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Worldwide Expat News - Page 60 of 292

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

Most expensive cities for expats revealed

Expatriates in Caracas have the toughest time when it comes to cost of living, with the city topping a new survey that analysed the price of day-to-day essentials in locations across the world.According to the latest Cost of Living survey produced by consulting firm ECA International, the capital of Venezuela has jumped seven places to take the top ranking, knocking Japan's Tokyo off the top spot.The Japanese capital slipped down to tenth place following quantitative easing measures put into place by ... Read more

A quarter of expats not being offered moving allowance

No less than a quarter of employees being asked to relocate to a new country are not being provided with an allowance to do so by the company they work for.This is among the findings of research carried out by Lloyds Bank, which surveyed 1,039 British expatriates across 13 destinations to collate the results.Further to this, 26 per cent said they had not been helped with the cost of accommodation and 69 per cent of respondents had not been assisted in organising ... Read more

Expats fear being priced out of British housing market

With house prices expected to increase by as much as a quarter over the coming five years, British expatriates are keen to get onto the housing ladder.Mortgage brokers are reporting more enquiries from Brits abroad than ever before, as this demographic fears being unable to return to the UK due to the forecasted cost of property.Aaron Strutt of Trinity Financial said that leading the charge are professionals living in Hong Kong, Germany, China, Dubai, the USA and Australia, who wish to ... Read more

Family problems blamed for unsuccessful relocations

Anyone thinking of taking an assignment overseas should think carefully about how it will affect their family, as well as the day to day job they will be carrying out.For many expatriates it is a case of scoping out the area and finding new schools for the children, but this can be harder if the kids have specific needs.According to Brookfield Global Relocation Services, a quarter of early returns from assignments abroad are put down to family problems, reports the Financial ... Read more

App launched to help expats hail taxis in Hong Kong

An app for smartphones is being launched this month, which will help expatriates who don't speak Cantonese to hail a cab in Hong Kong.The Taxiwise app translates the name of the destination into Cantonese and matches the potential customer with cabs that are prepared to take the fare.It came about after two IT professionals were rejected by nine separate cab drivers after a night out in Lan Kwai Fong last year, reports the South China Morning Post.Jean-Marc Ly and Truong Lam ... Read more

Guide to buying a house in Germany

Many European countries do not have the same emphasis on owning property that we have in the UK. When it comes to how many people rent of the proportion who buy in Germany, it is pretty much a 50/50 split.The price of houses in the country is relatively low for central Europe, making the idea of buying a sound investment, as well as ensuring you have a place to live. So if you have decided that purchasing is the right option, ... Read more

Guide to seeing a doctor in Germany

There are many reasons why you need to see a doctor in Germany - a check-up, for a specific complaint or in an emergency - so make sure you are prepared. All expatriates should sign up for a GP when they relocate abroad. Here is a guide to all these elements.The lingoAs with most areas of life in a new country, it is useful to know some key words relating to the topic at hand.·         Allgemeinarzt, hausarzt - these both mean GP·         Facharzt ... Read more

New Zealand’s thriving economy likely to lure expats

Australia has long been popular with British people looking to relocate abroad, due to its similarities with the UK in terms of language and culture.It is for the same reasons that expatriates have often chosen neighbouring New Zealand for a new life in the sunshine.But it looks like the latter destination is set to become all the more popular as a result of its flourishing economy.New Zealand has been placed at number five on the Legatum Prosperity Index of 142 countries, ... Read more

Electoral Commission urges expats to vote

British expatriates are being urged to register to vote as part of a bid to overturn the rule that after 15 years of living abroad they lose their right to a ballot.As only 30,000 of those overseas eligible to vote actually do so, it is seen as undermining the argument to extend the parameters.The Electoral Commission has started a campaign to encourage expats in Australia, USA, Spain, Canada, Ireland, France, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates to sign ... Read more

Enjoying Christmas overseas

Christmas is a time when many expatriates feel the strain of being away from home, but there are a number of ways to ensure that you enjoy it and focus on the positives.No matter how strong the temptation might be to forego Christmas because you are abroad, it is a good idea to mark it in some way.Getting together with fellow expats who will also be missing friends and family is a good way of combating homesickness, even if they do ... Read more
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