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Hong Kong > Articles

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Neighborhoods: Where Expats Should Live and Why

Wednesday July 17, 2013 (15:57:37)

Hong Kong lures expats from around the world in spite of its crowds and high cost of living. Like many cities around the world, each neighborhood in Hong Kong has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Hong Kong has retained much of its Western influence in some of these neighborhoods, offering comfort and a homely feeling to many expats who settle here.

While it is possible for expats to navigate through the process of Hong Kong real estate, local agents often have a hard time accommodating Western demands. Thus, there are many expat-specific agencies situated in Hong Kong to serve this specific purpose. Through whichever method they decide upon, expats looking for homes in Hong Kong can expect to choose from a number of neighborhoods that are either expat-friendly or house a large number of expats.   more ...

Singapore > Articles


Singapore: The Fourth Most Popular Expat Destination

Wednesday July 17, 2013 (15:35:27)

Singapore has recently been ranked fourth behind the United States, United Kingdom and Australia in the Hydrogen’s Global Professionals on the Move 2013 report. Housing approximately nine percent of the world’s expats, Singapore draws workers primarily because of its highly regarded technology and finance industries. As an innovative and well-educated country, expats witness vast improvements in their family finances and disposable incomes upon moving to Singapore.

In addition to the financial benefits to be had, Singapore’s culture and safety is also quite appealing to expats and their families. It is no surprise that people decide to stay in this city that has retained much of its charm from the British colonial days, for its cutting edge environment appears to be the way of the future.   more ...

Andorra > Articles


Will Andorra, Europe's Most Accessible Tax Haven Star, Implode?

Thursday July 04, 2013 (19:31:07)
by Roger Munns, International Property Tribune

From the late 1970's Andorra was a European tax haven star, with many taking residency, but with income tax set to be introduced, will it kill the goose that lays the golden egg?

Cheaper than Monaco and the Channel Islands for property and with no income tax the number of people taking residency in Andorra has historically been good for the last forty years.

But over the last two years the number of residency applications in Andorra dropped as the country's parliament debated whether to introduce a minimum investment level for new entrants, but once the government had taken the decision the number of people viewing property in Andorra rose again.   more ...

Greece > Articles


Life As An Expat In Greece

Saturday June 08, 2013 (02:07:40)

by Omaira Gill

Greece had never featured particularly high on my radar of places I wanted to visit. I found myself there in August 2004 after successfully applying to volunteer at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. But Greece is the home of interfering gods and the Fates, and they had other plans for me. What was to be a one-off two week trip ended up turning into a much longer relationship.

On my first day as a volunteer, I met my husband who was coordinating the centre where I was based. I returned to the UK and we stayed in touch. Our conversations became longer and more frequent, and the rest is history.

We managed a long-distance relationship for several years until it came to the crunch – who was going to move?   more ...

Germany > Articles


Getting Set-Up, Integrating, and Living in Germany: A Case Study

Saturday June 08, 2013 (01:56:19)

by Matthew Jorgensen

One way or another, you’ve landed a job in Germany and have an expected date of arrival. Now what? Preparing to move to Germany can seem like a daunting task. For my family and I it was the first time we would live outside of the USA. We had some guidelines from the foundation that was employing me, but they weren’t targeted to people coming from the States so most of the advice didn’t seem to apply. Emails to my contacts in Germany went unanswered for weeks, so we more or less had to figure things out on our own. Here’s how we did it, along with some of the mistakes we made.

The Setup

Money for relocation was very tight for us.   more ...

South Korea > Articles

South Korea

5 Things Expats in Korea Need to Know

Saturday June 08, 2013 (01:02:10)

So you plan to pack up and move to Korea? Great! Just remember, everything might not go according to plan. I had planned to go for one year, and told everyone I’d be home soon. Seven years later, I finally left. I also met people who didn’t last a year, and returned home after 6 months, unable to adjust to life in the Land of the Morning Calm. Based on my own years of experience, here are 5 things every expat should know when they board a plane with a one-way ticket to Seoul.

1. Listen to the Voice of Experience – Maybe

If you apply for a job, talk to as many current and former employees as you can. If a whole chorus of current employees is speaking up about problems with working conditions, late payments or other serious issues – listen to them, and look for another position.   more ...

