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Which of the top 8 British expat countries is best for you?

Dave See, CharNick

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There’s not many decisions bigger than deciding where to move yourself and your family, especially if that means relocating abroad. The world really is your oyster in terms of where to go, but that can be can slightly overwhelming when trying to narrow down your choices. To help narrow down your search criteria and pick the perfect expat location, here’s a taster of some of the top destinations for Brits.

1. Australia – Over one million Brits have already chosen to live Down Under and it’s no surprise thanks to the allure of an outdoor lifestyle and sunnier climes (in many of the Gold Coast resorts). The fact that it’s a multicultural society (43% of Australians were born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas) means that any new arrivals won’t be treated as an oddity. The simple fact that the country itself is so vast – with only 6.4 people per square mile – and has 500 national parks means the great outdoors really is on your doorstep.

2. USA – The sheer size of America (3.8 million square miles) means it offers expats a huge range of choices in terms of jobs, locations and lifestyles. If you find yourself a job in one of the big cities such New York you’ll be exposed to the best cuisine, housing and culture you can expect. You’ll also find some of the most expensive property in the world (a three bedroom flat in the Financial District will cost upwards of £7 million pounds). In other areas though you’ll find the average house setting you back around £144,000 which is apparently a small castle if you move to Detroit.

3. Canada – A top notch education and healthcare systems are a big draw to the 607,377 expats that already live in Canada. The Canadian teaching system was recently ranked as 9th in the world, with above average scores in reading, mathematics and science. To put this in context the UK was 28th. All Canadian residents have reasonable access to healthcare without paying out-of-pocket. Canada also offers a relatively easy emigration process and expats are allowed to apply for residency within three years of arriving there.

4. Spain – While the Brexit-effect may loom large over much of Europe, Spain still proves itself to be the most popular country in the region, with 308,000 expats living there (France, Ireland, Germany and Italy all have considerably less expat Brits). In fact, a recent survey showed that the number of Britons living in Spain over the age of 65 has doubled in the past 10 years. Settling predominantly on the Costa Blanca on Spain’s east coast or the Costa del Sol in the south, the warm weather, a cheap standard of living and the sheer number of Brits living there, makes it a home from home for many. The British PM Theresa May has already made pledges to continue to support pensions and healthcare benefits to those expats living in Spain, although this has yet to be finalised.

5. New Zealand – If you’re looking for more sunshine, why not consider New Zealand. Three major Kiwi cities get 2,000 hours a year, compared to the South East of England which has just 1,750. Obviously there’s more to the country than the weather, the great vast open spaces mean you’re never far from a fjord, native forest or mountain. In a recent HSBC survey New Zealand was voted as 14th in the world overall when compared economically, but first in terms of experience, ranking highly for healthcare, finance and quality of life.

6. South Africa – With pristine beaches, cultural experiences and a relatively low cost of living South Africa has some 318,000 British expats residing in its cities and surrounding areas. The 2016 Mercer Cost of living survey ranked Johannesburg and Cape Town as two of the cheapest cities in which to reside, at numbers 205 and 208 in the world rankings. Luckily most available jobs for expats will be in these two cities and thanks to a solid temporary visa situation you should be able to work as long as you possess the correct skills. Top jobs are currently within the automotive industry, IT and communications, mining, banking and the services sector.

7. Ireland – Doing business in Ireland is easy and that’s official. The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Survey for 2017, ranked 18th out of 190 economies. It ranked particularly highly in paying taxes and starting a business – great news for budding entrepreneurs. You’ll also find good, free schools if you are looking to relocate your family. Healthcare is some of the best in the world too, and expats are able to receive free or subsidised public health services.

8. France – Just a short hop over the channel means France has always pulled in plenty of British expats, with 185,000 of us currently residing there. A number of negative connotations have been drawn around areas such as ‘Dordogneshire’, which is home to a vast number of Brits, but that shouldn’t put you off. The slower pace of life in the varying regions, coupled with new cultural experiences proves a big draw. The most popular regions include Poitou-Charentes, Aquitaine, Brittany and Rhone Alps.PSS International Removals can shop your goods to all of these countries. For more information see here.

If you are considering moving abroad, PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention. Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote.

