Categories: Moving Abroad

Expat experience ‘can be Kafkaesque’

Working through labyrinthine administrative processes can be an arduous task for many migrant workers, says a new report.

26-year-old French expatriate Delphine told European magazine her move to Berlin was only made possible through the help of German-speaking friends, as all forms and documents were in German.

"Administration in your own country is usually very complicated, whereas in a foreign country we may feel like Kafkaesque characters," she explained.

She advised those planning a move abroad to get their papers ready well in advance, including copies and where necessary, certified translations.

The publication indicates that things may soon become a little easier for European expats as quota restrictions for certain professions and the need for a work permit are likely to be abolished by 2012.

In the meantime it suggests using migrants’ forums such as or for advice and support, or logging on to Facebook, which hosts numerous traveller and expat groups.

In related news, The Expatriate Archive in the Netherlands is inviting anyone who has experienced living abroad to share their thoughts and experiences in a series of writing workshops.

Moving abroad? Get a free quote for your international medical insurance online.

Expatriate Healthcare

Published by
Expatriate Healthcare

Recent Posts

Are There Any Challenges Related to Study Abroad Programmes?

There’s no denying the appeal of studying abroad. Moving to a new country, learning new…

1 week ago

4 Championed Education Systems from Around the World

Education is one of the most important things, it plays a key role in human,…

1 week ago

Things to consider when being offered a relocation package

Are you having to move for your dream job? If so, there is a high…

1 week ago

Coronavirus in China: Travel Advice

A new coronavirus has recently emerged in China that is believed to have originated in…

3 weeks ago

How Will Summer Holidays in Europe be Affected After Brexit?

There’s still a huge amount of uncertainty surrounding the UK’s impending exit from the EU…

3 weeks ago

The Cheapest Expat Locations for 2020

It’s about time you lived your dream. Quit your job, move abroad and enjoy life…

4 weeks ago