South Korea > Articles

South Korea

The Korea I Know: Life Through the Expat Lens

Saturday June 08, 2013 (00:32:34)

by Lindsey Coulter

Most new expats arriving in South Korea will do so via Incheon International, a sprawling complex of futuristic terminals and expansive runways. Incheon International is about as technologically advanced as an airport can get, a theme repeated across the country from classrooms to supermarkets.

When this modern, user-friendly Korea is an expat’s first introduction to the country, it’s easy to believe everything else will be a snap. Signs are posted in a variety of languages, everyone speaks English, both Dunkin Donuts and a Baskin Robbins are right at hand and even the train system is a breeze. Newly minted expats depart from the airport feeling generally confident. It’s only when they’re on the ground, forced to make life work in a new land and language that things get a little more interesting.   more ...

Egypt > Articles


The Current Political Situation in Egypt for Expats

Thursday June 06, 2013 (14:04:11)

The 'Arab Spring' of February 2011 was one that, involving as many countries as it did, generated a variety of different results, and different implications for future foreign policy in the region. The popular anti-authoritarian demonstrations typifying this movement fanned out to Syria, where a civil war still continues to rage, and to Egypt, where the ruler being protested was successfully ousted.

Magazines such as Foreign Policy approvingly published photo slideshows of the events in Cairo's Tahrir Square and elsewhere: images appeared of simple terms like "Facebook" and "Twitter" daubed on Egyptian walls, seemingly evincing a pro-Western attitude on the behalf of the insurgents. Protesters were even spotted bearing witty placards with slogans like "No Mubarak, No Cry" (a clear reference to a similarly named Bob Marley tune). Countless parallels were drawn to the popular uprisings in Eastern Europe at the end of the 1980s, especially the mostly bloodless "Velvet Revolution" in Prague, with commentators noting the common feature of de-centralized protest. Much attention was also brought to the youthfulness of the protesting population (Egyptians under 25 comprise over half the total population) and the implications this might have upon a more democratic future in the region.   more ...

Cayman Islands > Articles

Cayman Islands

Higher Paid Jobs in the Cayman Islands

Thursday June 06, 2013 (01:54:43)

The Cayman Islands provide an enviable opportunity for English-speaking professionals to live in a 'tropical paradise', and one that has the highest living standard within the entire Caribbean region (and the 14th highest per capita GDP in the world) at that. The Islands' population, all told, is under 60,000 people with 100 square miles of territory, and it would seem that tropical cyclones present more of a threat here than the usual host of urban social problems (indeed, hurricanes are not to be taken lightly here either, as some of the more famous instances have caused several billion dollars' worth of damage on the islands). Expatriate employees on the islands can justifiably take pride in contributing to their prosperity, since they do make up over 40% of the total workforce, and largely power both the finance and tourism industries.

The Caymans, like many islands of their size, have a reputation for being an offshore banking center - it is one of the world's most notable hedge fund locations, and perhaps the fifth largest banking center overall - so work in the financial industry seems to be a feasible option for the foreseeable future.   more ...

South Korea > Articles

South Korea

The Current Situation for Expats in Seoul

Thursday June 06, 2013 (01:27:09)
Seoul Plaza
Upon the late 2011 death of North Korean despot Kim Jong-Il, and the ascendancy of his son Kim Jong-Eun to the leadership of the so-called "hermit kingdom", commentators throughout the free world began to speak hopefully of the possible reforms and fresh outlook that the "Great Successor" (and world's youngest head of state) might bring to that unhappy land. Early signs indicated that the newest member of the Kim dynasty would have a friendlier view towards the West: he was allegedly educated in Switzerland, had a passion for such non-despotic activities as playing basketball (even inviting former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman to the country in recent weeks), and broke with state broadcasting conventions by allowing Disney characters to be shown on national television.

Unfortunately, it was the more skeptical observers, who warned that the boy-king's deceptively goofy and naïve public image did not herald any real change for the country, who would be proven right. Beginning in March of this year, Kim almost casually declared a "state of war" with South Korea (though any major troop movements have yet to be seen), and renewed his forefathers' threats to turn the United States into a sea of fire.   more ...