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Brit expat survives brush with death in flooded lift

A British expat stuck in a flooded lift during last weekendâ??s devastating Costa del Sol storms believed his life was over until his dramatic rescue. UK expat Dan Dawson found himself in a nightmare scenario when the lift heâ??d taken during the storm began to flood. When the massive storm broke heâ??d headed for the basement to rescue... Expats Blog -

Dubai property market still popular with UK expats

The Dubai real estate market has remained buoyant through 2016, with UK property investments forming a large part of its success. Recent reports from Dubaiâ??s Land Department show property investments of AED 57 billion involving 26,000 investors during 2016, making the emirate one of the worldâ??s most popular property investment hubs.... Expats Blog -

France the best place for expat home ownership

A recent and wide-ranging study on residential property across Europe gives good news to UK expats owning French homes. Eight European countries were compared for their number of home owners, costs of homes versus salaries, property price variations, sizes of homes, construction costs, mortgages and rural versus city locations. The... Expats Blog -

Expat families hit by more increases in tuition fees

The increasing financial burden of international standard education for the children of expats is now a major problem. As the world economy stutters and relocation packages are replaced by local contracts, the ever-increasing fees changed by international schools overseas are becoming a major problem for expat families. As a result,... Expats Blog -

UK pensioners overseas to face tax increased tax bills

A hidden message in the Chancellorâ??s Autumn Statement indicated a government plan to align the process of taxation on overseas pension with that of UK pensions. At the present time, pensioners living overseas and taking their income from the so-called Qualifying Registered Overseas Pension Schemesâ??, (QROPS), are only paying income tax... Expats Blog -

Community minded expats volunteer unpaid help in China

Volunteering to be of use in their local communities is the latest trend amongst long-stay expats in Chinaâ??s mega-cities. Following the tradition of senior Chinese citizensâ?? unpaid community patrolling, expats in several Chinese cities are offering their services as well. Elderly Chinese can be seen wearing their distinctive red... Expats Blog -

Wordless Wednesday: Prison Blues

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Singapore wins out as expat dream destination

If youâ??re searching for the perfect career-enhancing, luxury living, high-salary expat destination, Singapore has it all and more. For a good while, Singapore was a well-kept secret for its offerings of the most desirable aspects of expat life, at least until annual surveys spilled the beans on this tiny city-state. Nowadays, itâ??s... Expats Blog -

Expats in Hangzhou get Good Neighbour awards

Two long-stay expats living in the Chinese city of Hangzhou have been given Good Neighbour awards for their service to the community. One of the traditional highlights of the annual Hangzhou Neighbour Festival is the giving of Good Neighbour awards to residents whoâ??ve made significant contributions to their local community. This year,... Expats Blog -

London takes a beating for expat quality of life

Londonâ??s low ranking in current expat lifestyle surveys could persuade would-be expat arrivals itâ??s the worst city in the world for foreign residents. Itâ??s not just recent surveys which slam London as an expat destination, as the trend has continued for some years now. Given that the British capital is one of the most important... Expats Blog -

Making a success of expat life

Leaving your home country to become an expat isnâ??t just about shipping yourself, your goods and your family to a new country, nor is it just about jobs and visas. Moving overseas, whether for retirement, career advancement or simply a much-needed lifestyle change take months of research and planning, but the story doesnâ??t end once... Expats Blog -

Beijing eases restrictions on expat property purchase

Beijingâ??s government is set to loosen restrictions on expat real estate purchases from early next year. As China becomes ever more popular with expatriates seeking to live and work in its unique environment, the good news is that expats in Beijing will be able to buy a home with just their work permit as a qualification. At present,... Expats Blog -

Brexit effect devastates Spanish property market

Real estate agents in the Spanish Costas are reporting British demand for homes in the sun has fallen by 50 per cent since the Brexit vote. According to local estate agents, British demand for holiday and retirement homes in the popular Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca regions has fallen by 50 per cent since the Brexit vote and subsequent... Expats Blog -

Happy Pakjesavond

The pepernoten are flowing and flying, the pakjes (presents) are all wrapped up with poems at the ready, the Piets are knocking on doors and windows and dropping off sacks of presents or bagging up naughty children, and the Sint … Continue reading ?

Vietnam hosts festival celebrating local friendships with expats

In a move well ahead of neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is hosting a Development and Integration Festival aimed at integrating expats into the Ho Chi Minh community. Ho Chi Minh Cityâ??s annual Development and Integration Festival kicked off yesterday for its three-day run aimed at introducing the countryâ??s culture and... Expats Blog -

Shanghai expats lose another English language voice

Popular English language online newspaper The Nanfang is set to close. Expats living and working in Shanghai are about to lose yet another favourite English language online news source, with the announcement of the Nanfangâ??s closure after seven years isure to sadden European expats living in working in the city. Launched in 2011, the... Expats Blog -

Survey shows high number of expats call UAE their home

A new survey indicates that the vast majority of expats living and working in the UAE are proud to call the region home. From career opportunities through cultural diversity to feelings of safety and security, the UAE would seem to offer an unparalleled life experience for expats. Recently released results of a survey conducted by Xpress... Expats Blog -

Utca’s Finest

As I mentioned in my last post, Utrecht’s former red-light street — Hardebollenstraat — is now the place to find lots of local and indie shops selling clothing, designs pieces, and much more. The large windows that were de rigeur … Continue reading ?

Uncertainty continues for UK expats in EU

Theresa Mayâ??s failure to fast-track a reciprocal deal on the status of both UK expats in Europe and EU expats in the UK has left several million migrants in a continuing state of uncertainty. Donald Tuskâ??s and Angela Merkelâ??s tough responses to Mayâ??s attempt at an expat amnesty seem to have made it clear that the European... Expats Blog -

UK expats shock at worldwide Marks and Spencer closures

Following the UK companyâ??s decision to close its stores in China due to lack of demand, the quintessentially British retailer has now announced it will close100 stores in Europe. Known as a link with home for Brit expat shoppers, M&S has seemingly overreached itself with its huge expansion in Europe as well as its 10 stores in China.... Expats Blog -

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