January 2013 Expat News Archive

Archived Daily Expat News from the Expats Blog Newsdesk...

31 Jan at 6 PM

Settling in as an expat in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan ambience and still-booming economy continues to be a major hub for expat professionals. Fast-paced, vibrant and utterly fascinating, Hong Kong is high on most expat professionals’ lists of preferred locations, but settling down may be confusing at best and stressful at worst, especially if you’re relocating...
31 Jan at 6 PM

Misselling of financial products by dodgy IFAs still rampant in the UAE

In spite of UAE regulations on compensation for financial irregularities involving investments, expats in the UAE are still at risk from dodgy IFAS. A recent report in Dubai’s English language media confirms many expats living and working in the Emirates are losing tens of thousands of dirhams to unprincipled independent financial...
31 Jan at 6 PM

Ireland to allow UAE citizens visa-free entry

The decision by Irish lawmakers to allow UAE citizens visa-free entry is clearly linked with an expected increase in business between the two countries. From next Wednesday, UAE visitors to Ireland will no longer be forced to apply for a visa but can enter the republic without any restrictions. The move is believed to be a key to creating...
30 Jan at 6 PM

Plot thickens over Cambodian dirty dancing arrests

The five British expats charged with pornography and organising lewd dancing at a Cambodian party are now denying any knowledge of the images and insisting they weren’t in the photos. The five charged yesterday are all British expats living in Siem Reap, and have been warned they may be kept in prison for at least six months before...
30 Jan at 6 PM

Eleven day camel trek gives expats clues to Emirati culture

Fifteen expats of various nationalities recently experienced a challenging 11-day camel trek aimed at learning about the traditional Emirati desert culture. Beginning January 11 in Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter, the 15 expats from nine countries rode their camels across the UAE’s deserts and through harsh weather for around 500...
30 Jan at 6 PM

Portuguese Golden Visa attracts long stay Chinese and their families

Although Portugal saw fewer Golden Visa applicants during 2017, more of those already holding the visa are bringing in their families. Portugal’s Golden Visa is an investment tool for the comparatively wealthy, with the majority of successful applicants arriving from China. Amongst other requirements, an investment of over €500,000 is...
29 Jan at 6 PM

Expats face prison in Cambodia for suggestive dance routine

Ten Westerners are at present in police custody in Cambodia for sexy dancing at a pool party. The party took place in Siem Reap, a popular visitor destination due to its location close by Angkor Wat, and was attended by around 100 expats and tourists. The event was in full swing when at least 30 Cambodian police suddenly arrived and began...
29 Jan at 6 PM

Australia hits top spot as destination for millionaire expats

A recent survey has revealed Australia as the most popular destination for the fabulously wealthy. Beating out the USA for the third year running, Oz is now the preferred haunt for those with more money than they know what to do with, according to the 2018 Global Wealth Migration Review. Some 95,000 high net worth individuals relocated...
29 Jan at 6 PM

Irish expat couple in Dubai gift house and driving lessons to maid

A Filipino maid who’s been working in Dubai for an expat couple has been gifted with a home and driving lessons as well as other demonstrations of their appreciation. April Rose Marcellino Gatin has been looking after Irish expat couple Henry and Elaine Horan for 11 years since her arrival in Dubai, after first becoming their maid when...
26 Jan at 6 PM

Marbella lethal hit and run kills British expat

Details are now emerging about a fatal hit-and-run which took the life of 60-year old British expat Paul Murphy just yards from his Spanish home. Murphy died after being hit by a Range Rover just outside his villa, with police reluctant to release any details until the SUV and the road had been forensically examined. Hours later,...
26 Jan at 6 PM

UAE now expat hub for thousands of millionaires

Due to the arrival as expats of a huge number of millionaires, the UAE is now amongst the top residential destinations for the super-rich. As of last year, the United Arab Emirates was placed in the top ten world countries with the largest number of millionaire residents. High net worth individuals flocked to the emirates, buying up luxury...
26 Jan at 6 PM

Golden destinations for expat retirees golden years

Retiring overseas rather than fighting inflation in the home country is now a practical financial option for many pensioners living in first world countries. Even if there’s no gold-plated pension waiting at the end of your working life, it’s still possible to enjoy a much more satisfying retirement lifestyle by emigrating to a less...
25 Jan at 6 PM

Brits giving up on Spain as retirement dreams fade

All along Spain’s Costas from Alicante to Huelva, increasing numbers of British expats are packing up and going home. Recently released figures suggest there’s been a decline of over 10 per cent in the number of Britons living along the Costa del Sol, with the rate of those leaving on the increase as Brexit draws nearer. Whether...
25 Jan at 6 PM

Adjusting to returning home after a stint as an expat

Packing up and becoming an expat in a faraway land is a dream for many, but does reality kick in once you’ve returned to the home country? Nowadays, becoming an expat is somewhat of a commonplace development in many peoples’ lives, tinged with the excitement of new experiences, new jobs or the long-awaited freedom of retirement....
25 Jan at 6 PM

Expats in Europe combine to protest Trump presidency

With Davos as their focus, American expats across Europe have banded together with European expats and citizens to protest against Donald Trump’s controversial presidency. The two groups involved, Campax and Action Together Zurich, came together for a ‘we are sorry’ protest march on the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration,...
24 Jan at 6 PM

Downtown living in Dubai now a hot property location

Realtors in Dubai are now marketing the city as a ‘residential destination’. Gone are the days when Dubai was a growing city providing expat professionals with rewarding jobs and a unique, developing environment, with real estate agencies now describing it as a ‘destination’. The rebranding is the result of the city’s changing...
24 Jan at 6 PM

EU to offer its expats in UK cover for settled status fee

EU expats living in the UK can expect the UK’s fee for settled status application to be covered by Brussels. Following a threat by the Home Office to charge EU nationals a £72 fee for their applications for settled status, the European Union appears to have decided it will pick up the tag. To qualify for indefinite leave to remain in...
24 Jan at 6 PM

Costa del Sol expats warned killer caterpillar invasion due

Expats living in Spain’s Costa del Sol region are preparing for the annual invasion of killer caterpillars. Hordes of venomous Pine Processionary Caterpillars arrive every year in February, killing pets and causing major risks of eye damage, dermatitis and severe allergic reactions in children and adults. The venomous creepy-crawlies...
23 Jan at 6 PM

Major expat survey slates Kuwait as worst world country for expats

Taking into account recent news reports, it’s not surprising a recent survey placed Kuwait as the worst expat destination on the planet. The latest of InterNations’ annual ExpatInsider survey rated Kuwait as 64th in its list of 64 nations, with the result coming as no surprise to many expats living and working in the emirate. Whilst...
23 Jan at 6 PM

Expat investors urged to buy now as Spanish property market soars

Would-be expats who’ve been sitting on the fence as regards committing themselves to a Spanish property are being urged to buy now as the market soars. Local property reports are forecasting yet another year of property price increases, with at least a six per cent rise by the end of 2018 following on the increases over the past four...
23 Jan at 6 PM

Aussie househunters looking overseas for affordable properties

Is this a new twist to global mobility – citizens of first-world countries moving overseas simply to be able to afford a home? Following on from the rise of the digital nomad phenomenon, increasing reports are coming in of first-world nationals moving overseas in order to afford to buy a home. The difference between nowadays and several...
22 Jan at 6 PM

Brit expat couple win over Spanish villa demolition order

A British couple are finally celebrating their victory over a demolition order on their Spanish villa. Valerie and Patrick Jubb, now returned from Spain and living in the Scottish Border country, purchased the four-bedroomed Vina de Linan in 2008, turning it into a luxury bed-and–breakfast nestling on a lush, green hillside in Jimena de...
22 Jan at 6 PM

Normandy to offer a local currency from March

Normandy is planning to stimulate its economy via the introduction of its own currency. Expats living in five Normandy’s departments will soon have the option of using a dedicated new currency in addition to the euro. By the end of March, Calvados, Manche, Seine-Maritime, Eure and Orne will offer the as yet un-named currency as an...
22 Jan at 6 PM

Needs not wants now the post-VAT priority for expats in UAE

Just three weeks after the introduction in Abu Dhabi of VAT, shoppers are cutting back on impulse buying. Both expats and locals in Abu Dhabi are reducing their spending on luxuries and cutting back on impulse purchases in an attempt to balance their household budgets since the introduction of VAT at five per cent. A Gulf News survey of...
19 Jan at 6 PM

Explaining the legal reasoning behind the anti Brexit Amsterdam court case

When news of the anti-Brexit court case taking place in Amsterdam broke, details were sketchy and may have seemed somewhat confusing. The profound consequences of a positive judgement following a referral of the case to the European Court of Justice need to be fully understood, according to Jolyon Maugham QC, the British barrister who is...
19 Jan at 6 PM

Spanish NHS nurse and family leaving the UK due to racial abuse

A Spanish nurse who’s worked in the NHS for 15 years is uprooting her family and moving back to Spain after having been the victim of post-Brexit referendum racial abuse. Alaya de la Ignesia, a Norfolk-based nurse working in the NHS, is relocating to her home country with he family after facing ‘unchallenged’, continual racial...
19 Jan at 6 PM

British expats rushing to become citizens of France

Figures from France’s ministry of the Interior have confirmed rumours of a huge increase in applications for citizenship from UK expats. The French governmental department’s figures of around 3,173 British expats who’ve applied to become French citizens don’t come as a surprise, as the anecdotal evidence has been around for a good...
18 Jan at 6 PM

Spain beats out USA as second most visited world country

Spain’s popularity as a destination both for tourism and expat life looks set to continue. Always a popular destination for both holidaymakers and expats, Spain is now officially the world’s second most visited country, beaten only by France and overtaking the USA. During 2017, an astonishing 82 million visitors arrived in the...
18 Jan at 6 PM

British expats in Spain approve Farage second referendum call

The anti-Brexit campaign group Bremain in Spain is supportive of Nigel Farage’s call for a second Brexit referendum. Bremain in Spain are in partnership with European Movement and Britain for Europe, and are fully in support of a second referendum based on the facts in an outline of a possible deal. Chair of Bremain in Spain Sue Wilson...
18 Jan at 6 PM

Husband of missing British mother arrested for boiler room fraud

Paul Muldoon is to be extradited to face boiler room fraud charges after being detained by police using a European Arrest Warrant. The abusive husband of missing British mother Rebecca Muldoon is to be extradited to the UK under a European Arrest Warrant for running a boiler room investment scam which defrauded British pensioners. Before...
18 Jan at 6 PM

UAE blocks Skype then blocks Skype petition website

As if losing access to Skype over the holiday season wasn’t enough, the UAE government is now blocking the website set up to protest the ban. Skype is perennially popular for expats and citizens wanting to stay in touch with friends and family across the world, especially during Christmas and the New Year celebrations. A wave of anger...
18 Jan at 6 PM

Dutch court judgement may determine the rights of 1.2 million UK expats in Europe

A court case brought by five UK nationals to a court in the Netherlands could mean citizenship rights for 1.2 million British expats. The aim of the court case is to persuade the Dutch judge to apply for clarification of UK expats’ citizenship rights to the European Court of Justice. Should the judge agree this course of action and ECJ...
18 Jan at 6 PM

Fake degree scammers back in UAE business with a new twist

A Pakistani online purveyor of fake university degrees is now back in business with a new scam. Axact, a Pakistani fake degree company boss whose tentacles reached all over the world and made millions from selling degrees from non-existent universities is now back in business. Boss of the Karachi-based software firm Shoaib Shaikh was...
16 Jan at 6 PM

