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How to learn sign language while living abroad
Everyday life
How to learn sign language while living abroad
While planning your move to a foreign country, you may wonder about your host country's sign language. Whether you are deaf or hard of hearing, you might question how to communicate using sign language there. It's often emphasized that learning the local language is essential, and by “language,” this includes both spoken and visual languages, such as sign languages. Here's a comprehensive guide to learning them while living abroad.
Exams you need to crack if you want to study abroad
Schools & studies
Exams you need to crack if you want to study abroad
Studying abroad is a bold move. You will be putting yourself in an entirely new environment while trying to handle the pressures of higher education. But it's also a bold move that tends to pay off. Studying abroad can open doors to new professional opportunities, enrich you culturally and socially and even help you learn a new language.
University crisis: How visa policies affect international students
Schools & studies
University crisis: How visa policies affect international students
Will students soon have to give up on studying abroad? In their efforts to control immigration, popular countries are implementing measures that are challenging students' plans to move overseas. How do visa restrictions and increased fees impact universities and education? How can students consider studying abroad in this context?

Expat news

Easier entry and high quality of life: Why expats choose Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Easier entry and high quality of life: Why expats choose Luxembourg
Luxembourg is a highly cosmopolitan country, with nearly 47.3% of its population being foreign nationals, representing about 170 different nationalities (government data). Despite its small size of only 2,586 km², the country offers ample opportunities for those seeking professional growth and an excellent quality of life. The Luxembourg Parliament has recently passed a law making it easier for third-country nationals to enter and stay in Luxembourg for highly qualified jobs. So why should you consider moving to Luxembourg?
Japan's labor shortage: Can new visa reforms solve the crisis?
Japan
Japan's labor shortage: Can new visa reforms solve the crisis?
Facing a labor shortage and a worsening demographic situation, Japan is gradually opening up to immigration, particularly by reforming its visa policies. However, the country remains torn between economic necessity and a social model built on homogeneity. Here's an analysis.
How Labour's win in UK elections will affect immigration policies
England
How Labour's win in UK elections will affect immigration policies
This July, the 14-year rule of the UK's Conservative Party has come to an end. A snap general election led to a landslide victory for the opposing Labour Party, which is under the leadership of Keir Starmer. What are this new government's promises for immigration? How are expats affected by this, and what are their concerns and hopes?

Content from our partners

How to get your documents translated for official purposes as an expat
Translayte
How to get your documents translated for official purposes as an expat
Moving to a new country is exciting, but it also comes with lots of challenges, especially when it comes to paperwork. As an expatriate, among loads of paperwork you need to fulfill, you will likely need certified translations of various documents. This process can be different depending on the country you are in and the country you and/or your family are moving to. In this article, our partner, Translayte,  explores how certified translations are done in the United States, Germany, Australia, France, Canada, Austria, Spain, and Turkey. They also talk about why you cannot compromise on who does your translations, getting them done by professionals and how Translayte can help you.
Must have tools for expats in 2024
Surfshark
Must have tools for expats in 2024
Living abroad as an expat can be a life-changing experience, yet it has its challenges. Whether adjusting to a new job, learning a new language, or trying to find the best grocery store, having the right tools to ease your transition can make all the difference. Here's a list of must-have tools for expats that will make your experience abroad more enjoyable.
Water disinfection using IV: An important project in Senegal
UST
Water disinfection using IV: An important project in Senegal
Access to clean drinking water has been acknowledged as a human right since 2010. Yet, in many places, water remains a rare good and the quality often does not hold up to the high standards of what is considered drinkable water. While dissolved and undissolved particles can usually rather easily be extracted from water, bacteria and viruses prove to be more challenging.

Features

Eco-travel for expats: Ditching planes for trains
Transport
Eco-travel for expats: Ditching planes for trains
In a world increasingly aware of environmental impact, more travelers are choosing slower, greener travel options. Rather than racing against time, many are embracing longer train journeys over quick flights. Could the train be poised for a resurgence? This trend is especially notable in Europe, where alternatives to flying are being actively explored.
Visa rejection: Common mistakes to avoid
Visas
Visa rejection: Common mistakes to avoid
Visa applications can be time-consuming, costly and stressful. To prevent complications and additional stress, ensure you are not stumbling into common pitfalls that could lead to your visa being rejected. Reapplying is a hassle, will delay your plans, and even give you a bad immigration track record, so it's crucial to get it right the first time. Here are some tips.
New country, new job: How to adapt to a different work pace
Work
New country, new job: How to adapt to a different work pace
Flexible or non-flexible work, remote or in-person, after-work gatherings or solo meals... The corporate world is unique. That being said, expatriates need time to integrate into the business culture of the foreign country and establish their work rhythm.
Retiring abroad: Is it a lifelong decision?
Formalities
Retiring abroad: Is it a lifelong decision?
Retiring overseas is increasingly appealing, but it also raises many concerns. Administrative issues such as receiving a pension, health insurance, or a residence permit can make retirement abroad seem daunting. Is it a lifelong commitment?
How to handle financial problems abroad
Banks and finance
How to handle financial problems abroad
Living abroad isn't always smooth sailing. Job loss, health problems, and unexpected life events can strike at any time. When tough times hit, where can you turn for help? How can you get through these challenges?
How to manage visas and inheritance issues after the death of an expatriate
Formalities
How to manage visas and inheritance issues after the death of an expatriate
The loss of a loved one brings emotional pain, compounded by legal and administrative complications. When an expatriate with a primary visa passes away, their dependents often face significant legal uncertainties. What happens to their visa status? What are their options for remaining in the host country?

