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Are expats deserting Costa Rica for Mediterranean destinations

Are expats deserting Costa Rica for Mediterranean destinations
North American expats as well as retirees from colder EU countries have been flocking to the Costa Rican region of Guanacaste, but changes over the years are forcing many to reconsider and head elsewhere. Guanacaste has been expat heaven for some years, and is home to the largest expat community in Costa Rica. However, rampant inflation...

Study suggests that migrants suffer from extreme stress

Study suggests that migrants suffer from extreme stress
A recent study cites that the demands on migrants made by unfamiliar cultural and work pressures result in seriously high levels of stress affecting general health. The paper, published in the International Journal of Mental Health, cites the demands on new immigrants of unfamiliar languages, strange cultures, working practices and other...

Rethinking the reasons for expat retirement in Thailand

Rethinking the reasons for expat retirement in Thailand
The southeast Asian country of Thailand has long been a retirement haven for older expats due to its lack of freezing weather and low cost of living, but its slightly seedy reputation is perhaps less deserved than many think. Many single, male retirees see emigrating to Thailand as a tropical dream, and many head to Pattaya for its...

Survey ranks UAE 9th best world country for expat life

Survey ranks UAE 9th best world country for expat life
In spite of recent press reports of increased crackdowns on expats in the North African Arab states, the UAE has been voted the 9th best expat destination in the world in a recent survey. The 2013 edition of HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey resulted in the emirates being ranked as 9th out of all the 100 countries surveyed, with respondents...

Brits living abroad could regain their entitlement to free NHS treatment

Brits living abroad could regain their entitlement to free NHS treatment
At present, the only way British expats can access free NHS healthcare at home is via a medical emergency, even if they’ve paid National Insurance contribution throughout their working lives. The rule applies to those who spend more than three months of every year overseas and, along with losing the right to vote and the scandal of...

Irish Medical Council to entice migrant doctors back home

Irish Medical Council to entice migrant doctors back home
Faced with losing a high proportion of qualified medical professionals to emigration, Irish government medical organisations will study ways to attract migrants back. A team collaboration between the Doctor Emigration Project’s researchers, the HSE and the Medical Council will examine inducements aimed at bringing back many recent...

Kiwi immigration revokes chefs work visa for being too fat

Kiwi immigration revokes chefs work visa for being too fat
New Zealand Immigration authorities have revoked the six- year work visa of a South African chef due to his being overweight. Migrating to another country for reasons of work is a stressful procedure at best but, once you’ve arrived and begun the process of assimilation, it’s supposed to get better. Albert Buitenhuis and his wife...

Costa Rica Central Valley becoming the next expat haven

Costa Rica Central Valley becoming the next expat haven
Costa Rica’s Central Valley, a high plateau containing the country’s capital, San Jose and surrounded by mountains, has long been a destination for adventurous expats. Established expat towns such as San Remon, Atenas, Grecia, Alajuela, Moravia and Heredia are drawing even more residents from overseas, as are the up-and-coming hotspots...

Half of Britons prefer emigration but cost holds them back

Half of Britons prefer emigration but cost holds them back
A recent survey indicates that almost 50 per cent of UK citizens would love the chance to emigrate, but finance, family and the hassle involved is holding them back. Not surprisingly, after the worst winter since 1962 piled on the misery of cuts in services and rises in utility bills, most of the 49 per cent of respondents who were keen to...

Burlington Ontario ranks best livable Canadian city for immigrants

Burlington Ontario ranks best livable Canadian city for immigrants
In a Canadian survey into quality of life, the Ontario city of Burlington has scooped the pool for its lifestyle offerings to new migrants, followed closely by Calgary. Money Sense’s Best Places to Live for 2013 took into account a wide range of benefits including housing, weather, commuting, wealth, community makeup and the general...