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Morgan Grenier

Morgan graduated with a BA in Communications and Journalism from Simmons College, where she received a Gold Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. She joined AIRINC in 2016 as a Goods and Services Analyst. In this role, she aids in the quarterly analysis of survey data and evaluates hardship for AIRINC’s Hardship Database.
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Hong Kong Protests and the Impact on Expatriates [update]

Aug 19, 2019 @ 12:17 PM / by Morgan Grenier

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Since June, Hong Kong has seen unprecedented protests, larger and more frequent than any in the country’s recent history. We have increased the hardship scoring of Hong Kong in response to the rise in political volatility.

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Initial costs of renting in England have decreased

Jul 03, 2019 @ 08:45 AM / by Morgan Grenier

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Initial costs of renting in England became cheaper last month as the Tenant Fees Act came into effect. While a ban to tenant fees has been discussed for a few years, the current legislation wasn’t finalized and passed until February. Scotland banned letting fees in 2012, and Wales is expected to pass a similar ban this fall.

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Hong Kong Protests and the Impact on Expatriates

Jun 21, 2019 @ 01:15 PM / by Morgan Grenier

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In the last two weeks, Hong Kong has seen some of the largest protests in its history as citizens and residents have taken to the streets to protest a proposed extradition bill. Demonstrations have been centered around Admiralty and the surrounding areas of Central and Wan Chai.

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The Gulf Cooperation Council and Collective Tax Reforms: What you need to know!

Apr 25, 2019 @ 07:40 PM / by Morgan Grenier

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The GCC and collective tax reforms: Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries first agreed to collective tax reforms in 2016, including directives to implement a VAT of 5%, as well as excise taxes, also known as selective taxes, and commonly referred to as “sin taxes.”

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The United Arab Emirates: A Top 10 transportation destination!

Mar 08, 2019 @ 07:24 AM / by Morgan Grenier

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While on the roads in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, you’re as likely to pass delivery-laden motor scooters as you are Lamborghinis, and all enjoy the smooth, well organized road systems in the country. Much of the urban areas of the United Arab Emirates are new compared to other major cities in the world and have benefitted from superior construction technology and modern planning philosophies not available in past decades.

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Public Transportation and 'the Next Big Thing' in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Feb 21, 2019 @ 05:00 AM / by Morgan Grenier

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In my travels in the Middle East, ongoing construction has been a consistent sight, with plentiful cranes part of every skyline. While new skyscrapers and stadiums can be the most visible landmarks of expanding Gulf cities, the transportation infrastructure can’t be overlooked in its ability to transform daily life.

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Sin Taxes and Double-Digit Inflation

Nov 09, 2018 @ 12:00 AM / by Morgan Grenier

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Over twenty countries have published double-digit annual inflation in the categories of alcohol and/or tobacco over the past three months.

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Falling Rents: Expatriate Housing in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Oct 30, 2018 @ 12:18 PM / by Morgan Grenier

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The rental housing market in Abu Dhabi is coming steadily down due to the high number of quality new properties that have come on the market, as well as fewer expatriate arrivals.

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ALERT: Currency chaos continues in one of the world's most volatile economies

Aug 27, 2018 @ 12:19 PM / by Morgan Grenier

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The economy of Venezuela continues to be one of the most volatile in the world. On Friday, August 17, President Nicolas Maduro announced the devaluation of the Bolivar Fuerte (VEF) from about 250,000 to 6,000,000 VEF to 1 USD.

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Banning Imports to Raise Domestic Production

Jun 22, 2018 @ 01:54 PM / by Morgan Grenier

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Like many import-dependent, petroleum-exporting countries, Algeria has experienced reduced revenues and a trade imbalance since the global drop in oil prices in 2014. Beyond increasing gas prices and consumption taxes, the country is now taking a more drastic measure

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