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China changes tax regime to include foreign entrepreneurs

China changes tax regime to include foreign entrepreneurs
From the beginning of next year, China’s tax regime will include Individual Income Tax liabilities for foreign residents. Key changes in the manner in which tax residency in China is determined are expected to substantially affect the majority of expat professionals working in the vast country' major cities. The reform of Individual...

Think tank report draws expatriate professionals to Denmark

Think tank report draws expatriate professionals to Denmark
If you don’t want to spend time ploughing through endless surveys to find your most suitable expat destination, the Legatum Institute think-tank’s Prosperity Index may have the answer. Prosperity isn’t just about a country’s financial standing as it also includes social capital and economic quality, two categories which are...

World’s worst expat destinations for safety and security

World’s worst expat destinations for safety and security
One of the most crucial sub-categories of the many annual expat surveys is Safety and Security, as it identifies not only the safest world countries but also the most dangerous. Personal safety is one of the most important considerations when deciding on a relocation destination, especially if your family is joining you overseas. Surveys...

Hong Kong property price rise shifts to reverse gear

Hong Kong property price rise shifts to reverse gear
Hong Kong property prices are being cut as an interest rate rise looms. Fears of an interest rate rise, the resulting mortgage cost increases and their effect on the already weakening yuan are forcing home sellers to reduce their asking prices. Hong Kong is infamous as the world’s most expensive city for both expats and citizens, with...

Caribbean archipelagos now favourites for European expats

Caribbean archipelagos now favourites for European expats
The Caribbean islands have long been favourite destinations for expats from the USA, but European retirees are now discovering their laid-back lifestyles. Whilst last year’s tragic advent of Hurricane Maria has affected a number of the Caribbean’s formerly pristine island havens, rescue missions, cleanups and rebuilding are ongoing,...

Expatriate professionals advised to use a VPN

Expatriate professionals advised to use a VPN
Whilst online security isn’t often as first priority in the relocation to-do list, the increasing sophistication of hackers, scammers and even a few foreign governments means it’s a must-have. Staying safe when online isn’t just for those sharing secrets best kept quiet, it’s for every expat who uses the internet for business and...

Expats re-evaluate their preferred destinations

Expats re-evaluate their preferred destinations
After the huge expansion of internationally-based jobs all across the world, it seems expats are now reassessing what’s on offer and where. As traditional destinations for career-minded expats lose their attraction, new locations are heading up the trend towards the tech sector and its start-up opportunities. Nowadays, politics also...

Prague wins out as expat job source due to skills shortage

Prague wins out as expat job source due to skills shortage
Although the Czech Republic may not be your first choice as a career and bank-balance booster, taking a closer look may change your mind. Unless the decision to relocate overseas really is about the money and nothing else, there’s a good choice of up and coming expatriate destinations, not all of which are on the other side of the world...

Top tech talent can now get Chinese entrepreneurship visas

Top tech talent can now get Chinese entrepreneurship visas
China’s popularity as a start-up hub for expat professionals, especially in the tech sector, is growing fast thanks to its new entrepreneurship visa. China’s not just attracting ever-increasing numbers of talented expatriates to its established companies, it’s now encouraging them to leave their jobs and start up on their own...

Is it decision time for Western expat professionals in Kuwait?

Is it decision time for Western expat professionals in Kuwait?
From Kuwait’s dismal showing in the most recent expat survey through rumours of Kuwaitization gone mad to increasing insecurity even amongst seasoned professionals, qualified expats have plenty to worry about. As Kuwaitization digs its claws into the emirate’s expatriate community, the exodus of expat labour is crawling up the ranks...