Expats in Kuwait admire police but avoid police stations

In their dealings with expats, Kuwaiti police are suspected of having two faces – one positive and the other bordering on the negative. Expats living and working in Kuwait have nothing but praise for their local police, usually for their positive reactions to problems occurring outside the confines of their local station. However, the...
16 Jan at 6 PM

Kuwatization ramps up as government prepares to terminate expat jobs

Expats working in a number of Kuwaiti government sectors are to be sacked in order to provide jobs for locals. In accordance with a Kuwait government plan to fully Kuwaitise government jobs by 2022, foreigners working in the IT, information, development, public relations, admin and statistics, admin support, arts and marine sectors will...
16 Jan at 6 PM

Cala Romantica fraud victims get their money back in court

Spanish bank Sabadell Solbank has been ordered to reimburse damages of hundreds of thousands to expats who lost out over a failed off-plan real estate development. The scam began in 2006, when the Cala Romantica development was launched as an off-plan opportunity due to be completed by 2008. Construction had stalled long before the...
15 Jan at 6 PM

Expats to benefit from changes in Federation of European FAs

FEIFA now has a new associate membership sector developed to meet the needs of the European expat community. FEIFA’s new sector is aimed at professional advisors who aren’t IFAs but who are working with global employees with a cross-border lifestyle which complicates their financial affairs and needs. Included are expats from overseas...
15 Jan at 6 PM

Expats at risk from Dubai immigration scam

A new scam targeting expat workers is doing the rounds in Dubai, with a good number of already losing money. Posing as Dubai immigration officers, the scammers are calling expats and telling them there’s a pending residency case against them which can only be resolved in their favour if a fine of between Dh 1,000 and Dh 4,000 is paid...
15 Jan at 6 PM

Expats account for a quarter of all Portuguese property purchases

Portugal is as popular as ever with expats, who’ve accounted for 25 per cent of 2017 property purchases. Foreign buyers are becoming even more active in Portugal’s property market, with data showing a 30 per cent increase in 2017 sales over the same period in 2016. Some 152,000 homes found buyers from France, Brazil, the UK and China,...
12 Jan at 6 PM

Qatar to go to international arbitration to stop blockade

The Gulf State of Qatar is to seek international arbitration as a means to end the blockade. Spokesperson for Qatar’s Foreign Ministry Lulwar al Khatar told reporters Wednesday the emirate is seeking international arbitration in order to its diplomatic blockade by Egypt and three of its neighbours in the Gulf. Qatar’s move came after...
12 Jan at 6 PM

Search stepped up for missing British expat in Marbella

Following an appeal launched earlier this week by English language expat newspaper Olive Press, the search for missing mother of two Rebecca Muldoon has been ramped up by Spanish police. Emergency 112 are now operating from a base on Camino del Pinar and are coordinating the search for the missing woman. Coverage of Rebecca’s...
12 Jan at 6 PM

Expats in UK worried about Brexit effect on their finances

As speculation on the effects of a hard Brexit racks up, expats living and working in the UK are dissatisfied at best and fearful at worst. As a result of the ongoing uncertainty, the UK has dropped like a stone in the recent InterNations Expat Insider survey, managing only 54th place out of the 65 countries in the study. Significant...
11 Jan at 6 PM

UAE VAT introduction worries expats and Emiratis alike

Expats and Emiratis alike are concerned about the effect VAT will have on their living expenses. The introduction of VAT across the UAE and its effect on consumer prices is worrying residents in the emirates, according to a recent survey. Some 44 per cent of respondents fear they may not be able to afford to live in the same style after...
11 Jan at 6 PM

International mobility threatened by worldwide instability and tightening visa laws

A recent report is showing a strong decline in the numbers of Britons being sent overseas by their employers. The Brexit effect may well be the cause of a decline in the number of Britons being sent on secondment or assignment to worldwide destinations, according to a recent report. Just two years ago, 13 per cent of all overseas...
11 Jan at 6 PM

New US travel warning blocks five Mexican states

Expats living in Mexico are in fear after the latest US travel advisory placed five states in the same category as Yeman, Somalia and Syria. The new warning designates Guerrero, Sinaloa, Michoacan, Colima and the US border state of Tamaulipas as Level 4 risk destinations, with 11 more states placed on Level 3 along with advice urging...
10 Jan at 6 PM

Dubai jails British expat for furious email to dodgy car dealer

Dubai’s habit of jailing Western expats for what seems like no good reason is hitting the news yet again. British estate agent Yaseen Killick was understandably angry when the second-hand Volkswagen Gold he’d bought from a local dealer for £6,000 broke down the next day. Anger turned to fury when he discovered the car had previously...
10 Jan at 6 PM

British expats in France take meals on wheels to new heights

Bordeaux-based Brits desperate for a decent curry have elevated meals on wheels to a new height by chartering a plane to bring some in from a Portsmouth curry house. Having spent ages complaining about the impossibility of finding a decent Indian curry in the world’s most famous gourmet heartland, a group of deprived British expats have...
10 Jan at 6 PM

Fears grow for missing British expat mother in Spain

A British mother of two has now been missing from her Marbella home for over a week. Essex-born mother of two Rebecca Muldoon disappeared on January 2 from her home in Marbella, with fears now growing as to her fate. She’d been living in Marbella for a year along with her two children aged 11 and eight. Her neighbour had found the...
9 Jan at 6 PM

Homeless Scot in Dubai is a warning to newly arrived expats

A failed expat in Dubai is homeless and heavily in debt due to getting caught up in the emirate’s luxury lifestyle. Scot Jonathan Castle first arrived in Dubai in 2002, attracted by the high wages and luxury lifestyle of successful expats in the emirate. He soon found a well-paying job as a copywriter for a well-known advertising...
9 Jan at 6 PM

Expats in GCC bypass GPs and go straight to specialists

A recent survey has revealed a high number of expats working in the UAE don’t visit their local doctor but go directly to a specialist when they’re ill. General practitioners across the UAE are being bypassed by expats working in the emirates, according to a YouGov survey undertaken on behalf of Arab Health 2018. Almost half of the...
9 Jan at 6 PM

Dubai banks now offering free online remittances

Dubai’s forex service companies are feeling the heat as Dubai banks begin offering free online remittance services. Banks across the UAE are now offering free remittance services via online and mobile banking in order to claw customers away from the emirate’s currency exchange businesses. Forex company remittance charges are typically...
8 Jan at 6 PM

Expats in Saudi banned from working for car rental companies

Expats will be banned from working in car rental businesses from March18 this year. The ideal of Saudization came a step closer with an announcement from the Ministry of Labour that expats are to be banned from working in companies providing car rental. The ban will start on 18 March and joint inspection teams will investigate all the...
8 Jan at 6 PM

Is expat life in Mexico all it seems to be

These days, migrating to Mexico isn’t just for American citizens disenchanted by the way things are going in the US of A, as the country is becoming increasingly popular with retirees from Europe. The reasons why emigrants settle on Mexico aren’t much different than the priorities given for moves to popular expat destinations in...
8 Jan at 6 PM

Expat tax avoiders in Switzerland forced to come clean

A significant rise in the number of expat tax avoiders in Switzerland turning themselves in has taken place since international laws forced Swiss banks to share offshore clients’ details. For many decades, traditional Swiss banking secrecy shielded the mega-rich from their tax liabilities as well as encouraging the use of Swiss banks...
7 Jan at 6 PM

Brit expats in Marbella furious about month long internet failure

British expatriates living in Spain’s Costa del Sol region are furiously angry over an internet failure which began over a month ago and is still not resolved The service went down on December 3, with providers OliveNet promising it would be repaired quickly, but it soon became evident the problem was far more serious than had been...
7 Jan at 6 PM

Travelling to Alpine ski resorts now hell for expat motorists

Expat ski fanatics who chose their locations with travelling to the slopes in mind are having problems actually getting to their favourite resorts. From Chamonix through Gstaad, St Moritz and Klosters to Les Trois Vallee skiers arrive to take full advantage of the perfect pistes, ski-in, ski-out chalets, buzzing nightlife and après-ski...
7 Jan at 6 PM

Profits and pitfalls for expat investors in 2018

The year ahead looks promising for expat investors, but political uncertainty may well create pitfalls. Admittedly, the start of 2018 does look promising, with tax cuts in the USA, an improvement in global growth and news that central banks are loosening their monetary policies, but is this the calm before the storm? Of course, financial...
5 Jan at 6 PM

UAE blocks Skype again on New Years Eve

The UAE’s New Year’s Eve block on Skype, just as expats were looking forward to wishing their absent families and friends a Happy New Year, was inconsiderate at best and unkind at worst. Expatriates in the UAE were looking forward to contacting their families and friends at home to wish them a Happy New Year when the UAE pulled the...
5 Jan at 6 PM

British retirees still favour Cyprus as their dream destination

A favourite with Britons for many years, Cyprus is still high on the list for expat retirees. British pensioners looking to retire in the sun as part of a long-established expat community have always placed Cyprus high on their list of possible locations. Although the cost of living isn’t as low as it was prior to the island’s...
5 Jan at 6 PM

Survey cites France as better for expat students than UK and USA

A recent survey of international students from world countries has found France to be more popular than either the USA or the UK. The new survey, carried out on behalf of Campus France, examined the experiences and perceptions of some 14,000 international students already studying in the country or planning to do so. The results indicate...
4 Jan at 6 PM

British expat pensioners claiming unlawful annual increases under threat by UK government

One of the British government’s new year resolutions is likely to make 2018 a very bad year for UK expat pensioners claiming annual pension increases whilst living in ‘frozen pension’ countries. Some 550,000 British state pensioners are living abroad, with the government now planning a crackdown on those claiming annual cost of...
4 Jan at 6 PM

Childcare home scam nets £11 million before administrators called in

Pensioners in the UK and in Spain have lost some £11 million after a fraudulent care home business went bust. Gravity Child Care was supposedly set up to provide 50 care homes for children suffering from behavioural difficulties and mental illnesses, taking its profits from payments made by local councils to businesses which provide such...
4 Jan at 6 PM

Do expats make New Year resolutions

New Year, New Me is a tradition which takes place all over the world just after midnight on January 1, but do expats still take it seriously? Even for those who decide they’re fine as they are and don’t want to change, New Year’s resolutions creep into their heads soon after the Christmas festivities finish. All-time favourites such...
2 Jan at 6 PM

Dubai VAT tax spurs expat budget plans

Residents and expat in Dubai are counting the dirhams and becoming budget conscious after Monday’s five per cent VAT implementation. VAT of just five per cent may sound like a very small sum, but totalling up the amount due on a month’s purchases can result in an unpleasant shock for those unused to budgeting. Expats and residents...
2 Jan at 6 PM

British expats in Hong Kong blamed for debauchery in former British colony

Hong Kong’s world reputation as a gateway to the treasures of the Orient was formed almost two centuries ago, but recent reports suggest it’s now dedicated to sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll due to the influence and activities of British expats. Some 30,000 Brits now call the island archipelago their home, and are being accused of...
2 Jan at 6 PM

Expats heading for UK warned over rental property scam

Expats planning their arrival in the UK by renting a property in advance are being warned about a new scam involving fake landlords. The fraudulent scheme is being operated through the classified ads website Gumtree, and is aimed at foreigners planning to come to the UK on a semi-permanent or permanent basis. Advertisements offering...
1 Jan at 6 PM

