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Colombia - Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015 (16:03:54)
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 Colombia and some of the bloggers who write about living there.

Medellin Living

Medillin Living devotes itself to tips and articles about living in Colombia’s second-largest city. Useful for visitors and expats alike, the range of categories will give you a good idea of all the different aspects of Medellin life and will provide all the information you could need before you arrive. The ‘Things To Do’ section highlights local places to go, night life, arts and cultural events, and the best restaurants.   more ...


How Immigrants Boost The German Economy, Drive Start-Up Culture

Posted on Friday May 15, 2015 (21:19:26)
Foreigners are flocking to Germany in their thousands. In fact, the rate of immigration is now at its highest since the 90s. While much of the press surrounding this rather controversial topic may be negative, this influx is actually to thank for the country’s sharp economic growth, and in fact, Germany has come to rely on it. What with the ever-growing number of start-ups in Berlin and across the country, the term immigration is taking on a new meaning, and the future of Germany’s economy is all the brighter because of it.

“The new quality of immigration is a godsend,” CDU Minister Ursula von der Leyen professed back in 2013. “It helps our country, making it younger, more creative, and more international. Everyone benefits.”   more ...

United Kingdom (UK)

The Expat’s Guide To (Affordable) Renting In London

Posted on Friday May 15, 2015 (20:01:33)
London: the home of cockney rhyming slang, jellied eel pies and world-famous football clubs.

Whether it’s for the promise of increased job opportunities or the brilliantly multicultural feel, London draws in thousands of new residents every year from across the world, keen to get stuck into the world of employment, as well as give back to their local communities. The National Office of Statistics revealed that in 2014 London was the only region across the whole of the UK that saw a migrant population increase of over 10% (13.8%). There must be something in those pies!   more ...


Expat Family Friendly Things To Do In Canada

Posted on Thursday May 14, 2015 (21:27:54)
Canada is a great country for expats – as long as you’re able to handle the long, cold winter, there’s much to appreciate and enjoy. From the great Canadian outdoors, to the healthcare and educational facilities, the strong economy and job market, and the excellent infrastructure, Canada provides an excellent new home country for anyone who is considering moving abroad.

When it comes to moving with a family, expats tend to look first at healthcare and education. However, it is also worth looking at places to go and things to do with your family in your new country of residence. Luckily, this is another area in which Canada scores well. Because of the great infrastructure, travelling with your family is quite easy in Canada.   more ...


A Short Expat Guide To Buying A House In Singapore

Posted on Thursday May 14, 2015 (21:14:00)
Since the year 1973, the Singaporean Government has restricted the ownership of residential property in the country by foreigners. Ownership of houses is governed by the Residential Property Act. This Act is mainly aimed at giving the locals a stake in their country by being able to buy and possess their own houses. At the same time, it also encourages foreigners who make an economic contribution to the country to purchase property for their own occupation.

Investing in the Singaporean real estate industry can be quite complex, especially for a foreigner. Given below are the steps that need to be followed to purchase a house in Singapore:   more ...

Netherlands (Holland)

A Guide To Public Holidays In The Netherlands

Posted on Thursday May 14, 2015 (21:00:43)
Some of the public holidays in the Netherlands coincide with major festivals and celebrations. These are usually non-working days that commemorate some important cultural or historical event. Here is a guide to public holidays in the Netherlands.

New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaarsdag)
This day can be rather quiet with most businesses, post offices and banks closed. Very few people go to work and even public transport services are limited. On the night of December 31st, celebrations are held and some towns also have public gatherings with bonfires.   more ...


A Guide To Pensions In Italy

Posted on Thursday May 14, 2015 (20:51:09)
Italy’s social security system provides citizens and residents with a variety of benefits such as disability benefits and old-age pensions. The amount of benefits an individual receives is determined by the duration of time for which he or she has contributed to the welfare system and on their income level. The Italian social security system provides all individuals working in Italy with the opportunity to receive welfare benefits by paying national insurance contributions. This includes EU and non-EU nationals, employed individuals, self-employed individuals, professionals and entrepreneurs.   more ...


A Guide to Funding College Education In Ireland

Posted on Thursday May 14, 2015 (20:41:17)
Ireland is a great destination to further your studies due to the sheer variety of courses on offer. Ireland is reputed for its educational excellence and also happens to have one of the youngest populations in all of Europe. English is the main language of the country and international students will find it easy to fit in. They will also have a chance to immerse themselves in the rich culture, unspoiled natural beauty and cosmopolitan character of the big cities in Ireland.

Higher education in Ireland
The universities in Ireland are fully recognized internationally.   more ...


A Guide To Employment Laws In Germany

Posted on Thursday May 14, 2015 (20:22:16)
Employment laws serve to regulate relations between the employer and employees. In Germany, the law makes it compulsory for employees to have written contracts with their employer. The employee’s salary, benefits, starting date and other such conditions must be included in the contract. A different type of contract is the limited term employment contract, which is used when employment is limited to a specified shorter term, such as when the job is a project. Employers can enter into any of these contracts for up to two years without restrictions. Probationary periods can last up to 6 months and employees must receive at least two weeks’ notice before employment is terminated during this period.   more ...


A Few Tips For Expats Driving In Bulgaria

Posted on Thursday May 14, 2015 (20:10:57)
Driving in Bulgaria can be a daunting experience for those unaccustomed to it. But expats can easily overcome this by paying attention to the road and sticking to the traffic rules.

Expats can use their foreign driving licenses, provided they are still valid. However, it is also necessary to have an International Driving Permit. The same rules apply for foreign license holders from EU and non-EU countries. Those who intend to extend their stay in Bulgaria beyond twelve months will have to obtain a Bulgarian license.   more ...

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