I've received a press release and yes I'm posting it, but it's useful enough for those reading this blog that you might find it interesting. Note that I'm doing this because I think it's useful. I was not offered money, nor did I ask any.
IslandX is a "Facebook for expats" and would-be expats (though I'm don't know that they would like this comparison). There are actually quite a few Web sites out there for expats but most of those are little more than discussion forums.
I think you'll find IslandX has some rough edges (hey, they're brand new!), but I love its focus.
If you sign up for a free account, add me as a friend and I'll add you back.
And while we're at it, you should follow me on Twitter, too.
Social networking site IslandX.com
launches today to help you study, work or live abroad
a new social networking site for people who want to study, work or
live abroad, launches today, connecting the millions of people across
the world that migrate each year. The free site is a
one-stop-relocation-shop, with up-to-date knowledge on your
destination provided by an extensive network of international
members, making your move as easy and informed as possible.
ten million people migrate each year, and the International Office
for Migration (IOM) estimate this will reach 400 million living
outside their country of origin by 2050. At present, the internet is
home to a confusing array of information sites, blogs, communities
and guides about international living. The need to join this
altogether and provide an easily accessible relocation resource is
what led the founder, Marius Hjelset, to set up IslandX.
said, “International migration is a hugely significant social
phenomenon and a reality of globalisation. Migration has increased by
nearly 38 per cent globally over the last 20 years, and this trend is
set to continue. Our network will help the millions of people who
want to take their first steps towards an international lifestyle”.
continues: “Social networks have a role to play in helping people
make informed life choices, and we want to provide a platform to
address the current online relocation confusion. IslandX can help you
find relevant, well-qualified information on places you want to move
to while connecting you with international people in the process”.
reasons for the dramatic increase in migration are complex, but
strong drivers include demographic changes resulting in imbalances of
labour supply and demand around the world, and the cyclical nature of
the global economy. This combined with inexpensive international
travel has fuelled the increase.
in London and with connections across the world, an international
team runs IslandX; they know a lot about living abroad, having each
moved across many continents for study and work. In addition, the
relocation website’s beta test has already attracted a global
audience, with members spanning all seven continents, and ambassadors
in key cities across the world: London, Toronto, Cape Town, Boston,
Sydney, Istanbul and Berlin.