Expat craft brewers in Oz reject market domination by Big Beer

The expat owners of an independent craft beer brewery in Australia are determined to go on giving their customers what they want rather then giving in to international brewing giants. Both expat and Australian beer-drinkers love the limited-run, full-flavoured craft beers offered by small, independent breweries, but the breweries...
1 Jan at 6 PM

Reverse culture shock hits expats returning from France

British expats at present living in France and considering returning to the UK because of Brexit should take reverse culture shock into consideration before making up their minds. The internet holds a huge number of pages describing expats’ experiences of culture shock once they’ve emigrated overseas, but there’s not much outside...
1 Jan at 6 PM

Brit expats and tourists hiring Spanish cars to face terrorism checks by police

All British nationals in Spain, including resident expats, will need to have their personal data examined by Spanish police when hiring cars. New proposals put forward by the Spanish government contain instructions to car hire companies on the compulsory registration of British expats and visitors looking to hire vehicles. Car rental...
31 Jan at 6 PM

Hints on the Australian working culture for confused expats

Australia may well share a language with UK and US expats, but its working culture might take some time to understand. Business ethics in other cultures are often a real challenge for newly-arrived expat professionals, especially when the spoken language is unfamiliar. However, Australia’s strong links with the West and its use of its...
31 Jan at 6 PM

MEP taskforce updated to include both EU and UK expats

In a follow-up to an article last week about an EU MEP’s plan to set up a parliamentary cross-party taskforce, a major French expat newspaper is now detailing the initiative's progress. Sophie in’t Veld, deputy leader of an EU parliamentary group, mooted the taskforce due to her concerns about the harsh treatment by the Home Office of...
31 Jan at 6 PM

Research shows numbers of UK expats in EU overestimated

Recently released research by the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows the number of British citizens living in Europe has been overestimated. A total of 890,000 Brits are at present living in other European Union member states as against a former estimate by the United Nations of around 1.2 million. At the same time, nationals...
30 Jan at 6 PM

Disenchanted Americans head for the good life in Belize

As American interest in alternatives to continuing living in the USA continues to grow, Belize is increasingly being seen as the perfect expat destination. The Caribbean island formerly known as British Honduras is becoming even more popular with refugees from an increasingly divided America. Along with all the usual attractions including...
30 Jan at 6 PM

New Zealand is favourite for footloose US citizens

New Zealand’s spectacular natural beauty is tempting would-be expatriates to leave the USA and change their lives. Spurred on by Silicone Valley billionaire Peter Thiel’s decision to become a Kiwi citizen after purchasing a magnificent lakeside estate, Americans who dislike the way their country seems to be heading are upping sticks...
30 Jan at 6 PM

US expats in Mexico at risk from Trump policies

American expats living in Mexico could be caught in retaliatory action by the Mexican government should Trump tax imports and remittances to pay for his wall. Three members of Mexico’s parliamentary Congress are putting forward a scheme which would result in US expat properties being confiscated or made subject to liens should Trump's...
27 Jan at 6 PM

Myanmar draft laws covering foreigners cause concern for expats

Two new draft laws affecting foreigners living and working in Myanmar are causing fear and trepidation in the country’s growing expat community. The laws are expected to be presented as priorities by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population and the Factory and General Labour Law Department once Myanmar’s upcoming...
27 Jan at 6 PM

EU taskforce to investigate plight of EU expats applying for UK residency

Following media coverage of bureaucratic nightmares caused to EU citizens applying for UK residency, the issue will come under investigation by a European Union cross-party taskforce. The move, by the EU parliament’s liberal group deputy leader Sophie in’t Veld, will examine harsh treatment by the British authorities of EU expats...
27 Jan at 6 PM

Expats in China embrace Chinese New Year customs and traditions

Chinese traditions and superstitions connected with the New Year celebrations are fascinating and fun, with many expats joining in the festivities. The customs connected with the Chinese New Year go back several thousands of years, and the festival itself causes the world’s largest migration as millions and millions of Chinese travel to...
26 Jan at 6 PM

Final salary pension transfer boost good news for expat retirees

Would-be expats transferring from a final salary scheme are getting some 40 per cent more than in 2015 due to falls in gilt yields and interest rates. Would-be expats transferring from a final salary scheme are getting some 40 per cent more than in 2015 due to falls in gilt yields and interest rates. Final salary pensions, also known...
26 Jan at 6 PM

Australia targets Ireland with new Working Holiday Visa package.

Australia has launched an appeal to younger Irish nationals to consider up to two years’ stay in the country on a Working Holiday visa package. Once a popular way for Irish citizens to experience Australia in the longer term, the Working Holiday Visa scheme has declined in popularity over the last few years. In 2011/12, successful...
26 Jan at 6 PM

Spanish PM cites financial disaster of Brexit linked expat and tourism losses

The reality of Brexit is hitting hard on the Spanish prime minister as he foresees the massive financial loss to the country should expats leave and tourists stay at home. Speaking to the media at a news conference in Madrid, PM Mariano Rajoy stated Brexit is a critical threat to Spain, as its impact on the 17 million British tourists and...
25 Jan at 6 PM

Expat teachers in Kuwait giving private tuition risk being sacked

Expat teachers on contract to Kuwaiti education facilities are now risking the sack if they offer private tuition without Education Ministry approval. According to the ministry’s undersecretary Haytham al Athari, the full force of the law will be applied to contracted teachers and lecturers giving private, out-of-hours tuition. In a...
25 Jan at 6 PM

Brit expats using local heathcare far outstrip NHS use by EU expats

Despite fashionable media claims that EU expats are clogging up the NHS, recent research has proved the opposite is true. It seems ‘fake news’ is as rampant in the UK as it’s claimed to be in the USA. British readers of the populist right-wing media have long been treated to scare stories about EU expats’ burden on the...
25 Jan at 6 PM

Supreme Court ruling gives hope to UK and EU expats

Although the Supreme Court’s ruling isn’t a ‘get out of jail free’ card for worried UK expats, it at least confirms parliament’s right to a role in the Brexit progression. Basically, the judgement simply blocks Theresa May from triggering Article 50 until proper parliamentary scrutiny and a vote have taken place. Representatives...
24 Jan at 6 PM

Brit expat finds rescue dogs shot dead and horse injured in overnight attack

The British expat owner of a Spanish farm woke to find her five rescue dogs shot dead and her horse with its eye gouged out in an horrific attack. Illona Mitchell bought her Spanish estate in 2004 after emigrating to the country with her young daughter, and was using part of the land as an animal rescue centre. The 173 acre farm in the...
24 Jan at 6 PM

Huge increase in US expat destination searches since Trump election

A massive 105 per cent jump in searches for expat destinations by US citizens seems to confirm anti-Trump voters’ determination to leave the USA. InternationalLiving.com is one of the most popular websites for information about emigration, with more than a million would-be expats every month logging on to compare destinations. According...
24 Jan at 6 PM

Expat startup in China wins prize in Startup Leadership Programme contest

A new online initiative by expats in China hopes to provide classified advertisement services to the entire foreign community. Foreign startups in China are not new, neither is the increasing number of expatriates heading for the country’s untapped opportunities. Focusing on the present expat population of around 600,000 is a smart move...
23 Jan at 6 PM

The real truth about Brit expats in France

France has long been a favourite destination for Brits looking to change their lives via emigration, but stereotyped expat communities are decidedly not the norm in the land of wine and fabulous food. Misconceptions about expatriate behaviours and perceptions are normal wherever foreign residents hang their hats, with France no exception...
23 Jan at 6 PM

Brit government hikes Qatar terrorism threat level

Expats and foreign visitors in Qatar are being urged by the UK government to stay alert after the emirate’s terrorism threat level was raised to ‘likely’. Prior to the update, Qatar’s rating as regards the likelihood of terrorist attacks fell in the General category, indicating ‘some level of known terrorist activity’. The...
23 Jan at 6 PM

Expats worldwide join 600 anti Trump Womens Marches

In perhaps the largest mass protest the world has ever seen, an estimated two million plus women, their partners and children marched against Trump in over 60 countries. In a multinational rejection of Trump’s stance on womens’ rights, immigrants, multiculturalism, racism and pacifism, as many as 2.2 million people took to the streets...
20 Jan at 6 PM

Furious Brits in freezing Alicante demand reinstatement of winter fuel allowance

Following the dramatic big freeze and snowfalls across Southern Spain, British expat pensioners are demanding the UK government reconsider the removal of their £300 winter fuel allowance. Earlier this week, the normally sun-drenched retirement hub of Alicante was a snow-covered, freezing resort reminiscent of the worst of the UK’s...
20 Jan at 6 PM

Vietnam rated as best low cost SE Asian country for expat professionals

Vietnam and its capital Hanoi are increasingly rated as not only the cheapest Southeast Asian destination for expats, but also as a great place to grow a new career. Although the relocation process itself isn’t exactly inexpensive, once you’ve arrived to start your new life you’ll find the cost of living is far cheaper than the vast...
20 Jan at 6 PM

EU citizens in UK to fight for post Brexit residency law

A protest group formed by French expats is preparing to campaign for a new law giving protected rights to all EU expatriates in the UK. Marketing executive Nicholas Hatton is spearheading the group’s efforts to end what he calls ‘xenophobic rhetoric’ by forcing British MPs to grant permanent residency to all EU expats settled in...
19 Jan at 6 PM

Expats in sunny Spain wake up to big freeze

As the predicted big freeze finally reached Spain, UK expats in Andalucía and even the holiday island of Majorca woke up to snowy vistas reminiscent of the British winter. Although snow and sub-freezing temperatures had been predicted for a week, the heavy snowfalls across the south of Spain came as a shock to UK expats who’d relocated...
19 Jan at 6 PM

UK state pensioners in France terrified over more exchange rate falls

With the pound sterling forecast to sink even lower as the triggering of Article 50 draws nearer, Brit expats in France are fearing the worst. Theresa May’s long-awaited Brexit speech on Tuesday did nothing to allay the fears of British expats living in France on their UK state pensions. The PM’s continuing emphasis on a hard Brexit...
19 Jan at 6 PM

UK expats in Spain urge MP select committee to protect their rights

British nationals living in Spain and other EU member states have told British MPs a speedy gesture is needed to prevent their losing everything. Representatives from the Bremain in Spain group together with other campaigners for the right to remain spoke yesterday with members of a parliamentary select committee about their fears for...
18 Jan at 6 PM

Are expats in Kuwait being used as scapegoats

Since the New Kuwaiti parliament was sworn in some two months ago, its entire focus is being seen as scapegoating expats in the emirate rather than debating other concerns. Expat professionals working in Kuwait are uneasy about the seeming concentration on expat levels as against the numbers of Kuwaiti nationals. The expat author of an...
18 Jan at 6 PM

FEDs reject simplifying FATCA tax reporting for US expats

US expats in communities across the globe are unhappy about the US Treasury Department’s decision not to ease FATCA tax return reporting requirements by adopting same country exemption. One of the most burdensome requirements for US expats living abroad is the annual compulsory compliance with FATCA as regards their US tax liabilities....
18 Jan at 6 PM

US expats across Europe to hold Womens Marches against Trump

Inspired by the upcoming massive Womens’ March in Washington scheduled for the day after the inauguration, expat US citizens across Europe are holding their own versions. Spanish marches are being held in Madrid, Barcelona, Grenada and Valencia, beginning with Inauguration Day protests in Valencia and Madrid. Barcelona and Grenada’s...
17 Jan at 6 PM

