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24 May at 6 PM

Thailand worlds deadliest country for motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles are the Thai choice for personal transport, but the country’s annual total of accidents and fatalities involving two wheels is the highest in the world. For the majority of Thais as well as a huge number of tourists and expats, motorcycles provide a practical, inexpensive mode of transport both in the countryside and in the...
24 May at 6 PM

Survey shows favourite countries for expat professionals

Uncertainly about where to relocate is beginning to haunt expats’ lives, but some countries are still attractive for professionals determined to make the move. Immigration issues are causing uncertainty in many former expat hubs including the USA and UK, but determined expat professionals can still find a home for their talents and...
24 May at 6 PM

EU demands lifetime protection for all expats rights

The EU is demanding a lifetime guarantee of rights for all expats affected by Brexit. The demand was made as part of the EU’s negotiation directives, and is focused on the rights and status of all expat citizens and their families, both in the UK and in the 27 EU member states. Safeguarding those likely to be affected due to...
24 May at 6 PM

UK expats in UAE speak out on Manchester terrorist bombing

British expats living and working in the Gulf States are appalled and saddened by the news of the devastating Manchester terrorism attack. The suicide bomb attack is being considered by many to be the worst of the many terror attacks in the UK, simply because of the number of deaths and the fact that the British-born bomber deliberately...
24 May at 6 PM

UK expats still disallowed from voting in general election

Last October, the British government promised British expats who’d lived overseas for more than 15 years they would be able to vote in the next general election. Next month’s shock UK general election is perhaps one of the most significant of the past several decades, as it’s clearly linked to Britain’s divorce from the EU. In...
24 May at 6 PM

SEC probe hits international FA firm targeting UK expat pension pots

An international financial advice firm specialising in targeting British expats’ pension funds and investments is now being investigated by the USA Securities and Exchange Commission. The DeVere Group has long been active in retirement destinations favoured by expats from the UK, with its high fees and aggressive marketing tactics...
22 May at 6 PM

Taking your dog with you when relocating

Relocating expats whose dogs are a precious part of their lives need not be nervous about the process, as many world countries will make both of them welcome. Expats with much-loved dogs could be forgiven for panicking when it’s time to relocate to another job in another country, but there’s no need to worry. The practicalities of...
22 May at 6 PM

Expensive Asian cities worth the price for ambitious expats

The world’s most expensive cities for expats are still regarded as dream destinations by ambitious professionals. Asia is the latest Shangri-la for international companies looking to expand their influence even further, although the average cost of living in the most favourable destinations is continuing to rise. Being posted to one of...
22 May at 6 PM

British retirees in Spain face crisis over bad Brexit deal

An increasing number of elderly British retirees living along the Spanish coastline are already feeling the pinch and are terrified of a hard Brexit. For several decades, Spain’s Costa del Sol has been a favourite retirement hub for British state pensioners. Many chose the warm, inexpensive lifestyle over having to decide between heating...
19 May at 6 PM

Buying your expat dream home in Canada

Canada is a popular choice for expats from across the world, with many deciding to buy a home rather than rent. For new expat arrivals in Canada, buying a home is a long-term, cost effective option to renting. The purchase programme is reasonably straightforward, and there’s a great choice of varying locations with properties costing...
19 May at 6 PM

Expat entrepreneurs in China crazy about WeChat

A user behaviour report by China’s popular social media app WeChat has revealed it’s become an essential part of life for expat entrepreneurs, students and business owners. WeChat’s user report, revealed on Wednesday, is the result of a survey of the app’s millions of users and covers all its functions including its stickers and...
19 May at 6 PM

Kuwaiti lawmaker calls for mass sacking of expatriate teachers

In yet another attack on Kuwait’s expatriate community, a local lawmaker is calling for all foreign teachers to be sacked and replaced with Kuwaiti nationals. MP Osama al Shaheen believes there is now an urgent need to address the emirate’s demographic imbalance, suggesting that removing all foreign teachers would contribute strongly...
18 May at 6 PM

Philippines is home from home for expats families

Of all Southeast Asia’s tropical countries, the Philippines is the most popular haven for expats and their families. According to a recent survey, the main reasons for the popularity of the Philippines amongst expats are its booming economy and the hospitality of its people. In reality, there are many, many reasons why the island...
18 May at 6 PM

Japanese bank beefs up English language services for expats

Major Japanese banks are responding to an increase in incoming expat professionals by providing more English language services. One of the biggest problems for expats taking up positions in non-English speaking countries is dealing with the need for a local bank account. Not only is it rare to find English-speaking staff, the banking...
18 May at 6 PM

How Brexit will affect finances for Brits overseas

With so much uncertainty as regards the Brexit effect on freedom to live and work in the EU, a shift of expat focus to the financial consequences of a hard deal can at least help with contingency plans. Basically, the major effect on expat finances is certain to be the fate of sterling once Brexit becomes an uncomfortable reality. If...
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  • "The law has been passed this week and Spain offers arguably the most attractive "Golden Visa" option in Europe. We should not expect this to move the market in Spain. We are talking about investment over €500,000, the luxury end. And nationwide we would expect no more than a few hundred transactions in the first year. But it is a positive..." left by La Vida Spain on New Spanish property investment visa draws Chinese and Russians
  • "After reading about the expats survey in our local freebie paper and deciding to take part, logging on to this left me quite bamboozled as to where the survey is, there seems to be no sign of it. I suggest if a survey is being conducted under whatever guise a list of questions be published for expats to answer. Otherwise this survey is..." left by Brian Milnes on Massive new independent expat survey now live online
  • "The article is quite clear and as usual in this country ( spain) because I live in a remote area I only find things out accidently or by being surprised and fined. I don't understand how the European parliament does not act against this type of 'robo'. It is so frustrating to see a corrupt and authoritarian Spanish government get away with..." left by john porro on Spain to apply stealth tax to residents with solar power
  • "Absolutely right - already we have been receiving requests from cliets based in Italy to look at how they can 'avoid' the new regime. The Italian government is shooting itself in the foot on this one - people will relocate!" left by TaxTeddy on Changes to Italian tax regime to hit hard on expats
  • "Although there are a large number of British curriculum school in Dubai it's not easy to get into one. The waiting lists are long to start with, sometimes artificially long. People move away and don't remove their name from lists, and fearing the long lists parents put their children's names down on several lists. It's also an expensive..." left by Expat Explorers on British curriculum international schools popular in UAE and Asia