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Expat Focus International News Update June 2017

Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017 (14:57:06)
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Why expats head overseas

The biggest reason why expats head overseas is to enjoy better career opportunities.

That's the finding from a study by global healthcare specialist AXA, which found that 30% of the 500 expats they spoke with said it was their main reason for moving abroad.

Around 23% said they moved for better pay and benefits.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update May 2017

Posted on Thursday May 25, 2017 (12:07:32)
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Expat opportunities in Saudi Arabia’s public sector curtailed

Opportunities for expats in Saudi Arabia will be severely curtailed from 2020 when all government departments will have terminated their expats’ contracts.

News outlets in the Kingdom are reporting that with 70,000 expats working in the public sector at the end of 2016, the process of job rationalisation will be an ambitious project.   more ...

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Thinking The Unthinkable: How To Deal With Your Own Prejudices When Living Abroad

Posted on Wednesday May 24, 2017 (14:27:15)

Living abroad is a cherished dream held by many. Discovering a new culture can be exciting. But moving abroad also comes with its set of challenges. One of these is culture shock. It can take a while to become familiar with a completely new way of living that is starkly different to our own.   more ...

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The World's Top Ten Cities For Quality of Life

Posted on Wednesday May 24, 2017 (13:40:00)
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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.

Nevertheless, there are stacks of indexes out there that claim to have discovered the master key for the good life. And it's all about location, location, location. Choosing the right city could make all the difference in achieving the kind of life you've always wanted.   more ...

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The World's Most Pet-Friendly Expat Destinations

Posted on Friday May 19, 2017 (19:02:48)
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As a good pet-parent you probably think of your pets as family, or more specifically, as children, with their health and wellbeing as your personal responsibility. Any pets that you have should therefore be factored into your decision of relocating to a new expat destination. This of course involves a lot more than just spending money on their plane ticket.   more ...

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Why The World's Most Expensive Cities For Expats Are Worth The Price

Posted on Friday May 19, 2017 (18:38:29)
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For many ambitious professionals looking to become expats, being offered a dream assignment is a marvellous opportunity but the drawbacks may entail being posted to one of the world's most expensive cities for expats to live in.

Despite the hefty rise in the cost of living, moving is still a worthwhile and rewarding decision to make, and if an employer is helping with a generous expat package then it becomes a realistic opportunity.   more ...

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The Top Ten Foods British Expats Miss When Living Abroad

Posted on Friday May 19, 2017 (15:41:13)
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Living overseas requires adjustment and adaptation. From learning the language to becomes au fait with customs and traditions, the most successful expats are the ones who take on the local culture and begin to make it work for them.

As well as learning to remove shoes, bow appropriately, and which flowers are taboo as a a gift, your palate will have to learn new tricks. Those icky oodstuffs that barely looked edible, let alone appealing, when you first arrived will eventually become the go-to snack that you crave all day.   more ...

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The Top Five Reasons Expats Give For Moving Abroad

Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017 (18:36:40)
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The expat tribe is large and varied, possibly counting as many as 215 million people amid its ranks, according to UN statistics. With so many people criss-crossing the globe, swapping one country of residence for another, there is a massive variety in the lifestyles led by expats.   more ...

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The Top Destinations for Expat Families

Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017 (16:44:26)
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Living abroad is an exciting and challenging prospect, no matter what age you might be and what your reasons are. People move abroad and change locations for many reasons.

Many expats are at a stage in life where they lead an independent life, and do not particularly need to consider anyone’s needs but their own when moving abroad.   more ...

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The Ten Most Environmentally Friendly Expat Destinations

Posted on Monday May 15, 2017 (18:26:18)
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Environmental issues are on many people’s minds at the moment. Let’s take a look at ten of the most environmentally friendly expat destinations in the world.

This isn’t a definitive list, but it’s based on studies and reports that have been created over the years, including Yale’s Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2016 and the Global Green Economy Index from Dual Citizen LLC.   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.

Aviva International

Health is your number one priority. At Aviva we understand this, which is why we’re focused on helping you and your family access high quality healthcare at home or overseas. Our award winning medical insurance will help you get the treatment you need or simply provide guidance and advice wherever you are, 24/7.

Bupa Global

At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.

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.