April 2016 Expat News Archive

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

28 Apr at 6 PM

HMRC muddying QROPS waters on suspicion of dodgy jurisdictions

News reports originating in the Gibraltar media suggest Britain’s HM Revenue and Customs department is planning to demand reaffirmation from registered jurisdictions that they are complying with UK legislation. The latest HMRC list of QROPS providers came out at the beginning of this week, unusually unannounced by the authority. Five...
28 Apr at 6 PM

Fraudster couple in Spain steal expat rental deposits and flee to Italy

Expats living in Spain and Gibraltar are urging local police to act after a couple fled to Italy with expats’ rental deposits totalling thousands of euros. Convicted fraudster Natasha Lambert and her partner in crime Marco Molinari fled to Italy earlier this month to avoid furious expats who’d been cheated out of their rental...
28 Apr at 6 PM

Trump presidency causes huge rise in Americans renouncing citizenship

Trump’s first 100 days as President has, according to official figures, caused a massive rise in the number of Americans renouncing their citizenship and becoming permanent expats. As the Trump administration struggles to find anything to celebrate about The Donald’s first 100 days as US president, the thousands of Americans who’ve...
27 Apr at 6 PM

Venezuelan riots cause oil giants to relocate expat workers

The political turmoil in Venezuela is forcing multinational oil companies to reduce the numbers of expat employees in the country. Venezuela has a large expat community, with the majority of its foreign professionals working for multinational companies in the oil industry. Most live in the capital, Caracas, or in Puerto de la Cruz,...
27 Apr at 6 PM

Internet speeds and costs in expat hubs

Keeping in touch with this fast-changing planet is now essential for the majority of expatriates and requires fast internet connections which don’t cost the earth. Once upon a long time ago, adventurous expats left their home countries to lose themselves in new cultures or to work in exotic locations they’d previously never heard of....
27 Apr at 6 PM

Panama tightens immigration rules for expats

The popular retirement destination of Panama may not be so welcoming in the future, as its government has tightened immigration rules in order to control foreign access to the country. According to local media reports, the Panamanian immigration authority is tightening a number of rules and bringing in new laws relating to foreigners who...
26 Apr at 6 PM

British Home Office tells EU expatriates not to apply for permanent residence

EU citizens desperate to retain a legal foothold in post-Brexit Britain have been told by the Home Office to forget about trying for permanent residency as it’s been ‘overwhelmed' by the number of applications received to date. The huge number of applications made by EU nationals wanting to continue working and living in the UK has...
26 Apr at 6 PM

Warnings about QROPS pension scammers still hitting the headlines

Due perhaps to the soaring popularity over the last decade of the Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) and its benefits for those on private pensions, the numbers of pension scammers taking advantage of financial novices have also shown a massive increase. QROPS are based outside the UK and must meet stringent conditions...
26 Apr at 6 PM

EU leaders toughen Brexit terms as French lawyer attempts to block referendum result

At the same time as EU leaders toughen their stance on Brexit, a French lawyer is urging UK expats who were unable to vote in the referendum due to the 15 year rule to contact him with their thoughts on how Brexit will affect them. Bordeaux-based lawyer Julien Fouchet is preparing a legal attempt to prove the Brexit referendum was illegal...
25 Apr at 6 PM

Are QROPS tax rules under threat by Brexit

The news that Britain’s final exit from the European Union may well end the present situation whereby UK ex-company and private pensions can be transferred internationally is causing concern amongst finance professionals. According to European law, British expats are able to take their pension pots out of a number of UK private pension...
25 Apr at 6 PM

France worlds best country for growing old

Results of a new study have confirmed France as the best place in the world for long life expectancy, making it the idea destination for retirees. Life expectancy levels in France are some of the highest in the developed world and are continuing to increase year after year. Right now, the average age for women is calculated as approaching...
25 Apr at 6 PM

How to avoid common expat financial mistakes

Wherever in the world you’re planning to go and whatever your financial status, there are common money-related mistakes made by almost all expats when they move overseas. Obvious financial must-haves and must-do’s aren’t included here, as most expats are aware of the need to save as well as spend, plan for retirement and allow for...
24 Apr at 6 PM

