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Safety tips for solo female expats
Everyday life
Safety tips for solo female expats
Alone but not lonely. Solo female expats are on the rise, and as the world is striving towards gender equality, many women show that their ambitions have no geographical limits. Deciding to start a journey in a new country has all the elements an adventure needs: adrenaline, excitement and even a healthy amount of fear. If you are ahead of a similar journey, you should consider some safety dos and don'ts in order to make your new experience joyful and smooth. 
The role of foreign talent in economic growth
Everyday life
The role of foreign talent in economic growth
After nearly two years of pandemic waves and strict restrictions, borders are reopening around the world. To ensure sustainable growth, the States are considering a series of measures, including recruiting foreign talent. All sectors are currently in demand of foreign expertise, with innovative and high-tech sectors being the leading job providers. So what are the challenges of international mobility in the Covid-19 era, and how can foreign talent boost economic growth?
Reopening of US borders: what's changing for expats and travellers
Everyday life
Reopening of US borders: what's changing for expats and ...
The end of the US Travel Ban means the reopening of borders. The United States is thus working on a return to normalcy. The White House clarified its new policy on October 15, with strict controls to avoid a new Covid-19 surge. So here is what expatriates and international travellers should expect.

Expat news

What's changing in immigration to the UK
Visas
What's changing in immigration to the UK
Everything has changed since January 1, 2021, when Brexit came into effect. While some have simply given up their plans of relocating to the UK, others were cooled off by the new administrative procedure. Yet, others are still keen on moving to the UK. So how do you go about it from now on? 
Expats and the Pandora papers
Everyday life
Expats and the Pandora papers
On October 3, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a non-profit organization, released a damning new report on global tax evasion. The same organization is behind the Panama papers (2016), which shook economies and political systems worldwide. In 2021, the Pandora papers scandal reveals that the promises of 2016 were far from being kept.
Tax reforms in Belgium: What is changing for expats
Everyday life
Tax reforms in Belgium: What is changing for ...
On October 12, the declaration of the Belgian Prime Minister looked like a Marshall Plan. The objective is to reduce budgetary costs while relaunching employment in the country. Even though the Prime Minister has not mentioned expatriates, this does not mean that the tax reform will spare them. So what is changing in 2022, and what should expats expect?

Content from our partners

How do I insure my home as an expat in Belgium?
Immoweb
How do I insure my home as an expat in ...
If you're thinking about moving to Belgium, taking out a home insurance policy will be one of your priorities. Here is everything you need to know.
Barcelona International Community Day is back
BCN International
Barcelona International Community Day is back
On Saturday 23 October, the 7th edition of Barcelona International Community Day will be held, returning to its face-to-face format. Under the slogan Back to (net)work!, 2021 edition aims to bring everybody back together and strengthen the relations of the international community. It will include 50 activities and over 70 exhibitors, consolidating its position as the main welcoming and networking space for those who have come to live and work in the city. 
Guam's air V&V program opens for tourists to get vaccinated while on vacation
Guam Visitors Bureau
Guam's air V&V program opens for tourists to ...
Guam is an island territory in the Western Pacific Ocean and is considered the largest island in the Mariana Islands archipelago. The island features tropical beaches, ancient stone pillars, and Chamorro villages. Guam is a perfect holiday destination to de-stress yourself from the monotonous lifestyle. A visit to Guam will seem like a breath of fresh air with the pristine clear waters of the ocean and magnificent white beaches.

Features

Relaxed rules in the UAE to retain expats
Everyday life
Relaxed rules in the UAE to retain expats
After more than a very complicated year for travel and international mobility, many countries are reopening slowly and smoothly. Amid the uncertainty and hopes for a better tomorrow, the United Arab Emirates is implementing new rules to attract expatriates from all over the world to revive their economy.
Is mental health covered by health insurance for expats?
Health system
Is mental health covered by health insurance ...
We live lives when the world around us is changing rapidly. Technology rises, we travel and move, but while the outside world seems to be spinning, our thoughts and feelings are affected. The careful daily examination of our feelings is important for enhancing our mental health. But some scenarios like Covid, moving to a new country, or just the stress of life itself make it too difficult to bear with it alone. Seeking help regarding your mental health might be one of the best decisions you'll ever make, and it might lead you on to your new life path.
Genders and expatriation: the five most LGBTQIA+ and no binary friendly countries
Everyday life
Genders and expatriation: the five most ...
In an era of reaffirmation of identities, thriving cultures have been recognizing and integrating no binary and LGBTQIA+ people through social politics, laws, and cultural representation. From a critical gender perspective, some countries are acknowledging not only two sexes (men/women), but a plurality of them, expanding the possibilities of gender and sexual orientation. 
Hong-Kong: The sanitary measures are further driving people away
Everyday life
Hong-Kong: The sanitary measures are further ...
After the exodus caused by the riots, more expats are now choosing to leave Hong Kong due to the frustration over the city's Coronavirus restrictions and lack of a clear reopening plan. Hong Kong has embraced a strategy that emphasises social distancing, limiting travel and shutting most non-residents out, except when coming from China and Macao. Expats and even locals arriving in the city have to contend with one of the world's longest quarantines, paying to isolate in a hotel room for up to three weeks.
Why homesharing can be beneficial for expats
Accommodation
Why homesharing can be beneficial for expats
When leaving your country for a new adventure abroad, finding accommodation can be a major concern, whether you are moving alone or with your family. And it becomes especially difficult in times of COVID-19 and economic crisis to find affordable accommodation options. Homesharing is an interesting option not only for saving in terms of costs but also for a smoother transition.
Why Japan is an attractive country for foreign professionals
Everyday life
Why Japan is an attractive country for ...
For more than a year, it has been assumed that the global health crisis would have a negative impact on international relocation. But it looks like Japan has reversed the situation. Ranking consistently as one of the world's most expensive countries (with a high cost of living in Tokyo, especially), Japan also stands out for its high expat packages. Is that supposed to be good news for foreign workers?

