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Is India an insurmountable challenge for adventurous expats?

Is India an insurmountable challenge for adventurous expats?
Given the number of celebrity-stuffed TV shows boosting India as the perfect retirement haven, the results of a recent survey could well come as a shock. India, it seems, may not be the first destination which comes to mind when salary, career progression or a comfortable retirement is the goal. The sub-continent fared poorly in the most...

German companies increasing the use of fixed term contracts for expat professionals

German companies increasing the use of fixed term contracts for expat professionals
Expats hoping to head for Germany to take up a new job may only be offered a fixed term contract. Given that job security is a priority for expat professionals looking for a change of scenery as regards responsibilities and career advancement, fixed teem contracts aren’t exactly good news. Recently released figures show four out of...

Expats in Shekou encouraged to integrate into the local community

Expats in Shekou encouraged to integrate into the local community
For expats living in Shenzhen’s Shekou district, the local authority is planning to establish the area as a home from home for its foreign residents. Shekou is now home to the largest expat community in the whole of Shenzhen city, with its local government determined to ensure all expatriates living in the sub-district are treated as...

Thailand to offer tax cuts and perks to incoming foreign companies

 Thailand to offer tax cuts and perks to incoming foreign companies
Thailand is to adopt measures to attract more international companies and investment by easing regulations for expat professionals wishing to do business in the Kingdom. The new rules are an attempt to boost Thailand as an international business hub by introducing a raft of measures aimed at making it easier to create jobs and bring in...

Reasons for Switzerland’s shocking drop in the expat popularity stakes

Reasons for Switzerland’s shocking drop in the expat popularity stakes
If Switzerland was always in your sights as the perfect expat professional destination, perhaps it’s now time to think again. For years, the tiny Alpine state has been a magnet for expats in the financial sector for its luxury lifestyle, elite expat community and buzzing social life, but the gilt now seems to be missing from the...

Is Albania an as yet undiscovered treasure for expats?

Is Albania an as yet undiscovered treasure for expats?
For expats looking to find new and promising destinations, Albania ticks all the boxes. Almost unknown on the expat trail until five years or so ago, Albania and its creative capital city Tirana have now been discovered by expats eager to explore and make the most of its largely unknown delights. The little Balkan country has around 265...

Why is emigration such a huge trend in the 21st century?

Why is emigration such a huge trend in the 21st century?
Given that emigration is such a huge trend nowadays, what are the reasons behind its rise? The reasons behind today’s massive increase in the numbers of people leaving their country of birth for a strange land aren’t exactly straightforward, but it seems it’s a syndrome that’s here to stay. Landing in an unfamiliar country...

Defining dangerous destinations for expats

Defining dangerous destinations for expats
As the world becomes an even more dangerous place, expats are advised to check safety standards before accepting an overseas posting. Popular expat surveys make interesting reading for would-be expats choosing their next port of call, but rarely tell it like it is as regards safety and security. A country doesn’t necessarily have to be...

Expat survey puts Japan on hold as an expat professional destination

Expat survey puts Japan on hold as an expat professional destination
Japan is now seeing more expat arrivals than ever before, but isn’t doing well on world-wide surveys. The latest Expat Explorer survey conducted by HSBC has revealed Japan as one of the least popular destinations for expat professionals, but those who’ve been there and are doing that can’t quite understand why. Most respondents seem...

What’s Singapore really like as an expat professional destination?

What’s Singapore really like as an expat professional destination?
Singapore has been an amazingly popular expat destination for decades, but what’s it really like as a home from home for ambitious expat professionals? To understand Singapore, it helps to look at its fascinating history as well as its demographics. The majority of expats will be aware of its years as a British colony, lasting from 1819...