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27% Of Young Brits Want To Move Abroad Due To Brexit – Why?

Posted on Monday June 18, 2018 (08:27:24)

Another month has dragged by with yet more confusion about the future of the UK. Whitehall continues to bicker about the options for hard, soft and medium-rare Brexit, with the different factions promising that their favoured options will cure all ills.

Although vague promises have been made that both sides of the Channel will respect the rights of the expats living within their borders, there are bigger issues still afoot. These promises can easily be overshadowed by the details currently dividing the corridors of power. The Bank of England is complaining that relations with the Treasury are “very, very bad.” And Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is launching her own negotiations with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier.   more ...

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Relationships And Dating While Abroad

Posted on Monday June 18, 2018 (08:02:00)

In this video, Dr Martine Jones shares a quick tip for expats who are in relationships.

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Medicines For Americans Abroad: How To Ask For What You Want In Foreign Pharmacies

Posted on Friday May 25, 2018 (12:39:26)

A particularly daunting task in any country other than your own, regardless of whether you are visiting on a short holiday or have made a more permanent move, is trying to get medication. Perhaps you require regular medication, or perhaps it’s just a one-off, but trying to find what you need can be frustrating if the medication is marketed under a different name, and sometimes embarrassing if there’s a language barrier. No one wants to act out their ailments by way of charades in the middle of a store. So how do you go about getting the medicine that you need abroad? How do you find out what you need, and how do you ask for it?   more ...

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Expat Focus International Healthcare Update May 2018

Posted on Friday May 25, 2018 (10:23:49)

Depression #1 mental health issue for expats

A survey of mental health issues currently faced by expats found that the number one issue is depression. The findings from Aetna International highlight that there has been a 50% increase in cases being reported between 2014 and 2016.

In their report, ‘Expatriates' Mental Health: Breaking The Silence’, found that anxiety has seen a 28% increase.

Those most likely to seek treatment for their mental health worries are women aged between 30 and 49.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update May 2018

Posted on Tuesday May 22, 2018 (10:23:02)

Expat assignments help boost staff loyalty

Expat employers believe that offering staff overseas assignments will help boost staff loyalty, according to a survey. The findings from Allianz Care found that employers said their biggest concern is keeping their staff engaged while other worries include recruitment, physical health and costs.

Expats say that the main non-financial incentive for working abroad is career progression, followed by flexibility.

Staff are also becoming more aware of health and safety issues for an assignment and employers that demonstrate empathy will improve expat engagement.

However, for 70% of respondents, the two most important issues that employers need to get right for successful overseas assignments are their pre-location support and the happiness of the expat’s spouse and children.   more ...

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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 Healthcare Update April 2018

Posted on Thursday April 19, 2018 (08:55:09)

Increasingly risky expat assignments lead to demand for advice

Employers who are sending expat employees to risky locations are increasingly demanding that their international private medical insurance provider helps meet their duty of care requirements, HR professionals say.

Research from Collinson Group, a global insurance and assistance provider, says that 23% of HR professionals they questioned say their organisation is increasingly sending staff to pursue opportunities in emerging economies such as Russia and China.   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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Cigna International

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