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Bahrain wins out on career boosting for expat professionals

Bahrain wins out on career boosting for expat professionals
The tiny emirate of Bahrain is surprisingly good at boosting expat careers. Bahrain is the lesser-known emirate of the Gulf States, with its total area 200 times smaller than Florida and its population set at around 1.5 million. Despite its size and its political and economic problems, its archipelago of some 300 islands is strongly rated...

Newbie expats in Leiden given soft landing by local Expat Centre

Newbie expats in Leiden given soft landing by local Expat Centre
Leiden’s international expat community is being supported by the innovative Leiden Expat Centre. The Leiden Expat Centre project is a public/private partnership funded by local industry including the city’s Science Park and University as well as by the local authority in order to give newly arrived expat professionals a soft landing...

Currency exchange rates affecting expat salaries and rental costs

Currency exchange rates affecting expat salaries and rental costs
The expat exodus is growing year by year as ever increasing numbers of professionals decide their futures lie outside their home countries. Fuelled by the ever more global nature of business, totals of expat professionals now working overseas are topping 66.2 million. Since 2013, the increase in expat numbers has averaged six per cent...

Acquiring globalised knowledge can boost expats career potential

Acquiring globalised knowledge can boost expats career potential
One of the most compelling reasons for emigration is the need to climb the ladder of success in the chosen field. For would-be expats to whom success is more important than any other aspect of relocation, knowing how to climb the ladder leading to recognition as a global expert is a must. In order to be of value in the ever-changing...

European Commission hits out at risky golden visas and passports

European Commission hits out at risky golden visas and passports
The European Commission has come out against Golden Passports, saying the programmes put the EU at risk from money laundering and organised crime. The EU’s warning is part of the executive’s initial report on the multi-billion dollar industry providing ‘investment migration’ to ultra-wealthy would-be expat individuals eager to get...

Tips for expats on getting a Chinese driving license

Tips for expats on getting a Chinese driving license
If you’re intending to drive in China, you’ll need to get a Chinese driving license as the country doesn’t accept international driving permits. So you’ve arrived in China, but miss self-drive as a way of life and aren’t sure about what’s needed to allow you to get behind the wheel! It’s the same story for many expats new to...

Britons in Singapore unhappy about parliamentary Brexit chaos

Britons in Singapore unhappy about parliamentary Brexit chaos
Living on the other side of the planet hasn’t prevented Brit expats in Singapore from viewing the scary Brexit developments with concern. This week’s parliamentary chaos has stunned the world, especially as Brits have a reputation for being cool and calm in the face of impending disaster. British expatriates in Singapore are as...

Is American English a foreign language for Brit expat professionals?

Is American English a foreign language for Brit expat professionals?
If you’ve been offered the dream job in the USA and are ecstatic that you don’t have to learn a foreign language …..think again! In general, the British are more than happy to believe a ‘special relationship’ exists with their American cousins, based on several centuries of historical, cultural and linguistic ties. Brits....

Saudi Arabia backtracks to two year expat work visas

Saudi Arabia backtracks to two year expat work visas
Saudi Arabia has backtracked on one-year private sector expat work visas, increasing their validity to two years. The extension of a further year to the private sector Saudi work visa will be welcomed by expats who’d be happy to stay without having to undergo more bureaucracy after they’ve settled in to their jobs and communities. New...

US State Department warns Americans against visiting China

US State Department warns Americans against visiting China
In its latest travel advisory, the US government is warning those planning on heading to China they may risk not being able to leave once their visit is over. The advisory comes under the Level 2 ‘exercise extreme caution’ bracket, and was issued due to fears China may suddenly and arbitrarily enforce laws which allow immigration...