Nationwide International closure narrows expats offshore bank choice

Nationwide International, the offshore branch of the well-known high street chain, will close some time in the summer. The closure of the offshore bank is certain to hit thousands of expats, as the brand is popular with retirees living overseas as well as expat workers. Shutting down of customer accounts is already in progress, giving...
17 Jan at 6 PM

EU expats in UK at risk of deliberate government hostility post Brexit

Leading immigration lawyers are sending a disturbing message suggesting possible deliberate governmental hostility to EU citizens living and working in Britain after Brexit. According to the Guardian, an immigration specialist lawyer with London firm Kingsley Napley is suggesting the possibility of a nightmare scenario for expats in the UK...
17 Jan at 6 PM

Kuwaiti MP demands special debate over increasing expat numbers

A Kuwaiti opposition MP is to demand a special debate on the demographic dangers resulting from the high level of expat numbers in the emirate. Opposition MP Abdulkarim al Kandari is collecting signatures from other MPs in order to force a debate on the so-called dangers of allowing an ever-increasing number of expats to enter the...
16 Jan at 6 PM

Student video defines expat reasons for loving Thailand

An award-winning video depicting Thai university students’ views of why expats come to Thailand is causing smiles amd a few raised eyebrows within the country’s expat community. The group of five Communication Arts students from Lampang’s Nation University won the coveted 50,000 Thai baht prize in a government-sponsored competition...
16 Jan at 6 PM

Expats watch and hope as more Brexit legal challenges are launched

Courts in Ireland and the British high court are set to hear two fresh challenges to Brexit as it's being put forward by Theresa May and her cronies. Expats are following the chaotic government manoeuvres and the various attempts to either reverse the referendum result or ameliorate its effects on their lives. The two latest challenges...
16 Jan at 6 PM

Scottish expats work to feed refugees in freezing Budapest

The severe cold weather in Europe is hitting hardest on refugees and the homeless, but a group of Scottish expats are doing their best to help. Dozens have already died in the life-threatening -19 Celsius freeze, many of whom were refugees from the Middle East or homeless Hungarians. Unable to watch the suffering without attempting to do...
13 Jan at 6 PM

New study offers clues to successful expat hirings

A new study has identified which character traits are common to expats with successful careers overseas. Many professionals and entrepreneurs are keen to try their luck as expats in countries across the world, but many don’t succeed and are forced to return to their home countries for a rethink. A recent study has identified the...
13 Jan at 6 PM

Tremlett petition may give hope to long term UK expats in Spain

Long-term British expats in Spain are watching in hope that Giles Tremlett’s efforts on their behalf will succeed. As the information-starved Brexit saga rumbles on, British expats living in Spain are stuck in no-man’s land with no-one to turn to for answers. Long-term Brit residents originally came to EU member state Spain with the...
13 Jan at 6 PM

Can UK expats rely on state pension to cover bills

The UK state pension is one the most ungenerous in the developed world, forcing many British retirees to relocate in order to take advantage of lower costs of living elsewhere in Europe or Asia. Taking into account that UK pensions are frozen unless the relocation is to countries whose governments have an agreement with the UK, even those...
12 Jan at 6 PM

Expats make a difference for Estepona stray dogs

A dedicated team of expat dog-lovers are working together to rehabilitate and rehome Estepona’s stray dogs. Spain is just one of several Mediterranean countries with a stray dog problem, a situation which causes distress to UK expats who’ve been brought up with the saying ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’. As a result,...
12 Jan at 6 PM

UAE expats rush to relocate currency as pound falls again

Following yet another fall in the value of sterling on Wednesday, British expats working in the UAE rushed to transfer funds back to the UK. Sterling fell a further 0.7 per cent against the US dollar, the local currency to which the dollar is pegged, starting a rush by UK expats to send even more money back home and causing remittance...
12 Jan at 6 PM

British expat retirees not responsible for failing NHS

In spite of the perceived wisdom that elderly Brit expats are wrecking the NHS, aided and abetted by EU pensioners living in the UK, figures show the vast majority use heathcare provided by their countries of residence. Using numbers provided via a freedom of information request, the BBC has published an article with figures proving that...
11 Jan at 6 PM

Expats in UAE to undergo criminal record checks

The UAE parliament is expected to make a favourable decision regarding the need for expatriate workers to undergo criminal record checks. Security checks for criminal records are about to become the norm for expats working in the UAE after the scheme was approved in principle by the emirates’ cabinet. The move is believed to be a result...
11 Jan at 6 PM

Anti Brexit movement ramping up in the UK and abroad

As parliament dithers and no clarification has yet been received on the Supreme Court’s judgement, resistance to Brexit as a done deal is growing in the UK as well as in British expat communities across Europe. As protest groups continue forming in major European expat destinations, EU expats living in the UK are getting together in...
11 Jan at 6 PM

Exiting EU Committee to hear rights retention arguments from expat group

January 18 will see the formal recognition of a group fighting for Brit expats’ rights after Brexit when their evidence is given to the Exiting EU Committee. The committee, chaired by MP Hilary Benn, will hear that UK expats in Spain are living in fear of Brexit’s effects on their lives. According to the Olive Press, the Madrid-based...
10 Jan at 6 PM

Kuwaiti MP hits out at expat right to change employers

Expat professionals working in Kuwait are under attack again regarding their right to change employers and residence permits. Kuwaiti MP Mubarak al Hajraf is being quoted in the Arab Times as attacking his government for not nationalising the jobs market as a tool to assist Kuwaitization of the workforce. Other oil-producing states are,...
10 Jan at 6 PM

Austrian idiosyncrasies and their effects on expats

In general, expats in Austria are more than happy to be there, but some local habits can cause frustration in the overseas community. Expats across the world are the first to admit that nowhere’s perfect, with those living in Austria finding the locals welcoming, helpful and supportive. Even so, some Austrian habits can cause...
10 Jan at 6 PM

Lifestyle changes for expats in Italy

Italy’s ancient culture is one of the many reasons why it’s popular with long-stay expats, but living the Italian dream can result in serious lifestyle changes. Italy is a draw for many would-be expats disenchanted with their countries of origin, with its milder weather, ancient history, wealth of delicious foods and laidback lifestyle...
9 Jan at 6 PM

Expats and retirees paid in sterling feel exchange rate pinch

The shocking decline in the value of the pound sterling against major currencies is hitting UK expat pensioners as well as expats working overseas and being paid in sterling. The majority of UK expats are either retirees drawing pensions originating in the UK or professionals working on overseas contracts including sterling payments. Both...
9 Jan at 6 PM

Expats in Kuwait to face huge heathcare cost increases

Kuwait’s unenviable position as one of the least satisfactory destinations for expats is about to get even worse as the government announces massive increases in heathcare costs. According to the Kuwait Times and other English language media, heathcare charges are to be increased by up to 500 per cent, beginning in mid-February. The...
9 Jan at 6 PM

China may phase out non native speaker expat English teachers

Following its testing late last year of a three-tier work permit system, China is looking to rid itself of non-native English language teachers. The new three-tier system, at present on trial in Beijing Shanghai, Tianjin and other major cities, classifies expat workers into three classes of expat, A, B and C. The rules include a...
6 Jan at 6 PM

Best destinations for expat heathcare at the right price

For many expats weighing up the pros and cons of a particular country, the quality and cost of healthcare is one of the most important aspects. Affordable, quality heathcare is one of the most important aspects of expat life for older professionals looking for an overseas position, retirees seeking the perfect location and expats with...
6 Jan at 6 PM

Vietnam scores in expat survey for salaries and lifestyle

A recent survey shows Vietnam has overtaken Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand as a popular destination for expat professionals. The most recent Expat Explorer survey’s Vietnam result may come as a surprise to many would-be expats who’ve not even considered it as a destination, but the Southeast Asian country is now ranked at 28th in...
6 Jan at 6 PM

Man born in Britain to EU expat parents refused British passport

A 32-year old man born to German parents living in London has been refused a British passport and will have to take a UK citizenship test in order to stay. Given recent media revelations about Home Office chaos over EU citizens’ permanent residency applications, the present plight of Dom Wolf perhaps should not come as a surprise, even...
5 Jan at 6 PM

Kuwait to increase health charges for expats

Following a study of health service fees, the Kuwait ministry of health is due to announce increased health charges for expats in the emirate. The recent study reviewed expat health service charges with the aim of aligning them more closely to the actual costs, with the result that charges will now be set at an increased level affordable...
5 Jan at 6 PM

Expats providing UK temporary care defend their rights and motivations

Following reports in the UK media that unqualified British expats are taking on highly paid temp jobs in UK care homes, long-term expats in the programme are denying there’s any scandal. Expats who’ve been involved in the scheme are fighting back against what they claim is unfair misrepresentation a regards their previous experience...
5 Jan at 6 PM

US expats in Mexico fear anti-American sentiment

The Trump campaign’s concentration on offensive anti-Mexican rhetoric is causing long-stay US expats in the country to reconsider their futures. Around a million US citizens live south of their home country’s borders in Mexico, making up the largest concentration of American expats anywhere in the world. Many are long-stayers, many...
4 Jan at 6 PM

New Year finance resolutions for expats in UAE

Everyone’s favourite New Year resolution is to get richer than in the previous year, but it’s essential to set in place rules and regulations to make it come true. According to Gulf New’s Money page, personal debt via borrowing is at a high level in the UAE’s expat community. Consumer loan totals are soaring, making personal...
4 Jan at 6 PM

Tips for expats searching for a dream home in France

Dealing with French property agencies doesn’t have to be stressful for newbie expats looking for their dream home. If there’s one thing that’s absolutely certain about France, it’s that the French have their very own way of doing things which doesn't resemble the familiar British norms in any way. For expats searching for their...
4 Jan at 6 PM

Is Singapore worth the effort for expats

Due to its recent rating as the 16th most expensive world destinations for expat professionals, Singapore’s reputation as a hub for the good life may be at risk. When it comes down to choosing a country which delivers the perfect expat professional environment, earnings versus expenses are a prime consideration. Those on expatriate...
3 Jan at 6 PM

Koh Samui expats risk lives to rescue drowning tourists

Four expats living on Thailand’s holiday island of Koh Samui risked their own lives on New Year’s Day to rescue two tourists from heavy seas and strong undercurrents. Koh Samui is justly famous for its stunning natural beauty, sandy beaches and seductive, warm waters. However, in common with many beaches worldwide, rip-currents and...
3 Jan at 6 PM

Expats in Turkey fear growing anti-Westerner sentiment

Following the latest terror attack in Istanbul, many expats in Turkey are beginning to be afraid that anti-westerner sentiment is escalating. Many foreigners living in Turkey are now checking online every time an attack is reported to see if expats have been injured or killed. Last year, terror attacks across the country by extremist...
3 Jan at 6 PM

Survey shows UAE still tops for career minded expats

Expats determined to further their careers should still head for the UAE, according to the latest survey by HSBC. Regarded as the best expat destination for successful careers in Asia and the Middle East, the UAE is also the fourth best in the world for salaries, relocation benefits packages and overall lifestyle.UAE-based responders to...
2 Jan at 6 PM

