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Expat Focus International News Update July 2018

Posted on Thursday July 19, 2018 (11:32:11)

London top city to find work

The best city in the world that expats want to move to is London, a study by the Boston Consulting Group has revealed. In their Decoding Global Talent 2018 report, they put the English capital in first spot, with 22% of expats saying they were happy to move there, followed by New York with 16%.   more ...

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How To Use Facebook When You're Thinking About Moving Abroad

Posted on Monday June 25, 2018 (10:00:02)

Facebook is an omnipresent social media channel these days. There aren’t many people who don’t use Facebook to socialise and share snippets of their everyday lives. Facebook started off as a way to connect with close social circles and perhaps stay in touch with friends and family living too far away for a casual visit. However, since it began, Facebook has developed a whole lot, meaning there is so much more you can do with it than ever before.   more ...

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Why Are So Many EU Expats Leaving The UK And Where Are They Going?

Posted on Monday June 25, 2018 (09:44:25)

It’s been called “Brexodus”. Faced with an uncertain future and some outright hostility, EU citizens are leaving the UK in record numbers.

The votes were counted two years ago now, but the world is no closer to understanding exactly what the UK’s exit from the EU will entail. There is still wrangling and soul searching going on at the highest levels of government in London, much of which is spilling out of the corridors of power and onto the front pages.   more ...

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Highlights From The Global Wealth Migration Review 2018

Posted on Monday June 25, 2018 (09:41:26)

The expat world loves a report. There are surveys, indexes and portfolios that list all the intricate details of the expat ecosystem. Where are the best schools, which tax systems are friendliest, even reports comparing the job satisfaction of workers from Athens to Zanzibar and everywhere in between.

When working overseas, expats are at the mercy of the ebb and flow of international economics. That gold-plated salary can quickly tarnish should the currency markets turn. Entire industries can be decimated by fluctuations in the price of raw materials.   more ...

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The Ten Happiest Countries In The World

Posted on Monday June 25, 2018 (09:33:53)

Choosing where to live in the world is no easy feat. There are positives and negatives to each of the 195 countries that exist in the world; whether that’s economic stability, the weather, employment opportunities or the general lifestyle. But when it comes to happiness, it’s a lot tougher to measure. After all, happiness is subjective and as a result, it can be difficult to quantify. However, the World Happiness Report has managed to do just that by creating a study which measures happiness levels across the globe.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update June 2018

Posted on Monday June 25, 2018 (09:09:48)

Best countries for expat work-life balance revealed

One of the world's biggest networks for expats has put together a list of the best 10 countries for expats to enjoy their work-life balance.

According to InterNations, who interviewed more than 13,000 expats living in 188 regions, their findings highlight that expats who report being the happiest with their work-life balance are not necessarily working the fewest hours and it is the quality of life they enjoy outside of work that appears to count for more.   more ...

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27% Of Young Brits Want To Move Abroad Due To Brexit – Why?

Posted on Monday June 18, 2018 (08:27:24)

Another month has dragged by with yet more confusion about the future of the UK. Whitehall continues to bicker about the options for hard, soft and medium-rare Brexit, with the different factions promising that their favoured options will cure all ills.

Although vague promises have been made that both sides of the Channel will respect the rights of the expats living within their borders, there are bigger issues still afoot. These promises can easily be overshadowed by the details currently dividing the corridors of power. The Bank of England is complaining that relations with the Treasury are “very, very bad.” And Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is launching her own negotiations with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update May 2018

Posted on Tuesday May 22, 2018 (10:23:02)

Expat assignments help boost staff loyalty

Expat employers believe that offering staff overseas assignments will help boost staff loyalty, according to a survey. The findings from Allianz Care found that employers said their biggest concern is keeping their staff engaged while other worries include recruitment, physical health and costs.

Expats say that the main non-financial incentive for working abroad is career progression, followed by flexibility.

Staff are also becoming more aware of health and safety issues for an assignment and employers that demonstrate empathy will improve expat engagement.

However, for 70% of respondents, the two most important issues that employers need to get right for successful overseas assignments are their pre-location support and the happiness of the expat’s spouse and children.   more ...

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Which Countries Offer Expat Women The Best Career Prospects?

Posted on Monday April 23, 2018 (09:06:05)

Here in the UK, the subject of equality in the workplace is weekly headline. Whether the talk is of gender pay gaps at the BBC or retailers failing to promote women into management role, it’s a sad fact the glass ceiling has yet to be truly smashed.

If this is the case in the UK, where British and EU law supposedly guarantee equal opportunities, how do other countries around the world compare? One new study lists the top ten countries for working expat women.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update April 2018

Posted on Thursday April 19, 2018 (08:34:54)

Without tailored support expat assignments could fail

Employers should be considering the various needs of their expat employees, including their different life stages and age groups, in a bid to avoid their overseas assignments from failing, one health insurance intermediary says.

The Health Insurance Group says that business relocation and travel overseas was mainly carried out by older staff in years gone by but employers are as likely today to send employees aged in their 20s and 30s overseas.   more ...

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Bupa Global

Bupa Global is one of the world’s largest international health insurers. We offer direct access to over 1.2m medical providers worldwide, and we settle directly with them so you don’t have to pay up front for your treatment. We provide access to leading specialists without the need to see your family doctor first and ensure that you have the same level of cover wherever you might be, home or away.

Cigna International

Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.