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Learning new language still a hurdle for expats, poll shows

July 15, 2015 General

Language is still a major hurdle for many expats worldwide, especially when it is not their native language, new research has found. Some take classes provided by their employer, some try to get by with what they learned at school and upon their arrival in a new country, while many were able to rely on […]

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Senegal named top African country for expats

July 14, 2015 Africa

African countries are not always top of mind for would-be expats, mainly due to security concerns, but new research show that many are satisfied with their jobs and career prospects. Senegal and Nigeria are high on the list for job satisfaction and personal finance according to the survey findings, with the majority of expats thriving […]

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Bordeaux voted best city to live in France

July 13, 2015 France

France is a popular location for expats, both working and retired, but according to French citizens, they should avoid Paris and head for some of the nation’s other cities instead. A new survey asked people their ideal place to live and many named coastal towns where the climate is pleasant, but it was Bordeaux in […]

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New package launched to assist prospective US citizens

July 10, 2015 America

Officials in the United States have launched new free tools to help prospective citizens prepare for taking the important step of changing their nationality. It is part of a campaign intended to raise awareness about the rights, responsibilities and importance of US citizenship and provide information on the naturalisation process. The information is available at […]

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British expats left with less choice in pension schemes investments

July 9, 2015 Expat Banking and Finance

British Expats are seeing the number of overseas pension schemes that they can use to move their investments abroad being cut back drastically. In the UK, the tax man, HM Revenue and Customs, has removed thousands of Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) from its approved list. Globally, the number of schemes has fallen from […]

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Regulatory changes affecting expat financial and insurance choices

July 8, 2015 Expat Banking and Finance

Expats face being able to access fewer options for life insurance and wealth asset management in key locations such as Dubai and Singapore due to regulatory changes and shifting business focus. One of the largest international operators is pulling out of both locations. Standard Life said that the closure of its insurance business in Singapore […]

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Warning over nasty telephone scam targeting expats in Canada

July 7, 2015 Canada

Immigration and citizenship officials in Canada are warning of a particularly nasty national telephone scam where the callers threaten people with arrest and deportation. The callers claim to be from officers from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and say they are calling to collect additional personal information and/or to ask that a fine be paid […]

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Iceland, Switzerland and Denmark have highest life satisfaction, new research shows

July 6, 2015 Europe

A good lifestyle is what expats are seeking when they move abroad, however, a new global study has found that satisfaction scores have not recovered to pre-economic downturn levels in many countries. More than half of the countries covered by the research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have some way to […]

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UK sees drop in expats from Caribbean, rise from Eastern Europe

July 3, 2015 Britain

Jamaicans are no longer among the top 10 overseas-born groups in the UK with more immigrants from Europe, especially Eastern Europe, new official data shows. There are now more expats living in the UK who were born in Poland and the Indian-born population has grown by half since 2004, according to figures from the Office […]

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Influential business group calls for British expats to get EU referendum vote

July 2, 2015 United Kingdom

The head of an organisation that represents the interests of Franco-British business has called for British expats to be given a vote in the referendum on the future of the UK in the European Union. According to Bob Lewis, president of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a sizeable chunk of the British electorate […]

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Bank launches premium service for wealthy expats moving to the UK

July 1, 2015 Expat Banking and Finance

A leading bank has launched a new expat service designed to meet the needs of people moving to the UK, offering them access to British and international services and products. The London Expat Service from Lloyds Bank is aimed particularly at high net-worth expats, many of whom are investing in property in the London real […]

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Steep rise in Chinese people arriving in New Zealand

June 30, 2015 New Zealand

New Zealand is proving increasingly popular with people from China with the number of visitors increasing by 45% in May, official data shows. Overall visitor arrivals to New Zealand numbered 176,700 in May 2015, up 10% compared to May 2014, the figures from Statistics New Zealand also show. ‘This was driven by more visitors from […]

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New law requires Canadian citizenship oath to be sworn in public

June 30, 2015 Canada

More and more people who move to live and work in Canada are choosing to become Canadian citizens and must now take a new oath openly and in public. The new Oath of Citizenship Act has been introduced to ensure Canadian citizenship applicants show their face while taking the oath during citizenship ceremonies. They are […]

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