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Life in Canada for expat professionals

Life in Canada for expat professionals
Canada is favoured for its cost of living and its stunning natural beauty. Canada has long been a destination for British expatriates, but nowadays its appeal is growing amongst other countries’ expat professionals. With the world’s 10th largest economy and diverse sectors of employment, Canada is becoming a destination of choice for...

UK expat retirees urged to watch out for pension scammers

UK expat retirees urged to watch out for pension scammers
If you’re about to retire and emigrate, you should be on your guard against pension transfer scams. Increasing numbers of retirees are deciding to wave the UK goodbye and retire to a warmer, less chaotic destination. One crucial element of the process is deciding whether to transfer your pension to an overseas location via a QROPs,...

Earning a living as a wandering expat

Earning a living as a wandering expat
The motivation for expatriation isn’t always a new, lucrative job or retirement in the sun. Relocation for purposes of work or for a peaceful retirement in a warm, sunny country aren’t the only reasons for the motivation to get up and go, no matter where or why. It’s as old as the human race, but it’s far easier nowadays than ever...

Expats heading to UAE urged to check their legal rights

Expats heading to UAE urged to check their legal rights
Expatriates heading to the UAE are being advised to check the emirates’ legal rights pertaining to worker-employer relationships. Legal rights for new expat employees in the UAE encompass wage negotiations, safe working conditions and incentives as well as other crucial rights given to employees by UAE laws. Once the written offer of...

Basing your expat dreams on your actual needs

Basing your expat dreams on your actual needs
Deciding to move to a holiday destination you’ve fallen in love with can be a mistake. It’s easy to arrive on holiday in an unfamiliar country and immediately fall in love with its way of life, culture and laid-back lifestyle for expats, but deciding to up sticks and emigrate based on your recent experience can be a major mistake....

Telling it like it is on drinking laws in Dubai

Telling it like it is on drinking laws in Dubai
Misinterpreting Dubai’s totally confusing laws on drinking alcohol can land expats or tourists in prison. Last week, yet another visitor to Dubai was incarcerated along with her four-year old daughter for three days due to her having accepted a glass of red wine from a stewardess during her flight from the UK. Recently, another Briton...

What expats expect when preparing for an overseas assignment

What expats expect when preparing for an overseas assignment
Being asked by your company or a head-hunter to take on an expat reassignment overseas is great but scary news for most professionals. These days, it seems almost everyone is desperate to work abroad, with those on assignment by their multinational employer getting the best deals. However, it’s not plain sailing, with a huge number of...

Three top cities in Canada for skilled expats

Three top cities in Canada for skilled expats
Canada has always been a favourite location for Britons, with Toronto now considered one of the most popular hubs for relocating expat professionals. A recent survey put Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto in the prestigious group of best five world expat destinations for liveability. Moving overseas is a big deal for expats, with or without...

Expats in Beijing fall in love with hutong life

Expats in Beijing fall in love with hutong life
As Chinese citizens go crazy for new, ultra-modern apartments, expats are queuing to move into the traditional hutong districts. Nowadays, modern Chinese consider hutongs and their traditional siheyuan dwellings to be uncomfortable, inconvenient and decidedly old-fashioned, whilst expats from developed countries see them through...

Survey suggests Thailand no longer expat Land of Smiles

Survey suggests Thailand no longer expat Land of Smiles
A recently released expat survey suggests Thailand’s popularity with Western expats is crashing. The survey focused on expat residents across Thailand, coming up with results which might be surprising to those who’ve not lived in the country. Overall, the results showed fewer Western expatriates arriving than ever before as well as a...