Expats

The Green, Green Grass Of Home

Toni Hargis | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Hargis

When I left England, there was no Internet, cell phones were the size of micro-waves and couldn't be used for anything other than verbal communication, and self-check-outs, mercifully, had yet to be invented.

Expat Un-Brats: Why Taking Your Children Away From Everything They've Known Could Be The Making Of Them

Vicky Mitchell | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Parents
Vicky Mitchell

My boy was made in Italy, took his first breath in the UK, cut teeth in Hong Kong, was pre-schooled in Australia and primary schooled back in the UK. His sister's birth certificate bears a picture of the Sydney Harbour Bridge but her passport's a very regal British burgundy, which was issued in New Zealand.

The Expat Label: Swapping Countries... And Lifestyle?

Emily Abbey | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Abbey

The internet is awash with wild tales of expat life, all the money and glamour and luxuries, but we were (and still are) entirely disinterested in becoming the stereotype. We just wanted to take a great opportunity, save a bit of cash (hopefully), and set our family up for a more secure future than the UK was able to offer us.

Culture Shock And Special Treatment: Raising Kids Overseas

Emily Abbey | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Parents
Emily Abbey

If you were to grow up being placed on some sort of pedestal, being admired and photographed for no reason other than existing, wouldn't you have a warped sense of your place in the world? It's no wonder the term used here so often is "expat brats".

If Other People Are Called 'Immigrants', Why Do We Call British Emigrants 'Expats'?

Selena Drake | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Selena Drake

The word expat is an unnatural one that has derived from a British sentiment of superiority deriving from our colonialist past that allowed us to assume our supremacy, since the countries we invaded were unable to challenge it. We need to get over these remnants of our colonialist history that are still ingrained into the British psyche.

The Good News About UK Expats' Rights In The EU Ignored

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

In addition, nationals of 88 non-EU countries (including Russia) working in the EU are accorded the same rights as EU citizens by agreements between these countries and the EU. Why can't Britain become the 89th such country? As far as I am aware, this possibility has never been raised by anyone in the UK. And, once again, these are agreements with the EU as a whole, not with individual EU member-states.

Independent Dependent: Confessions Of A Modern Expat Wife

Emily Abbey | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Abbey

What do you think of when I say expat wife? An easy life of G&Ts with the gals post-brunch? Supportive of the spouse whilst also having a hot tennis coach on speed dial? Shopping habits to rival Carrie Bradshaw?

Why Timing Is Everything When You're An Expat Moving Back To The UK

Sorcha Derkx-Mullan | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sorcha Derkx-Mullan

What we hadn't put much thought into at all was the seasonal timing of the move. In hindsight, moving from a warm climate like Singapore to a Scottish city at the start of at least six months of cold, grey, dreary weather was never going to be ideal. Here are my top five things to consider before moving from a warm climate to a cold Scottish winter:

Landing And Leaving Expat Life In Dubai

Susan Devaney | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Devaney

I'm standing on the cobbled streets of Rome, surrounded by politely pink pastel walls. It's my final stop. I had moved to Dubai shortly after my 2...

On Condolences And Faith In A Time Of Hatred

Natasha Freidus | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK
Natasha Freidus

Reflections from Wednesday morning, November 10th A few months ago, I watched as my British friends were shattered -- disbelief. The crumbling of...

Yankee-Brit Baby Naming - It's A Minefield

Toni Hargis | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Parents
Toni Hargis

In case there's a Brit in America facing this dilemma right now, here are a few other names you might want to ditch for the sake of your sanity. Remember, these kids stick around for quite a while, as do the pronunciation peeves.

British Expats Are Suing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 08.10.2016 | UK

A group of British expats is planning to sue European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Fair Deal for Expats, a group which represents Britons...

How To Be An Immigrant

Laura Krippner | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Krippner

I'm the second-most experienced immigrant that I know. Although as a white British woman I've tended to be described as an 'expat' rather than an 'immigrant', personally I'm fine with just being 'foreign'. This is what I've learned while living overseas.

Brit In America Problems

Toni Hargis | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Hargis

With a nod to the very excellent Very British Problems, I've amassed my own little list with a twist. Mine has less to do with our ingrained awkwardness and everything to do with being a fish out of water, i.e. a Brit in the USA:

Expats Move Up The Career Ladder In The UK

Dean Blackburn | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Dean Blackburn

There are many dreams and aspirations expats hope to realise during their time abroad: improve their quality of life, pursue a new challenge or join a...

The Role Of International Education Amid Growing Anti-Globalisation Sentiment Post-Brexit

Andrew Fitzmaurice | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Fitzmaurice

In his book, The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman argues that the global market is becoming a level playing field with historical and geographical divisions becoming irrelevant. For many expat families, this has become the new reality with globalisation taking them out of their home country and placing them in new environments.

Foreign Residents Felt Welcome - In Pre-Brexit UK

Malte Zeeck | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Malte Zeeck

Taiwan, Malta and Ecuador top the list of the best places to live abroad in the third annual InterNations Expat Insider 2016 survey. With more than 14...

Hacienda Petac ~ Where Petals Promise Peace and Paradise

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

We did not know it at the time, but as we drove through the open gates of Hacienda Petac, we were entering an embrace with Paradise.

Things No One Tells You About Going Back Home

Roanna Mottershead | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Roanna Mottershead

Living abroad is an incredible experience. It changes your horizons, your expectations, and who you are. For most expats, there'll come a time when for one reason or another, home starts calling. Here's what to expect when you book your one-way ticket back...

Brexit From an Expat Perspective: British Living Abroad Want to Stay in the EU

Malte Zeeck | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Malte Zeeck

Apart from those who are not allowed to vote, 18 percent of British expats not planning to do so say that they find the matter too complicated to deal with. Another 15 percent state that they do not feel informed enough to make a decision. A lack of interest or influence are each mentioned by 9 percent to be the primary reason for having decided not to take part in the election.

No Adjustment Required: Expats and the Changing Face of Social Media

Melissa Thermidor | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Tech
Melissa Thermidor

While my travels have been daunting at times, there was one thing that remained familiar and readily available: social media. What was even more surprising? The notion that people just like me were now packing up their bags and making a living off the very platforms that served as my lifeline in unfamiliar territory.

Your Year Abroad May Not Be the Best Year of Your Life - And That's Okay

Annina Claesson | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Annina Claesson

In all likelihood, your year abroad will be a mixed bag of highs and lows. It will probably not be the worst year of your life, but not necessarily the best, either - and that's okay.

Notes on Denmark: People and Practices

Harvey Wilks | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

Eight months after moving to Denmark, I'm now straddling that crepuscule between things being novel and others becoming the norm, so in this lucid moment I wanted to jot down a few observations, about my experience of Denmark and, more importantly, about the people who hail from it - an invitees examination, if you will.

The Brits Abroad And Why We Believe the UK Belongs in the Heart of Europe

Jennifer Morgan | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jennifer Morgan

We shouldn't shy away from saying that that the greatest reason to stay is that the UK simply belongs, now more than ever, with her allies in the heart of Europe. We should commit to stay and we should commit to improving the European Union.

One of the Obstacles of Decluttering

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 08.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hanni Melnicenko

It doesn't take days, week, years to get 'value for money' because really, such a thing never exists. When the money is gone, it's gone. So why torture yourself that you should be using something that you spent money on if you don't like using it.