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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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How To Make Friends Abroad In Your 40s

Posted on Monday April 16, 2018 (13:55:11)

If you are facing the prospect of starting expat life in your 40s, or indeed moving to another new country, you may be asking yourself how you will meet new people and friends. Indeed, worries of these nature are inevitable in this situation. You might feel that this will be harder for you than some of your counterparts. After all, if you have children, it’s not likely that you’ll be hitting all the local bars on a regular basis. You may begrudge the twenty-somethings expats, assuming that they find it much easier to meet new people, but that doesn’t have to be the case!   more ...

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How To Renew Your British Passport When Overseas

Posted on Monday April 16, 2018 (13:31:16)

There’s a multitude of reasons why you would need to renew your UK passport while you’re overseas. You may currently live far from home, or work in a remote area, and don’t want to travel all the way back to the UK to renew your passport. Although we hope this isn’t the case, it could be that your passport has been lost, stolen or damaged. Perhaps you travel a lot and have run out of blank pages ahead of your passport expiry date, or you’re nearing the end of a specified length of validity for your current country.   more ...

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How To Deal With The Language Barrier When You First Move Abroad

Posted on Monday April 02, 2018 (11:11:05)

Nothing signals culture shock quite like a language barrier. Touching down at your destination, tired and lost, being confronted by grumpy officials barking orders you can’t understand and pointing to forms covered in unrecognisable text can provoke anxiety.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update March 2018

Posted on Monday March 19, 2018 (10:44:23)

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 (13:33:08)

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 (09:07:43)

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 (11:34:34)

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 (11:11:34)

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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Aetna International

Our award-winning expatriate business provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. In addition, we have helped develop world-class health systems for governments, corporations and providers around the world. We want to be the global leader in delivering world-class health solutions, making quality health care more accessible and empowering people to live healthier lives.

AXA - Global Healthcare

As the global healthcare specialists for AXA, the world’s number one insurance brand, we can help you get fast access to expert medical care, whenever and wherever you need it. All our plans include evacuation and repatriation, a second medical opinion service and extra support from a dedicated case manager if you’re diagnosed with cancer. You’ll also have 24/7 support from our caring multilingual team - we’ll always remember you’re a person, not a case number.

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.