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27 Feb at 12 PM

Nutmeg may offer expats its new pension scheme

After launching an online pension, investment manager Nutmeg has said it may consider offering it to expats living in certain jurisdictions. At present, the new initiative is only targeting UK-based people, but the firm has admitted it is open to the idea of making it available to expats in popular locations such as Australia, New Zealand,...
27 Feb at 9 AM

Irish trekker in Singapore hospital after collapsing in Indonesia

An Irish physiotherapist working in an Indonesian hospital is being cared for in a Singapore hospital after collapsing during a volcano trek last week. Twenty-two-year-old Lisa Orsi, who works in Bright Vision Hospital in Hougang, was hiking up a volcano last Friday when she fell unconscious. She was immediately rushed to hospital, where...
26 Feb at 4 PM

Saudi Arabia approves Chile as domestic helper source

Domestic helpers from Chile will now be allowed to apply for work in Saudi Arabia, announced the country’s Labour Ministry. The workers from the South American country will have seven different roles to choose from – four for men and three for women. The jobs males will be able to apply for are drivers, nurses, housekeepers and...
26 Feb at 2 PM

French expat kidnapped in Yemen was due to leave

A French expat abducted in the Yemeni capital Sanaa was scheduled to leave the country just days later, revealed her employer. Development worker Isabelle Prime, 30, had been working for Ayala Consulting in the Middle Eastern country on a World Bank-funded initiative advising the government on its social welfare programme. The firm’s...
25 Feb at 6 PM

UK: Changes to pension tax to affect expats

British retirees looking to cash in their pensions could benefit because of changes to the rules regarding withdrawing lump sums that will be introduced in April. The new regulations do not require a person to buy an annuity, while an added bonus for those wanting to take out large amounts before moving overseas is that there will be a...
25 Feb at 3 PM

Expats see rise in pension income but it remains lower than a decade ago

Retired Brits overseas are currently feeling the benefits from the pound’s strengthening, but two-thirds are not as well off as they were 10 years ago. Pension payment firm Equiniti, which deals with more than 60,000 retired Brits abroad, said that expats are currently enjoying a boost in income due to the rise of the pound, but most...
24 Feb at 6 PM

Canadian expat missing for a month in Costa Rica turns up unharmed

After his whereabouts were unknown for a month amid a suspected kidnapping case, Canadian expat Ryan Piercy turned up at his him in the Costa Rican capital San Jose on Saturday, announced the country’s Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). Forty-five-year-old Piercy disappeared on 20 January in suspicious circumstances. His wife’s car...
24 Feb at 4 PM

Foreign female journalist dies in Pakistan

An expatriate female journalist stationed in the Pakistani capital Islamabad has died of suspected natural causes. Early reports state that Maria Golovnina, who was Reuters news agency’s Bureau Chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan, was found at the media outlet’s office in the city’s F-8 sector on Monday. The exact cause of her...
23 Feb at 4 PM

More than 1,000 people form ‘ring of peace’ outside Oslo synagogue

Over 1,000 people congregated outside Oslo’s main synagogue on Saturday to form a “ring of peace” in support of the city’s Jewish community in the wake of recent anti-sematic attacks across Europe. The event, which was organised by a group of young Muslims living in the Norwegian capital, was aimed at showing people that Islam was...
23 Feb at 12 PM

Police in Saudi Arabia detain more than 300 expatriate workers

Saudi Arabian police arrested 330 illegal foreign workers on Wednesday following a number of raids in districts across the capital Riyadh. A police spokesman said the next day that among the districts involved in the operations were Deerah and Batha. Thirty beggars - most of whom were from Yemen - and 40 Ethiopian women were among those...
20 Feb at 12 PM

Thailand: French expat attack linked to deadly Russian kidnapping

Police on the Thai resort island of Phuket have yet to investigate reported links between a violent hatchet attack on a French expat and a Russian abduction case. Eric Seigneurin, an expat who runs the Blue Garden Resort and Spa in Cherng Talay, sustained four-inch-deep wounds to the back and side of his head after being attacked with a...
20 Feb at 9 AM

More students opting to study in New Zealand

The number of foreign students opting to study in New Zealand is higher than it has been for four years, according to official figures. The figures show that between January and August last year there was a 12 per cent rise to around 10,100 in student numbers compared to the same period the previous year. The numbers mean foreign students...
19 Feb at 4 PM

Search for missing Brit in Portugal widens to Spain

Police searching for a missing British expat in Portugal have said that he may have crossed over the border into southern Spain. Thirty-one-year-old Jon Edwards, originally from Arbroath in eastern Scotland, lived in the southwestern Portuguese town of Lagos but hasn’t been seen since September. Two days before disappearing, Edwards...
19 Feb at 4 PM

Spain: UK expat raising awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning

A British expat whose sister died of carbon monoxide poisoning is trying to raise awareness in his adopted homeland of Spain, where three times as many people die from inhaling toxic fumes than they do in the UK. English teacher Adam Samuel, 33, lost his sister Katie five years ago after she inhaled toxic fumes. Carbon monoxide is a...
16 Feb at 4 PM

Phuket barman charged after attacking non-paying expat

A barman on the Thai resort island of Phuket has been charged after attacking a British expat with a baseball bat when he said he didn’t have the money to pay his bill. Thirty-seven-year-old Sarawuth Kongphat, who works at the Green Leaf Bar in Rawai, beat Christopher Stark so badly upon being told that he had run out of cash that he...
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