Brits in Oz angry about changes to 457 visas

The extension of the number of qualifying years before migrants in Australia can apply for permanent residence is causing anger and dismay amongst British expats on the continent. Previously, the so-called 457 work visa allowed workers skilled in a specified number of professions to apply for permanent residence after just one year, but...
24 Apr at 6 PM

Boarding schools versus international schools for expat children in UAE

Gone are the days when almost all expat professionals working in the UAE sent their children to overseas boarding schools, but are the emirate’s international schools a better and cheaper option? Although boarding schools are no longer a necessity for expat parents wanting the best education for their kids, it’s a fact that one...
24 Apr at 6 PM

UK parliamentary debate agrees motion to axe frozen pension rules

MPs at an admittedly poorly attended House of Commons debate have voted to agree a motion – British parliamentary language for a formal proposal – stating the hated policy of frozen pensions should be axed immediately. Activists who’ve fought for years to get the rule reversed have called it by various uncomplimentary names...
21 Apr at 6 PM

Affordable housing for expats in Dubai is at an all-time low

Expatriate professionals working in Dubai are famous for being amongst the top earners in the expat world, but do they earn enough to support their preferred lifestyles in luxury apartments? It’s true that expats in Dubai earn considerably more than they would in their home countries, but the emirate has been reported as one of the...
21 Apr at 6 PM

Petition to allow long term expats the vote gathers thousands of signatures

Expat media outlets across Europe’s sunshine and retirement hubs are picking up on the news that yet another violation of UK citizens’ democratic right to vote will forbid those British nationals who’ve lived overseas for 15 years from voting in the recently announced snap election. Given the reasons behind the British PM’s sudden...
21 Apr at 6 PM

Major new study to estimate Brexit impact on UK expatriates in Europe

A major new study undertaken at the University of London’s Goldsmiths College is to examine the damage Brexit is expected to cause to UK expats living in EU member states. The research project will form part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s ongoing project entitled The UK in a Changing Europe, and will he headed up by...
20 Apr at 6 PM

Finding the perfect expat location in Singapore

Singapore’s exotic location can be a challenge for newly arrived expats as its many districts are packed with diverse neighbourhoods, each with their own charm and attractions. Tiny Singapore’s appeal to expats includes its diversity and culture as well as its world-famous culinary delights at all price levels. There’s a vast choice...
20 Apr at 6 PM

Buying a home as an expat in Australia

Australia has been a favourite destination for expats for many decades, with a good number enjoying the lifestyle so much they decide to put down roots by buying a home. For expats considering the commitment of a property purchase, the first thing to remember is that foreign nationals do not have the automatic right to buy a home unless...
20 Apr at 6 PM

Brexit encouraging UK expats to consider buying British property

British expats living in Europe as well as those working elsewhere in the world and looking for suitable property investments are having to look harder and longer to get the best mortgage deals. Reports that increasing numbers of UK expats living in EU member states are researching the availability and pricing of British properties have...
19 Apr at 6 PM

Australian 457 work visa cancellation aims at protecting Oz jobs

Australia’s popular four-year work visa, known as the ‘457’, is to be replaced by a different system aimed at keeping Australian jobs for Australian nationals. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the nation the cancellation of the popular work visa which allowed highly skilled expat workers to claim permanent residence...
19 Apr at 6 PM

Expats in Kuwait under pressure in run up to demographic debate

According to reliable sources, the Kuwaiti parliament is preparing for a debate in the National Assembly over plans to tackle the emirate’s controversial demographic imbalance. The debate, due to take place after this year’s Ramadan, is aimed at encouraging the government to take action over problems caused by Kuwait’s huge...
19 Apr at 6 PM

Longstay Brit expats overseas disallowed from voting in June general election

Yet again, long-term British expats who’ve been overseas for more than 15 years are to be excluded from voting in the shock general election called yesterday by Theresa May. The Brexit-induced plight of long-stay UK expats in EU member states who were unable to vote for their futures has been made even more devastating by the news they...
18 Apr at 6 PM

Shanghai still tops for Western expats

For the fifth year in a row, the Chinese city of Shanghai has been voted the best place in the vast country for foreigners. Results of the annual study were released by the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs during a Shenzhen-based conference on the international exchange of professions. For the fifth year running, Shanghai was...
18 Apr at 6 PM

