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20 Oct at 6 PM

Fake news causes expat panic in Nanjing

Expats in Nanjing and along the East Coast are in a state of panic due to fake news on an internet chat room. An article on Expatlife’s WeChat page has caused expats living in Nanjing to panic in case the restrictions described were true. Rumourmongering targeting China’s expat communities is a fairly new phenomenon, but it’s always...
20 Oct at 6 PM

Kuwaiti MP urges exit visas for expats

As Kuwait’s government and lawmakers continue proposing and introducing measures hostile to foreigners working in the emirate, a law is being introduced requiring exit visas for all expats. Kuwaiti MP Waleed al Tabtabaei has proposed a measure imposing exit visas for all foreign workers intending to leave the emirate. The law, if...
20 Oct at 6 PM

State pensions not enough for comfortable expat retirement

New research reveals state pensions worldwide don’t provide enough for a comfortable retirement in any country. A study by the Swiss bank UBS has made it crystal clear that relying on a state pension anywhere in the world makes no sense, as all pay the minimum amount necessary to cover basic expenses. The bank’s research identified a...
19 Oct at 6 PM

Decline in disposable incomes causing expat concern

Relocation is often seen as the answer to stagnant wages and stalled career opportunities, but expat professionals nowadays are often struggling to make ends meet. For several decades, accepting relocation overseas was synonymous with a vast increase in salary, a luxury lifestyle and a boost in career prospects. Nowadays, worldwide...
19 Oct at 6 PM

How to make the most of your relocation

Relocating to a new job overseas can be a lonely experience at first, but there are many ways to find a comfortable place in an already established expat community. Most expats who relocate overseas for work will find themselves in the midst of a fairly large expat community, all of whom probably felt isolated as new arrivals. It’s far...
19 Oct at 6 PM

Baby Boomers still retiring overseas in droves

As the 21st century gets even more confusing, the Baby Boomer generation is heading off into the sunshine for a tropical retirement. Survey after survey is revealing the most important factor in the decision to emigrate is the wish to enjoy a lower cost of living in a warmer, more laid-back environment. The Baby Boomer generation still...
18 Oct at 6 PM

What the Trump tax reform bill may mean to US expats overseas

Although the mystery surrounding Trump’s latest attempt to cosset his supporter base won’t easily be revealed to tax-paying mere mortals, one thing’s for sure – the UK tax code won’t ever be the same again. US expats overseas aren’t exactly waiting with bated breath to hear whether or not residence-based taxation will replace...
18 Oct at 6 PM

British ambassador in UAE reminds UK expats about consular services

As a result of the recent increase in the numbers of British expats falling foul of UAE laws or finding themselves in dangerous or difficult situations, the British ambassador has released a guide to consular services in the emirates. Whilst a good number of UK expats scattered around various world destinations admit to having little...
18 Oct at 4 PM

Dental fees now included in expat healthcare charge increase

As the row over increased heathcare fees for expats rumbles on, expats’ least favourite female MP Safa al Hashem weighs in with her joy at hearing dental services are to be included. The recently-elected Kuwaiti MP’s other suggestions include taxes for expats walking on Kuwait roads, so it’s no surprise she is overjoyed about...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Kuwait Human Rights Society urges revocation of expat health service fees

Kuwait’s Society for Human Rights, (KHRS), is calling for the controversial new expat health service fee to be revoked due to patients quitting necessary medication. Kuwait’s human rights organisation is urging the government to reverse the new law forcing expats to pay for heathcare services, citing new reports that a large number of...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Raging wildfires in Portugal and northern Spain threaten expat lives and properties

Massive wildfires raging in northern Spain and Portugal may have been started by human intervention, according to investigators. Up to 40 people are believed to have died in the blazes, with dozens more injured and hundreds losing their homes. Over 140 separate fires are being fought in Portugal, with firefighters struggling against high...
17 Oct at 6 PM

Germany a favourite for long stay British expats

Over 100,000 UK expats are settled in Germany, with their numbers steadily increasing since 2011. A report by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed a total of 107,000 Britons living in Germany, a 10 per cent increase over the last six years. The data was collected and analysed from an EU report of the latest numbers, and...
16 Oct at 6 PM

Bremain in Spain condemns government attitude towards Brexit negotiations

Major expat rights campaign group Bremain in Spain is less than impressed by the current progress of Brexit negotiations. Chairperson of Bremain in Spain Sue Wilson’s opinions on the fifth Brexit negotiation talks and related government action are less than positive, and with good reason. Last week’s lively general news scene meant...
16 Oct at 6 PM

Expats in Oman must now have private healthcare insurance

Oman is preparing to issue a new law requiring the purchase of healthcare insurance by nationals and expats working in its private sector. According to the Times of Oman, the announcement of the new law by the Omani minister of health indicated enforcement by early next year. Currently, just 10 per cent of expats working in the emirate...
16 Oct at 6 PM

Expats left with nothing after upscale Pattaya condo project goes bust

Over a hundred expat and Thai investors are still waiting for their money after the luxury Centara Grand Residence project was declared bankrupt. Basil Development Co’s advertorial for the high-rise condo development ensnared over 100 buyers by focusing on upscale living, resulting in all of them buying off-plan. Several months ago, all...
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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
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