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Expats in Cambodia hail sudden ban on online gambling

Posted on September 11, 2019 in Relocation
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Expats in Cambodia hail sudden ban on online gambling
Expats who arrived in Cambodia before the influx of what seems like millions of Chinese are hoping against hope their lives will return to normal. For a decade or so, Cambodia was a popular location for Western expats for its charm, friendliness and inexpensive cost of living. Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap were favourites with...

Is Albania an as yet undiscovered treasure for expats?

Is Albania an as yet undiscovered treasure for expats?
For expats looking to find new and promising destinations, Albania ticks all the boxes. Almost unknown on the expat trail until five years or so ago, Albania and its creative capital city Tirana have now been discovered by expats eager to explore and make the most of its largely unknown delights. The little Balkan country has around 265...

Kuwait again worst world country for expat professionals

Posted on September 9, 2019 in UAE
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Kuwait again worst world country for expat professionals
Far from being the answer to expat professionals’ dreams as it was in former decades, Kuwait is now the world’s worst expatriate destination. For decades, the Gulf States as a whole were seen by expat professionals in the oil and gas sector as the dream destination for both career advancement and stunning salaries. Kuwait was no...

Why is emigration such a huge trend in the 21st century?

Why is emigration such a huge trend in the 21st century?
Given that emigration is such a huge trend nowadays, what are the reasons behind its rise? The reasons behind today’s massive increase in the numbers of people leaving their country of birth for a strange land aren’t exactly straightforward, but it seems it’s a syndrome that’s here to stay. Landing in an unfamiliar country...

Philippines reports record numbers of retirement visa applications

Philippines reports record numbers of retirement visa applications
The Philippines has always attracted a good number of Western retirees, but the latest numbers are the highest ever. In 2018, a record number of visas were issued to expat incomers as well as to their spouses and dependents. The total was 6,437, a 10 per cent increase over 2017’s figures, with this year’s numbers expected to raise the...

Expat survey puts Japan on hold as an expat professional destination

Expat survey puts Japan on hold as an expat professional destination
Japan is now seeing more expat arrivals than ever before, but isn’t doing well on world-wide surveys. The latest Expat Explorer survey conducted by HSBC has revealed Japan as one of the least popular destinations for expat professionals, but those who’ve been there and are doing that can’t quite understand why. Most respondents seem...

Will UK expats in Europe be cut off from acceptable healthcare after Brexit?

Will UK expats in Europe be cut off from acceptable healthcare after Brexit?
For British citizens already living in Europe as well as those planning to emigrate before the effects of a no-deal Brexit kick in, healthcare in both the EU and UK is likely to be either too expensive or simply unobtainable. Britons moving overseas have traditionally relied on the home country’s National Health Service for emergency...

Survey crowns Switzerland as best of the rest for expat professionals

Survey crowns Switzerland as best of the rest for expat professionals
For the first time since one reliable expat survey began over a decade ago, Switzerland has taken top place as an expat favourite. Placed at eight best in last year’s HSBC survey, the mountainous little country jumped to number one, displacing Singapore from its four-year stint as tops for expatriate professionals. Over 80 per cent of...

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...