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22 Feb at 6 PM

Brit expats risk post Brexit block on pension and insurance payments

British expats are still being kept in the dark over the threat to their pension payments due to Brexit’s terminating of passporting rights. Five months after the revelation that British expats might lose their pension and insurance payments post-Brexit due to the withdrawal of so-called ‘passporting rights’, no clarification has as...
22 Feb at 6 PM

Saudi SMEs going under due to foreign worker levy

The Saudi private sector is struggling with the recently-introduced foreign worker levy and is calling for changes. Unpopular even before its introduction, the controversial Saudi foreign worker levy is now causing difficulties in the SME private sector. According to local media, private firms are struggling to pay the levy and are...
22 Feb at 6 PM

Second home owners in France face swinging increase in property tax

British owners of second homes in France are facing a 60 per cent increase in property taxes following reforms by the new French president. Macron’s aim is to discourage the disruption of the property market caused by short-term holiday rentals by slapping a 60 per cent increase on property tax for second homes. Short-term rentals, he...
21 Feb at 6 PM

Cryptobillionaire expats commit to rebuilding Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria’s devastation wrecked the tropical paradise of Puerto Rico and is still in evidence across the main island, but its rescue may well come about via a very surprising development. The rise of the Puertopians is alive and kicking, with scores of crypto-wealthy Brits, Canadians and San Franciscans descending on the island...
21 Feb at 6 PM

British expats face dilemma over QROPs

Brit expats living in EU member states are facing a dilemma over their QROPs. At the present time, there seems to be no stopping the progress of Britain’s divorce from the EU. The due dates are March 31 next year, followed by an all-too-brief transition period ending in December 2020. Both dates present a knife-edge for expats in Europe...
21 Feb at 6 PM

British expat rape victim in Costa del Sol catches her attacker

A British expat living in the Costa del Sol got her revenge on her attacker when she traced and caught him using selfies he’d later taken using her stolen smartphone. The horrendous attack and rape of the 23-year old Brit took place in Torremolinos’s La Nogalera district just over a week ago at around 5 a.m. According to local media,...
20 Feb at 6 PM

New British anti Brexit political party launches campaign

A newcomer to Britain’s political scene inspired by the rise to power of France’s President Macron launched its campaign last Monday. The anti-Brexit Renew party was formed last year, following Macron’s surprise election to France’s top political job, and is determined to stop Brexit at any cost. It’s the latest indication that...
20 Feb at 6 PM

Expats making life changing decisions due to anger and frustration

Whether they’re frustrated, angry or simply scared sick for their futures, ordinary Brits and Europeans are making life-changing plans before the UK/EU divorce is finalised. Whilst politicians on both sides are struggling to formulate at least a plan ahead, everyday Brit workers and EU expats are planning to relocate their lives and...
20 Feb at 6 PM

Lawyers representing jailed Brits stonewalled by UAE Embassy

Lawyers based in Dubai and London are fighting to help British citizens who’ve fallen foul of the emirate’s draconian laws and been unfairly jailed. The Detained in Dubai group is becoming more and more frustrated by the refusal of the UAE Embassy to even meet with them to discuss the best way to end the regular imprisonment of...
19 Feb at 6 PM

Mallorca expat businesses under threat from new law

Dozens of expat businesses located in Santa Catalina’s Palma district are threatened with closure due to a proposed new law. The draconian measure would close down a good proportion of the terraces on which the businesses are located and is being mooted to create more pedestrianised spaces. Around 37 per cent of the terraces in the Pere...
19 Feb at 6 PM

Expat psychiatrist conducts survey on Brexit mental health effects

An expat psychiatrist living and working in France has identified Brexit-related anger, helplessness and severe anxiety amongst British expats. Christine Haworth-Staines, a fully qualified psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), has lived and worked in South West France for 10 years and is now seeing...
19 Feb at 6 PM

Affordable Malaysia becoming a favourite with relocating expats

Expatriates in Malaysia are more than happy with the country’s comparatively inexpensive cost of living. Malaysia is increasingly popular with expat professionals from Western countries, mostly due to its lower cost of living including healthcare and private education. A recent survey revealed many thousands of newly-arrived expats are...
16 Feb at 6 PM

US expat volunteers provide worldwide warden services to Americans in trouble

In these days of international travel all over the world, there’s a considerable risk of being unable to cope alone should disaster strike. The freedom to travel is one of the most noticeable developments of the past 50 years or so, spurred by cheap flights and an increasing curiosity about unfamiliar lands. Travellers on business or...
16 Feb at 6 PM

US expat havens in France

France is famous for being a number on destination for British expats, but it’s now becoming equally popular with Americans since Trump was elected. The day after the US election result was released, web pages on relocating to Europe saw a stunning surge in interest, with France one of the most-researched destinations. Since then, the...
16 Feb at 6 PM

Brit expats on short trips back home warned over Ryanair and Swissport

UK expats in Spain travelling via Ryanair for short visits to family in southern England are being warned over the airline and airport's appalling treatment of a British grandmother. British expat and artist Pamela Lipman, now resident in Granada, had been paying a pre-Christmas visit to her family in the UK, flying with Ryanair between...
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