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20 Apr at 6 PM

Fight for soft Brexit or no Brexit hots up via House of Lords defeat

The fight for a soft Brexit or even a withdrawal from Brexit is hotting up as campaign groups in support of UK expats in Europe and even the British government’s House of Lords are coming out in favour of defeating Theresa May’s vision for the country. Earlier this week, the British parliament’s Upper House inflicted an embarrassing...
20 Apr at 6 PM

Shindler group attempting legal challenge to EC Brexit guidelines

Expat WWII veteran campaigner Harry Shindler and his group are mounting a charge to nullify the EC’s Brexit guidelines, thus stopping Brexit. Harry Shindler and 12 others are petitioning the European Court of Justice in an attempt to have the Brexit negotiation guidelines set out by the European Council annulled. The annulment would...
20 Apr at 6 PM

Shanghai expat community gives its view on its members

Expat communities aren’t always one big, happy family, according to a recent Shanghai media survey. Shanghai is officially the most popular Chinese mega-city for expats, with literally several hundred thousand making up the expatriate community. The vast majority are enriching the city with their contributions, but what do expats in...
19 Apr at 6 PM

Living the tax free high life in Dubai for expats

Dubai’s fame as a luxurious haunt for the ultra-wealthy draws internationally-minded expats willing to try their luck in the casino of Middle Eastern life. Dubai is one of the world’s most enticing no-tax destinations, attracting not just the cream of the expat professional crowd but also mega-wealthy entrepreneurs and global-minded...
19 Apr at 6 PM

How to avoid the pitfalls of emigration from the UK

British expats often leave the homeland for locations worldwide without calculating the emotional cost of adjustment and the financial cost of settling in an unfamiliar country. Falling in love with a country whilst on holiday is a major reason for many Brits’ decisions to up sticks and emigrate before they’ve any idea of the reality...
19 Apr at 6 PM

Expat fundraisers in Dubai stunned by punitive new regulations

The majority of expats working in Dubai had no idea of the regulations concerning charity work in the emirate until one of their number was arrested for a Facebook post. Lawyers are now warning companies and resident expats that breaking the strict rules may mean massive fines and a 12 month prison sentence. Last year’s announcement of...
18 Apr at 6 PM

Kuwatization to axe thousands of expat private sector jobs

Kuwait’s Civil Service Commission is planning to freeze thousands of expat contracts by 1 July. Kuwatization is taking a new turn as the emirate’s Civil Service Commission is planning to freeze over three thousand expat contracts and shelve them at the beginning of July this year. The move, a significant part of Kuwaitization, is...
18 Apr at 6 PM

Portuguese property prices no longer at bargain basement level

As the European housing market hots up, Portuguese real estate prices are showing the second strongest growth of all EU member states. Figures originating at Eurostat, the EU’s statistics guru, are showing the bloc’s real estate sector is still maintaining steady house price growth of around 4.5 per cent. Ireland recorded the largest...
18 Apr at 6 PM

Spanish Banco Sabadell refuses storm damage insurance payment to Brit pensioner

A British pensioner living in Malaga’s Alhaurin el Grande has been refused an insurance payment for her storm-damaged gate. British expats moving to Mediterranean retirement hubs are often concerned about the reputations of European insurance companies, whether for health, home coverage or life insurance. There’s the language problem...
17 Apr at 6 PM

New plastic eating protein could save expat beach environments

The amazing, accidental discovery of a protein which eats plastic could save oceans, undersea life and expat beach destinations in Spain and across the world. Scarcely a week goes by without reports of once-pristine beaches being ruined by tons of plastic bottles, bags and other detritus, and conservationists fear for fish eating tiny...
17 Apr at 6 PM

UK expats on Cyprus angry at fake news tabloid reports

British expat residents on Cyprus are furious over UK tabloid reports of panicking tourists fleeing in fear of Russian retaliatory attacks following the Syria missile bombardment. Monday’s report in the Daily Star is being condemned by expat residents as scaremongering and irresponsible, with one expat assuring local media reporters...
17 Apr at 6 PM

Data debunks myth of Spain as elderly expat retirement haven

Contrary to the widely-held belief that Brit expat communities in Europe mostly contain retirees, statistics suggest two-thirds of UK expatriates are below retirement age. Recently-released data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics shows 66 per cent of the estimated 784,900 Britons living in Europe are between the ages of 64 and...
16 Apr at 6 PM

UK ambassador to Estonia denies Brexit reassurance to Brit expats

Following the expat hostility seen at the British ambassadors’ Brexit meet-up in Paris last week, reports of similar scenes at an Estonia meet are emerging. British citizens resident in Estonia are reporting the same lack of answers from British officials during a meet last year, with attendees leaving in a more confused state than when...
16 Apr at 6 PM

Cyprus golden visas spur huge hike in property prices

A new report has revealed the Mediterranean island of Cyprus is now a favourite location for expat property investors. The recently-released Cyprus Real Estate Marker Report shows real estate purchased by foreign buyers in 2017 has soared over the 2016 totals by 33 per cent. Limassol and Paphos were the most popular locations on the...
16 Apr at 6 PM

Retired expats in Thailand in fight for affordable private healthcare insurance

Expat retirees living in a number of popular Thailand destinations are pressing for dedicated group private healthcare insurance coverage. A group of retired Swedish expats living in Bangkok, Udon Thani province, Hua Hin and Phuket have banded together in an attempt to find a solution to a major problem affecting retirees - the soaring...
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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