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Expat Focus International News Update September 2018

Posted on Wednesday September 19, 2018 (18:50:12)

Expats vote Bahrain as the best place to live

For the second year running, expat workers in Bahrain have placed it as the best place to live and work. The findings from the Expat Insider survey rate the Gulf state's friendliness and they say that making a good life there is easy to do. The remainder of the top five places are Taiwan, Ecuador, Mexico and Singapore.   more ...

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What Does The Latest Brexit News Mean For British Expats' EU Pensions?

Posted on Wednesday September 05, 2018 (16:55:51)

A source of heavy debate and speculation for British citizens in recent years, Brexit and its consequences have been widely discussed. The decision to leave the EU has sparked fierce and continuous debate, whilst the exact outcome is still hard to concisely predict. The latest news on Brexit has sent out fresh waves of concern and dismay for the British expat community, amidst worrying reports that it could become essentially illegal to pay private pensions to retired British expats living abroad if the UK fails to secure a trade deal.   more ...

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The EHIC Card - What Is It And How Does It Work?

Posted on Wednesday September 05, 2018 (16:26:43)

The European Health Insurance (EHIC) Card, which replaced the old E111 certificate in 2005, gives you access to state-provided medical insurance across the European Union, along with 27 million other people. We’ll be looking at how to get one, the kind of treatment it entitles you to, and – if you’re British – how Brexit is likely to affect you and your EHIC card.   more ...

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New Research Suggests The Best Way To Fit In Abroad Is To Stand Out

Posted on Wednesday August 29, 2018 (18:43:31)

If you’re going to work abroad, there will come a time when you’ll have a discussion with your colleagues about different cultural customs and workplace practices. Perhaps you’ll have this discussion even before you start your new job; after all, there are lots of forums and online advice about ‘fitting in’ and not rocking the cultural boat. When working in Central Asia, for instance, Liz, an EFL teacher from the UK was “counseled against blowing my nose in public, which was easy enough to achieve up until the point when a heavy cold rendered it unavoidable: I apologised profusely and had to be reassured by my polite co-workers.”   more ...

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Residencies And Workaway Schemes: How To Get A Taste Of The Expat Life

Posted on Tuesday August 28, 2018 (10:42:44)

It can be difficult taking a step into the unknown. How do you know you’re going to like a new country? Whether you’ll like the food, or the people? How will you cope with the public transport? Will you fit in? It’s completely normal to feel a little anxious and have questions swirling around in your head. Well, what if you could do a trial period? What if you could go to your chosen country and stay for a few weeks or months, and figure out whether it’s for you before you nose-dive into a huge commitment you may regret?   more ...

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Worldschooling - What Is It, And Is It The Best Option For Your Child?

Posted on Tuesday August 28, 2018 (10:37:38)

‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness’, or so said Mark Twain. Travel has long been treated as the cherry-on-the-top for education, a way to top up formal teaching with a bit of life experience.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update August 2018

Posted on Wednesday August 22, 2018 (11:44:37)

Expat numbers predicted to reach 87.5 million

The world's expat population will rise to 87.5 million people by 2021, from the current 66.2 million, says a report.

Consultants Finaccord say the largest numbers of expats are living in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Germany, who account for 70% of expat populations.

These countries also account for 8.5% of international students.
The firm says that the growth in expat numbers has been 5.8% every year since 2013, when there were 52.8 million expats in the world.   more ...

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The Most Wheelchair Accessible Countries In The World

Posted on Wednesday August 08, 2018 (17:14:31)

As any wheelchair user will know, planning a trip to a new destination, whether for pleasure or business, requires some research and planning to ensure that getting around and enjoying life in a new country isn’t a logistical nightmare. Dropped curbs, plenty of accessible toilets, a good choice of accessible housing and accommodation, accessible restaurants and venues as well as a transport system designed with wheelchair users in mind are all extremely important factors when planning a move abroad.   more ...

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The Most Popular European Destinations For British Expats

Posted on Monday July 30, 2018 (14:40:02)

If you’re at the beginning of your expat journey and aren’t sure where to start your next chapter, then perhaps this article will be of some use to you. We’re looking at the hottest destinations for British expats in Europe, and just what makes them so popular.   more ...

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Should You Apply For A Second Passport?

Posted on Friday July 27, 2018 (14:26:24)

People apply for second passports for various reasons. If you’re travelling a lot, it defuses the stress of waiting for your passport to be returned from the visa sections of embassies or consulates whose paperwork might be on the slow side. Having a second passport and rotating your documentation with visa sections can get you organised and reduce anxiety.   more ...

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Cigna International

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