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Roaming Charges to be “Abolished” by 2017

For many of us, owning a mobile phone has become part of everyday life. Leaving the house without first checking you have your phone is unthinkable for many people. Even at home many people’s phones are carefully poised on the armchair of the sofa, ready to intercept text messages, phone calls and even tweets or Facebook updates. No wonder, then, that so many of us take our phones abroad where we can not only stay in contact with friends and family but ... Read more

Lonely Planet Reveals Top Family Travel Destination in Europe

Lonely Planet has just released their “Best in Europe 2015” roundup and the results make for some fascinating reading. Clearly assessing the whole of Europe – not just by country but also in a more graduated manner - requires considerable time and effort. However Lonely Planet have now unveiled the top places in Europe you should visit for the ultimate family holiday. For any families heading off abroad this summer, but with no concrete ideas of quite where to go, this list ... Read more

Eurotunnel Suspension Causes Travel Chaos

If experts are to be believed then tourists planning to visit France over the next week may be in for a nasty surprise. Access from the UK to Calais has been severely restricted thanks to the actions of striking French ferry workers. Concerns over job cuts have this week boiled over largely bringing the port to a standstill. There have been a number of effects caused by this industrial action which are likely to cause chaos, especially for the many tourists planning ... Read more

New Research Reveals the Asian Countries Paying Expats Most

When it comes to deciding how much to pay expat workers, the mechanics are often complex and convoluted. Do you, for example, use the employees’ salary from their country of origin as a starting point, or the average salary for their position in their adopted country? Furthermore, once even the base salary has been agreed upon, what else must be added to create a fair and appealing expat package? Considerations can include performance-related bonuses, local living costs such as housing and transportation, ... Read more

Africa Offers New Dawn for Expat Pay

According to a new study, Africa represents an exciting new opportunity for expats, with expat salaries here among the highest in the world. The new Expat Insider study, published recently by expat information site InterNations, paints a startling picture of expat life in Africa, far removed from the clichés that many people hold dear about the continent. Whilst many African countries are still painfully poor, the rapidly growing economies being experienced by much of Africa is beckoning in a new dawn for hard ... Read more

Expat Love Affair with Russia May Be Over

As a major oil producer, Russia has long drawn professional expat workers from around the world. Unlike oil producers in the Middle East, however, Russia has arguably not diversified its industry quite so significantly, and as a result the recent fall in oil prices is playing havoc with the Russian economy. This drop in the price of oil has had a significant “knock on” effect in Russia, as this money has failed to trickle down through the economy. This means that it’s ... Read more

Expat Retirees Miss Out On £850m Owed To Them

If you are one of the estimated 1 million+ retirees living overseas then you could be in for something of a shock. New research has highlighted just how many expats are missing out on funds that are rightfully theirs – in many cases precisely because they have moved abroad. Whereas last month we revealed that many pensioners are missing out on funds due to pensions not keeping up with inflation, this month a new source of missed funds has been revealed; though ... Read more

Expat Remittances to Negatively Impact Developing Nations

For many developing nations expat remittances form an essential part of the economy. It is not unusual in many parts of the world for adults to leave their country of origin in order to seek paid work abroad. In many developing countries it is easier to find work – especially jobs that pay a reasonable sum – by relocating abroad. Whether they stay short-term or long-term, the goal is often the same. The expats from developing nations don’t move abroad necessarily for ... Read more

Cuba Benefits from Upsurge in Tourism

Earlier this year we reported here at Expatriate Healthcare that President Obama was seeking to re-establish political ties with Cuba. While the country has long been the unfortunate recipient of both trade and tourism embargoes by the US government, significant changes seem to be afoot. Possibly the most notable of these changes is that since closer ties began to develop between Cuba and the USA, so tourism has started to increase at an impressive rate. While Cuba has long been a popular Caribbean ... Read more

Sudanese Expats in UAE Struggle with New Passports

Like many developing nations, Sudan relies heavily on expat remittances to help Sudanese families make ends meet. In the United Arab Emirates alone there are estimated to be over 300,000 Sudanese expats, mostly working in the burgeoning construction industry. Each year these expats send millions of dollars back to relatives in the Sudan. Unfortunately however, a new policy is causing concern among Sudanese expat workers. It has been agreed that as from November 2015, the standard Sudanese passport will no longer be ... Read more
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