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The World's Top Ten Cities For Quality of Life

Posted on Friday August 18, 2017 (15:42:05)
The elements that make a good quality of life are difficult to pin down, and different for each person. Not only that, they change as we age, so that our teenage paradise might be our mid-life hell.   more ...

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What To Expect When Moving Abroad With Your Significant Other

Posted on Friday August 11, 2017 (16:38:28)
Alain de Botton believes the reason so many relationships today turn sour is because we expect too much from our partners. While this idea often holds true at home, it is especially pertinent for couples moving abroad. Contemporary society, de Botton says, propagates the notion that it is possible for our romantic relationships to be consistently filled with both love and practicality, tenderness and passion, stability and excitement. We expect our partners to be responsible with money, and yet fiery in love; independent and yet perpetually supportive; faithful and yet fun.   more ...

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Is It Safe To Move Abroad As A Single Woman?

Posted on Friday August 11, 2017 (15:43:14)
Moving to a new country or city on your own is never easy, and for some demographic groups, it can be more difficult than for others. Today more than ever before, the expat life is not just restricted to single men and couples; a lot of single women are also choosing to live overseas as well. Many women are making the move in order to pursue better career and work options, while others are moving overseas simply because they’ve always wanted to travel and experience new cultures. Many are leaving high-stress jobs for an opportunity to enjoy a better work-life balance in a new environment.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update July 2017

Posted on Tuesday July 25, 2017 (15:23:51)
British expats could lose right to move

While Brexit negotiations are ongoing, it appears that British expats currently living in Europe could lose their rights to move to another EU state.

The issue has arisen during technical discussions, with the EU making clear it will not move from its position without a reciprocal proposal for those European nationals who are currently living in the UK.   more ...

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International - Recommended Social Media Accounts

Posted on Tuesday July 25, 2017 (14:09:55)
At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at international social media accounts that will give you the travel bug.   more ...

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Health

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update July 2017

Posted on Friday July 21, 2017 (14:47:02)
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British expats will keep health benefits

The UK government has set out to reassure around 1.2 million British expats living in the European Union that they will try to ensure they will retain their access to free healthcare in the countries where they now live after Brexit.

In addition, the government says it will look to 'uprate' the state pension and other benefits - essentially, the government says the pensions will not be frozen as they are for some Brits in other countries.   more ...

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Financial

European Golden Visas For Expats Explained

Posted on Friday June 23, 2017 (13:54:56)
For wealthy expat investors, there is an effective and popular way of gaining the right to live in a European Union country and that's with a ‘Golden Visa’.

These visa programmes have proved to be controversial, with the countries supporting them saying they are an effective tool to encourage investment from investors based overseas, while critics say they lure rich expats from other countries.

Essentially, a golden visa is offered to a wealthy investor under special terms and while the rules vary between countries, an expat can gain a visa and then residency by investing in a business or in property.   more ...

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Financial

Should Expats Invest Their Money Onshore Or Offshore?

Posted on Friday June 23, 2017 (13:34:53)
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One of the biggest incentives for expats to head overseas for work is to enjoy a lucrative income, so it makes sense to make most of their financial advantage.

However, there is confusion about whether they should invest their hard-earned cash offshore or onshore and what the differences are.

Whether the expat is working, living or has retired overseas, or is planning a move abroad, it makes sense for them to be internationally-minded when it comes to managing their money.   more ...

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Expat Focus International News Update June 2017

Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017 (14:57:06)
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Why expats head overseas

The biggest reason why expats head overseas is to enjoy better career opportunities.

That's the finding from a study by global healthcare specialist AXA, which found that 30% of the 500 expats they spoke with said it was their main reason for moving abroad.

Around 23% said they moved for better pay and benefits.   more ...

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Health

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update June 2017

Posted on Wednesday June 14, 2017 (15:46:13)
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Growing mental health issues for expats

A survey by Aetna International has revealed there's a growing problem for the mental health issues of expats working overseas.

The firm says there's been a sharp increase globally of 28% in claims for help with mental health issues in Europe, Africa, the Middle East as well as the Americas and Southeast Asia.   more ...