It's important to be aware of anything that's happening in a country where you're planning to live or work that could affect your personal safety, such as wars, riots, military coups, terrorism, kidnappings and general civil unrest, to name but a few. You also need to be aware of crime and drugs, health, women's issues, motoring problems, and how to deal with local officials and matters such as bribery and corruption, which is a way of life in some countries. If you have any problems concerning safety while abroad, you should contact your local consulate or embassy for advice. If you register with your local embassy they will contact you in times of serious civil unrest or wars and may assist you in returning home (if necessary)
Further information is available in our Living and Working series of books.