It's not my site so I'm gone because of your no links policy. For some sites such a policy makes sense but if the purpose of this site is to help expats, I can't see how. I have lots of information articles from two sites I shut down that are for expats and people considering expatriation but many of the articles are full of links. After all, that is what sharing over the Internet is about.
For example, an article on shipping options will have links to the companies providing the services. An article about how to get residency will have links to the immigration site, government contact sites to get your documents authenticated and maybe even a person or three that can help with the process.
I have run closed sites and while it might seem easier to monitize them, they don't serve the community. My newest site (which has some expat information and will have a lot more) is more generic about finding answers. It has no advertising, allows links and even has a specific section where you can add links to various sources such as news and health. Most of the posts have links to sources rather that duplicate what is already available. That's how the World Wide Web is supposed to work.
So, bottom line, my efforts will go to open sites.