Shipping Your Pet Safely

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Taking a pet abroad when families relocate is a key area of concern for many. With pets such as dogs, cats and even ferrets taken overseas you need to be aware of the documentation required and country-specific customs timeframes involved.

With pets separated from their owners for the journey as well as potentially months in quarantine, it’s certainly worth thinking about whether this is a trip worth them taking.

If you are only away for a few months or up to a year, it might be best for them to stay with a caring relative or friend. If you are however emigrating for good, then there may be no option. Where you go, the pet goes too.

So where do you start?

Planning is the key. Research the country you are moving to and find out what the rules and regulations are around transporting pets. If your pet is coming from the UK and going to another EU country, then take a look at the European Commission website which details what is possible.

In general, dogs, cats and ferrets can travel between the two areas, but they will need to have a rabies vaccine, microchip and pet passport or EU Health Certificate.

It is very different in countries such as New Zealand and Australia where importing dogs and cats will involve a quarantine process, which could see you parted from your pet for sometime. In New Zealand for instance, there are a huge number of restrictions on breeds and a list of residency requirements for cats and dogs. It’s worth looking on the Ministry of Primary Industries website to see what is, and what isn’t possible. You’ll also need to check the airport through which the pets can travel and book a quarantine facility, as this has recently changed. This is something they recommend you do well in advance as they can get booked up. Australia too has strict import regulations and cats and dogs (the only pets currently allowed) are required to have an import permit as well as a number of health checks. Look at the government’s Department of Agriculture and Water for more details.

Once the research on a country’s requirements is done, you’ll need to look into how your pets will travel. If you’re moving from the UK to EU countries it may be a case of you driving your pet to the new locations. But if you’re going further afield, a specialist pet relocation service is best placed to help you to decide on how to transport you pet efficiently and with the greatest of care. For instance, taking a pet across America may be difficult in hot summer months as dog’s are not allowed on planes due to the heat.

Other issues worth considering:

If you’re travelling long-haul, pick a pet-safe airline, noting whether they fly animals and the cost. Some airlines have better reputations than others for pet care so take your time to research each properly.

Find an airline approved travel crate and give your pet time to get used to it. Think about the pet’s journey and whether it will need extra water for the flight. Dehydration can be a potential issue if not addressed properly.

Ask your vet to give your animal a thorough health check and think about possible issues.

Choose a pet relocation service that can help with all essential details and red tape. For instance, there is a current 180-210 preparation day wait for transporting dogs and cats to Australia.

Is your pet allowed into the country? There are a number of restrictions on dog breeds in certain areas so it’s worth looking into this before even considering movement.

Once your pet has arrived on terra firma there will again be a number of issues concerning quarantine and collection processes. Make sure to research the criteria via official government websites so you can manage both yours and your families expectations.

If you are considering moving abroad, PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention. Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Moving To New Zealand – are you ready?

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Moving to the other side of the world can be a daunting challenge, where do you start? How long will it take to get organized? Who are the best people to help?

At PSS International Removals we have over 35 years of experience in international removals and can help you with a variety of issues that you will have to face, as well as delivering your belongings to New Zealand ready to start your new life.

Take a look at our advice below and please get in touch should you have any further queries.

New Zealand checklist:

Get a plan in place. Think through the process in advance and note down all the elements that you need to organize. Then you can seek the help you need in good time.

Do you need to take everything to New Zealand with you? Consider which of your household items are essential and which can be purchased on arrival. Make sure you keep all of your personal documents with you, such as proof of medication use.

Make sure you have your Visas organized in good time and check your passport is in date. See here for more information.

Plan your finances ahead of your arrival in New Zealand if you can. You will need a permanent address to set up a bank account, but make sure you know what you need before you reach the country. More information about finances can be found here.

If you wish to take your car it can be easily arranged with PSS International Removals. Your UK driving licence will enable you to drive in New Zealand for up to a year. More information can be found here.

Familiarize yourself with the items that you cannot take into New Zealand. This link details all relevant information.

New Zealand Customs will need to see the relevant documentation for your household goods, so again be prepared. Take a look at the customs office advice before you go.

Take transit times into consideration when planning your move. Shipping your goods to New Zealand by sea will take approximately 6-8 weeks for full container shipments and 8-12 weeks for part load shipments. Please visit our website for more information on PSS International Removals.

