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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...

Where to go as an expat when you’re sick of where you are

Where to go as an expat when you’re sick of where you are
Nowadays, more and more disgruntled citizens in the West are taking a long, hard look at their home countries and not liking what they’re seeing. Expatriation as a trend is now on the increase year by year, as concerned citizens decide to put their needs first and get out before it’s too late. Inflation, increasing on-street violence,...

Expats in Cambodia to welcome electricity generators from Europe

Expats in Cambodia to welcome electricity generators from Europe
Regular power cuts are a reality in many Southeast Asian developing nations and are annoying and inconvenient for expats and citizens alike. Cambodia is no exception to this rule, but the situation may improve sooner rather than later due to generators imported from Germany and Finland specifically to deal with the power shortages. For...

Calculating the true cost of becoming an expat

Calculating the true cost of becoming an expat
As the UK sinks even deeper into the Brexit mire, more and more would-be expats are planning to leave, some for ever. Starting a new life in a new land is seductive at best, but can be disastrous if financial planning isn’t given serious consideration. Finding a job in a warmer country with higher pay thrown in or deciding on the...

Vietnam aiming high via digital transformation

Vietnam aiming high via digital transformation
Vietnam is heading for a major digital transformation, making it the top country for expats in Southeast Asia. As Cambodia struggles with what purports to be a Chinese economic invasion and Thailand limps along under a military government and an expat exodus, Vietnam is forging ahead with its desire to become the region’s undisputed...

Survey shows UK expat millennials far more practical than their predecessors

Survey shows UK expat millennials far more practical than their predecessors
According to a recent survey, as much as two-thirds of the UK’s millennial population is planning to move overseas at some point in their chosen careers. Over half of this number are expecting to move to a new destination more than once, quoting pragmatic reasons such as quality of life rather than emotional reactions for their...

Expats and locals in Cambodia fear total Chinese takeover

Expats and locals in Cambodia fear total Chinese takeover
As China continues its encroachment into Cambodia, expats as well as locals are beginning to fear the end result. Ten years or so ago, the charms of Cambodia were a well-kept secret, with few expats aware enough to take a chance on its possibilities as a long-term, inexpensive haven away from hordes of tourists. Gradually, the news got...

Kenya wins out as Africa’s best for the digital lifestyle

Kenya wins out as Africa’s best for the digital lifestyle
A recent survey found Kenya’s unrestricted online access and cashless payments are the best on the continent. Africa isn’t in the expat news hotlines as often as the ever-popular hubs such as Hong Kong, Singapore and the Gulf States including Dubai and Saudi Arabia, but it’s still a major beneficiary from expat expertise. Nowadays,...

Korea weighs in with copycat compulsory expat private healthcare insurance

Korea weighs in with copycat compulsory expat private healthcare insurance
Expats in South Korea to face mandatory state healthcare programme enrolment. South Korea’s new initiative for long-stay expats comes a short while after the Thai government announced a similar but more costly healthcare insurance requirement for its expatriate community. The Korean announcement gave the same reason for the change in...