LMIM ponzi scheme boss gets away with it in Oz civil court

Founder of LM Investment Management Peter Drake has walked free from an Australian federal court after being cleared of wrongdoing. Charges against Drake were brought by Australia’s Securities and Investments Commission after the April 2013 collapse of what has been described as an ‘elaborate Ponzi scheme’ by advisors to the 1,200...
2 Jan at 6 PM

New Years Honour medals given to two British expats in Spain

This year’s Queen Elizabeth New Year Honours list contained two British expats in Spain who’ve contributed extraordinary service during their working lives. Former editor of a leading English language newspaper Liz Parry was awarded the British Empire medal for her services to the UK expat community in Andalusia, and former president...
2 Jan at 6 PM

Brit expats in Europe rush for UK temp jobs as carers

Thousands of UK expats on hard times due to the sterling crash are flying home to take two-week job as carers in British care homes. According to an investigation by the Telegraph, cash-strapped Brits are being taken on part-time and left in charge of elderly people suffering from dementia, learning difficulties and other illnesses common...
30 Jan at 4 PM

Number of Swiss outside the country continues to rise

The number of Swiss expats increased to nearly 750,000 in 2014, an increase of two per cent from the previous year. Some 14,276 Swiss citizens left the country last year, taking the official total living abroad to 746,885, according to the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The number also includes Swiss nationals working at embassies...
30 Jan at 2 PM

Asian expat in trouble after submitting fake degree to Qatar authorities

An Asian expat faces three years in jail in Qatar after forging an engineering degree in order to change his profession. A criminal court sentenced the Bangladeshi man to three years in prison in absentia for submitting a fake engineering degree from a Bangladeshi university. The man also forged the seal of the Embassy of Bangladesh in...
29 Jan at 12 PM

DeVere introduces mortgage advice sector for expats

DeVere Group has launched a special mortgage division for expats after increased demand from clients who live overseas. The independently-run sector, DeVere Mortgages, will offer advice on properties abroad, buy-to-let equity release and tax optimisation from rental income. The group said it wants to increase its mortgage-related business...
29 Jan at 9 AM

Myanmar to publish expat census in March

Myanmar is due to release a census of the number of citizens living abroad in March, announced the Ministry of Immigration and Population’s Myint Kyaing. Kyaing, the director-general of the ministry’s Population Department, revealed that they had completed the census in Myanmar and were now carrying out a study on the number of...
27 Jan at 6 PM

Expat celebrate Australia Day by becoming citizens

Almost 16,000 immigrants in Australia became citizens of the country on Australia Day, which was celebrated across the nation on 26 January. As ceremonies took place all across the nation, Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke to one group of new nationals in the capital Canberra, telling them that by moving to the country they had voted with...
27 Jan at 3 PM

Former Sky worker turned fighting for her life in Caribbean

Ex-Sky TV worker Kate Clayton is fighting for her life after being involved in a car crash on the island of Grand Cayman in the Caribbean. Thirty-year-old Clayton, who moved to the Caymans in December 2013 to become a diving instructor, has been left in a coma after suffering severe injuries when she lost control of her 4x4 Jeep Wrangler...
26 Jan at 6 PM

Expat bachelors in Manama face segregation

Single foreign workers in the Bahraini capital Manama will be forced to reside in set areas because of the number of complaints received about them harassing local women and families among other things. The Capital Trustees Board came up with the proposal after expat labourers have increasingly been accused of harassment, trespassing and...
26 Jan at 2 PM

Copenhagen and Bern lead the way in expat liveability index

Copenhagen and Bern are the easiest places for Europeans to relocate to, according to a new index by ECA International. The organisation, which advises firms on posting workers on foreign assignments, evaluated more than 450 locations across the world. Among the things it evaluated were: the lifestyle on offer in a city; the availability...
23 Jan at 12 PM

Greek expats angered at voting exclusion

Greeks abroad have admitted their frustration at not being allowed to vote as the southern European nation gears up for its general elections. Electoral regulations state that expats can only cast their ballots if they return home to do so, which for many is not possible. In the Belgian capital, Brussels, there are an estimated 20,000...
23 Jan at 9 AM

Singapore tops the list of best place for expats

Singapore has once again claimed top spot in the world’s most liveable city for expats in the latest list published by ECA International. ECA International’s regional director for Asia, Lee Quane, explained that among the factors that led to Singapore taking top spot were solid infrastructure, good quality air, low crime, decent...
22 Jan at 4 PM

Canadian expat missing ‘under strange circumstances’ in Costa Rica

Police in Costa Rica are investigating the disappearance of a missing Canadian native, announced the Canadian embassy and Central American country’s Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). Police discovered an abandoned vehicle with its roadside doors left open along Route 32 on Tuesday evening. Upon further investigation, they found that...
22 Jan at 2 PM

Expats demanding winter fuel allowance show proof of wintry conditions

Thousands of UK expats across the Europe are campaigning to ensure their winter fuel payments are not scrapped, and many have now taken to sending photos to show just how cold conditions are in the countries they live in during the winter months. Under a new government proposal, expats living in Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, France, Malta,...
22 Jan at 12 PM

Expat Sri Lankans win the right to vote

Sri Lankans living overseas will now be permitted to vote in their country’s polls in further changes made under President Maithripala’s Sirisena’s new regime. The last Sri Lankan elections were held on 8 January, but expatriates, of whom there are an estimated 1.7 million, were not allowed to cast their ballots. However, under...
22 Jan at 10 AM

New Zealand expat dies on British mountain

A New Zealand expat in the UK has been found dead on a mountain after being missing for several days. Michael Flanagan, originally from Napier in New Zealand, told hotel staff in Windermere, around 130kms north of Manchester, he was going for a walk two weeks ago and never returned. Cumbria Police confirmed they had found Mr...
20 Jan at 4 PM

Voting referendum ‘unlikely’ this year for Irish expats

A referendum on whether to allow Irish expatriates the right to vote in general elections is unlikely to take place this year, according to Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan. The Cabinet was scheduled discuss holding a referendum on the matter before Christmas, but it has yet to do so, confirmed Deehinan. The minister said...
20 Jan at 3 PM

Suvarnabhumi Airport bans overcharging taxi driver after Japanese expat rant

Bangkok’s main international airport has banned a taxi driver from picking up passengers and revoked his registration with the facility after he admitted flat-charging a Japanese expatriate. The cabbie, Chaiyan Charoensopha, was told he would no longer be allowed to operate at Suvarnabhumi Airport after he refused to turn on his meter...
19 Jan at 4 PM

Iran footballers warned about posing for selfies with expatriate women in Australia

Iranian footballers have been warned about posing for selfies with female fans at the Asian Cup finals in Australia. Australia is home to around 70,000 expats from Iran, and the buzz about the three-time Asian champions playing in the country has drawn many fans, male and female, to the stadiums to cheer them on. However, in Iran,...
19 Jan at 4 PM

Saudi urges authorities to allow his regnant Indonesian wife to stay

A Saudi Arabian man has pleaded with authorities to grant his pregnant Indonesian wife a residency permit rather than deport her. Amro Muhammad Kurdi wed his wife eight years ago and the couple have one daughter. The woman, who is now seven months pregnant with their second child, has never had a residency permit for the Gulf...
16 Jan at 12 PM

Indonesia: Bahasa test to be introduced for expat workers

The Indonesian government has proposed that expatriates in the country should have to master the Bahasa language before being granted work permits. At the beginning of the year, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri announced that the Test of Indonesia as a Foreign Language exam was being drawn up and that expat workers would soon be required to...
16 Jan at 9 AM

Bermuda adds Italian channels to ExPat TV

Italians living in Bermuda will now be able to watch TV shows and listen to radio programmes from their homeland for the first time, announced the island nation’s ExPat TV. The television station already features dozens of UK channels such as BBC, ITV and a number of popular Sky channels as well as ones from the US, Germany, Greece,...
15 Jan at 9 AM

Indian expatriates granted the right to vote

The Indian government has told the country’s Supreme Court that it has accepted a proposal to allow Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to vote in polls via e-post ballot, meaning that Indian expatriates are now likely to become influential in their home country’s politics. Around 10 million NRI’s will be affected by the ruling, which Abu...
14 Jan at 4 PM

British expat pensioners in Cyprus fighting to keep winter fuel allowance

British expat pensioners in the Mediterranean nation of Cyprus are fighting tooth and nail to keep their winter fuel benefits after a proposal to take the allowance away from them due to the climate they live in was tabled. The UK government is considering taking winter fuel allowances away from pensioners from 2015-16 if the country they...
14 Jan at 12 PM

British expat woman found dead and buried in Portugal villa

A British woman living in Portugal has been found dead and buried in the garden of her Portuguese villa. The expat, identified only as Brenda, 72, had been living with her boyfriend in Alcalar, Portimao, in the Algarve, but was reported missing by her son in the UK when he became worried after not having any contact with her for a couple...
13 Jan at 4 PM

Spain: British expats wanted for ‘underpaid’ property tax

British expats who have purchased property in Spain at reduced prices in recent years may be told they have to make back payments on tax bills. Authorities in the Iberian country are currently looking thousands of property sales from the past four years and working out whether the costs were knocked down in order to make the sales....
13 Jan at 2 PM

Filipino expat in Saudi Arabia handed seven-year prison sentence for murder

A Qatari court has sentenced a Filipino expatriate to seven years in jail after finding him guilty of murdering one of his compatriots. The court has also told the man to pay QR200,000 in blood money to the victim’s family after the death sentence was waived. The man has appealed the judgment and the case has been adjourned till 23...
9 Jan at 9 AM

Indonesia union refuses to work with Saudi recruitment offices

An Indonesian expatriates union has said it will not work with Saudi Arabian recruitments offices, opting to work only with larger companies, in order to ensure expats from the Southeast Asian nation receive the rights they consider they are entitled to. The move has yet to be confirmed by the Indonesian government so, at present, it...
8 Jan at 2 PM

Expats to benefit from new British school in Thailand

Foreigners living in Thailand are expected to benefit from a new British International school that is to open on the outskirts of Bangkok. With the number of students worldwide between the ages of three and 18 enrolling in international schools increasing from 3.3 million in May 2013 to 3.6 million in just 12 months, analysts say that more...
8 Jan at 10 AM

Remittances from Egyptian expats equate to three times Suez Canal revenues

The amount of money expatriate Egyptians send home is equal to three times the revenue earned by the Suez Canal, according to the World Bank’s director of migration and remittances Dilip Ratha. Egyptians send home around US$20bn annually, with Ratha revealing that the figure had doubled more than once in the past four or five years. He...
7 Jan at 4 PM

Oslo most expensive European city for expats

The Norwegian capital Oslo has been ranked as the most expensive city in Europe for expats to live in, according to a recent cost of living survey. The latest rankings, compiled by ECA International, did not feature any cities in neighbouring Sweden in the top 30, most likely because of the weakening of the Krona. ECA conducts cost of...
7 Jan at 10 AM

Ecuador tops list of retirement havens

The South American nation of Ecuador has been ranked the best place to retire abroad, with Latin American countries dominating the list. The International Living magazine’s Annual Global Retirement Index looked at factors such as cost of living, healthcare and climate in ranking a total of 25 popular countries among expat retirees on the...
6 Jan at 12 PM

Oman scraps expat tax plan

The Gulf state of Oman has abandoned plans to levy a tax on remittances sent home by expat workers, reports local media. Last November, the country’s Shura Council said that the government tax on remittances foreign employees sent to their families should be set at two per cent in order to ease the mounting pressure on the troubled state...
6 Jan at 9 AM