International Removals to New Zealand the PSS Way

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Mlford Sound New Zealand by Bernard Spragg.NZ https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

There’s nothing more daunting than moving house. Add in moving to a new location overseas and the enormity of the situation could throw even the hardened traveller off kilter. Packing up your belongings is a difficult business especially if you’re unsure of how to protect your goods or even whether you can take them with you in the first place.

Avoid some of the stress with the help of a family run, experienced business such as PSS International Removals. With over 35 years in the business we have plenty of experience in moving sofas – and lives – to the other side of the world. We also adhere to the highest international standards. These include, FAIM Accreditation, which is the only independent Quality Assurance standard for the International Moving Industry; Membership of the FIDI Global Alliance, which sets a quality benchmark for its members; Membership of the British Association of Removers Overseas Group. BAR OVERSEAS is covered by the I.M.M.I. Advance payment guarantee scheme for your financial protection.

So where to start? Even before you’ve got your visas confirmed we recommend you call our free, no obligation, removal quote service. This will give you an idea of costings and logistics. At PSS we can also send an experienced estimator who will give you advice on sending your goods abroad. Once the quote is agreed you will be given your own moving coordinator to keep you updated.

If you’re planning to send either part or all of your household goods, this is classified as a removal. All of your belongings, which can include a car, will be sent via one container onto the destination.

If you’re moving to New Zealand there are a number of goods you cannot take into the country with you. PSS International Removals can advise you on this but more information can be found here.  You’ll also need specific documentation for your move, which again we can help with. Details are available here.

You have the option of packing your own goods or getting the experts in. If you decide to pack yourself we’ll give you all the boxes and packaging you need to protect everything on its long journey.

If you choose PSS to pack your belongings we will arrange a suitable ‘moving day’ date with you. Once the removal is complete you’ll be given a list of what’s gone and then the container will return to the depot or onto the demarkation port. This will be the last you see of your belongings until they arrive at your new destination.

When shipping your personal belongings to New Zealand the transit time between removal in the UK and arrival at your destination will be approximately 6-8 weeks for full container shipments and 8-12 weeks for part load shipments. PSS International Removals will also make sure you have all the correct customs documentation meeting New Zealand’s requirements.

Soon after you arrive in your new home, PSS will call to arrange the delivery of your goods to the location of your choice. It really couldn’t be any easier. For more information, please visit our website: PSS International Removals

Which Jobs Could Earn You More Money In Australia and New Zealand?

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Salary growth along with added benefits such as flexible working, increased holiday entitlement and career opportunities are just some of the employee desires revealed in Hays 2017 Salary Guide.

As worldwide recruitment experts, Hays surveyed more than 2,950 organisations across Australia and New Zealand, which represents more than 3 million employees. The results of the survey reveal both optimism for a growing workforce but caution when it comes to salary increases.

The good news is that businesses are booming – and are optimistic that this boom will continue.  75% expect an increase over the coming 12 months, and 36% foresee a strengthening economy coming in the six to 12 month period.

This rising level of activity revealed that many companies expect to increase their overall headcount in the coming year with 45% expecting to bolster their permanent staff levels and 23% adding to their temporary or contract workforce. This however doesn’t mean salaries will see a comparative increase.

In fact, many of those surveyed are nervous about salary increases and even those that are considering them offer tentative low rises.  Employers in 11% of industries admitted they will not offer salary increases in their next review and those that do are looking at minor adjustments.

The survey also found that 65% will increase salaries by less than 3%, with 19% intending to award between 3 and 6% and just 5% expecting to offer more than 6%.

The good news is that some industries are offering above average pay increases. A skill shortage across the regions in technological and operations staff, accountancy and finance, means higher wages are needed to attract employees to key roles.

Hays 2017 Salary Guide found that industries intending to offer more than a 3% increase in the next 12 months, include 48% of the IT and telecommunications sector, 42% of advertising and media and 34% in construction, property and engineering.

“Salary growth for the majority of Australia & New Zealand’s skilled professionals will remain subdued in the year ahead, says Nick Deligiannis, managing director, Hays Australia and New Zealand. “Add the number of employers who indicated that business activity has and will continue to rise, and such small salary increases will test the loyalty of employees.

