Lakeisha St. Joy

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    Lakeisha joined AIRINC in 2019 as a researcher and analyst. She comes from an education non-profit background, where she served youth and families in Boston and San Jose, California. At AIRINC, she conducts international cost of living and housing research. She also assists the Social Media Team in curating Instagram post graphics. She recently worked on the Research Department portal page on SharePoint. She graduated from Boston College with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Faith, Peace, and Justice. She speaks Haitian Creole and is based in Dorchester.

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    Back To Life, Back To Reality: St. Maarten On-site, Part Two

    Nov 17, 2021 @ 09:52 AM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

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    In St. Maarten, two main currencies are used: the U.S. dollar (USD) and the Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG). Throughout the country I saw both currencies listed for prices in stores. 

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    Back To Life, Back To Reality: St. Maarten On-site, Part One

    Nov 11, 2021 @ 08:29 AM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

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    After being away from survey travel for more than a year, it was an experience getting readjusted while simultaneously learning the new processes of international pandemic travel.

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    The Price of Security in Port-au-Prince

    May 12, 2021 @ 01:25 PM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

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    While Haiti is considered to have a high level of COVID-19 cases and the population is doing their part by wearing masks, Port-au-Prince has been overcome with strife from political protest, violence, and burgeoning cases of kidnapping.

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    Expatriate living and goods availability in Accra, Ghana

    Sep 08, 2020 @ 12:25 PM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

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    In the bustling and colourful city of Accra, there is much to offer expatriates including a variety of recreation, shopping, and culinary exploration. While Accra has kept up with some Western customs, it lacks an abundance of Western clothing options.

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    Short-term to long-term to short-term again? COVID-19's influence on European markets

    Aug 18, 2020 @ 05:34 AM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

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    Due to COVID-19, many markets that have recently been driven by short-term lettings ala Airbnb have had to reverse course. The short-term rental markets in Prague, Dublin, Madrid, Barcelona, Reykjavik, and many others have transitioned back to long-term rentals as a result of closed borders and a drastic reduction in demand.

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    A Tale of Two Cities: Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria

    Jun 23, 2020 @ 03:45 AM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

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    The decision to move the Nigerian capital from Lagos to Abuja was made in 1976. However, after many years of planning, development, and construction, Abuja finally replaced Lagos as the political capital in 1991.

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    A Tightening of Housing Supply in Taipei, Taiwan

    Feb 18, 2020 @ 06:45 AM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

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    When it comes to expatriate housing in Taipei, Tian Mu and Xinyi are two of the top picks for most assignees. Xinyi is popular for singles and couples because it’s centrally located to everything the downtown has to offer. Tian Mu has many single-family homes and large apartments that are particularly attractive to western assignees. Tian Mu also has two international schools, the Taipei American School and the Taipei Japanese School, and the Taipei European School is also close by, making it very popular with those going on assignment with a family.

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    Phnom Penh: Chinese Investment’s Impact on Expatriate Life

    Feb 05, 2020 @ 02:17 PM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

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    There is a strong Chinese presence in Phnom Penh. Chinese investment is expanding the limited recreational activities in Phnom Penh by funding hotels, resorts, and casinos. According to recent reports, Chinese firms are planning to fund bigger and better 5-star hotels and serviced apartments in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, hoping to bring more tourists and potential investors to Cambodia.

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    Is rental inflation drawing to an end in Dublin?

    Jan 13, 2020 @ 06:27 AM / by Lakeisha St. Joy

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    Rents are stabilizing in Dublin following a long period of inflation. Vacancy rates are still very low, and it can be difficult to find a one- to two-bedroom apartment in the city. There are a number of new developments, but progress is slow. Some companies buy blocks of buildings to renovate for employees, which decreases overall rental stock.

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