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Seventeen years ago when I first moved to England, there weren’t many places you could visit to find information about your new country of residence and get help if you had any problems. The internet was still in its infancy and you needed to live in London to be able to visit the Institut Français or the Centre Charles Péguy (and even now, just look at that website, it doesn’t even have a decent URL, for goodness’ sake). I haven’t needed any expat support for many years now, but I remember it was just near impossible to find anything without making a phone call or turning up in person, which is why I just got on with it without help from the French.
Nowadays, it is much easier to find all the information you need. If you have a question about immigrating, health or finding a job in your new country, you can ask it online in specialist forums. But of course, you have to find that trustworthy website that provides you with the information you need.
Expat.com is such a website; I go on it from time to time to answer questions from people wanting to move to England, and of course, it is a good place for me to advertise the blog, mine and other expat blogs being another tool for prospective expats to research the country they want to move to.
Whether you wish to live in England or you are already settled here, you probably have lots of questions about your expat project. To help you answer them, Expat.com makes it easy to get in touch with expats living nearby or on the other side of the world. It is the largest expat help and support network, and it just underwent a complete overhaul, making the experience of visiting the website a whole lot easier. It’s also completely free to use.
You can ask questions, get answers and also discover expat life in England to get all the support you need. A range of features is available: discussion forums, jobs and housing sections, guides, interviews, classified ads and even an agenda of events organised in England. You can find all you could possibly need for your expat daily life. It’s also a great way to meet people; aside from actually living abroad, interacting with people on the ground is the best way to get an idea of what it is like to be an expat. It is critical in fact, in order to remove the rose-tinted glasses off prospective expats and disabuse them of their notions of easy job findings and cheap housing (Ha!).
I know I could have done with a website like this when I first moved to England, and I’m happy to recommend it as a great resource both to prepare for a move abroad, and to connect with others once you have settled.