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Is Bangalore the world’s next expat tech hub?

by Ray Clancy on October 29, 2014

A burgeoning IT industry in Bangalore and the support networks available to expats are the reasons for the growing number of foreigners moving to the Indian city, it is claimed.

The emergence of the IT sector and volume of outsourcing to the subcontinent, and Bangalore in particular, has seen the city get the nickname the ‘Silicon Valley of India’.

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Bangalore has recently earned the nickname “the Silicon Valley of India”

It has seen an influx of foreigners from all over the world, cementing Bangalore’s reputation as the expat capital of India, says overseas relocation specialists Interdean, which works with families, expats, backpackers, travellers and students.

The firm says that Bangalore’s tree lined streets, parks, temperate climate, widespread use of English and increasingly Westernised urban landscape of familiar brand names has seen it become an easier place for expats to live in than other Indian cities.

Acclimatisation has been further aided by the presence of a number of clubs, networks and communities whose aim is to introduce expats to one another and ease them into life in a new country.

Some organisations are helping to prepare families for their move in the form of assistance with locating and registering for vital services, as well as developing their cultural sensitivity. Others are committed to encouraging expats to network both within and outside the Bangalore expat community through the regular scheduling of informal social events.

‘The rise to prominence of Bangalore as a place of global IT importance has seen the number of expats relocating there really escalate in recent years,’ said a company spokesman.

‘For many Westerners, moving to a country with a different culture and customs can be a daunting prospect, but it’s fantastic that there is such an array of organisations and resources designed to help foreigners moving to Bangalore settle in. Such infrastructure will help to ensure that the number of foreigners moving there continues to rise,’ he explained.

‘Besides the physical process of moving overseas, we also offer a range of services that help expat professionals and families prepare for life in their new environment. Whether it’s help with finding a property or school, advice on business etiquette or guidance on cultural do’s and don’ts, we can help make the transition as smooth as possible,’ he added.

Established in 1958, Interdean provides moving, storage, shipping air freight, excess baggage, visa and immigration, and full relocation services to worldwide destinations from over 123 offices worldwide.

 

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