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France > Articles

France

Moving from London to Paris: What to Expect

Monday September 16, 2013 (19:39:52)

Courtesy of Bupa International, specialist providers of expat health insurance.

Planning on making a move across the channel from London to Paris? Find out more about what to expect, and what the two capital cities have in common...

Housing

Like all major global cities, space is at a premium in both Paris and London. All that practice you’ve had in making the best of small spaces with clever storage solutions will come in handy. There are certain arrondissements (districts), such as the 2nd and 8th, where house prices and rental rates are sky-high. But if you’re willing to live slightly further out in the less prestigious areas, Paris is quite affordable, and can be slightly cheaper than London. On the whole property prices in France are up to 30% lower than those in Britain.   more ...

France > Articles

France

Relocation Help - Schooling Options On The French Riviera

Wednesday September 11, 2013 (20:22:13)

by Mellissa Wheeler on behalf of La Costa Properties Monaco

Finding the perfect apartment in Monaco or on the French Riviera could be a dream come true but moving abroad means careful planning and there’s a lot to organise. Relocating to a foreign country can have its challenges but what if there are children to consider too?

A move abroad might mean some changes for you; learning a new language, understanding differences in financial practices, organising the sale, purchase or rental of your new home. For those with children of course, the most important factor will be ensuring your children receive the best possible education.

One of the first questions to ask yourself if you’re looking to buy property abroad is whether there are any good schools in the area.   more ...

Spain > Articles

Spain

Things To Consider When Moving To Spain

Saturday September 07, 2013 (00:19:22)

courtesy of Crown Relocations

Located in South West Europe, just miles from North Africa, Spain’s unique way of life stems from the age-old cultural mix which makes up the country. There’s no other country in the world quite like it, and the laid-back lifestyle, excellent food, great climate and friendly people make Spain a hugely popular destination for both tourists and those looking to start a new life abroad. This is especially true for the British, with a huge expat community now living in the country.

Spain’s landscape is beautiful and encompassing, a combination of flat, desert-like plains, lush greenery, white sandy beaches and snow-tipped mountains. The Canaries and Balearic islands also come under Spain’s rule, with the sun drenched party capital of the world Ibiza just a short flight away. But for anyone who wants to live long term in the country, there are some key points to remember to avoid any possible culture shock when initially settling into the country.   more ...

Malaysia > Articles

Malaysia

Foreign Talent and the Thriving Malaysian Economy

Saturday July 20, 2013 (21:44:27)

Due to strong governance, the Malaysian economy has continued to thrive and grow despite global economic downturns in the rest of the Asian world. Expats are drawn to this success, viewing the economic performance of the country as a good indication of future growth and prosperity. Many credit the recent economic good fortune to a flexible form of governance that has been able to overcome problems that have beset other countries. As a successful manufacturing hub of Asia, Malaysia has more than ever before begun to appeal to expats from areas such as Europe, North America and Australia. By securing foreign talent, Malaysia’s economy has expanded further, reaping beneficial foreign investment as well.   more ...

Hong Kong > Articles

Hong Kong

Expat Employment and The Hong Kong Job Market

Saturday July 20, 2013 (21:24:45)

As a major financial hub of the world, Hong Kong employs thousands upon thousands of expat workers that relocate in search of work and a better quality of life. Enticed by the area’s low taxes, efficient and well-developed public transportation system and heavy use of English, expats from areas like the United States, Europe and Australia are finding Hong Kong an alluring option when moving. However, recent economic downturns and increasing numbers of qualified workers have made the job market extremely competitive. This said, expats can rest assured that Hong Kong still holds many job opportunities, should they be looking in the right places.

Employment Options for Expats in Hong Kong

Expats have a variety of industries that they can choose to enter into when searching for work in Hong Kong. High-earning positions can be secured within the accounting and finance sector, architecture, urban planning, banking, healthcare, life sciences and international law among others.   more ...

Malaysia > Articles

Malaysia

Top Expat Neighborhoods in Kuala Lumpur

Saturday July 20, 2013 (21:15:22)

As the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has emerged as a major attraction for white-collar, Western expats throughout the years. Much like Singapore, expats from the United States and Britain are attracted to Kuala Lumpur due to its rising quality of education and health care, as well as its improving infrastructure. Unlike Singapore, however, Kuala Lumpur offers expats a cost-effective place to say while sustaining a high standard of living. There are many diverse areas throughout Kuala Lumpur in which to reside, but expats clearly seem to favor certain neighborhoods over others. Although the increasing expat population has driven up property values slightly, there are still many affordable options available to those looking to relocate to Kuala Lumpur.   more ...

Singapore > Articles

Singapore

The Best Singapore Schools for Expat Families

Saturday July 20, 2013 (21:10:15)

For expats with families, education is a top concern. Singapore has one of the top-rated education systems in the world, integrating the most successful aspects of other country’s systems in conjunction with its growing and redeveloping infrastructure. With the choice between international schools and local schools, many parents may be confused as to where to begin. International schools are a better option for expats looking to move to Singapore for a limited time because they follow the curriculum of a home country. However, for expats looking to live in Singapore long-term, a local school may be a more viable option. Whatever path an expat sends their children down, they are guaranteed to participate in one of the most rigorous systems in the world. However, there are schools that stand out as the best of the best in Singapore, providing an appealing array of options for expats.   more ...

Malaysia > Articles

Malaysia

Sarawak and Sabah: Opportunities for Expat Professionals in East Malaysia

Saturday July 20, 2013 (00:15:08)

Sarawak and Sabah comprise what is known as East Malaysia, or Malaysian Borneo. In contrast to the major industrial and commercial centers of Kuala Lumpur and Petaling, the island territory is comprised of mostly lowland rain forests and is home to just about a fifth of the total Malaysian population. Many expats that choose to relocate to Malaysia for its low cost, but high standard of living settle in popular neighborhoods around Kuala Lumpur. However, this is not to say that there are not opportunities for expats on this island. Although travel can clearly be problematic, there are limited opportunities for expats that want to settle in East Malaysia.   more ...

Hong Kong > Articles

Hong Kong

The British Influence in Hong Kong: How Much Remains?

Friday July 19, 2013 (20:26:18)

As a product of 156 years of British colonial rule, Hong Kong has only been independent since 1st July 1997. In recent years, Hong Kong has undergone a sort of identity crisis, leaving some yearning for the days of British control. How much the city has changed is up to debate, as Brits and foreigners alike still feel a dominant Western presence throughout. Many expats already living in Hong Kong considered the change to be more of a formality than transformative occurrence. This may be the reason why many expats find Western comfort in this Asian city, as the British influence is woven throughout the entire society.   more ...

Singapore > Articles

Singapore

Should You Join an Expat Group in Singapore?

Friday July 19, 2013 (19:45:52)

In consideration of Singapore’s westernized and cosmopolitan way of life, most expats find acclimating to the new environment a smooth process. However, moving to any distant location poses some possibility for culture shock and, invariably, the adjustments that must be made to overcome it. Instinctively, many individuals will extend a plea for help to their family and friends back home, who cannot relate to their new, and sometimes intimidating, situation. Enter, expat clubs, the groups that pose myriad benefits for those who seek them out. Most expats from countries like the United States, Europe and Australia consider expat clubs to be a great way to meet people with similar endeavors on their horizon. For this reason, there are multiple clubs in existence, each of which is tailored to an expat’s needs or past home country, allowing them to adjust among those just like them.   more ...