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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...

Netherlands wins out on lifestyle for would be expatriates

Netherlands wins out on lifestyle for would be expatriates
Moving overseas can be the result of a lifestyle choice or the result of a career-oriented relocation, but choosing your destination is all part of the fun. With so many annual surveys concentrating on the ‘best place’ syndrome, it’s fairly easy to pick a few which seem suitable and go on from there. However, thinking about it...

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,...

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...

Malaysia becoming country of choice for Chinese retirees

Malaysia becoming country of choice for Chinese retirees
Always popular with retirees from Western countries, Malaysia is now the destination of choice for hordes of Chinese retirees. The significant increase in the numbers of Chinese expatriates choosing Malaysia as their retirement destination is believed to be as much the result of real estate investment opportunities as it is for the...