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Expat Groups in Malta

Submitted: November 2013

The age of the internet has made it easier than ever for individuals to stay in touch with friends and family they left behind in their home country when coming to Malta. However, skyping and emails can replace human face to face interaction only up to a point.

Living in Malta, away from friends and family, is often more difficult for expats than they might have imagined. Adjusting to a different way of life and coping with all the new aspects of day to day living can be a lonely and bewildering experience.

Luckily, in this day and age it is easy to find out about the way of life in another country. Learning at least a little about it before arriving is advisable. There are a number of Malta forums covering various subjects (/expat-forum) covers a wide variety of topics and is a valuable source of information.

There are a number of expat groups in Malta. One of these is MeetUp Malta (https://www.meetup.com/Expats-Malta/). The site says it helps expats of all nationalities to make friends and business connections on the island. Various events are on offer and range from regular Friday night drinks to comedy nights, book clubs and sporting activities such as cycling and rock climbing.

English speaking expats are well served in Malta, as would be expected. On the expatbriefing website (/search.html?ebs=Malta) an expat can find information ranging from business formation to taxation, retirement and many other subjects of interest to those thinking of living in Malta.

The British Expat (https://britishexpat.com/expatforum/malta/) forum covers subjects such as house rental and purchase, schools, pets as well as sites of interest and many more.

These sites are a good way of making contact with other expats and gaining an insight into the way of life in Malta. Given the size of the islands and the ease of travelling between Malta and Gozo, it is relatively simple to arrange to meet those new found contacts, enabling the newcomer to meet up with other expats to share stories and advice about the various aspects of living and perhaps working in new surroundings.

Malta, although small in size, has a lot to offer in terms of culture, sightseeing, activities, eating out and being part of a rich history. So, while it is a comfort to many foreign nationals to have a link to their country of origin or other foreigners in Malta, one must not forget that the experience of living in Malta is enhanced by stepping out of one’s comfort zone and discovering culture, way of live and all other aspects of daily living while in the midst of it. The knowledge gained by finding out for one’s self the challenges living in Malta can present for someone not familiar with the country’s customs and ways of life are just as much part of the whole experience of coming to live in Malta. The knowledge can then perhaps be shared with one of the many newcomers to the islands….

 

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