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How To Make Friends Abroad In Your 60s

Posted on Monday January 08, 2018 (10:34:42)

Making the move abroad can be a daunting experience for anyone, regardless of age; however, many mature and retiring expats anticipate that moving abroad and assimilating into local life will be potentially harder for them than for others. However, according to HSBC Expat Explorer, this isn’t the case. The studies showed that 49 percent of overseas retirees said it took them less than six months to feel at home in their new country of residence. In addition to this, 52 percent said that it took them less than a year. In comparison, only 33 percent of their younger counterparts (aged 18 to 34) settled in as quickly.   more ...

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Making Expat Resolutions For The New Year? Here Are A Few Suggestions

Posted on Friday December 15, 2017 (14:17:08)

It’s a brand new year and time for a brand new set of resolutions. While it is true that many resolutions go unfulfilled, this may be because they are overly ambitious or unrealistic. The ambitious ones require a great deal of discipline, while the unrealistic ones call for big changes in lifestyle.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update December 2017

Posted on Friday December 15, 2017 (13:39:38)

UK's Net Migration Falls

Net migration into the UK has fallen by the largest amount ever recorded just a year after the Brexit referendum.

The latest news highlights that net immigration to the UK is at its lowest level for three years, with falling numbers of EU citizens heading to the UK and growing numbers of EU expats leaving. However, the number of EU migrants applying for British citizenship has jumped by 80% and there's been a fivefold increase in the number of EU workers being issued with a permanent residence card.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update November 2017

Posted on Friday November 24, 2017 (11:11:41)

Happiest Cities For Expats

In a survey of 51 world cities, the most popular with expats is Manama in Bahrain.

This unexpected winner is in pole position because expats say it's easy to settle in there; 92 percent of those who responded said they could live in Manama without learning Arabic. Expats add that as well as the quality of urban living, the city ranks well in all indices. The local population is friendly towards expats and few have encountered problems when it comes to finding new friends.   more ...

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The Best Career Options For Digital Nomads

Posted on Friday November 10, 2017 (13:28:02)

A digital nomad is a person who travels whilst working remotely, otherwise known as ‘location independent’. The money they earn from their online work perpetuates their ability to travel from place to place, particularly in countries where the exchange works in their favour, depending on the currency they earn in.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update October 2017

Posted on Thursday October 19, 2017 (09:40:06)

Singapore Tops HSBC Expat Explorer Survey

Singapore has topped the HSBC Expat Explorer survey for 2017, with Norway just being edged out.

HSBC questioned 27,500 expats around the world and found that Singapore offered more for the third consecutive year. Expats living there say offers the best quality of life and that it’s a safe place with well-paid work.   more ...

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Report: The Best Countries In The World To Bring Up Children

Posted on Friday September 22, 2017 (09:48:16)

A large number of families decide to move abroad based on various factors such as job opportunities, lifestyle, climate, political situation or personal reasons. A recent survey by InterNations included a Family Life Index subcategory, which focused on the quality of expat life. 45 countries were studied based on categories that were considered of most importance to expat families. These included quality of education, childcare and education costs, availability of childcare and education, and family well-being. There were 31 respondents for each country, who evaluated the categories of education, health, well-being and safety. Each country then received a ranking based on the overall quality of life they provided to families living abroad.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update September 2017

Posted on Friday September 15, 2017 (09:42:15)

US and UK least favourite expat destinations

In a survey of expats around the world asking them which is their favourite destination, the US and UK have both fallen significantly since the last survey.

Bahrain was voted into first place by the 12,500 expats questioned in 188 countries. In second place was Costa Rica, followed by Mexico, Taiwan and Portugal. The top 10 also features New Zealand, Malta, Columbia and Singapore and Spain.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update August 2017

Posted on Friday August 25, 2017 (09:17:05)

EU expats allowed to remain in UK

Plans have been outlined by the UK government that will enable EU expats to remain in the country after Brexit. Those who have lived in the UK for at least five years can apply for ‘settled status’.   more ...

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The World's Top Ten Cities For Quality of Life

Posted on Friday August 18, 2017 (15:42:05)

The elements that make a good quality of life are difficult to pin down, and different for each person. Not only that, they change as we age, so that our teenage paradise might be our mid-life hell.   more ...

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