Moving to Buenos Aires

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Expats moving to Buenos Aires will find it to be one of the most developed cities in Latin America. Affectionately referred to as the “Paris of the South”, this moving to buenos airesis Argentina’s largest metropolitan area with nearly 14 million residents. Foreigners relocating to this non-stop urban center of action, will find themselves surrounded by beautiful people and European architecture; not to mention, it's the birthplace of the sultry and sensual tango and is Latin America’s polo capital.

Along with other such noted cities as Brussels, Chicago, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid, Moscow, Mumbai, Seoul and Toronto, Buenos Aires is ranked by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network as an Alpha City, based on its cultural, economic, infra-structural and political characteristics.

Expats moving to Buenos Aires can expect the same civic services available to any metropolitan area in Western Europe or the United States; including an efficient and easy to use public transportation system, free healthcare for anyone regardless of immigration or tourist status and free higher education at the undergraduate level.

Buenos Aires has become an acclaimed expat hotspot as it offers a high standard of living, a multitude of activities, an exciting night life, and excellent housing options in a wide variety of neighbourhoods (barrios) - all at a great value for those arriving with Dollars, Euro or Pounds.

The only real downside is that unemployment rates are high, but many expats either work for multi-national companies or are self-employed, typically working via the Internet.

moving to buenos airesMost important for foreigners considering moving abroad, Buenos Aires offers an amazingly rich and varied culture in a city where the local population is open to expats. Known as a crossroads of diverse backgrounds, ethnicity, history and people; the metropolis is also home to one of the most viable and productive design industries in Latin America and was named as the first UNESCO City of Design on 24 August 2005 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Association. 

It follows that the arts are widely appreciated in Buenos Aires, and the city’s cultural life spans the fields of architecture, fashion, theatre, music and dance with a keen focus on incorporating the latest styles, technology and know-how. Hundreds of acres of parks, gourmet restaurants, chic fashion boutiques, cultural events and more, delve out space and solidify the Argentine capital's commitment to a lofty aesthetic.

Socially speaking, Buenos Aires is a late night city with dinner commonly taken after 10 PM. Theatre performances usually start around 9 PM and the last movie typically begins after midnight. The locals love to party and alcohol does not necessarily play a vital role in night life. Clubs usually do not begin to fill up until 2 or 3am and it's common for locals to be out dancing until 6am and then head out to work at 8am.

Overall, Buenos Aires is a city that offers expats a high quality of life at a greatly discounted price compared to what can be found in Europe or the United States.

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