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United States (USA)

East Coast Or West Coast USA - Where Should You Move To?

Posted on Friday May 27, 2016 (08:08:59)
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America has drawn people from around the world for a long time. The Statute of Liberty invites the world to send, “your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free”. And for all the millions of hopeful new arrivals, the mighty lady standing off New York’s shores always seemed like the warmest welcome to a land of freedom and opportunity.   more ...


Cyprus - Recommended Blogs

Posted on Friday May 27, 2016 (06:55:13)
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 Cyprus and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.   more ...


Ten Challenges Of Running A Small Business Abroad

Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016 (06:02:28)
A large portion of the expat population around the world is made up of employees on foreign assignments and retirees or pensioners. Families and international students also make up a considerable percentage of the global expat population. However, entrepreneurs are also quite a large group. For example, according to one estimate, in the United Kingdom there are more than 450,000 businesses that have been set up by expats, employing over a million people in the country.   more ...


How Would Brexit Affect You As A British Expat?

Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016 (08:09:51)
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Ever since the UK became a part of the European Union, its membership has been a topic of strong debate. Currently the imminent EU referendum in the United Kingdom has become one of the most common topics of discussion among Brits.

On Thursday June 23rd 2016, British nationals will participate in a poll to decide if the country should continue to be a part of the EU or should exit.   more ...


Cultural Surprises: Your Stories

Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2016 (07:35:15)
We often write about culture shock at Expat Focus. We discuss the jarring moment when we land in a new country and are jolted into the realisation that we are a long way from home.

The language is different, the temperature is all wrong, our senses are overloaded with new sounds and smells, and we have no idea what is going on around us. The locals might be willing but unable to help, or they may be frighteningly stand-offish.   more ...


Expat Focus Healthcare Update 24 May 2016

Posted on Tuesday May 24, 2016 (07:36:46)
Online healthcare shopping made easier for expats

If you’re an expat living in China, paying for health and beauty goods such as medicine or makeup over online retail sites Tmall.com and Taobao Marketplace would have been challenging to say the least. In February, three U.S. expats, Jay Thornhilll, Tyler McNew and Charlie Erickson, made the sites accessible to English-speakers.   more ...


Which Are The Best Cities To Start A Business In As An Expat?

Posted on Monday May 23, 2016 (06:11:30)
Across the world, people choose to live in new locations for a variety of reasons – some move for the sake of their careers, some to be with a spouse, others move for cultural reasons, and yet others move for the climate. Often, there are multiple, overlapping reasons for choosing to live in a new country.   more ...


Ireland - Recommended Blogs

Posted on Friday May 20, 2016 (04:42:26)
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 Ireland and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.

Casa Caudill

Romance novelist by day, mischievous American expat in Ireland by night, Becky is a globetrotting sweetheart with a recently acquired penchant for Irish rugby.   more ...


Interview With Ronald Saw And Ursula Inta, International School Teachers

Posted on Thursday May 19, 2016 (07:50:32)
Ronald Saw And Ursula Inta
What motivated you to move from New Zealand to live and work in Vietnam?

Ursula: Ronald and I had always said we'd love to work in Vietnam, and especially in Ho Chi Minh City. We visited the city during a period of travelling, and both commented on how it would make a great city to teach and live in.

Ron: The vibe, food, and culture of Vietnam and South East Asia is unbeatable!   more ...


Why A Third Of British Expat Retirees Are Returning Home

Posted on Tuesday May 17, 2016 (07:34:55)
Over the last few decades, millions of people from the UK have made their homes in other countries around the globe. Many of these are younger professionals, entrepreneurs, and students, but retirees in particular make up a large chunk of this population of British citizens living abroad. Spain is the most popular location for British expat retirees, and it is estimated that there are around one million of them in the country, thanks mainly to the warmer climate and the lower cost of living than Britain.   more ...

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