choose Ireland’s most friendly city
If you’re looking to emigrate relatively locally post-Brexit, Cork may well be your perfect answer. For those Britons who’ve had emigration on their minds since 2016 but don’t want to move too far away from their relatives and friends, the Irish Republic city of Cork may well be the answer. Now named as one of the planet’s most...

Portugal still welcoming expat retirees, investors and immigrants

Portugal still welcoming expat retirees, investors and immigrants
Whilst a number of other formerly popular expat destinations are slamming their doors to what they now seem to be viewing as a foreign invasion, Portugal’s welcome mat is still firmly on its floor. Well known for years as a refuge for expat retirees from the UK, Portugal is now doing its best to attract investors and long-term expat...

How to make the best of your financial situation in the UAE

How to make the best of your financial situation in the UAE
With all the advantages or a reassignment to the UAE, expats can easily be carried away by their new, luxury lifestyle. Generous salaries, low or no taxation, a high standard of living and year-round sunshine are all highlights of the UAE lifestyle for expats who’ve made the move to Abu Dhabi or Dubai. However, it’s easy to get...

Bringing in personal goods to France as a new expat

Posted on August 12, 2019 in France
STORY LINK Bringing in personal goods to France as a new expat
Bringing in personal goods to France as a new expat
If you’re thinking of expatriating to France, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with everything from the move itself to healthcare requirements, accommodation and even the French customs and excise system as it applies to imports of personal goods. Perhaps the first hard decision will be a tussle between bringing all your household...

Tips for newly arrived expats on seeing Tokyo as it truly is

Tips for newly arrived expats on seeing Tokyo as it truly is
The offer of a reassignment to Tokyo often sparks trepidation rather than celebration, but it’s an opportunity to be a part of one of the world’s most iconic capitals. Whilst Tokyo may not be as popular as an expat hub compared with the Gulf States, Singapore and Hong Kong, this unique mega-city has the ability to turn even the most...

Hints on getting a foothold in Switzerland as an expat investor

Hints on getting a foothold in Switzerland as an expat investor
Given all the reasons why Switzerland is the holy grail for expats determined to grow their careers whilst earning a small fortune, it’s no surprise that the small country is also a magnet for investors. Known worldwide as a hub for safety, security, eye-wateringly high salaries, cleanliness. environmental stewardship and natural...

Expats come out in favour of virtual healthcare services

Expats come out in favour of virtual healthcare services
The results of a recent survey show the vast majority of expat respondents would prefer to have access to virtual healthcare. For expats living and working overseas, accessing healthcare can be a stressful experience due to language barriers and cultural differences as well as high costs. The call for virtual healthcare facilities comes...

Keeping or letting go of your home country bank account

Keeping or letting go of your home country bank account
Should British expatriates lose or keep their UK bank accounts? Deciding whether to keep your British bank account open depends on two things – your circumstances and whether your UK bank will allow you to! The majority of Britons living, working or retiring overseas would prefer not to close their British bank accounts, for reasons...

Expat Brits in Ireland happy to renounce UK citizenship

Expat Brits in Ireland happy to renounce UK citizenship
Brits in Ireland are willing to renounce UK citizenship as a result of Brexit. Results of a recent survey show some 35 per cent of British expats living and working in Ireland are happy to seek permanent residence or even Irish citizenship as a result of Brexit. In addition, another 10 per cent are considering cutting all ties with the...

Kuwait government attempts to clarify rules re expat driving licenses

Kuwait government attempts to clarify rules re expat driving licenses
If you’re thinking to relocate to Kuwait and driving to and from work, thinking again might be the best idea! It seems the Kuwaiti driving authorities are unhappy about spending the entire day answering queries from confused expats about driving licenses, as they’ve now issued a clarification of who can and who can’t legally drive...

Abu Dhabi reinvents itself as a luxury international retirement hub

Abu Dhabi reinvents itself as a luxury international retirement hub
Since the recent changes in property law benefiting expats, Abu Dhabi is reinventing itself as an upscale designer retirement hub. The new UAE laws on expat freehold ownership and the new retirement visa scheme are aimed at creating the right ambience for expatriate retirees with capital to invest in upscale property and the Gulf State...

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