Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

19 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Bangkok now expat hub for online professional poker players

In spite of the fact that gambling is mostly illegal in Thailand, Bangkok is now being celebrated as a world hub for online poker-playing professionals earning enough money to keep themselves in a manner other expats can’t quite manage. According to media reports, moving to Thailand in order to play poker for a living is the latest fad amongst the expat professional poker-playing community. US pro players choose Thailand due to the sad fact their own country only has three states in which playing for money online is legalised,...
1 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Spain slam May for uncaring healthcare stance

British expats living in Spain are furious with Theresa May for her total lack of concern over post-Brexit healthcare. With just 29 days to go until the UK leaves the EU, British residents in Spain suffering chronic medical conditions are voicing their fears and disgust at the British PM’s attitude. With a no-deal Brexit still a strong possibility, May’s warning that British nationals may need to pay for their medications and treatment after March 29 has caused a storm of fury from those who may be affected. Although the...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2019

EU expats prefer Scottish cities over anywhere else in Europe

In a recent survey of European expats’ most liveable cities, Edinburgh and Aberdeen came out on top, with not a single English city featured in the global top 20. Scotland’s capital just made it into the top 20 at 19th position, whilst Aberdeen just missed, coming in at 21st. For both Scottish cities, their liveability ratings were boosted by high levels of personal security and less air pollution, but the main reason for their success was their existing expatriate communities.It’s well-known that would-be expats find adjusting...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Hints on helpful websites for new expat arrivals in France

Becoming an expat is a challenge, especially as regards the twin hurdles of bureaucracy and total confusion as regards getting everything sorted. France has always been a favourite destination for British expats, drawn by the culture, the cuisine, the clement weather and the laid-back lifestyle, all of which combine to confuse brand new arrivals however tempting they may sound. Fortunately, especially when dealing with French bureaucracy, the internet is every newly-arrived expat’s best friend with its literally hundreds of online...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2019

How will EU expats in the UK cope with a post-Brexit world?

What’s in store post-Brexit for EU expatriates living and working in the UK? Whilst the media focus of Brexit effects has centred on the needs of British expats living in EU member states, Britain’s divorce from the EU will also affect European expats in the UK. For those who haven’t already left or are planning to relocate once Brexit is a done deal, the future could well be as fraught as that experienced by UK expats in Europe. In addition, the immediate disruption caused by Brexit is likely to discourage Europeans from...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Expat professionals now shunning the Gulf States due to instability

Expat professionals and their companies are now leaving their lucrative Gulf State jobs due to political problems. Leading international companies, their expat employees and formerly enthusiastic investors are now either shunning or leaving the Gulf States due to the political shenanigans culminating in the murder of Jamal Kashoggi. As a result, one of the planet’s most promising regions is now a no-go as regards expatriate talent. Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the two major engines of development in the region, are both tightening...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Eindhoven primary school innovative new nursery class for expat toddlers

Moving overseas as an expat family is a tough call, wherever the destination. Relocating as a single expat can be tricky unless it’s everything's covered by the reassignment package, but bringing the family along as well is far more complicated. Finding family-style accommodation in a safe area, arranging for childcare when necessary and finding a suitable school for the kids can cause chaos, and language difficulties often make the task worse still. International schools aren’t affordable by every emigrating family, and local...
31 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Are Brit expats in Spain better off than those who’ve repatriated?

Brexit has been described as a pantomime, but is no laughing matter for those caught in its net. The expat community in Spain is overwhelmingly British and mostly comprised of retirees who decided to abandon the UK for two good reasons – the weather and the cost of living including housing. It wasn’t an easy decision for the majority, as it meant leaving close family and friends as well as familiar surroundings and a well-loved home. Staying would have imposed negatives such as braving the winter cold whilst dreading the...
25 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Dubai celebrate with real live Christmas trees

Of all the memories of Christmases past, the pine fragrance of a real, live Christmas tree is one of the most evocative. Expats moving to Dubai could be forgiven for believing a plastic Christmas tree will have to do, but they’re in for a magical moment when they realise the real thing has been available in Dubai for over 25 years! Large-size, fragrant Christmas trees have been imported from Canada and the USA every Christmastime since the 1990s, and are for direct sale from trucks set up in the city’s working-class Satwa...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Expat investors shunning Saudi Arabia following Khashoggi murder

Expat as well as Arab investors are shunning Saudi Arabia after the Khashoggi murder and its world-wide condemnation Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia is lagging due to the worldwide backlash against the Khashoggi murder. The last thing wealthy investors need is a worldwide scandal suggesting it’s not just the top echelon which isn’t playing it straight but also businesses in which they’re planning to invest. General opinion now accepts that instructions as regards Khashoggi’s murder came from the all-powerful Crown Prince...