Expat interviews

Chasing the American dream: Umberto's journey from Italy to NYC
USA
Chasing the American dream: Umberto's journey from Italy to NYC
Umberto's journey from the serene town of Bolzano, Italy, to the bustling streets of New York City is both inspiring and captivating. With roots tracing back to Naples and a familial connection to Brooklyn, Umberto's path to America was driven by a profound desire to connect with his heritage and make his mark in the land of opportunities.
From Alsace to Miami: Marine and Sylvain's Amercican dventure
USA
From Alsace to Miami: Marine and Sylvain's Amercican dventure
Get ready for a coast-to-coast American adventure with Marine and Sylvain, a dynamic French couple! They ditched the charming landscapes of Alsace, France, for the vibrant shores of Los Angeles and then Miami's Latin flair. Their story, unfolding over the past six years, is a captivating tale of embracing challenges and seizing opportunities.
Laura's expat journey: Finding the perfect quality of life in the Netherlands
Netherlands
Laura's expat journey: Finding the perfect quality of life in the Netherlands
Join Laura's journey as she explores life in Scotland and the Netherlands. Discover her experiences, challenges, and the key to finding her ideal quality of life. This interview is packed with valuable tips for anyone considering expat life, whether you're drawn to charming Edinburgh or vibrant Amsterdam.

Insights from professionals

Is relocating overseas a good idea during an early midlife crisis? 
Everyday life
Is relocating overseas a good idea during an early midlife crisis? 
Moving to a new country won't solve your problems, but should you do it anyway? Well, it depends. It depends on you and your mindset. It is easy to imagine that relocating overseas will transform us into better versions of ourselves. 
6 ways to successfully integrate into the workplace as an expat 
Work
6 ways to successfully integrate into the workplace as an expat 
The first day at a new job is always daunting. Stress, exhaustion, loneliness and nervous excitement are all common emotions but add on top of that, culture shock, language barriers and trying to settle your family into their new life abroad, it can all get overwhelming.      
Tips from an expert: Taking care of your mental health as an expat amid the pandemic
Everyday life
Tips from an expert: Taking care of your mental health as an expat amid the pandemic
Since early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of discomfort for expatriates, not only because of the distance from their loved ones but also due to lockdowns and health restrictions. Emanuela Brusadelli, a Professor of Clinical Psychology and the Deputy Director of the Professional and Clinical Psychology Programs at Wollongong University School of Psychology in Australia, tells us more.

Expat stories

Entrepreneurship in the USA: The E2 visa amid the Covid-pandemic
USA
Entrepreneurship in the USA: The E2 visa amid the Covid-pandemic
As the year 2021 comes to an end, we're hoping for this very stressful period for expatriates all over the world to be over. Expats living in the USA on an E2 visa have been faced with a particularly complicated situation. In addition to the pandemic's impact on their businesses, they will also have administrative difficulties obtaining visas or even their renewal.
Life as an expat in South Africa
Everyday life
Life as an expat in South Africa
From October 1, 2021, South Africa moved to Alert Level 1 after multiple Covid-19 peaks, and life is slowly getting back to normal. Hannah, an expat from the UK, was lucky enough to relocate to Cape Town in September following her husband's intra-company transfer. She shares her views about expat life in the country she now calls home.
Opinion: Does being an expat mean I'll always be the outsider?
Everyday life
Opinion: Does being an expat mean I'll always be the outsider?
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 questions again
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

Expat life in the UK between the Brexit and the pandemic
Everyday life
Expat life in the UK between the Brexit and the pandemic
Angelica is originally from Verbania, Italy. It's been nearly ten years since she moved to the UK, hungry for independence and new experiences. She has also spent a year in Germany for her studies before going back to the UK and is currently in the process of obtaining British citizenship. She talks to us about living in London as an expat between Brexit and the Covid pandemic.

Articles from our local editions

News highlights for the week of the 15th of July: Mauritius has fastest internet in Africa
Mauritius
News highlights for the week of the 15th of July: Mauritius has fastest internet in Africa
This week in Mauritius,  rising shipping costs, price hikes on imported fruits, foreign investment in real estate and more…
Food supply in Mauritius: How to cope with price volatility and shortages?
Mauritius
Food supply in Mauritius: How to cope with price volatility and shortages?
Food supply is a crucial issue for Mauritius, an island that imports a significant portion of its food. This week, the local egg shortage has made headlines, and the steady rise in prices over recent months continues to worry consumers. The closure of the Suez Canal highlights the island's vulnerability to global disruptions. How can Mauritians and expatriates adapt to this volatility and ensure their food security?
News highlights of the week: Cost of living is top concern for citizens
Mauritius
News highlights of the week: Cost of living is top concern for citizens
This past week has seen a range of significant developments across Mauritius, spanning economic updates, public health concerns, agricultural advancements, and cultural innovations. Here are the main stories.