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Which employment sectors are best for would be expats in the GCC?

Which employment sectors are best for would be expats in the GCC?
In spite of the many recent changes, the Gulf States are still a major attraction for expat professionals looking to progress their careers at the same time as earning high salaries and benefits. The most popular sectors for enhanced benefits and top salaries are education, oil and gas and healthcare, all of which offer far more than their...

Will the Western world’s retirement crisis result in expat poverty?

Will the Western world’s retirement crisis result in expat poverty?
People are living longer and healthier than ever before and looking forward to an active retirement. Across the entire swathe of Western first-world countries, demographics show that humans are living far longer and staying healthy well into their retirement years. Unfortunately, their pension savings investments were never designed to...

Thailand cracks down on expats changing or leaving jobs

Thailand cracks down on expats changing or leaving jobs
All expatriates living and working in Thailand must now inform the authorities if they change jobs or leave their present job. In an announcement today, the Thai Labour Ministry reiterated all foreigners working in the country who’ve either taken a new job or left a previous position must inform the Department of Employment within 15...

Expat pensioners in France under threat of being thrown out due to income reuirements

Expat pensioners in France under threat of being thrown out due to income reuirements
A warning about strict income tests has been issued to UK expats already living and working in France and those planning to do so in the near future. Despite the present uncertainty about Brexit and France’s previous request that all British expats get their cartes de sejour, it seems the French government is already forcing Brits whose...

Expat advice on healthcare challenges in Africa

Expat advice on healthcare challenges in Africa
The vast sub-continent of Africa is increasingly popular with ambitious expatriate professionals, but healthcare in the more remote areas can be a challenge. Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya are all popular destinations with reasonable rankings in various surveys, but even in the cities, healthcare can be something of a lottery. Financial...

Thailand no longer a bargain basement home for expat retirees

Thailand no longer a bargain basement home for expat retirees
Bangkok is now a more expensive capital city than London, Madrid or Berlin. Buoyed up by its reputation for the good life at minimal cost, Thailand was a favourite with expatriates from Western countries for several decades. Retirees, expat professionals, those looking to teach English as a stopgap before moving on elsewhere in Southeast...

Visa free value of British passport affected by Brexit

Visa free value of British passport affected by Brexit
Expat business travellers reliant on visa-free entries with a British passport may be stymied post-Brexit. The value of a passport is calculated by the number of countries which allow visa-free entry, an important issue for expats and business travellers looking to save time and money. Prior to the Brexit referendum, the British passport...

Improved Vietnamese healthcare services attracting expat patients

Improved Vietnamese healthcare services attracting expat patients
Vietnam is ramping up its reputation for excellent, affordable healthcare Southeast Asia’s reputation for affordable healthcare has been diminished recently by reports of a Thai government study which revealed the country’s private hospitals are hiking their charges for foreigners by up to 300 per cent. Vietnam seems to be stepping...

Shanghai leads the rest in popularity with expat professionals

Shanghai leads the rest in popularity with expat professionals
Shanghai has held its top position as the Chinese city for expats for the seventh year running. The latest official survey of Chinese cities with expatriate communities has again placed Shanghai as the best of the rest as regards living, working and friendly official policies. The survey itself involved some 95,000 internet users as well...

Safety and eco-friendliness now as important as salaries for expat professionals

Safety and eco-friendliness now as important as salaries for expat professionals
Until recently, salaries and career prospects mattered most to would-be expat professionals, but eco-conscious policies and personal safety are now taking over as the most important aspects of relocation. Of all the aspects of upping sticks and taking residence in an unfamiliar city and country, the focus for many would-be expats is...