“It seems the time honoured supply and demand principle has also failed to impact salaries in all bar a few instances.  Yet Australia’s strengthening economy, rising business activity, growing headcounts and skill shortages cannot be overlooked for too long. The piercing question therefore is how high will turnover reach before typical salary increases climb above three per cent?”

If you are considering a move to Australia PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

To find out more about the latest salaries around Australia and New Zealand , click HERE to view the Hays Specialist Recruitment salary guide.

If you want to discuss your potential job prospects in the fields of Construction, Engineering, Accountancy and Finance, IT, Digital, HR or Marketing then get in touch with the London based Hays team who recruit into the Australian and New Zealand markets “   0203 465 0158 or email globalinkteam@hays.com

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Looking At Job Vacancies in New Zealand

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Andrea Schaffer, Wellington

Andrea Schaffer, Wellington

It’s good news if you’re looking to find work in New Zealand in 2017. An increasing number of job vacancies have appeared across a range of key industries, many of which will welcome applicants from overseas.

The figures come from Jobs Online which published its report at the end of last year after measuring changes in online job advertisements from three internet job boards – SEEK, Trade Me Jobs and the Education Gazette.

Its key findings concluded that month on month the following statistics were revealed:

– Vacancies increased in six out of the eight industry groups. The main contributors were construction and engineering (up 2.2 per cent) and healthcare and medical (up 1.2 per cent).

– Vacancies increased in all eight occupation groups. The largest was seen with labourers (2.1%) and machinery operators and drivers (1.9%).

– All five skill levels also saw vacancies increased, with unskilled jobs taking up the biggest increase (2.3%) and the low skilled with 1.4%.

– Eight of the ten regions also saw an increase of vacancies. Auckland’s grew by 1.6%, Otago/Southland, 1.5% and Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay, 1.2%. There were vacancy falls in both Canterbury and Wellington.

Year on year the statistics were also promising:

– Within industry groups all eight saw an increase in vacancies, with hospitality and tourism (up 17.2 per cent), followed by construction and engineering (up 15.9 per cent, and education and training (up 15.7 per cent).

– Over the year, job vacancies increased in all eight occupation groups. The biggest increase was for machinery drivers and operators (up 25.8 per cent), followed by labourers (up 24.0 per cent).

– All skill level saw an increase in vacancies. The biggest increase was for unskilled (up 21.6 per cent), followed by low skilled (up 14.8 per cent) vacancies.

– Nine out of ten regions saw an increase in vacancies with the Bay of Plenty (up 25.7 per cent) and Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay (up 25.2 per cent) taking the top two spots. Only in Canterbury did vacancies fall, down by 2.3%.

It also found that the occupations growing most quickly over the year were as follows, showing the percentage change from November 2015-November 2016.

– Management,  Conference and Event Organisers, 57%

– Professional, Environment Scientists, 98%

– Technicians and Trade Workers, Other Building and Engineering Technicians, 83%

– Community and Personal Services, Security Officers and Guards, 52%

– Clerical and Administration, Other Clerical and Office Support Workers, 102%

– Sales, Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers, 43%

– Machinery Drivers, Delivery Drivers, 81%

– Labourers, Concreters, 109%

For more information about careers and salaries please see here.

New Zealand operates a strict immigration points system and those wishing to emigrate there need to be able to fulfil visa requirements. This will involve looking at the ‘Skills In Demand’ list and being able to offer these services to the country. The Point System allows for Expressions of Interest to be ranked so applicants who have the most to offer can be extended an invitation for emigration to New Zealand.

Points are based on employability, work experience, qualifications, family ties and age.

To find out more please see here.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

The PSS Guide To The Customs System

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HolidayExtras customers in an airport lounge. Credit: Professional Images

HolidayExtras customers in an airport lounge. Credit: Professional Images

Anyone who travels abroad knows that going through ‘customs’ is just one of the many rules and regulations you have to adhere to. Duties or taxes might also be added onto exported products once they’ve been checked over by a custom’s officer.

When moving your entire belongings to another country, clearing customs can be a lengthy process. Knowing what you can, and can’t transport, into a particular country is something that the experts know very well. A trusted removals company such as PSS International Removals make transportation as pain-free as possible.

