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Challenges Facing LGBT+ Employees When Relocating Abroad

Posted on Monday July 08, 2019 (16:19:01)


by Marion Wotton, Senior Global Mobility Consultant, Parental Choice Asia

Within expat social circles questions are always being asked. Some that give pause for thought are those along the lines of “Which countries would you recommend for an LGBT+ expat?”, or “My friend has been offered a dream job in country X, but they are LGBT+ ... do you think that they should go for the posting?” That these questions are being asked on social media and within expat forums - either directly or on behalf of friends who wish to remain anonymous - strongly suggests that this discussion needs to occur more openly in the mainstream business media.   more ...

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How To Make A Successful Move Abroad As A Dual Career Couple

Posted on Monday July 01, 2019 (16:39:43)


Expatriate life can be complicated. It can throw you in at the deep end; into new situations, new cultures and new feelings. Many spouses can feel displaced and sometimes even useless, as if they are trailing after their significant other. Indeed, as you may have noticed, they often are referred to as ‘trailing spouses’ within the expat community. It’s deeply important to secure your own needs and ambitions in order to feel happy in your new environment, and for some, that means having a fulfilling career. It’s perfectly possible for both of you to get your feet on the ground and become successful in your new home. In fact, there’s even a term coined for it – ‘Dual Career Couples’ – and it’s becoming the norm.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update June 2019

Posted on Tuesday June 25, 2019 (12:10:07)


Bahrain bans expats from its public sector

Following in the steps of other GCC countries, Bahrain is the latest to announce it is banning expat recruitment in the public sector. MPs there have now voted to approve plans to replace all expats working in the public sector within the next four years.   more ...

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The Nanny State Index: Which EU Countries Have The Most Restrictions On Eating, Drinking And Smoking?

Posted on Tuesday June 25, 2019 (11:48:22)


What is the Nanny State Index, you may ask? Well, it does exactly what it says on the tin! It’s a list of the worst places in the EU to eat, drink, smoke and vape – and you might want to take a look at it if you’re either travelling abroad or planning to relocate.   more ...

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Expat Focus Brexit News Update June 2019

Posted on Tuesday June 25, 2019 (11:40:32)


Brexit is still with us, but Theresa May herself is (just about) not, having now stepped down from the leadership of the Conservative Party. This has precipitated the inevitable leadership race, featuring everything from wild promises from the front-runner, Boris Johnson, to accusations of espionage (whether Rory Stewart will become the next James Bond rather than Tory party leader remains to be seen). At the time of writing, of the remaining candidates, Johnson has been bullish about making the Brexit deadline and Hunt is more cautious and say extra time may be needed. The Defence Minister, Tobias Ellwood, has told the BBC that a backbench rebellion might well take place to prevent a no deal Brexit.   more ...

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What Do The New EU Settlement Scheme Rules Mean For Vulnerable Expats In The UK?

Posted on Monday June 10, 2019 (17:23:13)


The current situation with regard to Brexit remains so fluid and uncertain that any EU citizen resident in the UK, or British expats resident in the EU, can be forgiven for remaining on edge until the thorny question of residency is finally resolved. However, some progress is being made; let’s take a look at the new EU Settlement Scheme in the UK for EU residents.


What is the new scheme?

The Home Office says that EU Settlement Scheme is “designed to make it straightforward for EU citizens and their family members to stay after the UK leaves the EU.”   more ...

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The Best And Worst Countries For Making Friends Abroad

Posted on Monday June 03, 2019 (12:09:13)


When you decide to make a new country your home, you invariably leave some friends behind in the process. Of course, with technology the way it is these days, it is easier than ever to stay in touch with those important people back home. However, email, text and video calls are poor substitutes for real contact with friends. Migrants may struggle to make friends when they move abroad; according to a survey conducted by Expat Insider, 45% of expats stated that making friends with local people in their new country was easy, meaning 55% struggled.   more ...

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Expat Focus Brexit News Update May 2019

Posted on Monday May 27, 2019 (07:33:49)


Suggestions that Brexit will still be with us in 2030 started to seem less sarcastic and more realistic this month, with the collapse of Theresa May’s attempts to arrive at a mutually agreeable solution with Labour.   more ...

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The Best Cities For Vegan Expats Around The World

Posted on Monday May 27, 2019 (07:27:22)


Being vegan and finding good places to eat, or places to eat at all, used to be something that could be a bit of a struggle, especially for expats who had to contend with language barriers and eating customs they’re not used to. However, this isn’t the case anymore, with veganism becoming ever more popular and widespread.   more ...

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Moving Abroad: Everything You Need To Know About Wi-Fi

Posted on Monday May 20, 2019 (11:51:14)


Wi-Fi might not necessarily be high up on your list of things to research when it comes to moving abroad, but you’d be surprised how much we rely on it, particularly in the West. A lack of access to the websites or cybersecurity you take for granted can have a huge impact on your everyday life. A little bit of forward planning and some insider tips are all you need to rectify this situation, which is exactly why we created this short guide.   more ...



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