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  1. Articles: Asia
    Cities in Asia, Europe and Africa are the most expensive places in the world for expats employed by international companies, led by Hong Kong, new research has found. The annual global cost of living survey from Mercers also looks at the changes ahead for expats and employers, suggesting that...
  2. Articles: Asia
    Costs for expats in Singapore, Malaysia and the UK have fallen but risen in Hong Kong after previously hitting a five year low, the latest research shows. The average cost of employing an expat in Singapore has shrunk by over US$12,000 compared to last year, according to the latest My...
  3. Articles: Europe
    People looking to study at university in France this year will find that their living costs have increased with a new report suggesting they are up by just over 2%, three times higher than inflation. The 2017 rise in costs for students is more than twice the increase seen in past years...
  4. Guides
    Expats have been asked what they wish they had known before starting on an international assignment and many cite living costs as the great unknown. The high cost of living is the issue that is most commonly given and it is specific items that cause surprises such as the cost of petrol and...
  5. Articles: Americas
    When moving to a new country finding the right home is a major consideration and a new piece of research has found that if you are moving to the United States, living outside city centres is much cheaper. Buying a home in most major cities comes with a premium, especially for families with...
  6. Articles: Europe
    London is now cheaper for businesses locating their employees from overseas due to Brexit, offering significantly better value than New York and Hong Kong, new research has found. It means that the gap between the UK capital and a second tier of cheaper cities including Paris, Tokyo and San...
  7. Articles: Americas
    Manhattan is the most expensive place in the Americas and the 24th most expensive location in the world for expats, global research shows. Worldwide over the past five years US locations have climbed by 53 places on average in the cost of living rankings compiled by ECA International and even...
  8. Articles: Americas
    More and more Americans are retiring outside of the United States, and those numbers are only expected to increase in the next 10 years, according to figures from the country's social security administration office. The number of Americans choosing to live overseas when they retire increased by...
  9. Articles: Americas
    Subdued global economic growth is keeping the cost of renting a home down for expats in many city locations around the world, but some are facing higher housing costs, new research shows. In the majority of the locations covered by the ECA International survey, rent has been fairly static in...
  10. Articles: Americas
    New York is the most expensive city in the world for international companies to accommodate expat staff due to the high cost of residential and office rents. This is despite recent signs of slowing office rents and elevated use of incentives and concessions to both office and residential...
  11. Articles: Europe
    When it comes to the cost of everyday living in some of the most popular locations for British expats, Spain comes out as having the best value, according to new research. The research, which compares the cost of a basket of groceries, shows that Portugal is the next cheapest, followed by...
  12. Articles: Europe
    Zurich in Switzerland is the world’s most expensive location for expats due to the relative strength of the Swiss Franc, with currency playing a major part in costs for those working abroad. Indeed, the findings from the latest Cost of Living survey by ECA International, a provider of...
  13. Guides
    Currency fluctuations are contributing to the cost of living for expats, which makes sending an employee abroad increasingly expensive. According to a comprehensive survey on the costs of expat packages from global firm Mercer, Asian and European cities are the most expensive in the world...
  14. Guides
    Shanghai has become Asia Pacific’s most expensive location for expats for the first time while Zurich, Switzerland has been named as the most expensive location in Europe. The weakening of the Norwegian Krone in response to the weakened oil sector contributed to Oslo’s tumble down the ranking...
  15. Guides
    Japan is the most expensive country in the Asia Pacific region for a company to send a worker abroad due to the cost of housing, education and pay, as well as a host of other factors, research shows. The country has Asia's highest expat packages. On average, a package for an expat middle...
  16. Articles: Europe
    The great capital cities of the world such as London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong have long been a draw for expats and some are becoming cheaper to live and work in. London has retained its place as the world’s most expensive city for businesses to accommodate their employees, but is...
  17. Guides
    Caracas in Venezuela is both the world’s most expensive and the cheapest city for expats and it all depends on exchange rates, according to research. The latest findings from the Cost of Living survey by ECA International, a leading provider of knowledge, information and technology for the...
  18. Guides
    Oslo tops the list of Europe's most expensive locations for expats, followed by Stavanger and Zurich, the latest cost of living survey shows. But in Sweden, where the Krona currency has weakened, there are no longer any locations in the top 30 of the list compiled by ECA International, a...
  19. Guides
    When an employee is sent overseas to work, the cost is usually met by the employer. Now, they face paying even more for moving people to London, one of the world’s most popular expat locations. London has become the world’s most expensive city for companies to relocate employees, overtaking...
  20. Guides
    African, European, and Asian cities are the most expensive for expats due to currency fluctuations and the impact of inflation on goods and services, a new survey has found. Two African cities top the list of most expensive cities, according to Mercer’s 2014 Cost of Living Survey. Although not...
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