Initially, when considering your move it is worth doing some research into the country you are moving to, working out what you can take (or may have to leave behind).

In Australia, for example, there are restrictions on plants, meat and furs as well as tight controls on substances such as painkillers and even cosmetics. A full list of custom requirements can be found here: http://www.customs.gov.au/

New Zealand also offers a similar website where you’ll find a summary of the documentation you need to transport your goods. A handy guide can also be found here. You’ll be surprised to see that novelty erasers can be banned in New Zealand!

Canada also has tight custom rules around the importation of certain products into the country. Children’s play pens, baby car seats and hockey helmets and face protectors are restricted in their importation into Canada, so it’s worth checking out the regulatory requirements before you attempt to move them to your new home. It may be necessary to buy them once you arrive.

When moving to America there are a number of foods and raw meats that cannot be bought into the country, along with wine and spirit limitations. Take a look at the list here.

The good news is that if you employ a reliable international removals company such as PSS they will be able to advise you every step of the way and make sure important documentation such as an inventory of your belongings, essential for clearing customs, is all there. The length of time it takes your belongings to be released from customs will depend on which country you have arrived in and what you have. PSS International Removals will be able to advise on the estimated timings.

For a full list of countries and custom requirements, see here.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Would the New Zealand School System Be Better For My Kids?

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Making sure your children are in a good school is a key objective of most parents. When the whole family is moved abroad this becomes even more important – if the kids aren’t settled, how can you be?

In August 2016, 39,600 people arrived in New Zealand with work visas. Most of those came from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Australia. For Brits, New Zealand is the fifth most popular country for them to take up residence.

New Zealand sells itself as a great country to move to thanks to the great opportunities it offers for lifestyle, job opportunities and quality of life. But what about education? Would your children be better off learning their ABCs in a New Zealand school?

The Leaning Curve report by Pearson Education ranked the UK sixth in terms of countries which have the best schools. New Zealand is ranked 16th. But other rankings based on maths and science, at the age of 15 were also collated and showed that New Zealand stood at number 17 in the world, with the UK coming in at number 20.

Making the grade it seems is a complicated process and there are plenty of facts and figures that support both countries as good places to educate your children.

The Pearson Education report also showed that the UK spends 12.72% of public expenditure on education as % of total government expenditure whilst in New Zealand it’s 18.67%. Could it be that the New Zealand system is more efficient and more modern? You could reasonably deduce that in New Zealand education is more valued than in the UK but is that the real story?

The school system in New Zealand is in some respects similar to the UK one. Students in New Zealand must attend education between the ages of 6-16, although most enroll on and around their fifth birthday. Children work their way through primary and secondary school before moving onto further education. In both countries this can be vocational or tertiary education. There are obviously variations in the schooling and curriculum but the general flow of education would be familiar to expats.

In fact, it’s within tertiary education that New Zealand really stands out. A report called Education At A Glance 2015 produced by the OECD showed that New Zealand students were a third more likely to go onto gain a degree than those in the UK. In fact, over 90% of the New Zealand school population have gone onto the gain a masters, whereas in the UK this figure is below 60%. To add fuel to the fire, all of New Zealand’s eight universities were ranked within the top 500 QS World University Rankings for 2015/16.

The decisions around where and how to educate your children is a complicated and personal business. New Zealand offers many opportunities in terms of scholarly attainment coupled with opportunities across a broad base of lifestyle choices which for nearly 40,000 people a year is a huge draw. But is it the right choice for you?

If you are considering a move to New Zealand PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Tips For Finding the Perfect Country To Relocate To

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Kevin Stanchfield  Downtown LA skyline. Just after sunset.

Kevin Stanchfield
Downtown LA skyline. Just after sunset.

With advancements in travel the world has become a much smaller place. With over 5 million Brits living abroad, emigration is certainly an attractive proposition to many. But where to start? Many people will have a rough idea of the kind of job they want to pursue or even the climate they want to live in. But other key factors such as language, proximity to home and living standards can have a major influence on choosing a suitable destination.

With so much at stake, we’ve put together some tips to help you choose the right country:

1. Do your research. You may fancy life Down Under but if you don’t meet their strict immigration criteria you won’t get in. New Zealand too draws up a list of careers eligible for a visa, so make sure you read up on all the details. Those careers currently in demand are medicine, engineering and IT. The good news however is if you’re currently moving within the EU things are much easier.

