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Articles > Spain


An Overview Of Basic Healthcare For Expats In Spain

Posted on Friday March 24, 2017 (10:24:58)
Public healthcare

The public healthcare system in Spain has recently been rated one of the world’s best. Waiting times are low and there are four general practitioners to every one thousand people.

Expats living and working in Spain can expect free healthcare providing they pay their social security contributions, which is obligatory. The Spanish social security system includes services such as healthcare, pensions, and unemployment benefits. In 2015 it was recorded that there are 1.6 million foreigners registered with the Spanish social security system.   more ...

Articles > France


A Simple Guide To The French Healthcare System

Posted on Friday March 24, 2017 (09:58:21)
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The French health system is rated one of the best in Europe. The state controls health expenditures funded by statutory health contributions. Statutory health insurance (SHI) is mainly financed by employer and employee taxes, but also taxes from tobacco and alcohol, health insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry. Public health care is available to everyone in France regardless of their income. It is obligatory for those earning over EUR 9,654 a year to pay 8% of their income in social security contributions. Those people on lower incomes will receive free health care, including optician and dental care. An estimated 10% of the population require this support.   more ...

Articles > Qatar


Ten Things You Should Know Before Relocating to Qatar

Posted on Friday March 24, 2017 (09:31:07)
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Living in Qatar can be quite the cultural experience, as you get to explore the ways of a new country that might be in many ways deeply different from your own. In 2013, Qatar was listed as the world’s richest country by Forbes, and according to the United Nations Development Program, it has had the highest human development. It is believed that over 500 expats arrive in Qatar daily. So, Qatar is home to a multitude of expats who have relocated here for work, and those who are drawn to its fabled life of luxury.   more ...

Articles > United Kingdom (UK)

United Kingdom (UK)

American Schools In London: A Guide For Expat Parents

Posted on Friday March 24, 2017 (09:12:16)
Moving to London can be a daunting task, especially when you consider all the familiar things you’ll be leaving behind. It can also be a stressful process for families with children who are currently in education. The American schooling system differs greatly from the schooling system in London. The classes, grading methods, timetables, uniforms and general way of teaching are all different from what American children will be used to. Many expats who have moved to London therefore choose to send their children to American schools, which enables them to continue their education on more familiar ground.   more ...

Articles > General


Expat Focus International News Update 22 March 2017

Posted on Wednesday March 22, 2017 (11:04:39)
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Brexit date revealed

The UK will trigger Article 50, which is the process to begin the formal Brexit negotiations, on Wednesday 29 March.

That's when the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, will notify the European Union officially that the UK is leaving.   more ...

Articles > Japan


Japan - Recommended Social Media Accounts

Posted on Wednesday March 22, 2017 (10:28:51)
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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Japan and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.   more ...

Articles > Jordan


Jordan - Recommended Social Media Accounts

Posted on Tuesday March 21, 2017 (10:58:02)
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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Jordan and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.   more ...

Articles > United Kingdom (UK)

United Kingdom (UK)

How Is Brexit Affecting Expats In The UK?

Posted on Tuesday March 21, 2017 (10:21:44)
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There has been a lot of talk about ‘Brexit’, a term that is used for the United Kingdom departing from the European Union. It has already had a major impact on the country. Many expats have moved to the United Kingdom and started to settle into what was supposed to be their happily ever after, which has now turned into an uncertain situation. Citizens who originate from the European Union have been threatened with the closing of bank accounts, termination of employment and rental agreements, or even revoking their right to reside in the UK.   more ...

Articles > Canada


Why Canada Is A Great Country To Call Home

Posted on Tuesday March 21, 2017 (09:39:12)
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Canada is a popular choice for many expats from around the world. It is a country of great diversity and it invites people from all walks of life. It’s the sense of community between people from different nations that makes it a special place to live. Canada is known for its natural beauty, with Niagara Falls in the heart of Toronto in Ontario and the serene Rocky Mountains that span British Colombia. Canada is one of the few countries that offer true seasonal climates too. Canada is one of the most desirable places to live in the world, especially with the healthcare benefits and the excellent quality of life. Each region within Canada has its own individual specialities and experiences, which offers a little something for everyone.   more ...

Articles > United Arab Emirates (UAE)

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

What Expats Need To Know About Healthcare In Dubai

Posted on Monday March 20, 2017 (11:01:03)
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Since 1 January, it has been a mandatory requirement that all expats must have health insurance to live and work in Dubai, or face fines for not having it.

Expats face a monthly fine of Dh500 (£109/$136) for not complying with Isahd (Insurance System for Advancing Healthcare in Dubai), which in Arabic means 'bringing happiness'.

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) initiative began in 2014, with the aim of rolling out sustainable healthcare for all expats, citizens and visitors to Dubai.   more ...

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