Expat Focus International Healthcare Update December 2021

Healthcare news across the globe has been dominated by yet another new Covid-19 variant, Omicron. At the time of writing, it is not yet known how serious a threat Omicron poses. It appears to be highly infectious, but that does not necessarily mean it is more lethal or that it will lead to a higher … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update November 2021

Mental health issues continue to feature in the post-pandemic news. We’ll take a look at some new developments and how they might affect you as an expat.   Mental health hotline in Prague is extended Prague’s Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital has reported record levels of people using its mental health hotline, part of the Hospital’s Crisis … Read more

Expat Focus International News Update November 2021

Post-Covid confidence rises among expats The 14th annual Expat Explorer study, published in mid-October, shows that confidence among expats remains high. The yearly survey collects data from over 20,000 people who live and work abroad. As one might expect, 75% of expats reported that their optimism is a result of the waning effects of the … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update November 2021

Covid-19 continues to dominate international news headlines when it comes to healthcare. On the one hand is the relaxation of travel restrictions, whereas on the other are fears that death rates globally could increase as a result of waning immunity. Expat Focus asked a UK-based respiratory consultant for his views in mid-November, and he replied … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update October 2021

Mental health support for Westerners in Taipei The Taipei Times has reported recently on an organisation, Haxstrong, that offers mental health assistance and other forms of help to Westerners in Taiwan. The group started as an informal collection of Western and Taiwanese residents rallying around their friend Gregg Haxton, who had been seriously injured in … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update October 2021

Hong Kong expats criticise draconian Covid-19 regulations Singapore has abandoned its zero Covid-19 policy and is now describing the virus as endemic and something that has to be lived with. Combined with its excellent vaccination rate (80% of the population are now vaccinated), this is standing the city-state in good stead in comparison to economic … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update September 2021

Recent research suggests that as many as 50% of American expats have experienced mental health difficulties, and with Covid-19 added into the mix, the number might be even higher from 2020 onwards.   Mental health during the pandemic The study, The Mental Health Status of Expatriate Versus US Domestic Workers, was commissioned by Chestnut Global … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update September 2021

Abu Dhabi is a world leader in Covid-19 response The Deep Knowledge Group in London has recently published a survey researching global responses to the Covid-19 pandemic: ‘Ranking of the Safest Cities during the Covid-19 Pandemic for the Second Quarter of 2021.’ Abu Dhabi came top, followed by Singapore, Seoul, Tel Aviv and Dubai. Toronto, … Read more

How To Deal With Homesickness When Living Abroad

Expats are a particularly vulnerable group when it comes to maintaining mental health. This should not be surprising: the upheaval of a move, taking up a new job, and being uprooted from familiar surroundings and loved ones, plus the challenges of a different language and culture, can all take their toll – especially if it’s … Read more

How Do Expat Mental Health Concerns Differ Around The World?

If you are relocating abroad, you may be wondering about the situation in your new home as regards mental health. Maintaining your mental and emotional equilibrium is tough at the best of times, but the recent pandemic has seen a rise in mental health problems across the world. Cultural perspectives on mental health vary widely … Read more

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