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Worldwide Expat News

Keep up to date with the latest expat news from around the world.

Women Finally Granted Right to Drive in Saudi Arabia

On September 26th 2017, Saudi Arabia finally granted its female citizens the right to drive. Whilst women were not banned from getting behind the wheel, Saudi law required citizens to use a locally issued license whilst in the country. Funnily enough, these licenses could not be issued to women. Therefore, it was effectively illegal for women to drive.This latest move in the Kingdom is part of an ongoing political shakeup which has so far seen an abolishment of tax-free living and ... Read more

The 5 Most Haunted Hotels in The World

With Halloween fast approaching, we thought it fitting to cast our eyes over the most haunted hotels in the world. Often the locations of happy family holidays or romantic city breaks, hotels are the last place we’d expect to feel fear. Come with us on a frightening journey as we unveil the hotels where you’d unlikely want to rest your head, especially come the 31st October.Stanley Hotel, Colorado, USA The inspiration for Stephen King’s chilling masterpiece, The Shining, the Stanley Hotel is ... Read more

Millennials Moving Abroad for Better Job Opportunities

MoveHub’s 2017 Global Moving Trends Report has found that 60% of 18 to 35-year-olds have enquired about moving abroad. Reasons given by this millennial group for wanting to move abroad include wanting to experience a different culture and have access to greater job opportunities or better salaries.Whilst the majority of this upsurge tend to be what society class as ‘young professionals’, many claim that the reason for their interest in emigration is simply because they have nothing holding them back in ... Read more

Discovering the Wonders of Mysterious Armenia

Nestled between Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Iran is the former Soviet republic of Armenia. Whilst Armenia’s history is rich, much of it is also riddled with great tragedy. Whilst the country is something of a phoenix, both in terms of mysticism and reincarnation, Armenia is rarely considered a place to visit, despite the incredible culture it offers.  The History of Armenia To understand why Armenia is so special, we must look into the past. Legend has it that the Armenian people are descendants ... Read more

Where Can Expats Get the Best Salary Increases?

A study published by HSBC analysed the economic ranking of countries worldwide. The research studied different areas of expat life in this niche, from personal finances to career progression, and strength of the local economy.For expats wanting a substantial salary increase, head to Switzerland. The country is home to many pharmaceuticals companies, private banks and commodity traders and wages average at £144,151 per year. This is a 54% salary increase for most expats compared to if they had stayed at home.However, ... Read more

Could Pensions Be Withheld from Expats in Light of Brexit?

In late September, it was revealed that UK insurance and pension providers could be forced to suspend payments to customers living in EU countries after Brexit.The issue lies with the insurers. If the UK decides to leave the single market in 2019, some firms will lose their automatic license to provide payouts to British expats residing in EU countries. Unless a solution is found, insurance companies will lose the right to offer cross-border insurance unless a solution is found beforehand.The Association ... Read more

Expatriate Group Shortlisted for Expatriate Management and Mobility Award

The EMEA Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs) is an evening celebrating the best and most successful companies who provide an outstanding contribution to global mobility.Expatriate Group have been shortlisted for an award, featuring in the International Healthcare and Risk Managment Provider of the Year category. With other finalists including Rolls-Royce, HSBC, and Heineken, the awards ceremony is set to be an incredible event, set in London's InterContinental Hotel at The O2.With 26 judges hailing from mobility positions at many fantastic ... Read more

Health Insurance Daily Award Short Term iPMI 8.5 Stars

Health Insurance Daily recently reviewed Expatriate Group's brand new Short Term Healthcare Insurance policy.The new short term offering received an 8.5 (out of 10) star rating from Health Insurance Daily. With 9 stars a rarity from Health Insurance Daily, 8.5 stars is a very exciting accolade.The publication championed the short term iPMI for its simple and good cover levels, three plan options and ability to secure coverage for less than a year.Andy Couchman, Technical Editor at Health Insurance Daily commented; "Very short-term ... Read more

The 10 Safest Countries in the World for Expats

Unless you are being relocated to a specific country by an employer, the world really is your oyster. However, many potential expats focus on which country has the best weather, career opportunities, or low living costs and high salaries. What many forget to consider, though, is how safe a country is. Understandably, no right-minded individual is going to move to a country that is facing conflict or has a reputation for high crime levels. But, to help you out, we can ... Read more

Canada Introduces Gender-Neutral Passports

As of now, Canadians are now able to identify as gender neutral on their passports. This change comes after rights campaigners lobbied to get the option instated. Canada follows in the footsteps of numerous countries, including Australia, India and Germany who provide a third option. However, Canada is the first country in the Americas to allow residents to use an ‘X’ category, instead of the usual male and female.Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, realised a statement on the change, ““All Canadians ... Read more
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