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Expat Quality of Life Around the World Revealed

One of the main expat surveys carried out each year is the HSBC Expat Explorer; covered each year here on Expatriate Healthcare. The survey aims to rank countries of the world by their attractiveness to expats already living in those countries.However a competing survey has recently been published by Natwest with a slightly different angle. The so-called Natwest IPB Quality of Life Index, as the name suggests, aims to find those countries offering expats the highest quality of life. While the ... Read more

Expats in Kuwait Could Be Deported For Breaking Environmental Laws

Over the last few years we have seen an increasing number of countries fail to agree on all manner of environmental targets.Even many of those who have agreed to cut emissions or protect wild areas have subsequently failed to meet the targets they accepted. And so it is in many fast-growing economies, each of whom wants to protect the environment without stifling competitiveness or the broader economy.Kuwait, however, has a surprisingly robust environmental policy thanks to the so-called “Environmental Protection Law” ... Read more

Expats Numbers in Saudi Arabia Likely to Drop

Like other Gulf nations, Saudi Arabia is a hotspot for expatriate workers from around the world.Recent statistics suggest that just over 10 million foreigners currently live and work in the Saudi kingdom. This represents roughly a third of the total population.Clearly, expats are a critical part of the economy at present, helping to provide both skilled and unskilled labour as and when required. From c-suite execs through to lowly manual construction workers, in many ways these workers help to keep Saudi ... Read more

Expats Fined in Oman for Lift Sharing

It’s a fact of life that many of us are becoming ever more aware of the environment, and the impacts that our road travel has on it.To this end many people enjoy the practical and environmental benefits of taking public transport when appropriate.Still others “lift share”, driving together in groups when all parties are heading for the same destination.Likewise, expats in Oman are not immune to this “lift sharing” philosophy, which can not only save passengers money but also make travelling ... Read more

Expats with Kids 25% More Likely To Stay Long Term in Australia

As anyone with children has discovered, having kids changes pretty much every element of your life.We swap the sporty convertible for a sensible people carrier, the tropical beaches for ones closer to home and the penthouse to a property with a garden for the swing.Unsurprisingly, it seems that expats who move abroad with their family also behave considerably differently to those without dependents.The latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey reveals, for example, that expats are more likely to remain long-term in a ... Read more

Google Reveals Most Searched Travel Destinations of 2015

In the past there were dozens of search engines all vying for dominance.While Yahoo and Bing may still be limping along, many others such as Lycos, Hotbot and Inktomi are long since dead.These days Google owns an estimated 68% of the search market, which equates to 3.5 billion searches per day – or 40,000 per second.Put another way, Google is in many ways a barometer of the internet – and the words and phrases we search through Google go a long ... Read more

New International Travel Risk Map Launches

While travel may broaden the mind, a major concern among expats and international travellers are simply the risks they may be exposing themselves to.After all, while a cancelled train, late bus or wonky paving slab might be cause for concern in the UK, there are far greater risks abroad.From terrorism to civil unrest, from natural disasters to tropical diseases, many of the most exciting and interesting countries in the world also come with their fair share of danger.Indeed, a recent survey ... Read more

Struggling to Get On the Property Ladder? Move to Qatar, Say the Experts

It’s no secret that many young people are struggling to get a toe hold on the property ladder.In the UK, for example, relatively low salaries in comparison to ever-rising property prices means that many of the younger generation are being priced out of the market.A recent study by the Daily Mail, for example, found that the average worker aged between 20 and 24 will need to more than double their salary before they can afford to buy even an average starter ... Read more

Expat Walks 600 Miles to Show His Love for UAE

All too often the news from the expat community is bad; many expats, especially less skilled migrants, are often viewed with suspicion.Concerns are voiced about expats taking jobs from locals. Healthcare systems and public transport officers claim to be suffering under the strain. Nimbyism persists.But not all stories end like this.Every once in a while expats are applauded for their selfless attitudes, and are held up as an example to the rest of us.Mohammed Idris Malek is one such expat recently ... Read more

US Expats Owing Taxes Could Lose Passports

As mentioned previously here on Expatriate Healthcare, the United States is one of the few countries which demands taxes from its citizens no matter where they happen to be living and where their income has been earned.It is one of only two countries in the world to do this and has been a constant source of anguish for some expats.Indeed, an increasing number of Americans living overseas have opted to give up their American citizenship rather than paying what they see ... Read more
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