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China’s policy for expats seeking permanent residency has undergone a change recently, with increased benefits and a reduction in barriers to application. The developments follow a perceived need to attract foreign talent, and the poor uptake of green cards since their introduction in 2004. Only around 5,000 have been granted up to 2012, compared to […]

A new survey has shown nearly a half of expats moving to the UAE don’t have enough practical information. A third found the relocation process more difficult than they expected, according to the research from Zurich, an international insurance company. The survey of 775 expatriates in the UAE was conducted by YouGov, and found the […]

The United Arab Emirates, and in particular Dubai, has long been a top destination for professional expatriates. But now, the rising cost of living is impacting on the lives of expats across the region. The cost of rent has fallen slightly, but the cost of everything else is rising. This includes groceries, utilities, school fees, […]

Bahrain will soon boast a one-of-a-kind European Expat Council, writes Trade Arabia. The Council will have direct access to government officials, allowing expats to voice feedback on everything from state welfare programs to immigration requirements in the Gulf kingdom. Bahrain’s King Hamad decided to form the council last month following a reception for expats at […]

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