Stricter driving laws in UAE to cause problems for expat professionals

Seen as yet another hit on expat professionals living and working in the UAE, the new driving regulations include a limit of five years on expat driving license renewals and two year licenses for new drivers in the emirates. Expat professionals with several years’ service or more in the UAE could be forgiven for feeling less than...
18 Apr at 6 PM

Spain loses position as Brit retirement haven due to Brexit

A new study has revealed that Spain, traditionally the favourite retirement hub for British expats, is now losing out thanks to the Brexit vote. The survey, conducted by Anchor, a retirement care and housing provider, is bad news for Spain, once the most attractive destination for many thousands of British retirees. Almost half the...
17 Apr at 6 PM

Brit expat arrested for burglary following a two year crime spree

A British expat has been arrested by French police, ending his two-year crime spree of burglaries at the unattended homes of other British citizens. The as yet unnamed Briton was arrested at his rural home in a small village outside the Western France town of Civray, a popular destination for British expats and holiday home owners. The...
17 Apr at 6 PM

Expats in Oman get bargain rentals due to oversupply and falling demand

The rental market in Oman, reeling due to Omanization, the shrinking economy and expat departures, is now the scene of manipulation by wily expats looking to save on rental charges. The plot is simple and involves swapping their accommodation for a similar but cheaper home in the same enclave or street. According to a major real estate...
17 Apr at 6 PM

Brit nationals rush for Irish passports to retain freedom of movement

Applications by Britons for Irish passports have increased by more than 60 per cent since the Brexit referendum result was announced. As the outcome of the Brexit referendum for Brits needing freedom of movement gets gloomier, applications for Irish passports as well as for citizenship of other EU member states has soared. According to...
14 Apr at 6 PM

Survey reveals worlds most child friendly countries

The prospect of moving overseas as a family with younger children inevitably raises parental concerns over safety, education, healthcare and how easy it is for children to feel welcome in their new surroundings. Results of a recent expat survey included important comparisons of over 190 countries as regards the welcome given to children...
14 Apr at 6 PM

US expats in UK living in fear of IRS discovery

An accountancy firm working with US expats living in Britain has revealed a strong increase in the numbers of Americans declaring UK assets to the IRS for the first time. Fears of a Trump crackdown on the amnesty declared by former President Obama would seen to be the reason for a 75 per cent increase in the number of US expats coming...
14 Apr at 6 PM

Yet more of the same from Brit Foreign Office to UK expats

Tuesday’s British Foreign Office Facebook question and answer session repeated more of the same to UK expats, but failed to dampen fears of the future by giving straightforward answers. The session, held on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Facebook travel page and led by Julia Longbottom, offered no new guarantees but seemingly...
13 Apr at 6 PM

SIPPS advantages over QROPS for UK expats

Whilst QROPS have been seen as the answer for expats of pensionable age, numbers of retirement savers shifting their money to a self-invested personal pension (SIPPS) have soared since pension freedom was introduced. The numbers of retirement savers choosing a SIPPS has doubled since the start of pension freedoms, with some 43 per cent of...
13 Apr at 6 PM

Brit expat couple lose military medals and jewellery to Costa del Sol thieves

A British expat war hero devastated by the loss of his war medals to Spanish thieves is asking local people to let the police know if they spot the medals. David Russell captained HMS Sheffield during the Gulf War, served in the Falklands War and was also active during the Northern Ireland conflict. He and his wife Sally, formerly a...
13 Apr at 6 PM

Brit expats trapped in pensioner poverty due to sterling fall and frozen pensions

Britons who decided to retire overseas and live in modest comfort with the help of their UK state pensions are now facing a poverty-stricken future as a result of the frozen pension rules and Brexit’s effect on sterling. Living with the knowledge that one’s life savings will soon run out, one’s pension payments are shrinking due to...
12 Apr at 6 PM

Freak accident while gardening kills British expat in Phuket

A 53 year-old British expat living on Thailand’s Phuket island was declared dead at a local hospital after being electrocuted whilst pruning bushes close to an electricity supply box. Paul Wilkinson was cutting back the fast-growing bushes outside his Phuket villa when he paused for a rest and leaned against his concrete garden wall,...
12 Apr at 6 PM

Everything expats need to know about available healthcare in Germany

Navigating healthcare requirements and availability in a new country is many expats’ worst nightmare, but the German system is reassuringly straightforward. One of the most important issues for expats, wherever they’re planning to call home, is the availability of healthcare and its bureaucratic requirements. It’s also a subject...
12 Apr at 6 PM

