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22 Jul at 6 PM

Brexit puts a damper on Britons retirement plans

Brexit’s shock result has all but wrecked the retirement plans of many Brits due to freedom of movement insecurity and possible financial planning chaos. The biggest question mark threatening the retirement plans of a fair proportion of older Brits is the ability to settle legally in one of the many European expat destinations. Although,...
22 Jul at 6 PM

Post Brexit plummeting pound spurs surge in expat mortgage demands

Mortgage enquiries from overseas buyers as well as UK expats living overseas have surged since the Brexit result triggered a fall in sterling. Prospective buyers are emerging from Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, with the renewed interest in purchasing UK property down to five key Brexit-related issues. UK property has always been...
22 Jul at 6 PM

Cyprus ombudsman supports expat complaints over burials

Following reports in local and online media that expats living in Cyprus were still waiting for their own cemetery and crematorium, the island’s ombudsman has called for an end to discriminatory burial practices. Recently, media articles have highlighted long, inexplicable delays in the agreed provision of a cemetery and crematorium for...
21 Jul at 6 PM

Dreaded FATCA finally in full implementation

Since July 1, all foreign financial firms dealing with US expats overseas will face massive penalties for failing to annually disclose their clients’ accounts and financial affairs. The introduction of the swingeing system of fines was the final stage of FATCA’s implementation worldwide, only delayed due to the need to update US...
21 Jul at 6 PM

US expats in Japan mull staying put to avoid gun violence at home

US expatriates working in Japan are considering staying rather than going back home and risking death on the streets of America. The total number of gun fatalities in the USA during 2015 was an appalling 13,000, whilst in Japan just one citizen was shot and killed. America has the highest number of gun deaths of any developed world...
21 Jul at 6 PM

Expats dual nationality petition calls for Spanish peoples support

A petition calling for access to joint nationality for Brits living in Spain is now calling for Spaniards to sign in support of the initiative. In yet another attempt to regularise their post-Brexit situation, Britons living, working and retiring in Spain are asking the Spanish people to join with them to ensure a future for both expats...
20 Jul at 6 PM

Survey suggests ten best comfort zones for overseas retirement

Retirement overseas means different things for different people, but the essentials remain the same when searching for an affordable comfort zone. Given the political chaos spreading across the Western world, it’s no surprise that more and more people are looking for an escape hatch to exotic climes. Essentials aren’t likely to be as...
20 Jul at 6 PM

Qatari businesses struggling due to expat exodus

According to a Reuters report, businesses catering for middle class Qataris and expat professionals are failing due to lack of demand caused by lay-offs of thousands of well-paid workers from overseas. Large-scale layoffs of expat workers at white collar levels have taken place for some two years now, spurred by the fall in oil prices....
20 Jul at 6 PM

Brexit legal challenge gets October High Court hearing

The first of several court cases brought by prominent London legal firms on behalf of Remain clients has resulted in a High Court hearing in October. The focus of the current action and several more yet to be brought is to ensure the British government is unable to trigger Article 50 without parliament’s full authorisation. Should...
19 Jul at 6 PM

UK expat meeting with Amsterdam mayor brings hope

During a meeting with around 200 concerned UK expats living in Amsterdam, the Dutch city’s mayor gave a ray of hope and advised them not to give up their UK passports yet. Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Lann told the assembled expats it wasn’t necessary at present to exchange British nationality for the Dutch option, as he and all...
19 Jul at 6 PM

Setting up business in expat friendly Shanghai

Shanghai’s popularity with expat start-ups is growing fast, but language difficulties and bureaucratic burdens make using an agency the best way forward. Expat entrepreneurs are more than welcome in Shanghai, one of China’s largest conurbations, with contracted foreign capital totalling US$60 billion during 2015, an 86 per cent...
19 Jul at 6 PM

British expats on Cyprus still waiting for their own cemetery

For years and in spite of an agreement, British expats living in Cyprus have been waiting for a dedicated cemetery and crematorium. Following endless debates involving the Cypriot government and Cyprus’s branch of the Greek Orthodox religion, an agreement was finally made, but no implementation has yet taken place. The reason behind the...
18 Jul at 6 PM

Thailand sex industry under attack by tourism minister

Thailand’s female tourism minister announced recently she’s determined to put a stop to one of the Land of Smiles’s most lucrative and popular attractions – prostitution. Since the death or glory days of the Vietnam War, one of Thailand’s best known draws is the comparative ease with which lone male tourists and expats can deal...
18 Jul at 6 PM

Expats in Nice refuse to let the atrocity drive them out

Following the devastating terror attack on Bastille Day, British and Irish expat residents are defiantly stating they’re staying put and going nowhere. France’s third terrorist attack during the past 18 months has failed to deter expats from the UK and Ireland from getting on with their lives in the popular Mediterranean seaside...
18 Jul at 6 PM

Expat renters in Dubai turning to property purchase

Newly constructed, affordable properties in Dubai are persuading expats in tenancies to take the plunge and buy a home. Ever since Dubai became a magnet for expat professionals, renting an apartment has been the norm due to the transient nature of relocations. Although rents are comparatively low at present, an increasing number of Western...
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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