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Articles > United Kingdom (UK)

United Kingdom (UK)

Report: UK Citizenship System Reform After Brexit

Posted on Monday February 13, 2017 (10:49:38)
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) says that reform of the UK's citizenship system will help prevent harm to the economy.

The Home Office has revealed a 14% increase in the past 12 months in the number of EU nationals applying for British citizenship - which, the IPPR says, illustrates the level of uncertainty the Brexit result is causing.   more ...

Articles > China


Nine Places You Could Move To In China If You Don't Want To Live In Beijing

Posted on Monday February 13, 2017 (10:31:03)
(c) Silentpilot on Pixabay
For many thinking of moving to China, the first option that comes to mind is the capital city of Beijing. But there are many advantages to settling down in one of China’s other cities. One of the main advantages of moving to a smaller city in China is the reduced cost of living. Accommodation costs are lower and it is possible to find spacious, well-equipped apartments for a lower cost than in Beijing.   more ...

Articles > United Arab Emirates (UAE)

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Middle Eastern Property Market Suffers Following US Election Result

Posted on Monday February 13, 2017 (09:48:43)
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The real estate market of the Gulf is often in the global news. This sector has been through a considerable number of ups and downs for a long time now. The last few decades have seen a huge improvement in the types of residential and commercial properties that have been constructed across the region. Moreover, some of the Middle Eastern countries introduced new laws and policies to attract foreign investors, especially expats from the United States and Europe.   more ...

Articles > United Kingdom (UK)

United Kingdom (UK)

Is Now The Time For British Expats To Buy UK Property?

Posted on Friday February 10, 2017 (13:40:20)
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One of the reasons why many people are currently thinking of investing in UK property is that the pound is trading at historic lows against most of the world's leading currencies, which makes property in the UK much cheaper for foreigners and expats to buy.   more ...

Articles > General


How Will The Autumn Statement Affect British Expat Pensioners?

Posted on Thursday February 09, 2017 (12:12:22)
(c) Uyen Tran on Flickr
The senior citizens of the United Kingdom have the right to claim their state pension even when they are residing in a foreign country, as long as they have paid the adequate number of National Insurance contributions (usually at least 10 years, without any exceptions). The current retirement age is 65 for men and 60 for women across Britain. However, the limit for women has been increasing gradually, so that the gap between genders reduces.   more ...

Articles > Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

Caymans - Recommended Social Media Accounts

Posted on Wednesday February 08, 2017 (10:32:52)
(c) patrick_nouhailler on Flickr
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 the Cayman Islands and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.   more ...

Articles > General


Does Living Abroad Improve You As A Person?

Posted on Tuesday February 07, 2017 (11:51:46)
(c) Donnie Nunley on Flickr
People become expats for a number of reasons. Some move abroad because their job requires it. Others enjoy the experience of traveling and exploring new cultures. Still others decide to relocate for educational purposes. Another major reason for becoming an expat is love, where one partner may be living in another country. Some people also move for better weather, especially to countries with milder winters.   more ...

Articles > General


Cyber Insurance: A Guide For Expats

Posted on Tuesday February 07, 2017 (11:03:11)
The internet has become an unlimited source of information for just about any subject today, including the more confidential ones. You can easily find many kinds of material on just about anything within a matter of minutes and at the click of a button. It therefore wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that no content is completely safe and secure, thanks to the internet. Unfortunately, this medium has also played a significant role in certain types of crimes.   more ...

Articles > South Africa

South Africa

An Expat Guide To Wines In South Africa

Posted on Monday February 06, 2017 (11:03:34)
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If you’re a wine lover, you’ve undoubtedly tried wines from different regions around the world. If you haven’t tried a bottle of wine from South Africa as yet, then you should definitely put that region on your list.

South Africa is one of the most dynamic regions in the world for the production of wine. Traditionally, and for a long time, it was thought that the climate on the African continent would be too hot for growing wine grapes; however, this is not true for South Africa. There are several regions in the Cape that offer a mild Mediterranean climate that provides favorable conditions for growing wine grapes.   more ...

Articles > Cyprus


An Expat Guide To The Cost Of Living In Cyprus

Posted on Monday February 06, 2017 (10:40:41)
The cost of living in the Republic of Cyprus has been significantly affected by the country’s banking crisis. The problem is the measures that the European Union imposed on Cyprus in exchange for a bail-out loan and the shrinking economy. For a long period of time, pensioners from the UK have been moving to this island because of its low cost of living and favourable tax conditions, which allowed their money to go further than it would have in the UK.   more ...

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