HSBC’s 2015 Expat Explorer Survey has revealed Bahrain to be the place expats feel most at home in less than a year. With the global average being 48%, Bahrain topped the poll with 66% despite warnings from the Foreign Office of regular protests (that often turn violent) and a high threat of terror.
Georgie Bradley, an expat living in Bahrain comments, “Bahrain is easy to settle in because it’s so much more open than people think. The local/expat interaction is stronger than ...
Mercer’s Quality of Living survey has revealed that expats concerned for their personal safety should find solace in European countries such as Luxembourg, Switzerland and Austria.
The survey, which is conducted annually, ranked 230 cities based on internal stability, crime levels, performance of local law enforcement and the home country’s relationships with other countries. With the purpose of the rankings to allow employers to compensate employees appropriately based on their city of work, it suggests that Baghdad, Damascus, Karachi and Nairobi may ...
Boasting 4.5 million foreign born residents, what is it about Spain that makes it a no-questions-necessary destination to migrate to? With its varying landscape – from the picturesque beaches of the south to the fairy-tale mountains of the north – the sun, sea and sangria are not the only joys of Spanish life that the country has to offer.
Nobody can argue against the delights of freshly prepared paella or a siesta on the porch, but an attractive quality of Spanish life ...
According to a Survey conducted in 2015 by networking organisation InternNations, only 42% of expats polled in the UAE feel integrated with local people, compared to the global average of 61%.
From a British standpoint, sadly the stereotype of stiff upper lips and unapproachable frowns has yet to be changed but does the blame lie solely with expats? The reality is that many of those who move to Middle Eastern countries are stuck in an expat bubble: friendship groups are made up ...
Retiring abroad is not the distant dream that some may think. With the pull of Caribbean coast lines and yearning for the sun’s rays, retiring abroad has never been easier nor more affordable. Teaming these perks with a variety of lifestyle benefits of certain countries means that dream destinations should be considered a potential reality.
Two recent surveys have seen Costa Rica soaring into the top ranks for a healthy and contented retirement destination. A jewel in Central America’s crown, the country ...
For the past three years, Singapore has been ranked the most expensive destination in the world for expats. It is widely argued that with stringent budgeting, living in the island city-state is feasible, but many argue that emulating the life they lived in their home country is a struggle.
Cyril and Jennifer Lerzelter, originally hailing from the USA, earn a combined monthly salary of $29,000 (Singapore dollars) which equates approximately to £15,000. On first glance, this would bring joy to the average ...
Qatar and the UAE have been ranked two of the best countries in the world for business orientated women to thrive, according to recently released data from the HSBC Expat Explorer survey.
Nearly 10,000 expat women from 25 countries participated in the survey, with 58% from the UAE being the highest globally to highlight that financial benefits and career progression were highly important in their decision to move to the Middle East.
With complaints of male dominated workplaces and lack of career progression ...
Just a few years ago Russia was the place to be for expats.
With a strong and growing economy, creating opportunities for experienced workers from around the world, life in Russia looked increasingly rosy.
Just recently, for example, Russia was cited as one of the very best destinations for expats to enhance their careers and learn new skills.
However the evidence suggests that this may now be changing, with ever more expats leaving the “motherland” either through choice or lack of employment.
There are a ...
Ever more of us are opting to retire abroad; to reward ourselves for a lifetime of hard work by moving to a country that offers a healthy climate, great food and reasonable prices.
The problem is quite where the “best” retirement destinations really are.
After all, there are dozens of questions that retirees should be able to answer in order to select the best retirement destinations.
Surely, gathering so much information could be a lifetime’s work in itself. Thank goodness, therefore, for International Living ...
It’s no secret that China’s once-roaring economy, while still impressive, has been slowing down in recent years.
This has led to many concerns about companies doing large amounts of business with the new Chinese middle class – a group that now outnumbers the whole of the US population.
Apple is one of the most high-profile victims recently, who are relying on Chinese imports of iPhones and iPads to grow their bottom line. Stagnating sales have led to surprise share price falls recently not ...