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6 May at 4 PM

Most expats enjoy life in the Netherlands

Eighty-four per cent of expats living in the Netherlands described life as “good to great”, while the main negative aspects were the language, health services and tax. The new survey, carried out by DutchNews.nl in mid-April, found that the vast majority of expats were extremely happy with their life in the country, while just seven...
6 May at 2 PM

Finnish expats happy in Estonia

Most Finnish expats in neighbouring Estonia are enjoying life and would recommend theuir fellow countrymen to make the move, according to a recent online survey. Of the respondents, 59 per cent admitted that they would “definitely recommend” living in Estonia, while 37 per cent said they would consider it. Only two per cent said they...
1 May at 9 AM

Rise in British expats investing in property

The number of British expats looking to invest in property back home has been on the up since the beginning of the year, according to a leading lender. deVere Mortgages revealed that in the first three months of the year, 75 per cent of all home loan enquiries it had received were made by Brits living overseas, predominantly expats...
1 May at 9 AM

British expat killed in Nepal quake

A British man living in Nepal was killed in the country’s devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the UK Foreign Office has confirmed. The Himalayan country was hit by the quake on Saturday and more than 6,000 people have been confirmed dead to date, while with numerous remote villages yet to be accounted for, that number is expected to...
29 Apr at 6 PM

Expat mothers prefer life in Spain

Nearly half of the expat mothers living in Spain never want to return to their home country because they feel they have a better quality of living in their adopted country. MumAbroad.com conducted a survey that found that 49 per cent of expat mothers residing in Spain, Italy, Germany and France planned never to return home. Meanwhile,...
29 Apr at 4 PM

Expat pimp arrested in Spain

A Belgian national dubbed ‘Europe’s biggest pimp’ has been arrested in the Spanish resort town of Torremolinos. Stefan Rene faces charges of heading a prostitution ring that spans the continent. He was picked up by the Guardia Civil after a Moroccan woman who worked for him told Belgian authorities where he was staying after he...
28 Apr at 3 PM

Expats in Spain told to hand ID into banks

Thousands of expatriates living in Spain could see their bank accounts temporarily closed if they fail to present their bank with digital ID. Spaniards in the Iberian country have been told to take a copy of their DNI national identity card into their bank, while foreigners must provide either their passport or residency card prior to 30...
28 Apr at 12 PM

British expats to be hit by NHS clampdown

British expats living in European countries such as Spain are likely to feel the full force of a proposed clampdown by the NHS. Many UK citizens living overseas often fly back to their homeland for doctors’ appointments or procedures such as operations because of the hassle involved when dealing with local health authorities abroad,...
27 Apr at 6 PM

Drunk expat punches motorist in Dubai

A drunken Russian expat in Dubai punched a motorist in the face twice after saying the victim had parked in the wrong place, a court has been told. The 24-year-old man was set to go on trial faced with consuming alcohol and assault charges but did not show up at the Dubai court on Sunday. Prosecutors told that the assault on the...
27 Apr at 4 PM

New Zealand issues increasing number of visas

New Zealand is becoming more and more popular with expats from all over the world, with the most recent data showing a rise in the number of work, visitor and student visas issued. Visitor arrivals to the country hit a record high for March, a rise of 15 per cent on the same month last year and eight per cent greater than in 2013,...
25 Apr at 9 AM

Benidorm wants Unesco status

Spain’s most popular holiday destination Benidorm is vying to be granted Unesco world heritage status. After you’ve checked the date and realised it’s not 1 April and it is actually Benidorm, yes Benidorm, frequented by hordes of drunken Brits year-round, you can read on and see just why the sunny haven, well, fun-in-the-sun-type...
25 Apr at 9 AM

World Bank reveals top migrant locations

The US, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Russia are the five most popular countries for expat workers, according to the latest data from the World Bank. The bank’s Migration and Development Brief also showed that the top five nations in terms of the amount of remittance received were India, China, Philippines, Mexico...
23 Apr at 12 PM

Pattaya expat angers Thais with satirical cartoons

An expat in the Thailand resort town of Pattaya has caused a stir among locals by sharing satirical cartoons deemed offensive among Thais on his Facebook wall. Photographer Harris Black’s images resulted in him being criticised by a number of news websites after they were reported by the Naewna Online agency. The cartoon, entitled...
23 Apr at 12 PM

Retired expats told to prove they are alive

An estimated five million Brits reside abroad and many of them are retirees who are claiming UK pensions; however, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has the problem of knowing whether the correct person is drawing the funds as some countries do not share certain information. Around £45m is said to be paid out to Brits who have...
22 Apr at 4 PM

Expat couple to star on Channel 5 documentary about demolition of Spanish villa

A British expat couple will appear on Channel 5’s Horror Homes to reveal all about how their dream villa in Spain was demolished. Len and Helen Prior, who were living in the Andalucian town of Vera, saw their villa bulldozed on January 2008 because of “planning irregularities”. Despite being in possession of the required...
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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
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