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A guide to moving to the UK from Kenya

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SO, YOU’VE made the decision to move from Kenya to the UK. Welcome to the country! Moving to a new country can be a daunting prospect, but for some living and working abroad it’s a necessity to help support loved ones back home. But how easy is it to settle in the UK and more importantly, how do you send money back to Kenya easily and affordably?

Moving to the UK

The good news is that there’s already a community of around 129,000 Kenyans living in the UK (Annual Population Survey), so there are plenty of people who have been through the same experience as you. The Kenya Society, based in London, is a forum for anyone with a link to Kenya and gives you an opportunity to meet people through social events and lectures.

Outside of familiar surroundings, the UK is one of the most multicultural and social societies in the world, so getting out there and meeting people is key to fitting in. Be it at a cafe, through sports or at the theatre, there’s plenty of ways to meet new people in this country.

Settled in? Send money home with Xpress Money

Once you’re settled into your new surroundings, you may be thinking about how you can begin to help loved ones back home – and finding a money transfer service that’s both easy and trustworthy.

This is where Xpress Money comes in. They’re one of the most dependable international money transfer brands in the world, with a global reach and a philosophy to put the customer first. Our aim is to make the process of transferring money home to loved ones as easy as possible.

They have 350 locations across the UK, including grocery stores, hair salons and other corner shops, meaning you’re never far away from one of their agent locations, no matter where you are. They’re also one of the most competitive money transfer services out there, with a global average charge of just 2%. So, if you send £100, you’re charged just £2.

But aside from the charges, what’s the best way for you to send and receive money? Convenience is key and that’s why we’d recommend sending the money to a mobile wallet. Mobile money is growing rapidly across the world, but in Kenya, where it first began, it’s widely been accepted. In 2007, Kenya witnessed the launch of M-Pesa, a mobile wallet that has changed how Kenyans spend and receive money, and this has led to nearly 38 million mobile accounts across all platforms being registered in the country.

Sending money to a mobile wallet is simple. It’s similar to a physical wallet, but the beneficiary can access the money using an in-built app on his/her phone. The money is sent straight to the mobile wallet and transfers happen quickly, so your beneficiary doesn’t need to travel to receive the money. With the money received, your beneficiary can make payments straight away. It’s quick, safe and simple. All you have to do is visit one of their many locations across the UK to make the transfer and you’ll be helping your loved ones in no time.

Moving abroad can bring many worries about adjusting to a new life but being able to send money back home shouldn’t be one of them. By using a service that is reliable, cost-effective, secure and convenient, you can be sure that your money will arrive safely and the cost to you minimised.

Thanks to their strong network in the UK and history of working in Kenya, that’s exactly what you get with Xpress Money. To find out more about sending money with them, click here.

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