US expat in Switzerland abandons citizenship mission after 43 years

A US expat who has been living in Switzerland for 43 years says he has finally given up hope of become a citizen of the country. Seventy-six-year-old Irving Dunn, formerly a professor at the landlocked country’s top university, explained that he was abandoning his second citizenship application because he would have to fork out 3,100...
5 Jan at 11 AM

Sri Lankan expat workers must show passports before casting vote

Migrant workers from Sri Lanka who are returning to the country for the elections will be made to show their passports and National Identity Cards (NICs) before being allowed to cast their votes, announced an elections official. By showing their passports, officials will be able to determine the date and time migrant workers returned to...
5 Jan at 9 AM

PNG: Expat businessman found dead in Lae

An expatriate businessman in Papua New Guinea’s industrial city of Lae has been found dead in his home, and an investigation into a possible murder is underway. The Singaporean man, who owned the Morobe Stationary Company and has been identified only as Tan, was discovered at his home in the suburb of Eriku on Saturday morning. He had...
3 Jan at 4 PM

Saudi Arabia: Expat held at hospital over failure to pay bill

An expat was temporarily detained at a Saudi Arabian hospital for failing to pay his medical bill, before being allowed to leave after the Department of Health Affairs intervened. Muddathir Ibrahim, whose total bill came to SR100,000, said he went to the private hospital in Madinah as he felt fatigued, and two days, when his condition...
3 Jan at 2 PM

Top expats staying longer than ever before in UAE

Executive expats are staying up to twice as long in the UAE even though the economy is improving in the West and salary increases in the Gulf state are “modest”, according to recruitment companies. In 2013, senior professionals’ average stay rose to four and a half years – nearly twice as long as the number recorded in 2007, said...
1 Jan at 12 PM

German expat engineers killed in Nigeria

Two German expatriate workers have been shot dead in Nigeria while travelling on a motorbike without security, reports German media. The men, said to be in their mid-thirties and mid-fifties and from the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, worked with Nigerian construction giant Julius Berger, which bases its international...
1 Jan at 10 AM

Pakistani expat beheaded in Saudi for drug trafficking

A Pakistani expat has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of heroin smuggling, announced authorities from the kingdom. Sadruddin Saeedullah Khan, who became the 13th Pakistani to be executed for drug smuggling in Saudi Arabia since mid-October, was beheaded in the province of Makkah on Wednesday. The Interior Ministry said...
31 Jan at 6 PM

UK state pension changes and missold annuities to leave widows in penury

UK financial regulators are closing their eyes to the plight of widows after the projected state pension changes in 2016. Hundreds of thousands of women are being condemned to die in abject poverty due to state pension changes and the actions of unprincipled FAs who fail to advise correctly on annuities. The City is fully aware of the as...
31 Jan at 6 PM

British FCO wants to hear expat opinions of consular services

Better late than never might be the expat reaction to a UK government watchdog’s request for opinions on embassy and consular services overseas. Britons who’ve fallen foul of police, immigration officers, local violence, scams and more and have asked local embassies or consulates for help have being asked to submit their experiences...
30 Jan at 6 PM

Cypriot government throws lifeline to desperate expat homeowners

Tens of thousands of expat homeowners in Cyprus who are facing the loss of their homes and financial ruin due to fraudulent developers are to be given hope by the government. Cyprus is still struggling with managing its massive bailout, and its economy as yet is showing no signs of recovery. However, after years of ignoring the scandal...
30 Jan at 6 PM

British expats in UAE found support group to help divorced or separated women

After becoming aware that divorce and separation was affecting a growing number of married expats, two Dubai-Based teachers have started a support group to help desperate women start over. Fiona Cameron and Anne Prince, themselves the victims of broken relationships, decided to start the Leaving Dubai group after they became aware that...
29 Jan at 6 PM

Chinese and Russian property investors pricing expat investors out of the market

Wealthy Chinese, Singaporean and Russian property investors are beating expat investors to the best buys in major world capitals. With more millionaires than in any country except the USA, and a rapidly expanding number of would-be migrants, it’s no surprise that nowadays the Chinese are the most sought-out property investors in the...
29 Jan at 6 PM

Expat professionals searching for UAE positions facing new challenges

After some years of being the destination of choice or high-flying expat professionals, the jobs market in the UAE is due to become less foreigner-friendly and more complex. The seven-principality United Arab Emirates has long been a hub for white-collar expat professionals looking for high salaries and a boost to their CVs. However,...
28 Jan at 6 PM

Survey reveals UK pensioners would vote for a party willing to unfreeze expat pensions

A recent survey has shown welcome support for expat pensioners overseas who are struggling to manage on their frozen pensions. The study’s results revealed that state pensioners living in the UK would vote for a political party which promised to unfreeze overseas pensions. The OnePoll survey, conducted on behalf of the International...
28 Jan at 6 PM

Dubai plans retirement homes for expats as well as Emiratis

As part of a scheme aimed at increasing the number of medical tourists to Dubai, the emirate is planning to set up retirement homes for expats as well as Emirati nationals. The retirement homes will come in three styles, independent retirement homes, nursing homes giving full medical care and assisted living homes. According to local...
27 Jan at 6 PM

IRS slammed for savage offshore cash penalties

An annual report by the USA’s consumer watchdog Nina Olson has revealed that the IRS has hit out unfairly at taxpayers who inadvertently broke tax laws when making their annual returns. Olson stated that the IRS has been unreasonably zealous in pursuing taxpayers who had made genuine mistakes in declaring their offshore holdings. Even...
27 Jan at 6 PM

Saudi government postpones plan to limit expat workers to seven years

Saudi businesses and long-term expat employees have welcomed the Saudi labour ministry’s decision to postpone the introduction of a proposal which would limit work visas to seven years. The recently mooted draft proposal was doubly unwelcome to expats working in the kingdom as it was also aimed at forbidding the families of expat...
24 Jan at 6 PM

Financial fraud cases spike during 2013

In spite of the worldwide financial chaos caused by the casino culture in Wall Street, the City of London and other bourses, large-scale financial fraud is still ongoing across the sector. According to a survey by a highly-respected audit and accountancy firm in London, fraud across the industry cost investors £532 million in 2013, a 12...
24 Jan at 6 PM

Dubai brings in compulsory heath insurance for expats

Expats, locals and visitors to Dubai must now have compulsory medical insurance, with the new law taking effect immediately. The move is expected to push up the cost of health insurance in the emirate, although it’s expected that private companies employing expats will bear the cost. The scheme will be phased in over a three year...
23 Jan at 6 PM

Bad news for expat savers as Britannia pulls out of IOM

Expat savers with accounts held offshore in the Isle of Man are facing more bad news as the Britannia offshore arm of the Cooperative Bank announces its closure plans. After a raft of Isle of Man bank closures hit expat savers in 2013, the new year looks to be even worse for UK citizens living overseas who don’t want to risk their...
23 Jan at 6 PM

Son of Harlequin Property CEO denies Ponzi scam

As the result of an investigation by the UK Financial Conduct Authority and fraud investigators, Michael Ames found himself in a London court today on charges of running a Ponzi scheme. Ames, the son of Harlequin Properties CEO, David Ames, was charged with fraud in December 2012. The charges related to a £1.6 million Ponzi scheme...
22 Jan at 6 PM

FA commissions are undermining fair treatment of clients

A study by the UK’s Financial Conduct Agency has confirmed that the payment of commissions to FAs by financial firms acts against the best interests of clients. The research, undertaken to evaluate the recently introduced Retail Distribution Review (RDR) rules, reveals that customers are still being diverted from investments suited to...
22 Jan at 6 PM

UK expats urged to make a difference by registering to vote

The UK’s Electoral Commission has begun a global campaign encouraging expats to register to vote, saying that their votes could make a real difference. Given the number of expats who left the UK due to their disenchantment with present-day politics, it’s surprising that only a small minority of those eligible are at present willing to...
21 Jan at 6 PM

Malaga expat gets day in court to fight thieving bank

A Malaga expat who lost his life savings after a bank sold him an illegal equity bond has vowed to continue his fight. Euan Armstrong, 75, was sold a €1,000,000 equity release scheme by Danske Bank on the premise that it would protect his family from having to pay inheritance tax after his death. The equity scheme was considered...
21 Jan at 6 PM

Expats granted right to buy freehold homes in UAE

Foreigners working legally in Abu Dhabi can now purchase freehold properties located in specifically designated investment zones in the city. Previously, expats were only allowed to purchase leasehold properties, with the change widely believed to have been brought in to stimulate the property market. For a decade or more, neighbouring...
20 Jan at 6 PM

Consumer watchdog warns about latest investment scam

The latest offering from the same dodgy FAs who brought you the carbon credits, rare earth and land banking frauds is a new scheme dreamed up in order to fleece unwary investors of their nest-eggs – Graphene. Discovered in the computer records of a bogus share company being investigated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, the new...
20 Jan at 6 PM

Expats on final exit from Saudi must surrender their iqama

Following the refusal to leave the country imposed on a number of expats returning home after their contracts had ended, Saudi’s immigration department are urging corporations to surrender residential certificates on time. Private companies and residents in Saudi Arabia generally prefer to use the immigration authority’s online visa...
17 Jan at 6 PM

Investor scams still ongoing in spite of tighter regulations

Over five years after the Madoff case hit world headlines, small-time fraudsters continue to trap unwary investors, with expats especially at risk. Enforcement agencies in first world countries are upping the ante and catching more scammers than previously, but in many popular expat destinations as well as in the USA and UK, it’s...
17 Jan at 6 PM

Independent expat survey invites participants

Results from the majority of annual expat surveys are regularly skewed by the organisations conducting the studies, the majority of which are international banks and finance houses standing to gain by analysing the results. Expat Survey 2013, the largest and only totally independent international study of expat lifestyles and experiences,...
16 Jan at 6 PM

Recognising the signs of impending expat financial disaster

Put simply, living abroad may be great for health, social life and a comfortable retirement, but it’s a minefield as regards financial pitfalls, even if expats manage to avoid the menacing packs of commission-hungry salesmen peddling too-good-to-be-true returns. More often than not, the reason behind failed expats’ return to their...
16 Jan at 6 PM

Survey of Saudi nursing staff infuriates expat nurses

The survey undertaken amongst patients in Saudi hospitals and their relatives has hit a sour note amongst expatriate health professionals working in the same hospitals. Saudi’s King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science’s College of Nursing was responsible for surveying several hundred patients and their families. The poll...
15 Jan at 6 PM

Expat landlords liable for UK income tax on rental profits

As the UK government tries every trick in the book to improve its vast deficit, its latest hit on expats is to attempt to charge income tax on UK rental properties, no matter where the owner lives. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs department (HMRC) are proceeding on the premise that every expat with rented-out property in the UK is a...
15 Jan at 6 PM

Expats in Japan warned about Fukushima radiation hazards

As the Fukushima nuclear disaster grinds on with seemingly no short-term solution, radiation at the boundaries of the stricken plant has reaches eight times the official safety limit. The Asahi Shinbun newspaper recently reported that levels around the plant still exceed the government standard of one milliseviert a year and are measured...
14 Jan at 6 PM

New take on currency exchange with person to person online service

A new internet start-up, launches three months ago, is bringing person-to-person currency exchange to expat travellers as well as their business counterparts. WeSwap is the brainchild of ex-corporate financial advisor Simon Sacerdoti and former currency trader Jared Jesner. It’s the world’s first person-to-person currency exchange...
14 Jan at 6 PM

