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Worldwide Expat News - Page 50 of 288

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

Guide to living in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a veritable hotspot for expatriates in recent years, causing the community to be a wide mix of nationalities, cultures and languages. In order to enjoy the experience to the full, there are certain pieces of advice that it is a good idea to note.In a recent article, Emirates 24/7 explored the top tips to impart on anyone moving abroad to live in the UAE. Here are some of those pearls of wisdom:CohabitingA long term ... Read more

Hong Kong tops list of most expensive cities for renting

The most expensive city in the world for expatriates to rent property in is Hong Kong, according to a new study.ECA International found that the average cost for an unfurnished three-bedroom flat in the most popular areas of the city is around HK$90,000 (£6,930) per month.When collating the data, researchers took the rental cost of similar apartments into account in cities all over the globe, being sure to focus on areas where expats like to live.In Hong Kong, these areas are ... Read more

Singapore most expensive and Mumbai cheapest cities for expats

Singapore has been named as the most expensive city in the world for expats, beating 130 other metropolises to the title.A strong currency, soaring utility bills and high costs associated with things like running a car all contributed to putting the Asian city at the top of the Economist Intelligent Unit's (EIU) list.Singapore has taken the title from Tokyo, which was found to be the most expensive place to live in the same study a year ago.The Japanese city is now ... Read more

Uncertain future for expats in Kiev

British expatriates in Kiev are contemplating what the future may hold amid the current turbulence in the Ukraine.So far, the majority have stayed put, with no mass exodus of foreigners from the country, but the situation is becoming increasingly tense.The Russian invasion of Crimea has led to widespread anger, with most expats speaking out for democracy and joining Ukrainians on the streets.Glyn Thomas from London told the Telegraph: "The mood in Kiev among the expats is that it’s outrageous what the Russians ... Read more

Expats in the UAE to get better housing benefits

Expatriates based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are likely to see their housing allowances increase over the course of this year.A survey of 147 companies carried out by Mercer, found that nearly a quarter in Abu Dhabi and a third in Dubai intended to up the benefit.As many as 35 per cent of firms in Abu Dhabi and 41 per cent in Dubai said that they will increase housing allowances in the next few months.Nine out of ten expats in the ... Read more

Guide to buying property in the UAE

One of the major hassles about moving to a new country is finding somewhere to live and many people don't want to rent as they feel like this is wasting money. If you are in this situation or having been renting in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a while and feel like it is time to put down roots, this is the guide for you.Finding a property to buyThe first step in any property search wherever you are in the ... Read more

Guide to healthcare in the UAE

Like everything else in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), going to visit a doctor is different for expatriates than what they are used to at home. Read on to find out about the process of obtaining healthcare in the country.PreparationBe sure to go to your GP well in advance of your move to the UAE, to ensure you have plenty of time to make the appropriate arrangements. This includes getting any vaccinations that are needed for this area of the world.Malaria is ... Read more

Amsterdam council against using cash to encourage expats to vote

Amsterdam City Council is to express its opposition to plans by the Borough Council of Zuid to use €60,000 (£49,000) of public money encouraging expatriates to vote in local elections.Mayor Eberhard van der Laan intends to raise the issue with the chairman of the borough council when they meet together, reports The Parool.A total of 60,000 foreign citizens, made up of those from the EU and anyone who has lived in Amsterdam for five years or more, are entitled to vote ... Read more

More expats moving money abroad due to pension allowance changes

Plans set out by the chancellor George Osborne to reduce the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) are seeing more expatriates moving their pensions out of the UK.As of April 6th, the allowance will be cut from the current £1.5 million to £1.25 million, which has a potential impact on 4.7 million expats whose pensions are based in the UK.The deVere Group, which represents around 80,000 expat clients across the world, saw a 35 per cent increase in inquiries about Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes ... Read more

British expats can now renew passports online from UAE

British expatriates living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can now apply for a new passport online, as opposed to posting a paper form to the UK.This should make the process easier and allow applicants to track each stage, but it will still be necessary to send supporting documents via post.A spokesperson for Newland Chase, which specialises in immigration, told Emirates 24/7: "It is now expected that the new online service will make passport replacements and renewals more efficient for applicants ... Read more
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