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China?s new tax laws causing expat confusion

China?s new tax laws causing expat confusion
How will China’s new individual income tax laws affect its expat communities? Introduced at the start of the New Year, China’s reform of its Individual Income Tax system is the most significant change to be announced for decades, with expats left wondering about its effect on their finances. The new rules on personal taxation have...

Shanghai expats and locals get together to celebrate Lantern Festival

Shanghai expats and locals get together to celebrate Lantern Festival
In a demonstration of the friendship between expats and Chinese resident in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area, both communities celebrated the Lantern Festival together. As Europe and the West in general get more xenophobic by the hour, a Shanghai community of locals and foreigners celebrated an annual festival together as friends and...

Travel in style to your new expat life

Travel in style to your new expat life
If you’ve just landed the expat job of a lifetime with a salary to match, why not fund your very own luxury journey to your next home from home. Moving house is considered to be one of the most stressful experiences of a lifetime, but it’s magnified massively when your next home is thousands of miles away across several continents....

Saudi Arabia?s banned items list is well worth reading before you relocate

Saudi Arabia?s banned items list is well worth reading before you relocate
If you’re about to fly to Saudi Arabia to take on a new career challenge, unknowingly carrying a banned item in your luggage might bring on your worst nightmare. Saudi is simply not like any other place you may have visited or worked in before, with learning about rules which seem illogical at best and unbelievable at worst one task...

French property still tempting British buyers in spite of Brexit

French property still tempting British buyers in spite of Brexit
The French property market is expected to stay strong in 2019 despite Brexit. One of France’s major attractions for expats is its sheer size and diversity, with its varied climate offering everything from snowy peaks through rolling farmlands to the stunning beauty of its Mediterranean coastline. British buyers have always favoured the...

Major Indian airline looking to hire expatriate pilots

Major Indian airline looking to hire expatriate pilots
If you’re a professional pilot who’s always been fascinated by India, here’s your chance! IndiGo, India’s largest carrier, is now planning to hire a further 100 expat pilots to plug a shortage which has resulted in many flight cancellations over the past few months. The move is intended to maintain existing schedules, but will...

Oil and gas professionals fear skills shortages but are bullish on wage increases

Oil and gas professionals fear skills shortages but are bullish on wage increases
With oil and gas prices finally on the rise, professionals in the trade are bullish over salaries but worried about skills shortages. The 2019 Global Energy Talent Index report now published gives an interesting glimpse into the hoped-for future performance of the sector as well as suggesting optimism for its short-term future as regards...

Is Vietnam the best Southeast Asian country for expats?

Is Vietnam the best Southeast Asian country for expats?
Southeast Asia is a fascinating mix of traditions, cultures and ethnicities, with each country having its different charms as a destination for expats of all shapes, sizes and talents. Perhaps the least-known apart from tiny Laos is Vietnam, formerly infamous for its war and its adoption of the Chinese version of Communism. Vietnam in the...

IFAs in the Gulf States complaining about lack of expat interest in their products

IFAs in the Gulf States complaining about lack of expat interest in their products
In spite of the Middle East’s reputation for massive salaries, it seems some 66 per cent of expatriate professionals leave with less cash than when they arrived. According to a well-known Middle East IFA firm, almost all expatriates working in the region aren’t setting by any money against their retirement needs. Almost half of expats...

Coping with financial matters as a newly arrived expat

Coping with financial matters as a newly arrived expat
If you get panic attacks when dealing with home country financial matters, imagine how much worse they’ll be when you’re attempting to get to grips with an unfamiliar currency! One of the major headaches of emigration is getting to grips with a foreign currency and your new country’s financial rules, regulations and bureaucracy. For...