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As Filipino expats head for Saudi, Western retirees choose the Philippines

As Filipino expats head for Saudi, Western retirees choose the Philippines
As increasing numbers of Western expats head for the Philippines, Saudi Arabia is still a favourite for Filipino expats. As interest in the Philippines as a welcoming expatriate destination for retirees either relocating from elsewhere in Southeast Asia or their home countries grows, increased numbers of Filipinos looking to work overseas...

Choosing China for your next expat adventure

Choosing China for your next expat adventure
Becoming an expat in China is an exciting project being undertaken by an increasing number of professionals in the IT sector. Although China is now one of the most inviting prospects for expat professionals, integrating is more of a challenge than in almost any other world country. From its history and fascinating culture through its...

Thailand cracks down on expats changing or leaving jobs

Thailand cracks down on expats changing or leaving jobs
All expatriates living and working in Thailand must now inform the authorities if they change jobs or leave their present job. In an announcement today, the Thai Labour Ministry reiterated all foreigners working in the country who’ve either taken a new job or left a previous position must inform the Department of Employment within 15...

Pluses and minuses of Bali as an entrepreneurial expat destination

Pluses and minuses of Bali as an entrepreneurial expat destination
Bali’s sheer beauty combined with its modern infrastructure tempts adventurous expats to consider basing their new businesses in this tropical destination. One thing to remember if the above description fits you is that Bali’s legal frameworks for business don’t bear any resemblance to those in your home country. For visas, work...

Expat advice on healthcare challenges in Africa

Expat advice on healthcare challenges in Africa
The vast sub-continent of Africa is increasingly popular with ambitious expatriate professionals, but healthcare in the more remote areas can be a challenge. Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya are all popular destinations with reasonable rankings in various surveys, but even in the cities, healthcare can be something of a lottery. Financial...

Kenya expat exodus leaves luxury homes untenanted

Kenya expat exodus leaves luxury homes untenanted
Kenya’s expat exodus is causing chaos in upscale housing estates. Changes made last year to Kenya’s requirements for the granting of work permits has resulted in an expat professional exodus severely affecting the upscale real estate market. Formerly exclusively popular estates such as Karen, Spring Valley, Nyari, Runda and Muthaiga...

Visa free value of British passport affected by Brexit

Visa free value of British passport affected by Brexit
Expat business travellers reliant on visa-free entries with a British passport may be stymied post-Brexit. The value of a passport is calculated by the number of countries which allow visa-free entry, an important issue for expats and business travellers looking to save time and money. Prior to the Brexit referendum, the British passport...

How to avoid loneliness as a single expat

How to avoid loneliness as a single expat
Wherever you’re headed and whatever you plan to do once you’re there, avoiding loneliness is a must. Familiar surroundings, routine, a network of friends and family support are all things expats miss when they’re leaving the home country as a single person. These familiar comfort blankets are replaced with changes including possibly...

Shanghai leads the rest in popularity with expat professionals

Shanghai leads the rest in popularity with expat professionals
Shanghai has held its top position as the Chinese city for expats for the seventh year running. The latest official survey of Chinese cities with expatriate communities has again placed Shanghai as the best of the rest as regards living, working and friendly official policies. The survey itself involved some 95,000 internet users as well...

Safety and eco-friendliness now as important as salaries for expat professionals

Safety and eco-friendliness now as important as salaries for expat professionals
Until recently, salaries and career prospects mattered most to would-be expat professionals, but eco-conscious policies and personal safety are now taking over as the most important aspects of relocation. Of all the aspects of upping sticks and taking residence in an unfamiliar city and country, the focus for many would-be expats is...