A new location can appear attractive to an expat for many reasons. The new position or career move, attractiveness of the city, salary on offer as well as country, culture, climate, geographic locality, infrastructure for entrepreneurs and startups or perceived image of the location.
Almost everything in their chosen city is unusual. Including language. Besides their busy lives, they need to settle in, find their way around and acquire a feel for the place. Expats have to invest in their new home.
Expatriates are international business professionals and highly trained employees. They form one of the most attractive groups of people in the world, are well educated and generally earn high incomes. That said, most require assistance of one kind or other.
Help and guidance
Depending upon their company, expats may or may not receive assistance with information and contacts. Routined employers of international staff are able to pass on their experience. Those new to the field of hiring international employees possess no such knowledge and are less able to offer guidance.
Relocation and service agencies can help with a new home and a few snippets of wisdom. Occasionally, a city authority will offer their own service centre, which assists new arrivals. Many locations offer a selection of relevant yet incomplete information on official websites.
Social media can be ideal for some. Expat groups on Facebook offer answers to the same topics again and again. Groups on Meetup are varied and a perfect way to meet likeminded people. A third option is Internations, which offers regular meetings for their members. Occasionally, unique international or bilingual clubs can also be found.
Research shows that expats yearn for a sense of belonging. Levels of contentment can make or break the ability to lead a good life abroad. The acquisition of knowledge is often fundamental to their quest for happiness. Helsinki, for instance, has published results of research that show expats have a clear desire to discover all the information they require. But in a language they understand and all in one place.
That’s the reason why Amazing Capitals was created well over a decade ago on January 5 2007.
Cities and companies in the location all across the world wish to attract and serve expats. International specialists and residents are highly beneficial to the local economy. Some cities prides themselves on being expat friendly. An honourable goal that is complex to achieve and always possible to improve upon.
Amazing Capitals publishes online location guides dedicated to the local expat community. A mosaic of holistic aspects comes together on English language eGuides. They are full of clear, up to date and relevant knowledge as well as insights to life in the unique city of choice. This is where international residents inform themselves about their new location. It also helps expats filter information bombardment on social media.
Let’s work together to assist ever more international residents in their wonderful new home. To unite expats, local residents, companies and the city.
By Vincent Green / Sep 19 2021
Once an expat professional has been hired, companies soon return to business as usual. The employee has relocated and their days take on a routine. However, international residents also need to settle in, which involves a steeper and broader learning curve than with nationals. Longer term support determines true success.
Great Caffeine Fixes
One of the first desires following an arrival is to discover where to go for that all important latte, short black or flat white. Personal and favourite cafes are presented on each eGuide. As are great initial options for bistros, sushi bars and restaurants as well as vegetarian and vegan. Until expats discover their own special choices in their new location.