Expat oil and gas workers heading home in dramatic industry turnaround

Cross-border travel has been the norm for oil and gas workers looking for lucrative expat assignments overseas, but many are now returning to their home countries. Although high salaries and acceptable working conditions are still the norm in the worldwide industry, many Australian, American and Brazilian expats are giving up overseas work...
13 Jan at 6 PM

Singapore QROPS savers granted tax amnesty

Expat investors in Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes arranged before 24 September 2008 are being offered a tax amnesty by HM Revenue and Customs. Retirement savers who set up QROPS suspended by HRMC before that date will not be forced to pay the 55 per cent tax charge, unless it is proven that dishonesty or artificiality has...
13 Jan at 6 PM

NZ expat construction workers exploited by bosses

A New Zealand trade union is accusing construction site bosses at the Christchurch rebuild of exploiting expat workers. First Union accuses construction site firms involved in the rebuilding of Christchurch of taking advantage of and exploiting skilled expat tradespeople. The union has revealed a catalogue of exploitation and insists that...
10 Jan at 6 PM

Offshore tax havens Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man sign up for FATCA

The halcyon days of the UK’s three offshore islands as tax havens finally came to an end recently as all three simultaneously signed up for FATCA. As a result, all three will now be passing the financial details of all transactions, investment and bank accounts owned by US citizens to the American Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The UK...
10 Jan at 6 PM

Reem Island is new expat hotspot in Abu Dhabi

Accessibility, an attractive setting, green spaces and high-end amenities are all reasons why Reem Island is Abu Dhabi’s fastest-growing expat community. Located just a short drive from the city’s commercial district, Reem Island’s waterfront accommodation, chic new mall and steel and glass highrises are all drawing expats to its...
9 Jan at 6 PM

Abu Dhabi rent hikes shock residents in expat district

Following the Abu Dhabi government’s recent removal of the five per cent per annum cap in rent hikes, expat residents in Mussaffah district are being hit with arbitrary rises of up to 50 per cent. Many expat families have made the sprawling commercial and residential Mohammed Bin Zayed City in Mussaffah their home from home, but have...
9 Jan at 6 PM

UK visas and citizenship to be auctioned to overseas millionaires

A report in the London Times stating that the UK government is preparing to auction off UK visas, residency and citizenship to high-bidding foreign millionaires is causing anger and controversy. The report states that, under the scheme, wealthy foreigners could buy their way into the UK by donating to hospitals or universities or bidding...
8 Jan at 6 PM

Expat investors warned to avoid scams offering high returns

‘If it looks to good to be true, it is’ should be the motto of every expat investor looking for exceptionally high returns for their savings nowadays. Scammers in every favourite expat destination are still cashing in on unwary expats searching for the impossible dream – a far higher return than the rates offered by most...
8 Jan at 6 PM

Expat and tourist Gulf States free travel movement visa on the cards

A free movement visa valid for travel between all six Gulf states is expected to be rolled out by the middle of 2014. The Gulf Co-operation Council is ironing out details of the visa, based on the European Union Schengen scheme which allows holders of its visa free movement across all member states except Ireland and the UK. The aim of the...
7 Jan at 6 PM

Saudi may introduce eight year limit for expat professionals

The Saudi Arabian government is mulling a plan to restrict expat professionals to eight years’ employment and prevent their families from accompanying them. The new scheme now under consideration forms part of the kingdom’s controversial Saudization plan originally intended to boost employment amongst Saudi nationals. However, if...
7 Jan at 6 PM

New Year holds even tougher choices for expat investors

With base rates showing no chance of rising in the predictable future and the choice of offshore fixed rate deals dwindling further, it’s going to be a tough year for expat investors. The question, as always after the turn of the old years since 2008, is whether to opt for an unsatisfactory fixed rate deal or leave money in a variable...
7 Jan at 6 PM

British expat women in Spain making their mark

British women emigrating to Spain aren’t just sitting in the sunshine enjoying their retirements or breaks from the world of work, they’re out there making their mark in communities and online. The role of women in Spain’s traditionally male-dominated society has undergone massive changes over the last half-century, with the female...
6 Jan at 6 PM

Expat budget flights cheap but extras pile on the charges

A recent survey has revealed that expats booking budget flights may well pay more than with a full-service airline if they include extras in their booking and pay be credit card. UK consumer watchdog Which is warning budget airline travellers to avoid booking extras along with their flights, as low-cost airlines pile on charges for...
3 Jan at 6 PM

Are expat property investors impacting the UK real estate market

With London’s property prices continuing to escalate, real estate experts are calculating the effect of expat property investment on the boom. Media coverage over the last year has focused on the soaring costs of purchasing a home in London’s fashionable districts, but prices across the capital are following suit. Even a basic, one...
3 Jan at 6 PM

Pensioner expat right to vote campaigner awarded MBE

A long-term campaigner against the disenfranchisement of expats living overseas for more than 15 years, Harry Shindler has been recognised for his work to find British servicemen’s WWII graves. Now in his early 90’s, Mr Shindler is a veteran of the WWII liberation of Rome and the Battle of Anzio, and has long been active in tracing the...
2 Jan at 6 PM

Seven Saudi job categories now open to expat women

In a surprise move, the Saudi Ministry of Labour is to open seven business categories to expat women due to a lack of skilled local female labour. After a survey of available female Saudi nationals in the fields of health, education, childcare, dressmaking and several other sectors had revealed no takers, the Saudi government has decided...
2 Jan at 6 PM

Expats cool on petition against end of winter fuel allowance

A petition by lobbyists attempting to reverse the withdrawal of winter fuel allowances for expat pensioners is getting the cold shoulder from the majority of retirees overseas. With over 200,000 British pensioners living overseas in European states due to lose their winter fuel allowance, it’s a surprise that the petition has so far...
2 Jan at 6 PM

Dubai New Year fireworks display beats world record

Dubai’s astonishing New Year fireworks display achieved what its designers promised and beat the standing Guinness World Record. The start of the world’s largest fireworks display saw more than 100,000 fireworks light the sky in the first minute of the spectacle. The amazing number beat out the previous holder, Kuwait, which only...
2 Jan at 6 PM

How not to leave Dubai with no savings

Many expat workers in Dubai earn good salaries and have useful packages helping them save, but equally as many leave after their contracts end with little to show for the experience. Expats in Dubai are trading their present lifestyles for a future financial disaster when their contracts run out, due to getting caught in the culture of...
1 Jan at 6 PM

Concealing overseas assets during expat divorce a bad idea

Although divorce may be the last thing on the minds of most expat couples, it’s wise to check out spousal money and property held abroad. Divorce is one of the most stressful procedures you’ll ever encounter, but it can be made far worse if you’re both expats and the assets to be divided are overseas. Not only will the court...
1 Jan at 6 PM

UK Electoral Commission aims to triple registrations by expat voters

The European Parliament elections in the UK are due to take place on 22 May 2014, with the Electoral Commission campaign aimed at encouraging expats in Europe to vote. Provided they are registered as overseas voters, have not been out of the UK for more than 15 years and are not registered to vote in the member state where they are...
31 Jan at 6 PM

New Zealand Immigration posts warning over scam job offers

Immigration New Zealand has posted a global warning about a recently-discovered scam involving huge payments by Singaporean students for non-existent job offers. A job offer from a New Zealand company is a necessary requirement in the essential skills work category’s visa application regulations. The fraudsters targeted mainly Indian...
31 Jan at 6 PM

Asian cities lose out to European equivalents on expat appeal

Expats making a lifestyle choice are far more likely to choose large cities in Europe than they are to make the same choice when heading for Asian countries. New York, London, Paris and Berlin all have a considerable number of expat enclaves in which those of the same nationality feel secure amid their own languages and amenities....
30 Jan at 6 PM

UK negative ads to discourage Bulgarian and Romanian migrants

In an attempt to stem the flow of immigrants into Britain, government ministers are mooting a campaign of negative advertisements aimed at would-be migrants from Bulgaria and Romania. As the 2014 deadline for opening the UK’s borders to migrants from countries about to become full EU members approaches, the UK government is planning a...
30 Jan at 6 PM

Dubai to boost flagging economy by welcoming foreign investors

In a bid to boost its flagging economic performance, Dubai is planning to offer new lures to foreign investors. Major changes to the requirements and red tape at present in place for those who wish to start a business in Dubai are part of a push by the government to attract foreign money into the country. Potential investors will no...
29 Jan at 6 PM

Survey reveals France is still UK expats dream location

A recent survey shows that, in spite of problems in the Eurozone and the recently announced hike in property tax, France is still the first choice for property-buyers considering emigration. The survey, carried out by HIFX Property Hotspots, revealed that almost 25 per cent of those questioned preferred France for its perceived quality of...
29 Jan at 6 PM

UK House of Lords calls for expat voting rights extension

The British government is being urged by its senior parliamentary body, the House of Lords, to extend expat voting rights beyond the present limit of 15 years. Although it’s possible that many expats are not aware that they can still vote for a period of 15 years after their departure from the UK, those that are may get the voting break...
28 Jan at 6 PM

Dubai property deals steam ahead as bank holds mortgage cap

Property buyers who withdrew from the market when Dubai’s Central Bank announced new lending criteria are rushing back in after the bank put the change on hold. The recent move by the Central Bank to limit mortgage funds to 50 per cent of property values for expats and 70 per cent for nationals was aimed at eliminating speculators from...
28 Jan at 6 PM

USA senators move ahead on new immigration plan

After seemingly endless wrangling and confusion, it seems that the long-awaited overhaul of the US immigration system may finally move a few steps forward. An afternoon press conference will take place Monday, during which a deal involving a bipartisan group of senators will be announced. Agreement has been reached on a framework for the...
25 Jan at 6 PM

Kiwis to be first in line for Christchurch rebuild

Following the introduction of changes in New Zealand immigration law, local workers in the construction trade will be given preference over incomers from overseas. The population of the earthquake-hit city is expected to soar as rebuilding gets under way and overseas construction workers arrive, but new immigration rules are expected to...
25 Jan at 6 PM

Sin Fein leader states Irish graduate nurses should emigrate

As the row over cuts to professional health care workers in Irish hospitals rumbles on, Sinn Fain deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald stated that nurses would be better off by emigrating McDonald made her views known to the Irish parliament as a reply to a statement by Eamon Gilmore that the government’s stance on nurses’ pay would stem...
24 Jan at 6 PM

UK expats may not understand new statutory residence test

The UK’s new Statutory Residence Test, (SRT), due to come into effect on 6 April this year, needs to be fully understood by expats who split their time between their new country and the UK. The overhauled SRT has significant implications for expats planning to leave the UK as well as those already living overseas but with ties and...
24 Jan at 6 PM

UK Border Agency chaos results in massive applications backlog

A recent investigation into UK border controls has revealed at least 16,000 immigrants are still waiting to hear whether they have permission to stay in Britain. The investigation, the latest in a series which has brought disrepute to the UK Border Agency (UKBA), was focused on applications to stay in the UK on the basis of marriage. As a...
23 Jan at 6 PM

Expat investments to be dumped as Clydesdale deserts Guernsey

As the international clout of Guernsey as an offshore tax haven fades into the distance, the Clydesdale Bank’s international arm is the latest financial organisation to desert the sinking ship. The familiar high street bank’s offshore operations have traditionally been a haven for expat investments for their higher rates of interest....
23 Jan at 6 PM

