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Expat Focus International News Update March 2018

Posted on Monday March 19, 2018 (09:44:23)

Male expats enjoy better career rewards after an overseas assignment

The career development of male expats is accelerated after spending time overseas, a survey reveals. The AXA World of Work report reveals that 51% of male expats say their career benefited from the move, whereas just 39% of women said so.   more ...

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Is Eastern Europe The Vegan Expat's Dream Destination During Lent?

Posted on Friday March 16, 2018 (12:33:08)

Vegan, vegetarian and pescetarian expats will be surprised to learn that Eastern Europe is a veritable vegan heaven during Lent. While at first glance Eastern Europe may not seem very veggie-friendly – Serbian national dishes, for example, often include ground meat and grilled minced meat – during Lent, a transformation occurs.   more ...

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Ten Of The Best Apps For Expats

Posted on Wednesday March 14, 2018 (08:07:43)

Living overseas makes even the simplest task just that little bit more complicated.

Keeping in touch with family, ordering a meal, managing your money; it can all become confusing. Different bureaucracies, language barriers and time differences mean that you can become lost when doing tasks in your new home, and cut off from dealing with issues at home. It can be difficult to balance the budget, eat well and communicate effectively. All these small inconveniences can quickly add up to make even the easiest errands a troublesome task.   more ...

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Brexit Update - What The Latest Negotiations Mean For Expats

Posted on Thursday March 01, 2018 (10:34:34)

There’s no getting away from it. It’s only a matter of time before every conversation, radio show or newspaper article finds its way back to Brexit.

The decision for the UK to leave the European Union (EU) was made by referendum in June 2016. Twenty months later, we are starting to get an understanding of what the post-Brexit world will look like. Some newspaper headlines have proclaimed it as the savior of the UK, protecting the country from exploitation by its neighbours. Equally, other papers have decried the split as bringing about economic ruin and diplomatic isolation from the world.   more ...

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How The Expat Job Boom Is Going Bust In The Middle East

Posted on Tuesday February 27, 2018 (10:11:34)

Much like a tale from the pages of Arabian Nights, there was once a legendary land of riches hidden in the sand dunes of the middle east. Many left their homelands to seek their fortunes in these towering cities of gold and riches. However, like so many other stories, this may soon be a tale of ‘once upon a time’ for expats.   more ...

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Making Friends Abroad When You're Over 50

Posted on Monday February 26, 2018 (12:32:00)

A survey for the National Academy of Sciences, conducted with more than 340,000 participants, found that overall feelings of well-being are vastly improved at middle-age compared to previous milestone ages. The research suggested that levels of stress as well as feelings of anger and worry began to significantly decrease, whilst happiness and enjoyment increased.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update February 2018

Posted on Friday February 23, 2018 (11:17:27)

UK Employers Plan More Expat Assignments

A survey of HR professionals has revealed that more millennials in the UK will be sent overseas for work by employers in 2018.

The findings from Collinson Group found that 48% of HR professionals are expecting more of their staff to be sent on a long-term international assignment in the next three years.   more ...

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How To Start Out As A Digital Nomad Abroad

Posted on Thursday February 15, 2018 (11:03:50)

Becoming a digital nomad is the new buzz within the travel community; the ultimate holy grail to be chased in the ever-developing, fast-paced world of the internet and social media. Shifting your income to an online revenue allows you to travel and earn as you go. It’s a lovely thought, but is it actually an attainable goal? If so, how do you go about doing it? The answers are that yes, this career path is attainable, and there is no right or wrong way to go about it. You can either concentrate on building up enough work and a sturdy client base before you travel, or you can start your search once you’re abroad.   more ...

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Valentine's Day Traditions Around The World

Posted on Monday January 29, 2018 (10:31:00)

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching. Shops around the world are bursting at the seams with heart-shaped decorations, discounted chocolate and sickly-sweet tokens of affection emblazoned onto cutesy teddy bears.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update January 2018

Posted on Friday January 26, 2018 (17:34:05)

British expats in EU face 'legal limbo'

British expats in the European Union could be facing legal problems when trying to apply for citizenship in their new country, a study has found.

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is warning that access to citizenship is controlled by the EU's member states and not by the European Union.

This means that dual citizenship is controlled tightly in countries such as Spain and the Netherlands, where dual citizenship is only granted if the applicant’s second country is in the EU.   more ...

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Aetna International

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AXA - Global Healthcare

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Bupa Global

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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.