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Unemployment rate falls below 5% in New Zealand

May 5, 2017 New Zealand

Official figures show that New Zealand is one of the most popular countries in the world for expats with more people arriving than ever before to live and work. Experts have pointed out that this is because the economy is strong, there are plenty of opportunities for employment and the country is regarded as a […]

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New Zealand, UK and Austria have best cities for global quality of life

May 4, 2017 Austria

Wellington, Edinburgh and Vienna are named as the top cities worldwide for quality of living in the latest global rankings to be published. The research from Deutsche Bank put the New Zealand city top, while Edinburgh is the only British city to make the top 10 of 47 cities globally and Vienna is no stranger […]

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New Zealand to offer chance of residency to thousands of low skilled workers

May 3, 2017 New Zealand

Thousands of people and their families who have moved to parts of New Zealand to work in low skilled jobs are to be offered the chance of becoming permanent residents. Those involved, all working and living in the South Island, will be eligible for a work to residence temporary visa which will mean they become […]

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Canadian Government gets rid of sponsored spouse residency rule

May 2, 2017 Canada

The condition that some sponsored spouses or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents must live together for two years in order to keep their permanent resident status has been removed. The Government of Canada said that the move is part of its commitment to family reunification and to support gender equality. This change applies […]

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Golden visas schemes in Europe proving popular with international investors

May 1, 2017 Spain

The golden visa scheme in Spain, which allows foreigners from outside of the European Union to be granted residency for investing in property and other assets, has attracted thousands of investors. The law offering residency permits to investors was introduced in Spain in 2013 and similar programmes are offered in other EU countries including Portugal, […]

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New guide reveals Cambridge, Oxford and St Andrews are best universities in the UK

April 28, 2017 United Kingdom

Universities in the UK are popular with overseas students and the latest guide shows that graduates have better employment prospects and more money is being spent on student facilities and services. Overall Cambridge is named as the top university, followed by Oxford and then St Andrews in the 2018 Complete University Guide. The London School […]

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Record levels of arrivals in New Zealand causing concerns

April 27, 2017 New Zealand

The number of people moving to work in New Zealand is not sustainable, it is claimed, as the country recorded yet another year of record levels of arrivals. In the 12 months to March 2027 some 129,500 overseas workers moved to New Zealand, a new annual record according to the data from Statistics New Zealand. […]

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MPs report calls for guarantee for EU academics working in the UK

April 26, 2017 United Kingdom

The House of Commons education committee in the UK has called for the rights of 32,000 university staff from European Union countries to be guaranteed post Brexit as a matter of urgency. The report says that the Government should be prepared to unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the UK before the end […]

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France’s top jobs agency reveals sectors desperate for workers

April 25, 2017 France

Expats in France who don’t move there for a specific job can often find it hard to get work, but research suggests there are a number of sectors desperate for employees. Top of the list is winegrowers and tree surgeons, followed by maintenance technicians, waiters, restaurant workers and community workers. The French employment agency Pole […]

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New Zealand visa changes could affect international student numbers

April 24, 2017 New Zealand

International students who plan to study in New Zealand and stay on for a period afterwards could be affected by planned changes to the country’s visa programme, it is claimed. Under the changes visa holders earning less than $49,000 would not be allowed to stay on for more than three years and according to the […]

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Asia has most of the most expensive cities in the world, bi-annual survey shows

April 21, 2017 Singapore

Singapore retains its title as the world’s most expensive city for a fourth year in row, followed by Hong Kong and Zurich, the latest bi-annual research shows. The latest survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit has also seen a return to the top 10 most expensive cities for Tokyo and Osaka. The Japanese capital, which […]

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New Zealand to tighten access to skilled work visas

April 20, 2017 New Zealand

Getting a skilled work visa for New Zealand is set to become tougher after the Government announced a package of changes to tighten access to the nation’s long term immigration. The changes will affect permanent and temporary visa streams and according to Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse they are aimed at attracting the best candidates from […]

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Low international outlook among young people in the UK

April 20, 2017 Europe

Half of young people in the UK do not regard themselves as European and many travel abroad much less than their counterparts in other countries, new research has found. Overall exposure to different nationalities is low among 18 to 30-year-olds, only half believe that they have a European identity and one in five do not […]

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