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European Golden Visas For Expats Explained

Posted on Friday June 23, 2017 (08:54:56)
For wealthy expat investors, there is an effective and popular way of gaining the right to live in a European Union country and that's with a ‘Golden Visa’.

These visa programmes have proved to be controversial, with the countries supporting them saying they are an effective tool to encourage investment from investors based overseas, while critics say they lure rich expats from other countries.

Essentially, a golden visa is offered to a wealthy investor under special terms and while the rules vary between countries, an expat can gain a visa and then residency by investing in a business or in property.   more ...

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Financial

Should Expats Invest Their Money Onshore Or Offshore?

Posted on Friday June 23, 2017 (08:34:53)
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One of the biggest incentives for expats to head overseas for work is to enjoy a lucrative income, so it makes sense to make most of their financial advantage.

However, there is confusion about whether they should invest their hard-earned cash offshore or onshore and what the differences are.

Whether the expat is working, living or has retired overseas, or is planning a move abroad, it makes sense for them to be internationally-minded when it comes to managing their money.   more ...

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General

Expat Focus International News Update June 2017

Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017 (09:57:06)
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Why expats head overseas

The biggest reason why expats head overseas is to enjoy better career opportunities.

That's the finding from a study by global healthcare specialist AXA, which found that 30% of the 500 expats they spoke with said it was their main reason for moving abroad.

Around 23% said they moved for better pay and benefits.   more ...

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Health

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update June 2017

Posted on Wednesday June 14, 2017 (10:46:13)
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Growing mental health issues for expats

A survey by Aetna International has revealed there's a growing problem for the mental health issues of expats working overseas.

The firm says there's been a sharp increase globally of 28% in claims for help with mental health issues in Europe, Africa, the Middle East as well as the Americas and Southeast Asia.   more ...

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Health

Moving Abroad With An Allergy? Here Are Some Things To Consider

Posted on Monday June 12, 2017 (09:09:22)
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Moving overseas with an allergy can be worrisome for many expats. You may have grown accustomed to managing your allergies at home, but moving abroad may require a different approach, especially if you don’t want to spend your time concerned about things that can go wrong. Allergic reactions can range from mild irritations to severe life-threatening episodes. However, it is possible to experience a smooth transition, with some amount of preparation.   more ...

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General

Expat Focus International News Update May 2017

Posted on Thursday May 25, 2017 (07:07:32)
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Expat opportunities in Saudi Arabia’s public sector curtailed

Opportunities for expats in Saudi Arabia will be severely curtailed from 2020 when all government departments will have terminated their expats’ contracts.

News outlets in the Kingdom are reporting that with 70,000 expats working in the public sector at the end of 2016, the process of job rationalisation will be an ambitious project.   more ...

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General

Thinking The Unthinkable: How To Deal With Your Own Prejudices When Living Abroad

Posted on Wednesday May 24, 2017 (09:27:15)
Living abroad is a cherished dream held by many. Discovering a new culture can be exciting. But moving abroad also comes with its set of challenges. One of these is culture shock. It can take a while to become familiar with a completely new way of living that is starkly different to our own.   more ...

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General

The World's Top Ten Cities For Quality of Life

Posted on Wednesday May 24, 2017 (08:40:00)
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The elements that make a good quality of life are difficult to pin down, and different for each person. Not only that, they change as we age, so that our teenage paradise might be our mid-life hell.

Nevertheless, there are stacks of indexes out there that claim to have discovered the master key for the good life. And it's all about location, location, location. Choosing the right city could make all the difference in achieving the kind of life you've always wanted.   more ...

Articles > Education

Education

Why You Should Consider Sending Your Child To A Local School Abroad

Posted on Monday May 22, 2017 (07:39:40)
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When parents meet up with one another in parks, restaurants or malls, the conversation inevitably turns to the most critical topic: schooling. Education plays one of the most important roles in a child’s life! It is therefore essential that you choose the right school for your young ones, whether you reside in your home country or a foreign location.

Of course, there are several advantages to being a global citizen, such as exposure to an unfamiliar lifestyle, meeting new people and getting to know about a different culture. At the same time, a well-developed system of academics will help enhance the whole learning experience for your child to a great extent.   more ...

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General

The World's Most Pet-Friendly Expat Destinations

Posted on Friday May 19, 2017 (14:02:48)
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As a good pet-parent you probably think of your pets as family, or more specifically, as children, with their health and wellbeing as your personal responsibility. Any pets that you have should therefore be factored into your decision of relocating to a new expat destination. This of course involves a lot more than just spending money on their plane ticket.   more ...