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An Expat Talks about Living in Hamilton, Bermuda

Jul 01, 2017


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An expat in Bermuda talks about the high cost of living in Bermuda, meeting other expats, racial tensions and much more.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Hamilton

How long have you lived there?

1 year

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

I came to Bermuda with my wife and our two young daughters. I was working a lot although my wife started socializing through the MAMA group in which she made few very good friends.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

The is racism in Bermuda. Many do not like expats, but I personally found that the racism was even worse between black and white Bermudians. Still, all expats have their own stories and personally, I did not really experience intense form of racism. In terms of diversity, there are around 10,000 expats in Bermuda from all around the world, with a majority of British, Americans and Canadians. The sentiment Bermudians have towards these people is ambivalent as some think expats take jobs off Bermudians.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Jobs are mostly in reinsurance and hospitality. Through agencies and contacting companies directly.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

I found family, religion and social events to be a very high priority to most people. Also, in this country where the cost of living is extremely high, finances (money) is also a priority to many people. Many Bermudians work two or three different jobs to make ends meet and to afford a house. I also found public holidays to be very important social and family events, especially Cup Match (2 day at the end of July, start of August). This one is probably more important than Christmas/NYE.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Always keep in mind that you are an expat, a visitor in someone else's country. Take the time to understand how things got the way they are before making any judgement. You will make Bermudian friends as these people are extremely generous and outgoing. They all love talking politics and about social context so it is a great opportunity to learn about the history and culture. There are a tons of social events, especially in summer season. Go out and meet people!

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Aug 28, 2018 19:35

A single woman in Bermuda will not have the benefit of a wife taking care of the social life.

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