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German universities now world’s fourth best for expatriate students

German universities now world’s fourth best for expatriate students
Germany is now the fourth most favoured world destination for expat students. Studying in Germany has always been popular, especially as German universities don’t charge tuition fees but do provide a constantly high quality of education across the board. For international students from less-than wealthy families and talented young...

Philippines welcomes expat retirees with affordable lifetime visas

Philippines welcomes expat retirees with affordable lifetime visas
Expats looking towards Asia for a straightforward, no-nonsense visa for retirement and permanent residence need look no further than the Philippines. Southeast Asia is understandably a favourite would-be home for Western retirees, but it’s now becoming difficult and overly expensive to get a lifetime visa in several formerly popular...

Expats in Vietnam not interested in career advancement

Expats in Vietnam not interested in career advancement
In spite of the fact that Vietnam is now moving towards Asian tiger status, the majority of its expat community aren’t interested in career advancement. A recent online survey of expats by a leading recruitment company produced a surprising result in that 65 per cent of respondents had no ambitions for career advancement as they were...

New Johnson policy is set to wreck the lives of expats in both the UK and EU

New Johnson policy is set to wreck the lives of expats in both the UK and EU
The news that the UK government aims to cut off free movement for EU expats immediately after a no-deal Brexit takes effect is causing fear of a backlash against UK expats by EU member states. European citizens living and working in the UK are confused and anxious over reports the three-month extension of free movement post-Brexit is now...

Is it all over for the Hong Kong expat community?

Posted on August 19, 2019 in Working Abroad
STORY LINK Is it all over for the Hong Kong expat community?
Is it all over for the Hong Kong expat community?
If you’re banking your career future on a stint in Hong Kong, you many well have missed the boat! As protestors storm Hong Kong’s streets for the 12th week in a row, expat talk in trendy bars in the city’s financial district turns to the inevitability of an intervention by the Chinese army. The formerly unthinkable fact of a...

Britons escaping Brexit effects should choose Ireland’s most friendly city

Britons escaping Brexit effects should choose Ireland’s most friendly city
If you’re looking to emigrate relatively locally post-Brexit, Cork may well be your perfect answer. For those Britons who’ve had emigration on their minds since 2016 but don’t want to move too far away from their relatives and friends, the Irish Republic city of Cork may well be the answer. Now named as one of the planet’s most...

Portugal still welcoming expat retirees, investors and immigrants

Portugal still welcoming expat retirees, investors and immigrants
Whilst a number of other formerly popular expat destinations are slamming their doors to what they now seem to be viewing as a foreign invasion, Portugal’s welcome mat is still firmly on its floor. Well known for years as a refuge for expat retirees from the UK, Portugal is now doing its best to attract investors and long-term expat...

How to make the best of your financial situation in the UAE

How to make the best of your financial situation in the UAE
With all the advantages or a reassignment to the UAE, expats can easily be carried away by their new, luxury lifestyle. Generous salaries, low or no taxation, a high standard of living and year-round sunshine are all highlights of the UAE lifestyle for expats who’ve made the move to Abu Dhabi or Dubai. However, it’s easy to get...

Bringing in personal goods to France as a new expat

Posted on August 12, 2019 in France
STORY LINK Bringing in personal goods to France as a new expat
Bringing in personal goods to France as a new expat
If you’re thinking of expatriating to France, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with everything from the move itself to healthcare requirements, accommodation and even the French customs and excise system as it applies to imports of personal goods. Perhaps the first hard decision will be a tussle between bringing all your household...

Tips for newly arrived expats on seeing Tokyo as it truly is

Tips for newly arrived expats on seeing Tokyo as it truly is
The offer of a reassignment to Tokyo often sparks trepidation rather than celebration, but it’s an opportunity to be a part of one of the world’s most iconic capitals. Whilst Tokyo may not be as popular as an expat hub compared with the Gulf States, Singapore and Hong Kong, this unique mega-city has the ability to turn even the most...