2. Fancy learning a new language? There are plenty of places in the world where you can stick to speaking your native language. In fact, all countries have large expat communities so you’ll never be too far from a familiar conversation. However, you may want to be more adventurous. In countries such as Denmark learning the language is imperative. It’s easy to find courses through your local council who are obliged to offer courses to all foreign residents.

3. Read about the country in all its glory. You may have read A Year In Provence but does it really reflect what life is currently like in southeastern France? It’s unlikely. If you have a family, you’ll need to look into the school system and childcare facilities. Take some time to research housing and social welfare provision and different towns and cities within your chosen country. Expat Forums can give you interesting insights.

4. Look into the weather. Living in a warmer country is often a reason many people (especially Brits) choose to move to a new country. Sunny days may be great for a holiday but can you see yourself working and living in 40’ heat, which you might face if you move to UAE. Just like the UK the weather can be totally different around the country so when choosing a location, make sure you check thoroughly. Los Angeles may be gloriously sunny all year, but New York certainly isn’t.

5. Choose your lifestyle. What kind of life do you want in your new location? Beach barbecues? Balanced working hours? A busy social life? A large salary? Everyone will want something different but it’s important to be clear about what your priorities are. Working in Asian Pacific countries pays an expat on average $126,000 (£95,000) dollars, compared with the global average of $104,000 (£79,000).

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Helping Your Children Settle Abroad

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Kids playing in the Youth Rugby Exhibition match.

                                                                                                                                                                                

Along with huge excitement and opportunities, moving abroad with a family can also throw up issues, especially if there are children in tow.

The ease with which your child settles into their new life will be down in part to their age. Small babies and toddlers will certainly feel the change in terms of the practical aspects of moving house but they are unlikely to feel any emotional wrenches. In this respect they are the easiest to deal with.

 

The older the child gets however, the more complicated the move. Most school-age children will have made friends and formed relationships with relatives. Before they hit the teens though, you will probably find them to be adaptable. They are most likely to seek reassurance from parents that the move is going to be OK. Teenagers on the other hand will have strong feelings about the decision. With a strong network of friends the thought of moving miles away, may not go down well.

The key to coping with the situation is preparation, preparation, preparation. Regardless of the age of the child, if they have a clear idea of what is happening and where they are going to be living, the transition should be easier.

Before you leave talk to your child about the country you are moving to. Show them the house you are going to be living in and the school will be attending. The more involved they are in the process the less scary it will be for them to understand. Give them a chance to talk through their concerns and if you don’t know the answer to something, promise to help sort it out. Allowing them to say goodbye to their friends and family is also a great thing to do. Throw a party, or give them a chance to make a photographic record of their life at home. This will help them, not only move on, but feel that they have been listened to.

Some experts recommend that you read stories to your children so that they can understand what is happening.

Some particular favourites include:

For babies and toddlers: The Bernstain Bears’ Moving Day, Stan and Jan Bernstain

For 9+ Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls: Moving Day, Meg Cabot

For 13 + Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide To Moving Overseas, Aniker & Akash Shah

Once in you new overseas home much of what you initially need to do practically will be similar to moving house in the UK. Making sure the children’s rooms are set up and ready quickly will help them settle in more easily. If you have older children getting WiFi installed will be essential as they will be keen to keep talking to their friends.

Over the following weeks and months, as the children start to establish new routines, especially if they are going to school, more challenges will arise for parents. Take charge of younger children’s social lives and invite the neighbour and her kids around for a play date. Find a local nursery school or playgroup so both you and your child can meet new people.

Keep to routines that were firmly established at home. If Sunday, was ‘dog walk and lunch day’ make sure you continue this once in your new country. More family time may be the key to success in settling expat children as they are bound to need more of your guidance. Teenagers in particular may find the initial settlement period very difficult so it’s important to talk to them about how they are feeling and be respectful that they may not have wanted this move as much as you. Encourage them to join clubs, such as sporting activities, if that is what they were into before, and to keep in touch with old friends. Expat communities are all over the world and talking to someone who’s been in the same position as them will help them offload their woes.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.