Expat interviews

From New York to Mexico: Tales of an expat mum
Everyday life
From New York to Mexico: Tales of an expat ...
Originally from New York, Sara has quite an interesting story to tell. On travelling to Mexico for the first time when she was 18, she immediately fell in love with the country. Today, she lives in Veracruz with her multicultural family. From an English teacher before the pandemic, she converted into a publisher and is enjoying being an entrepreneurr.
The adventure of a Dominican expat in Finland
Finland
The adventure of a Dominican expat in Finland
Born in the Dominican Republic, Dolores is a psychologist. Having lived in Spain for 19 years, she also has Spanish nationality. But two years ago, she relocated to Finland, where she founded an association of Dominican professionals. She talks to us about her expat experience in her new home.
An expat's views on life in the United States in the Covid-19 era
Everyday life
An expat's views on life in the United ...
Diego was born and raised in the province of Verona, Italy. Two years ago, he relocated to Georgia, in the United States. He currently works as an electronic engineer in Atlanta. Diego talks to Expat.com about his adventure abroad.

Expat stories

Opinion: Does being an expat mean I'll always be the outsider?
Everyday life
Opinion: Does being an expat mean I'll ...
Does being an expat mean always being the outsider? Not quite at home in your host country and a little bit of a stranger to your home country. Stephanie discusses how she navigates this identity as a Brit living in Paris.
Please, don't ask me these expat-related questions again
Moving
Please, don't ask me these expat-related ...
Expatriation started as a necessity when I was looking to progress with my academic studies of a Master's degree in England. However, it was earlier in my life, when I began travelling for leisure, that I figured out moving countries is a lifestyle I would like to revel in. Since 2007, I have lived and worked in five countries in Europe, Africa, and East Asia, and I am currently preparing for my next expatriation project. I may find it easier to board a plane and start all over again than deciding what to have for dinner, but the journey is not anxiety and sorrow-free. So, if you are interested in how a life away from everything you take for granted is, please don't ask me (or any other like-minded expat for that matter) any of the following questions — here's why.
Moving countries: Why I am more with less
Moving
Moving countries: Why I am more with less
I have always been very thoughtful about the things I own, and how I organise them in my space — whether it's the tiny studio in South Korea, the shared-flat in Ghana, or the two-floor house in Mauritius. I love change, and I see moving to a different country as an opportunity to reset my reality and rediscover myself; living abroad helps me look at things with fresh eyes and get rid of preconceptions. Packing is a big part of the whole moving process, and when you have to limit your belongings down to two suitcases, you reconsider the value of possessions. Here's how I learned to put my life on the scale and hit the 23 kg target.

Expat of the month

Campaigning for the rights of expat children in the Netherlands
Everyday life
Campaigning for the rights of expat children in the Netherlands
Originally from Ecuador, Andrea is a mom and lawyer who has been living in the Netherlands for nine years now. After the country introduced a travel ban for family members from outside the European Union, she started a campaign for helping expat children in the Netherlands reunite with their parents and grandparents. But in May 2021, the government finally lifted this entry ban under certain conditions. Andrea talks to Expat.com about the impact of this campaign and expat children's rights in the Netherlands.

Articles from our local editions

The South Africans, French and Malagasy interested in Mauritius as borders reopen
Mauritius
The South Africans, French and Malagasy ...
Government measures to attract expats and foreign investment seem to be working. In addition to the 1,000 Premium Visa applications, the Expat.com website has seen a spike in traffic from future expats. A 40% jump in visits to its Mauritius pages, to be precise.
News from the week of the 18th of October: Mauritius back onto the FATF's whitelist
Mauritius
News from the week of the 18th of October: ...
Mauritius exits the FATF grey list. In other news, the government issued 750 premium visas to foreign nationals.
Nathacha Appanah, Mauritian expat author in French, publishes tenth book
Mauritius
Nathacha Appanah, Mauritian expat author in ...
Nathacha Appanah, a Mauritian journalist and novelist living in France, has published her tenth book titled "Nothing belongs to you". She was awarded the Prix des libraires of Nancy - Le point last month and has been shortlisted for a Prix Femina.