Expats

Back In Blighty - Shoes On Or Off?

Toni Hargis | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Hargis

I repatriated to the U.K. three weeks ago, after more than two decades in the United States. I'd been lucky enough to come back at least once a year for most of that time, so it's not exactly like landing on the moon, but there are a few things that are making me scratch my head. I'm not sure whether it's changed since I've been gone, or I just didn't notice it all those years ago.

British Expat Teacher Living In Spain Fears She May Be Forced Out Over Brexit

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics

A British expat in Spain says she fears she will be forced to leave and has ‘no confidence’ in the ability of the Government to look after the int...

Why Australia Is Still An Attractive Option During UK Government Hell

Sandy Dhaliwal | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sandy Dhaliwal

So for those thinking about making the move Down Under for a smooth transition from the UK, why not see if your skills are still needed in Australia, you may be surprised by what you find.

Life Abroad Helps Expat Families Grow Together

Dean Blackburn | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Parents
Dean Blackburn

Parents share their children's worries about fitting in, nearly a quarter find it difficult to form new friendships of their own. Parents also have to contend with the financial pressures of raising a family abroad. Indeed, our survey has found that 62% of expat parents find the overall cost of raising children abroad more expensive than at home.

How Technology Has Made It Easier Than Ever To Live Abroad

Patrick Gilligan | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Tech
Patrick Gilligan

Whatever your views on the rise of tech; as digital communication continues to improve and remote working becomes easier and more common, so will living abroad.

Birthday Party Blues: Being The Mum With The Shy Child

Rebecca Bainbridge | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Bainbridge

Today the middle child had a birthday party. He sat in his car seat proudly clutching the present that he'd picked out for one of his best friends. As he is marginally more outgoing than his older brother, I had higher expectations than usual.

Expat Life: Sunshine And Sadness

Emily Abbey | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Abbey

Abandoning ship and running home is rarely an option, so you're left to stick out this expat existence wondering if you've made a terrible mistake.

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 30.06.2017 | 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.