People in protest-hit Hong Kong eye Malaysia's second-home programme

(Aug 21): A Malaysian programme to attract wealthy foreigners to live in the Southeast Asian nation has drawn 251 applications from Hong Kong residents this year, compared with 193 approved last year from the Chinese-ruled city, a government official said.

Property consultants said interest in the “Malaysia My Second Home” (MM2H) initiative has surged among residents of the Asian financial hub, rattled by anti-Beijing protests that began more than 11 weeks ago.

A bridge alone can’t unify Hong Kong with China: David Fickling

(Oct 24): What’s the most important bit of infrastructure to connect an international metropolis like China’s Pearl River Delta? A demolished border post.

For all the excitement around the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge Wednesday, that’s probably the best lesson to draw from Beijing’s plan to draw Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Dongguan, Foshan and other cities into a single megalopolis. As my colleague Nisha Gopalan wrote last month, “Build it and they will come” is a lot easier said than done.

For most Singaporeans, living abroad is still the dream: Survey

SINGAPORE (July 16): A significant majority of Singaporeans would like to live abroad, albeit not infinitely, according to a recent study conducted by online money transfer service TransferWise.

Out of the 1,000 Singaporean citizens and PRs surveyed, 85% said they would like to live outside of Singapore. However, only 18% said they would want to leave Singapore permanently, with another 50% wanting to live abroad for up to five years.   

The top countries picked for long-term migration include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and the UK, in order of preference.

Fintech's potential to tap the region's US$256 bil remittance industry

SINGAPORE (May 7): One out of every 10 people in Asia and the Pacific is directly affected by remittances, finds a study conducted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Based on the study’s key findings, almost 80 million migrants in the region remit money to their countries of origin to benefit an estimated 320 million family members, amounting to private financial flows that exceed more than 10 times net official development assistance (ODA) from all sources combined.

Kiwis get twitchy as foreigners flock to New Zealand and don't leave

WELLINGTON (April 27): An unprecedented influx of immigrants is exacerbating a housing shortage and stretching infrastructure such as schools and hospitals, sparking heated political debate around the issue ahead of this year's general election.

Expat families, take note of this potential financial trap

SINGAPORE (Dec 6): Singapore is the third most expensive country in Asia in terms of international education fees after Hong Kong and China, based on recent data from the ExpatFinder International School Fee Survey 2016

The annual worldwide study conducted by ExpatFinder.com, the web publication of tech company Interexpat, was designed to provide guidance on navigating cost challenges relating to global relocation, basing its ranking on a market survey of 707 international schools across 98 countries.

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