In today’s global economy more of us than ever before are reaping the benefits of international relocation and the career-enhancing opportunities that such situations can bring.
However a perennial problem is assessing which potential destinations are likely to offer you (and your family) the very best quality of life.
After all, while some expats are happy to relocate almost anywhere for the right salary package and future prospects, just as important to many of us is to ensure that we relocate to a ...
It is no secret that Kuwait has a lot of expats working within their border.
The most recent statistics suggest that around 70% of the population of Kuwait are non-natives, drawn in by often-generous salaries to fill gaps in the Kuwaiti workforce.
At the same time a rising tide of discontent has been making itself felt in recent months, with ever more initiatives being discussed to reduce the number of expats living in the country.
On the one hand concerns have been raised about ...
Australia’s incredible natural beauty, coupled with its enviable climate makes it a popular expat destination for people around the world.
For example it has long been one of the top destinations for Brits seeking to leave behind the wet and dreary UK.
It’s also the natural choice for many New Zealanders looking for opportunities overseas.
Unfortunately allegedly “draconian” rules have meant that expat life for Kiwis in Australia has been tough.
Most New Zealanders arrive to work, where they are required to pay taxes into ...
In recent months we have reported time and again about the way in which Kuwait is trying to bring expat numbers under control.
Numerous initiatives have sought to gently reduce the vast number of expat workers in Kuwait, thus providing additional employment opportunities for native Kuwaitis.
Additionally, at a time when oil revenues are falling, and the government is struggling to recover from a recent budget deficit reducing the number of well-paid expats in the nation should help cut costs.
Just recently, for example, ...
This winter’s weather in the UK has made for an eye-watering experience.
The winter of 2015/2016 has gone down as one of the wettest and windiest on record, thanks to the effects of El Nino.
While temperatures may have sat comfortably above average, seemingly endless sheets of rain and widespread flooding have dampened the spirit of many Brits.
Fortunately, of course, it’s ever easier and cheaper to leave British shores for a few weeks. If you’ve had enough of waiting for spring to arrive, ...
According to the United Nations an incredible 232 million people are now living in a country in which they weren't born.
Expat life is truly a global phenomenon with ever more of us travelling around the world for better weather, increased career prospects or more competitive salaries.
According to HSBC, who surveyed 22,000 expats around the world recently, 58% of all the expats they spoke to moved abroad because of their career. Reasons cited include better job prospects, new challenges or employer requests.
Like many countries who rely on oil as the backbone of their economy, Oman’s finances are under increasing pressure.
According to the Times of Oman the country’s budget deficit currently sits at a crippling OMR 3.5bn, something that the government is understandably keen to reduce.
This is equivalent to a 15% overspend last year, which is expected to grow further in 2016.
Over recent months the Omani government has, like so many others, been going through a painful process of belt-tightening.
Looking for ever more ...
There can be few people who are unaware of the ongoing saga between the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe.
In recent years a growing discontent about Britain’s laws and rules being set by politicians in other countries has led to a growing resentment of “Europe” as a political entity.
In recent months British PM David Cameron has worked hard with many of Europe’s leaders in the hope of negotiating a deal which allows the UK to remain part of the European ...
Many expats and seasoned travellers are so used to brandishing their passport sanguinely while gliding into yet another country as to take it for granted.
After all, isn’t a passport just a passport?
Apparently not, according to a new study by residence and citizenship experts Henley & Parts.
The firm recently published their annual “Visa Restriction Index” which aims to examine the “strength” of different passports.
In essence, the study looks at how many countries the holder of a specific passport can enter either without ...
Thanks to global currency changes, visiting the same holiday destination as you did last year could cost you considerably more – or less – than it did in 2015.
For example Sterling is worth less against the Euro than any time in the last year, meaning that European holidays are likely to cost you more.
As a result its likely that trips, eating out and buying souvenirs are likely to cost you considerably more than last year.
That is, of course, unless you've still got a ...