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How to beat the expat blues

How to beat the expat blues

A new report on expat health has revealed that mental health is a growing issue for expats across the globe. The analysis looked at expat mental health claims between 2014 and 2016 and showed that these claims increased by 33 percent in Europe and 28 percent in the...

New expat hubs are taking the lead in 2018

New expat hubs are taking the lead in 2018

The number of expats globally runs into the millions. According to various studies, there are 56/57 million expats worldwide and the term “expat” is no longer limited to corporate assignees relocating from a company’s headquarters. So where are all these expats...

Where expats find the joie de vivre in France

Where expats find the joie de vivre in France

France has many different regions for expats looking for the joie de vivre (the good life) so before you make your move to the land of romance, it’s important to do your homework to discover where you’d like to settle. The following four regions have proved popular...

How to ensure a smooth transition for your expat children

How to ensure a smooth transition for your expat children

Moving abroad brings with it many rewards and a fair number of challenges. Expats with children often complain that these challenges increase exponentially if children are involved. The good news though, is that once the move is made and the children have settled...

How to make sense of Australia’s visas

How to make sense of Australia’s visas

Australia is an irresistible country for many expats – whether they are going there to work for a few years or settle for the long term. Around 25.8% of Australia’s current population were not born there. 2017 figures show that many expats travel there to study (169...

10 interesting facts about Iceland for expats

10 interesting facts about Iceland for expats

For several years now Iceland has been rated as one of the best places to live in terms of health, quality of life, natural beauty and overall happiness. Not surprisingly then, it has become an attractive destination for many expats who want to benefit from all the...

Moving to France: Should you rent or buy property?

Moving to France: Should you rent or buy property?

Many expats moving to France have idyllic dreams of buying and renovating an old farmhouse deep in the countryside. Others are attracted to the culture and hustle and bustle of Paris. No matter what your dream is – it’s important you familiarise yourself with the...

The 7 character traits of successful expats

The 7 character traits of successful expats

In order to ensure an expat assignment is a success, global mobility teams have to look at the personality profiles of their foreign assignees to ensure that they have the potential to take on all the stresses and challenges that relocation can bring with it. These...

How to start a business in New Zealand

How to start a business in New Zealand

If you’re an expat living in New Zealand or planning a move to New Zealand you’ll be delighted to know that this is one of the easiest countries in the world to open a business in according to the World Bank Doing Business survey. There are very few restrictions on...

Vietnam is voted a top destination by expats

Vietnam is voted a top destination by expats

Vietnam was listed as the top country for “Where your income goes further” in the latest InterNations Expat Insider survey. Destinations with a low cost of living help expats balance their books, ensuring that there is usually a lot of extra income available for...

The countries that score top marks for expat education

The countries that score top marks for expat education

People relocate for many different reasons. Some move because they are looking for a better quality of life, others move for better job prospects or to avoid excessive taxation. Relocation enables you to start your life over in a new country with a new culture and...

How to open a bank account if you’re moving to Australia

How to open a bank account if you’re moving to Australia

If you have made the decision to move to Australia, whether to temporarily take up a new job, or to move permanently, you’ll be pleased to know that banking in Australia is a lot more straightforward than many other countries. Banking before residency Australia has a...

Global “talent crunch” opens up opportunities for expats

Global “talent crunch” opens up opportunities for expats

An emerging trend, when it comes to global employment opportunities is the talent shortages and the war for talent in many of the leading world economies. With increasingly positive global economic activity and low unemployment rates, talent is one of the top concerns...

Why Hungary is a great place to retire to

Why Hungary is a great place to retire to

Expats considering retirement need to take a number of issues into consideration – one of the most important being the quality of life your retirement savings afford. When it comes to enjoying all the advantages of Europe, together with a low cost of living – Hungary...

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