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Articles > Canada

Canada

An Expat Guide To Moving To Canada Under The Skilled Workers Program

Posted on Tuesday June 20, 2017 (09:06:10)
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There are many ways to gain citizenship in Canada, one of the most popular being through the Skilled Workers programme. A ‘skilled worker’ is someone with suitable education and work experience, and who is fluent in one of Canada’s official languages.   more ...

Articles > Canada

Canada

An Expat Guide To Self-Employment In Canada

Posted on Monday June 19, 2017 (10:30:53)
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The second largest country in the world, Canada is bordered by three oceans: the Arctic Ocean in the north, the Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Pacific Ocean in the west. Canada also shares borders with the United States in the northwest and south.

Canada is a land with varied landscapes. It has regions with tall mountains, various types of forests, arctic tundra where the land is permanently frozen, and prairie grasslands. There are also a number of lakes and rivers across the Canadian territory.   more ...

Articles > Italy

Italy

An Expat Guide To Politics In Italy

Posted on Monday June 19, 2017 (10:10:11)
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Italy’s history stretches back all the way to the Roman Empire. In Italy, expats will find a rich cultural heritage that is evident even in the tiniest rural towns. Italian is the official language, but other languages such as Slovenian, German and French are also considered national languages, and are spoken along the Slovenian border, in the region of Trento and in the Valle d’Aosta. Italians are proud of their rich cultural heritage and their language and expect visitors and expats to at least attempt to speak Italian.   more ...

Articles > United States

United States

A Guide To Fourth Of July Celebrations For Expats In The USA

Posted on Monday June 19, 2017 (09:51:27)
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The American Independence Day, or Declaration of Independence, is celebrated on the Fourth of July every year. It was on July 4, 1776 that the United States of America was born as an independent nation.   more ...

Articles > United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Ten Signs You're Becoming A Londoner

Posted on Friday June 16, 2017 (09:03:19)
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It’s been a busy few weeks for London. The Big Smoke has been hit by a terrorist attack and suffered a devastating fire, yet still it has dusted itself down and carried on.

At times like these a lot gets said about the ‘Blitz Spirit’: the determination, resolution and downright stubbornness that saw the city survive the bombs and fires of Nazi aggression. This mindset ensured Londoners kept calm and carried on, shaking the debris of the night’s violence from their hair every morning and living their lives as best they could.   more ...

Articles > Mexico

Mexico

Indigenous Traditions In Mexico - A Short Guide For Expats

Posted on Thursday June 15, 2017 (09:13:16)
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One of the largest and most diverse indigenous communities in Latin America exists in Mexico. The indigenous population in Mexico consists of 12.7 million people that make up 13 percent of the country’s population. There are 62 languages spoken by this population. Traditionally, the indigenous communities were defined using language-based criteria, which may have led to an underestimation of the indigenous population. This changed in the 2000 census when indigenous peoples’ organizations pressured the government to include a question based on self-identification. In this census it was found that only half of the population that identified themselves as indigenous spoke an indigenous language. 84 percent of those who spoke an indigenous language also spoke Spanish.   more ...

Articles > Germany

Germany

An Expat Guide To Learning German

Posted on Thursday June 15, 2017 (08:39:44)
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After years as an articulate adult, regressing to the eloquence of an excited toddler can be frustrating and quietly humiliating. But it’s also worth it. There is a reason why many of the world’s greatest thinkers have worked in German. Soon you’ll be able to express the fear that time is running out (Torschlusspanik) or describe a face that just begs to be slapped (Backpfeifengesicht) in one elegant word. But it isn’t just for building incredible nouns and speaking with keen precision that German is important, it is also crucial for becoming a part of German life and culture.   more ...

Articles > Health

Health

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update June 2017

Posted on Wednesday June 14, 2017 (10:46:13)
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Growing mental health issues for expats

A survey by Aetna International has revealed there's a growing problem for the mental health issues of expats working overseas.

The firm says there's been a sharp increase globally of 28% in claims for help with mental health issues in Europe, Africa, the Middle East as well as the Americas and Southeast Asia.   more ...

Articles > Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan - Recommended Expat Blogs

Posted on Wednesday June 14, 2017 (10:15:54)
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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Azerbaijan and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.   more ...

Articles > United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Interview With Rebecca Blandford, App Creator, My London By Runawaykiwi

Posted on Tuesday June 13, 2017 (08:09:26)
Rebecca Blandford
Rebecca, tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, and what first prompted you to move abroad?

I’m a kiwi from Auckland and I basically moved over to London because my mum told me to…yeah. I was a tax accountant back home (terrible life choice) and in the midst of hating my job my Mum suggested I move to London to figure out what I really wanted. I only thought I was going to be here for three months, five years later I’m still going strong! I love cafes, galleries, travel and stalking cats that I find on the street…   more ...