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Creating a safety net for your elderly parents as an expat

Creating a safety net for your elderly parents as an expat
With its ever-increasing numbers of migrants in search of a new life and career enhancement, the 21st century is bidding fair to become another century of diaspora. Moving overseas for whatever reason can be exciting and challenging, but it all too often means the break-up of established family units in the home country. For expats with...

Essential requirements for budding expat entrepreneurs

Essential requirements for budding expat entrepreneurs
Which are the most important requirements for budding expat entrepreneurs? When considering the best expat location for your new business, the most important issue is choosing one which fits neatly with your sector. One recent survey focused on three sectors, import/export, digital and tech and the hospitality trade as in restaurants,...

Becoming a single female expat can be the lifestyle change you need

Becoming a single female expat can be the lifestyle change you need
Careful planning after research makes moving overseas as a single woman a breeze! Emigrating to an unfamiliar land is correctly seen as daunting for new expats due to culture shock and the total unfamiliarity of just about everything, but for single women it’s generally seen to be far worse. However, careful research, forward planning...

Checking out Panama as an expat retirement destination

Checking out Panama as an expat retirement destination
American expats discovered Panama a good few decades ago, but there’s no reason why this luscious destination shouldn’t be the perfect hideaway for Europeans as well. The romantic appeal of a combination of Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, soaring mountains covered in wildflowers and thick jungles hiding slow-flowing rivers would be...

South Africa’s best cities for expat professional life

South Africa’s best cities for expat professional life
However tempting a new job or reassignment may sound, moving lock, stock and barrow to a totally new land can be scary at best. Expat professionals heading to South Africa are following in the footsteps of foreigners who arrived more than a century ago and established the new land as an important part of the international trading network....

Trailing spouses facing divorce should get their own careers back

Trailing spouses facing divorce should get their own careers back
How can trailing spouses reignite their own careers after divorce? Sadly, divorce is often a by-product of a reassignment gone bad, leaving the wife to attempt to get her own career back on the burner after a marriage breakdown. Some 50 per cent of all overseas contracts fail, with 30 per cent of expatriates forced back to the home...

Is India a good choice for expat career progression?

Is India a good choice for expat career progression?
India may not be the first country which springs to mind as an expat professional destination, but the reality can bring on a pleasant surprise. Historically, India is a country people come from, with comparatively few heading in the opposite direction. Of its teeming population, some 20,000 to 30,000 are expatriates, although numbers are...

What will the new Philippine ID card mean for potential expats?

What will the new Philippine ID card mean for potential expats?
How will the new Philippines ID card affect expatriates? On the fourth attempt, the Philippine National ID card is expected to be brought in between mid-2020 and mid-2022. It’s the government’s fourth attempt to introduce the national ID card, but how will it effect the large number of expatriate workers and the even larger number of...

Expat bankers in Hong Kong not yet ready to quit

Expat bankers in Hong Kong not yet ready to quit
As the Hong Kong protests become routine, the expected mass expat exodus of banking professionals to Singapore has failed to materialise. Although it’s certain that all expatriate bankers in the besieged city are fully aware of the risks of either going or staying, there seems now to be a common consensus that keeping a close eye on...

Reasons why Estonia is a favourite with tech-savvy expats

Reasons why Estonia is a favourite with tech-savvy expats
One of the least populated of all EU member states, Estonia is also an unbelievably futuristic location for expat professionals. Home to just 1.3 million people, Estonia was a well-kept secret until the tech revolution resulted in huge numbers of expats travelling the world to find the best places to lodge their talents. Unlike many other...