Indian budget airline SpiceJet costcutting prunes expat pilots

After two consecutive years of posting operating losses, Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet is planning to slash the number of its expat pilots in a bid to return to profitability. Beginning immediately, the company will operate all flights of their Boeing 737 fleet with local pilots, and are introducing other cost-cutting measures such as...
22 Jan at 6 PM

Saudi businessman defends Saudization and controversial expat tax rise

The controversy over the hike in expat tax levy for Saudi private companies has taken a new turn with a prominent Saudi business owner coming out publicly in favour of the tax increase. Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel has defended the Labour Ministry’s decision and accused other Saudi business people of not understanding its objective of...
22 Jan at 6 PM

Indian migrants hit by tightening Canadian immigration laws

Whilst job-seeing migrants from the West are praising Canada’s new Federal Skilled Worker programme, their Indian equivalents fear they will lose their chance to migrate. Indian migrants make up 33 per cent of all new entrants to Canada, but the imminent introduction of the new scheme has led to the closing of other skilled migrant...
21 Jan at 6 PM

Guernsey slumps as leading offshore finance hub for expats

Just a year ago, the Channel Island of Guernsey was leading most of the rest of the offshore havens with its financial services for expats and offshore internet-based businesses. During 2012, the island has witnessed the closure of expat-oriented banks, an end to QROPS for new investors and the closure of the Low Value Consignment Relief...
21 Jan at 6 PM

Newborn refugee baby to remain in Oz immigration limbo

The future immigration status of a newborn child and his Tamil refugee mother is in doubt due to legal wranglings over the imprisonment of 50 Tamil refugees at an Australian immigration centre. As he was born on Australian soil, the baby is by right an Australian citizen, but his mother, Ranjini, is part of a group of Tamil refugees...
19 Jan at 6 PM

New Spanish law requires medical examinations for expat drivers

Yet another EU directive is due to come in force by January 19, meaning that all UK expat drivers in Spain will be forced to undergo a medical examination. Expats up to the age of 65 will need to have a medical every 10 years, and those over the age of 65 will be required to be re-examined every five years. The medical examination will...
19 Jan at 6 PM

Hague states no hope for UK expat pension increases

During his recent visit to Australia, British Foreign Minister William Hague made it clear that expat retirees living in OZ would not receive annual increases to their state pensions. Speaking in Sydney, Hague dashed the hopes of around 250,000 UK retirees who had their pensions frozen when they left the UK and are now facing financial...
17 Jan at 6 PM

Singapore property tax hike to hit expat buyers

In a bid to cool Singapore’s rapidly-overheating property market, the city state’s government is introducing higher property taxes in the form of increased stamp duty. Companies and foreigners purchasing residential property in Singapore will be hit by an extra buyers’ stamp duty of 15 per cent of the purchase price, an increase from...
17 Jan at 4 PM

Oman jumps on expat manpower in favour of Omani jobs

In a move similar to those in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, the Omani government is reviewing the hiring of foreign workers in a bid to increase the numbers of jobs available to Omani citizens. The government is asking its departments to assess which business sectors should be forced to focus on employing local workers and to...
16 Jan at 6 PM

Saudi Crown Prince demands report on expat worker tax

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman, the state’s deputy PM and minister for defence, has instructed the Council of Saudi Chambers to present a report on the controversial expat worker tax. The recently-announced tax is levied on private companies who employ more expat workers than local staff, and costs SR 2,400 per year per worker....
16 Jan at 6 PM

Qatar to crack down on unregulated financial advisers

In a move seen as part of a plan to project an image of clean and responsible financial services to the international financial regulatory community, Qatar is banning unregulated FAs. As a result, all financial advisory firms working with expats within the emirate will be forced to submit to regulation by one of the three Qatar domestic...
15 Jan at 6 PM

Expats to fight for Spanish home in European Court

British retirees who face losing their Spanish retirement home to the bulldozers after a final Spanish High Court ruling are to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights. The couple, who wish to remain anonymous, built their home in Albox, Andalusia in 2001, having obtained the necessary planning licenses from the town hall....
15 Jan at 6 PM

Oz rules deny Kiwi expats federal and state benefits

New Zealand expats and their children living in Australia are being relegated to a low-paid, low-skilled second-class status by the effects of changes in social benefit laws passed in 2001. Although studies repeatedly reveal that immigrants arriving from New Zealand are making the move for better jobs, higher wages, a better lifestyle and...
14 Jan at 6 PM

Former tennis great Nastase may follow Depardieu to Russia

Romanian former tennis star Ilie Nastase, now living in Bucharest, says he’d be happy to emigrate to Russia to avoid Romanian taxes once the Russian weather warms up. Nastase told the media he is fed up with the high level of income tax in his home country and was willing to take a leaf out of Gerard Depardieu’s book and move to...
14 Jan at 6 PM

NZ Immigration fears Christchurch rebuilding will attract illegal immigrants

New Zealand Immigration officers are planning to carry out random searches on Christchurch building sites in an attempt to discourage illegal immigration. A huge swathe of Christchurch city centre was destroyed during the disastrous earthquake, with massive rebuilding projects now ongoing. The Kiwi immigration department has said it is...
14 Jan at 12 PM

Want to be on TV? Casting Call for New Channel 4 Series

The TV production company True North are looking for would-be expats for a new TV show due to air on Channel 4! Here is what they have to say: ‘Compare Your Life’ is a brand new series currently in production. We are taking UK families and couples who aren’t satisfied with their lives and changing them. Our families are wanting to...
11 Jan at 6 PM

Survey suggests immigrants are more welcome in Nordic countries

The European Social Survey, one of the most broadly based of its type, indicates that nations in the Nordic countries and Finland are more tolerant towards immigrants than other European nationals. The survey, one of several recent pan-European studies, is academically-driven and aims to explain the interactions between countries and the...
11 Jan at 4 PM

Taiwan immigration agency to update online information website

Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency convened a meeting last Wednesday to consider the best ways to improve its online web pages which give information for expats in the country. The interdepartmental meeting was attended by representatives of the expat community in Taiwan, who were invited to present ideas and suggestions which would...
10 Jan at 6 PM

British students heading to German universities to study for free

Over a year after British university fees were increased by almost 200 per cent, mounting numbers of UK’s brightest and best are heading to German universities. It’s not just undergraduates who are deserting the UK’s seats of learning due to the threat of being in debt until their middle years, it’s postgraduates as well. Many of...
10 Jan at 6 PM

Fledgling UK expats falling foul of international movers scams

Leaving your country of origin and moving overseas is an expensive and stressful business from start to finish, made worse by scams by rogue international freight forwarding companies hitting the headlines. The recent rise in emigration from the UK has caused unscrupulous international moving companies to spring up across the country,...
9 Jan at 6 PM

UAE confirms no change in new expat mortgage rules

As the United Arab Emirates expat community digests the ramifications of the emirates’ new ruling on expat mortgage credit, an article in Emirat Alyoum makes it clear there will be no reversal. Media reports quote the central bank as stating that the new rules will not be revised, and change would fuel speculation and spark a second...
9 Jan at 6 PM

UK expat retiree winter fuel payments under threat

According to recently released figures, the majority of the total of £13 million paid to UK retirees through the winter fuel grant is being sent to expat pensioners living in warm countries. The figures, published by the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions under the Freedom of Information Act, state that almost £6 million went to...
8 Jan at 6 PM

UAE cuts expat mortgages in response to default fears

In a recent surprise move, the United Arab Emirates central bank has announced a restriction on expat mortgages capped at 50 per cent of the value of the property. At the present time, no restrictions are applied to mortgages granted to UAE nationals, with 100 per cent loans the norm. However, as expat workers comprise the majority of the...
8 Jan at 6 PM

British Columbia launches advisory website for international students

Yesterday, the western Canadian province of British Columbia, launched its new website aimed at promoting its post-secondary education opportunities to international students. The LearnLiveBC website will stress the province’s high-level universities and technical colleges, with information presented in a number of languages including...
7 Jan at 6 PM

Asia Pacific property investments to perform well in 2013

A recent review of the best-performing Asian locations for investment in property tips Bangkok and Jakarta as highlights for 2013, continuing last year’s successful trend. Knight Frank’s Asia Pacific Residential Review recommends the two cities for their likelihood of strong economic growth and the growing presence of an affluent and...
7 Jan at 6 PM

Global employers face expat heathcare provision headaches

Global companies with branches in fast-growing emerging markets such as India, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Brazil are experiencing difficulties in providing expat workers’ health care. Companies attracting expat workers are expected to cover healthcare benefits and services as part of employment packages for a growing number of...
4 Jan at 6 PM

Octogenarian Kiwi applies for his first passport

An 89-year old resident of Alexandra, New Zealand is applying for his first-ever passport in a bid to join his sick Filipina wife after she was refused residency. Ian Glover met his Filipina wife Aurora, 67, through friends in Alexandra and the couple have been married for five years. Aurora, a diabetic, was forced to return to the...
4 Jan at 6 PM

Survey shows Singapore as tops for wealthy expats

Self-made and other styles of mobile millionaires have voted Singapore as the best place in Asia to live for its quality of life and family-friendliness. The research, carried out for RBC Wealth Management, reveled that Singapore beat out its major rival, Hong Kong, as the safe destination of choice, both for finances and for family....
3 Jan at 6 PM

UK sinks in quality of life and opportunity survey

Over the last 25 years, Britain has fallen from 7th to 27th in the latest global survey based on quality of life and opportunity. The Lottery of Life poll, taken by the Economist Intelligence Unit, was based on the best place to be born in 2013 and encompassed 11 lifestyle factors from happiness through job opportunities and wealth...
3 Jan at 6 PM

Russian PM Vladimir Putin grants Gerard Depardieu Russian citizenship

A bizarre twist in the continuing controversy over the proposed French ‘millionaire tax’ has seen Russian PM Vladimir Putin granting Russian citizenship to migrant movie star Gerard Depardieu. One of France’s most popular movie personalities, Depardieu recently ignited countrywide consternation and political derision when he...
2 Jan at 6 PM

Poland becomes new hub for Southeast Asian migrants

Poland, one of Europe’s fastest-growing economies, isn’t yet known for its multiculturalism but is now becoming a favourite with a new wave of migrants from Southeast Asia. Vietnamese citizens looking for a new start are now heading for the former Communist country, drawn by its previous links with the Vietnamese Communist regime....
2 Jan at 6 PM

UK expat retirees advised to beware of QROPS scams

Newly-arrived expat investors and those still in the planning stages of their move to overseas shores are warned to beware of so-called wealth managers pushing the QROPS product. With the value of annuities still dropping and tax burdens on pension pots increasing, many older Britons are considering a move abroad. The attraction isn’t...
1 Jan at 6 PM

UAE ends prison sentences for expat loan defaulters

Following a relaxation for Emirati citizens in sentencing laws regarding the criminal offence of defaulting on loan payments, expats who bounce cheques will not now be given jail terms. In October last year, the UAE ruler Sheikh Khalifa issued a royal decree announcing the decriminalisation of the issuing of bouncing cheques, which has...
1 Jan at 6 PM

Expat British pensioners to face more years in poverty

British pensioners living outside the European Union are facing a poverty-stricken 2013 as the UK government refuses to allow payment of yearly increases in the state pension. In spite of increased pressure from overseas governments in countries such as Australia and Canada, the iniquitous rule that refuses increases to pensions paid to...