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France Expat News

Where Are Brits Moving To In 2016?

In a new global migration report, conducted by MoveHub, the UK had the highest rate of professionals leaving the country of the 30 destinations analysed. The report collated data from 180,000 pre-move inquiries and research revealed that three in ten Brits were leaving the UK in search for a better quality of life, and 54% were seeking sunnier climes.Australia is certainly the place for those in search of sunshine, with temperatures averaging 30 degrees in the summer months. 13% of Brits ... Read more

The 10 Best Culinary Hotspots for Jet Set Foodies

Whether on a voyage of cultural discovery, or aiming for the perfect tan on tropical beach, once the pangs of hunger hit it is only a matter of time before you sidle off to a restaurant and indulge in subsequent snooze. But, for the dedicated foodies of the world, who says you cannot plan part of your holiday around the gourmet offerings of the world? From street food vendors to Michelin star restaurants, there are unique cuisines catering to all palettes ... Read more

French Government U-Turn on Expat Voting

As we have repeatedly reported here on Expatriate Healthcare over the last few years, one of the most hotly-contested subjects when it comes to expatriate life is voting on political matters.In many cases the emphasis has been on whether or not expats that have left their home country may be allowed to vote on constitutional matters at home.In the last 12 months we’ve had Romanian expats that were allowed to vote but actually couldn’t due to technical difficulties, Greeks unable to ... Read more

Top Expat Retirement Destinations Revealed

Increasingly over the last few decades more and more Brits have considered retiring to a foreign country.After a long career, working hard and carefully saving money for a long and enjoyable retirement, is it little wonder that so many of the over-50’s are considering a retirement destination with rather more reliable weather than the UK?Once famously nicknamed “Pudding Island” by author Gerald Durrell, an increasing number of those nearing retirement seem to prefer the idea of warm, sunny winters and beach-front ... Read more

Expat Retirement Destinations: How Income Affects Retirement Choices

After decades of hard work it is little wonder that many people dream of retiring to sunnier climes.What could possibly be a more suitable reward for all those years of early mornings, skull-numbing meetings and child-rearing than living out your days in the warmth and sunshine of the Mediterranean or somewhere even more exotic?And yet, as pleasant an idea as this might be, the reality can be rather different. Whether it’s the healthcare facilities on offer in your adopted country, quite ... Read more

Which Country Is Best For Expats? – Infographic

It's not until you're thinking about moving abroad that you suddenly realise just how many options there are. From The United Arab Emirates to the United States of America, from Ireland to Iceland, how do you know which expat destinations are best?Arguably one of the most useful strategies is to consider the factors that are most important to you. For example, if you're moving abroad for work, which countries offer the highest salaries to expats? Equally, the cheaper the costs of ... Read more

Eurotunnel Suspension Causes Travel Chaos

If experts are to be believed then tourists planning to visit France over the next week may be in for a nasty surprise. Access from the UK to Calais has been severely restricted thanks to the actions of striking French ferry workers. Concerns over job cuts have this week boiled over largely bringing the port to a standstill.There have been a number of effects caused by this industrial action which are likely to cause chaos, especially for the many tourists planning ... Read more

Paris Waves Goodbye to “Eternal” Symbols of Love

Paris is well-known as the “city of love” – a cliché perhaps but one that still draws millions of visitors each year. Indeed, Paris is still the most-visited city in the world by tourists, many of them couples walking hand-in-hand down the river.Over the last few years an important monument to love has evolved; the Pont des Arts bridge. The principle is simple enough; a loved-up couple attaches a padlock to the railings of the bridge to symbolize the permanence of ... Read more

Where Do All The British Expats Actually Go?

It has been estimated that in the last 5 years alone 851,000 Brits have moved abroad seeking a better life. There are now estimated to be over 5 million Brits living outside the UK. That’s a lot of people; but where do they all go?Thanks to some new research we can now reveal the most popular destinations for British expats.The survey by Lloyds Private Banking is based on figures held by the UK-based Office of National Statistics (ONS) and reveals the ... Read more

Thousands of French Nationals Defect To British Health System

The French healthcare system has been under strain for decades. It is heavily indebted and, if some French nationals are to be believed, also offers substandard levels of care. With the French government raising prices in the hope of plugging holes in their finances, a growing band of renegade French professionals have now chosen to defect to the UK system.Typically in France, charges for French health insurance are taken at source straight out of the wage packet. However the sums taken ... Read more
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