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Hello, We are a family of 4, with a 17 year old son and an 11 year old son, who have had many holidays in Protaras and fell in love with the place as I'm sure many others have. My husband and I even got married in Derynia 6 years ago. We have decided that we really do want to relocate to this area and have given ourselves a time period of 2 1/2 years from now to save up money etc. We came over for a fortnight at Christmas to see if we still loved it as much when it is closed in winter (and we did).

However I have been reading posts regarding English children being bullied at school and not learning very much. I have also read that the locals are not very welcoming to us. I am now slightly nervous about the whole thing and actually reconsidering. I am not sure what my question is, just hoping that someone may be able to put it into some prospective for me and reassure me that it isn't all bad. I would love to hear anything that anyone has to say and look forward to commenting on other posts when I become an active member, thank you in advance.

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Hello, We are a family of 4, with a 17 year old son and an 11 year old son, who have had many holidays in Protaras and fell in love with the place as I'm sure many others have. My husband and I even got married in Derynia 6 years ago. We have decided that we really do want to relocate to this area and have given ourselves a time period of 2 1/2 years from now to save up money etc. We came over for a fortnight at Christmas to see if we still loved it as much when it is closed in winter (and we did).

However I have been reading posts regarding English children being bullied at school and not learning very much. I have also read that the locals are not very welcoming to us. I am now slightly nervous about the whole thing and actually reconsidering. I am not sure what my question is, just hoping that someone may be able to put it into some prospective for me and reassure me that it isn't all bad. I would love to hear anything that anyone has to say and look forward to commenting on other posts when I become an active member, thank you in advance.
Good afternoon and welcome,

I think you need to come over for a longer period than two weeks, Are you hoping to find work? If you do not speak Greek Cypriot this will be very difficult as the job situation here is dire. The local schools teach in Greek, so your 11 year old will need a knowledge of the language, although some local schools do say they give language lessons I understand this is sporadic. What is your 17 year old going to do? English language schools ( private) can be expensive.

Trying not to depress you too much there are a few things you do need to be aware of. You will need to be able to financially support yourselves independently. Healthcare is not free, and if you are not in receipt of a UK State Pension you will need to have private health insurance for the family. There is no state financial support if you have not paid into the Cypriot system.

On the positive side, we have found nothing but kindness and a welcome from locals here ( well we do live in the mountains!!!) but everywhere is different, if you try to be part of the local community there is better acceptance usually. The expat community functions well, it is like a big village spread over the island. Cypriots are very family orientated, there is at present little crime, although I believe there are areas where this is on the rise, there does not seem to be the drunken culture that is found in a lot of UK now.

I am sure there will be a lot more responses to your post, what ever you decide good luck, just remember this is not UK in the sun

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Hi Tracy, Welcome to the forum.
Its good that you are giving it plenty of time to research and not jumping in with both feet on a whim.
Before making your decision take a look at other areas of the island.
I wouldn't recommend living full time somewhere like Protaras. Two weeks holiday is one thing but full time in the winter could get very wearing after a while. Closer to Larnaca would be better for full time living, or take a look at the Paphos area as well to see what you think of it. Its much greener than the Larnaca side and the winters are a little warmer while the summers are not as oppressively hot.
As your youngest son would be 13 or 14 by the time you come it will be difficult for him to slot into local education halfway through his high school years so he would probably have to go to private school which can be very expensive. You need to budget around 8-10K per year for his schooling.
As for jobs, do either you or your husband have any skills which would make it easy for you to find work? The job situation here is no better than the Uk and wages are less so you need to take this into account when working out whether a move here is financially viable at this time.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about living and working in Cyprus and we will do our best to help you.
Remember that we are not experts so can only advise based on personal experience.

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Thank you for your quick response & advice, we are planning a full month in the summer to get a real feel and speak to more expats & have a look at the schools etc. My husband has his own business in the UK so will be keeping that running to finance us until he gets a job out there and will still have it to come back to should things not work out, he is a tattoo artist. We are planning on spending the next couple of years learning the Greek language to help us along a bit. I know it is a tough decision and not to be taken lightly and all pros and cons will have to be considered before we 100% take the decision to make the leap. Thank you once again for taking the time to respond, its very much appreciated.

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Thank you for your quick response & advice, we are planning a full month in the summer to get a real feel and speak to more expats & have a look at the schools etc. My husband has his own business in the UK so will be keeping that running to finance us until he gets a job out there and will still have it to come back to should things not work out, he is a tattoo artist. We are planning on spending the next couple of years learning the Greek language to help us along a bit. I know it is a tough decision and not to be taken lightly and all pros and cons will have to be considered before we 100% take the decision to make the leap. Thank you once again for taking the time to respond, its very much appreciated.

Just from experience, we have had a couple friends open tattoo shops in Paphos and both ended up closing. One female who was married to a Cypriot, she spoke Greek and English and knew a lot of people and had a shop in the tourist area and it still did not make ends meet for her.

The other was a Cypriot male who despite real talent just did not get enough business doing tattoos alone.

Your husband could possibly work for someone however, it won't be enough to support a family if he did find a job.

Sorry to be a downer but we watched 2 excellent tattoo artists with support and knowledge of the area, market, language and friends go under and this was while the going was good in Cyprus.

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Thanks Cleo, I appreciate your honesty, he was hoping to work for someone else but as you say, it would seem people just aren't making ends meet and therefore wouldn't be able to take on another artist either. Thank you for taking the time to respond, much appreciated.

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My advice is to put your plans on hold until the economic climate improves and in the meantime try to save as much as possible to give yourselves a good nest egg to support you if you do eventually make the move. Also perhaps you should wait until your youngest son leaves school as the cost of school fees can be prohibitive.
Don't give up on your dream but do plan well and maybe put it back a few years.

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Very sensible advice Veronica, I was thinking that is what we will have to do, doesn't look like we have much choice for now unfortunately. Will just have to stick to visits for a few more years and see how things are again in 6 years when then stakes aren't so high i.e my youngest's education and happiness. Thank you again.

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It's all very well saying move over when things get better - things are getting worse in UK. We are stuck in a recession and have been for years and probably will be for many years to come. There is nothing to say that things will be 'better' in UK and Cyprus for 5 more years, we don't know.

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It's all very well saying move over when things get better - things are getting worse in UK. We are stuck in a recession and have been for years and probably will be for many years to come. There is nothing to say that things will be 'better' in UK and Cyprus for 5 more years, we don't know.

Things may be bad in UK for the foreseeable future, however for many this is the community they can relate to, things are familiar, and they have family to give moral and may be even financial support. The main concerns for people with families moving here are getting a job, as there is NO social security support if you have not paid in to the Cypriot system, no free healthcare, and, if you are not in receipt of a state pension it is a mandatory requirement for residency to have private health insurance which could be expensive, and schooling, if you want your children to be taught in English, is private and as Veronica has said can be very expensive. If this does not deter you then come over and see how it goes, just make sure you have enough finances to support you and the family, if you are unable to get a job quickly and if necessary have enough to get you back to UK should life in Cyprus not be what you hoped for.

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