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Pros and cons of expat life in Russia

Pros and cons of expat life in Russia
Russia is hardly ever out of the headlines nowadays for political reasons, but what’s it really like to be an expat in this controversial land? Whilst it has to be said that expat professionals aren’t exactly queuing up to take on career advancement relocation to this uncomfortably Communist heartland, for many expat wanderers it’s...

Expat investors buy entire Spanish village for ?150,000

Expat investors buy entire Spanish village for ?150,000
A deserted Spanish village included in Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s Christmas wish list has been purchased lock, stock and barrel by a Dutch couple. The tiny village of Lugo in Galicia is set in the Eo Valley and comprises just a few buildings including a 350m2 house, a granary, two haylofts and a few more structures scattered...

Golden Visas finally under investigation for links to money laundering and organised crime

Golden Visas finally under investigation for links to money laundering and organised crime
Following the OECD’s blacklisting of 21 jurisdictions offering so-called ‘golden visas’, regulators are cracking down on links between the programmes, tax evasion and organised crime. First brought in as an easy source of revenue for various governments and later consolidated into a straightforward if expensive way to get a second...

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...

Downsides and upsides of Thailand an as expat destination

Downsides and upsides of Thailand an as expat destination
Is Thailand still the Land of Smiles for expats? Nowadays, many expats living working or retiring in Thailand hold their breath as the New Year approaches, waiting to see what changes will worsen their already precarious positions within the country. Expats elsewhere in the world worry about the cost of living, the effect of a no-deal...

Dutch schools gearing up for influx of expatriate pupils

Dutch schools gearing up for influx of expatriate pupils
Dutch primary schools in The Hague, Amsterdam and Eindhoven are attempting to gear up for an expected influx of expat pupils over the next few years. The move is in response to the increasing numbers of expat professionals arriving to take up jobs in the IT and technical sector due to a skills shortage in the local population. For...

Luxembourg scores tops for quality of life but sucks for cost of living

Luxembourg scores tops for quality of life but sucks for cost of living
Luxembourg has long been a favourite expatriate haunt for its security, safety and job security. The small country of Luxembourg has a relatively large concentration of expatriate professionals, but what’s made it so special? Answers came via a recent survey of top expat destinations, in which it took 15th place overall. The Expat...

Expatriate law can disallow taking children back home after divorce

Expatriate law can disallow taking children back home after divorce
Readers might be surprised to learn that one in every 10 British citizens is now living overseas. This expat exodus from the UK isn’t just fuelled by retirees looking for a drier, warmer climate and a low cost of living as it also includes British professionals lured by the tax-free lifestyles, fast and furious career progressions and...

Expat New Year resolutions should include a savings plan

Expat New Year resolutions should include a savings plan
If you’re celebrating a new job in a new country this New Year or you’re determined to save rather than spend, spend, spend, you’ll need to cultivate financial discipline! Along with losing weight, getting fit and stopping smoking, getting to grips with your finances is one of the hardest New Year resolutions to keep, especially if...

EU expats in the UK are disgusted at ?pay to stay? Brexit Christmas video

EU expats in the UK are disgusted at ?pay to stay? Brexit Christmas video
Whilst most news stories about Brexit’s effect on expats have concentrated on Britons in Europe, EU expats and their families are now disgusted about the tone of the Home Office’s Brexit video. According to media reports, ‘disgusted and angry’ are just two of a considerable number of negative emotions felt by EU expats living and...