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Examining the problems and pitfalls of expatriation

Examining the problems and pitfalls of expatriation
Expatriation nowadays is portrayed as the answer to higher salaries, a lower cost of living, success in business, a more glamorous lifestyle, loneliness and even the search to find the perfect partner, but what happens when it all goes wrong? Annual surveys of expat destinations form essential reading for those determined to grasp a new...

Adjusting to the Japan experience as a newly-arrived expat

Adjusting to the Japan experience as a newly-arrived expat
For many expats, the lure of Japan is too potent to resist, but adjusting to the country’s unique culture is a challenge. Cultural struggles are the norm for newly-arrived expatriate professionals in Japan, especially as body language and social cues are often even more important than what’s said or written. The culture places a great...

Is global nomadism the new face of expat life?

Is global nomadism the new face of expat life?
The new kids on the expatriate block are global nomads, moving from country to country as the mood strikes them. For decades, expats moved overseas for reasons such as reassignments, relocation, retirement or the chance to start a new business in a less highly-regulated destination. Digital nomads were unheard of, as was digital anything...

How to work with Burmese colleagues during your Myanmar relocation

How to work with Burmese colleagues during your Myanmar relocation
Whilst Myanmar may not be every expat’s idea of paradise, for those committed to helping others as well as developing themselves it can be the journey of a lifetime. Recently opened up to foreigners after decades of isolation and dictatorial rule, Myanmar is now seeing expatriates arriving to work with NGOs as well as in businesses...

An expat guide to choosing between Vietnam and Thailand

An expat guide to choosing between Vietnam and Thailand
Southeast Asia is a favourite for would-be expats looking for something different, with Vietnam and Thailand the two most talked about choices. Both countries are packed with natural beauty, their contrasting cuisines are exotic and nourishing and their individual cultures and histories are fascinating. In the past, Thailand was the most...

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...