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Monthly round-up: August 2010

Expatriates have once again hit the headlines in August as a number of factors affecting expats made it into newsprint.

Property markets and employment opportunities are improving as the world begins to recover in the wake of the financial downturn, meaning expatriates are being required to invest in property and fill jobs in nations across the globe.

Nepal celebrated its first ever gay pride parade with the marriage of a gay expatriate and his lover, while Finland was voted as the best place for expats to live in a poll by Newsweek.

Finally, a report by NatWest revealed the vast majority of expatriates are happy with their adopted lifestyle and are sure that they would never give it up to move back home.

Here are just a few of the stories that have affected expatriates in August:


Singapore 'needs foreign workers'

Expatriates may be taking a closer look at Singapore as the city state undergoes an employment boom, figures have shown. The Ministry of Manpower revealed that Singapore has added an estimated 26,500 jobs to its economy in the three months ended June 2010, after the first quarter of this year witnessed the creation of 36,500 positions.

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Things to consider when buying overseas property

Prospective expatriates buying a home abroad may run into trouble if they have not anticipated the ins and outs of the process, according to a property website. Paul Collins, editor of BuyAssociation, explained that overseas medical insurance may be useful to those thinking of relocating to a different country.

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Romanian expats praised

Expatriates working in western Europe have been praised by Romanian president Traian Basescu for not returning home and putting additional pressure on the welfare system. Reports from the private news agency Mediafax quoted Mr Basescu's interview with television station TVR as suggesting that a mass return of Romanian expatriates would have been an extra burden on the state.

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Expat boom boosts Saudi Arabia population

The number of expatriates living in Saudi Arabia has boosted the kingdom's population to over 27 million. According to data released by the Ministry of Economy and Planning's General Statistics Department, the number of expatriates living in the country last year stood at 8.4 million, 70 per cent of whom were male.

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Stranded expats to receive govt help

Sri Lankan expatriates stranded in Saudi Arabia are to receive help from their home country's Foreign Employment Bureau. The bureau plans to bring home 41 expatriate workers who have been left in the Gulf country without jobs within the next few days, and has already spent more than three million rupees on the repatriation operation, according to ColomboPage.

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Wife arrested for expat's murder

The Thai wife of an expatriate has been arrested in connection with his murder. Bunnag Hyde, 38, was last week charged, along with her lover, with conspiracy to murder 68-year-old British expatriate Raymond Hyde, who had terminal throat cancer.

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Finland 'best place to live'

A new poll has revealed that Finland is the best place to live, something the country's expatriate population might already know. Good healthcare, education, a thriving economy, political stability and excellent quality of life saw Finland topping the poll of the best 100 countries to live in, the survey by Newsweek found.

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Nepal celebrates pride

An expatriate has made history by becoming the first foreigner to marry his gay lover in Nepal, just in time for the country to celebrate its first gay pride festival. Sanjay Shah, originally from Leicester in the UK, got hitched to his Indian partner in a ceremony in the capital city, Kathmandu.

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Expats 'happy with life'

Expatriate health insurance policyholders are less likely to return to their home country if they have worked and retired abroad, new research has shown. Almost three-quarters (71 per cent) of expatriates questioned by the NatWest International Personal Banking (IPB) Quality of Life report said they were happy with their retired lifestyle and believed they had made the right decision to move abroad.

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Australia 'provides good employment opportunities'

Young people thinking of relocating abroad to find work could do worse than taking up the expatriate lifestyle and finding employment in Australia, the country's official tourism board has suggested. At a time when many young adults are being affected by the aftermath of the global financial downturn, Rodney Harrex of Tourism Australia posited that jobs Down Under can be easy to come by.

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