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Should expats literally buy into the Dubai dream?

Should expats literally buy into the Dubai dream?
Recent reports strongly suggest the Dubai property market is heading for a prolonged fall, but upmarket real estate agents are still publishing advertorials suggesting the opposite. Relocating expat professionals considering a stint in Dubai could well be forgiven for being confused by conflicting reports in local media about the state of...

Japan gearing up to be an expat destination

Japan gearing up to be an expat destination
As the West moves to close its borders, Japan is slowly letting more foreigners in. For literally centuries, Japan has been more than reluctant to allow immigration, due to its fear of losing its iconic culture and ethnicity, but its ageing, shrinking population has spurred PM Shinzo Abe to imagine the unimaginable. Earlier this month,...

Dissention still brewing over Netherlands 30 per cent tax break ruling

Dissention still brewing over Netherlands 30 per cent tax break ruling
After a final announcement about the controversial 30 per cent tax relief rule for expats, dissension is still brewing as those affected consider their financial options. Protestors have won at least a single victory, in that there is now a transitional law affecting those whose cut-off point would have been in 2019 0r 2020. It’s still...

Short term expats in Vietnam concerned over new social insurance policy

Short term expats in Vietnam concerned over new social insurance policy
Expat volunteers and short-term foreign workers can’t see the point of the government’s new social insurance regulations. Confusion and concern is rife in Vietnam’s expat community following the government’s introduction of compulsory social insurance contributions for expats. Employers as well as their foreign employees can’t...

How to date safely in Dubai

How to date safely in Dubai
As if being a female in Dubai isn’t tough enough, you’ll need to get used to the emirate’s dating protocols. For new female arrivals, Dubai may seem like a pleasure palace for the privileged complete with great-looking guys in romantic white robes. As with every other expatriate destination on the planet, reality may take a while to...

Southeast Asian hubs for expat retirees

Southeast Asian hubs for expat retirees
Formerly the chosen region for expats from Europe and the UK, Southeast Asia is now attracting its fair share of USA retirees. The region itself has a great deal to attract would-be retirees, with its stunning ultra-modern cities contrasting with rural havens in spectacular countryside far away from the usual mass tourism trails.A number...

Defeating foreign languages before they defeat you

Defeating foreign languages before they defeat you
One of the worst aspects of relocation overseas for expats is the necessity to learn another language well enough for business as well as personal use. Even at school, foreign language-learning at the basic secondary school level is a chore for many young people who take the exam, pass it by the skins of their teeth and promptly forget...

Tips for expats buying a property in Greece

Tips for expats buying a property in Greece
Expat property purchase in Greece is complicated, but can be done with a little professional help. If you’ve finally given up on the UK and are moving to Greece, buying a home in your chosen location isn’t exactly straightforward, but can be done. EU nationals can freely purchase real estate on the mainland and in the islands, but...

Expat life in France can become a personal nightmare

Expat life in France can become a personal nightmare
The majority of expats who choose France as their overseas home are happy to have done so, but what makes a dream turn into a nightmare? Survey after annual survey praises France as an expat destination, especially for Britons, with many having lived there for several decades. Most say their quality of life has improved considerably,...

Expat divorce in the Netherlands

Expat divorce in the Netherlands
If your expat relocation to the Netherlands was great for your career but toxic for your marriage, it’s possible to divorce without returning to your home country. In today’s globalised world, marriages can be the unintended victims of successful career moves to an overseas location. When an expat marriage is truly over in the...