Online help for depression felt by trailing spouses in UAE

British would-be expats are clamouring to find jobs in the UAE in order to enjoy a fresh start but, for many, adjustment to the totally different way of life can lead to serious depression. Research by the World Health Organisation has revealed some three hundred million world citizens are suffering from ill health caused by depression,...
11 Apr at 6 PM

Is Canada the dream location for Brit expats

Canada’s thriving jobs market, strong economy and world-beating quality of life make it one of the most rewarding locations for relocating professionals looking for the expat dream. The contrasting beauty of Canada’s many regions has made it a hub for tourism as well as emigration from the UK for decades, but many professionals...
11 Apr at 6 PM

British expat landlords to be outed in public identity registers

As part of a proposed attack on money laundering by means of UK property purchase, UK expat buy-to-let landlords working through offshore companies are to be included in a public register showing full names and details. British business minister Margot James is proposing the scheme as a means to identify money launderers using property...
11 Apr at 6 PM

MumAbroadSpain website founder rejects relocation to small minded Britain

As uncertainty over the fate of UK expats in the EU continues unabated, a furiously angry expat Mum is refusing to relocate her family to ‘small-minded’ Britain. Enraged mother Carrie Frais is raising her family in Spain and has totally rejected the possibility of moving back to the UK as it’s in no way the Britain she left. She’s...
10 Apr at 6 PM

Hong Kong expats relocating from hi-so districts due to soaring rentals

Soaring real estate prices in Hong Kong’s traditional expat areas are spurring moves to less expensive districts. The traditionally favourite enclaves for the expat community in Hong Kong including Mid-Levels, Discovery Bay, the Peak and Southern District are now no longer affordable for the bulk of foreigners working in the island...
10 Apr at 6 PM

Expat buy to let landlords to face increased tax bills this year

This month's start of the current tax year sees unwelcome changes in tax relief and profit calculations for UK expat buy-to-let landlords. Expat property investors are now being hit by the same changes as UK resident landlords, beginning with the controversial ending of mortgage interest tax relief in spite of several attempts to have the...
10 Apr at 6 PM

UK expat retirees caught in Brexit heathcare trap

British lawmakers at a hearing in the House of Commons have been informed UK expat pensioners living in EU countries will be caught in a healthcare trap if forced to return to the UK. Chair of the British Community Committee of France Christopher Chantrey told MPs British pensioners living in France are in a state of fear and anguish over...
7 Apr at 6 PM

Fears over Gibraltar QROPS status calmed by last minute government session

Fears the status of Gibraltar as a QROPS jurisdiction would be threatened by UK law changes were put to rest at the last minute by a governmental fine-tuning session. Serious concerns in the financial world over risks to the Rock’s QROPS status as a result of new UK rules redefining offshore pension laws were finally quashed on March...
7 Apr at 6 PM

Thailand offers pricey Elite Visa to disenchanted British Brexit remoaners

A charm offensive by Thailand’s tourism supremos is aimed at wealthy Britons feeling disenchanted by the prospect of Brexit Britain. On offer is the Thailand Elite ‘exclusive’ long-stay visa scheme, run by a government-owned agency hoping to lure UK expats to try their luck in the Southeast Asian country rather than enduring two...
7 Apr at 6 PM

Republican lawmakers to file bill calling for FATCA repeal

Two republican lawmakers are about to present a bill calling for the unpopular FATCA tax reporting law’s repeal. USA lawmakers have scheduled a first hearing on April 26 for a bill requesting the repeal of the controversial and much-disliked FATCA legislation. Republican anti-FATCA campaigners Senator Rand Paul and Representative Mark...
6 Apr at 6 PM

Smart Dubai announces new Dubai Careers website for expat and local job seekers

A new central employment portal aimed at expats as well as citizens is now available online, connecting job seekers in all sectors with employers. The Dubai Careers portal, developed by Smart Dubai, enables job seekers at all levels to find work in line with their qualifications and professional experience, according to officials at...
6 Apr at 6 PM

Danish Immigration to deport US expat retiree after 32 year residency in the country

An American expat pensioner who’s lived and worked for more than half her life in Denmark is now facing deportation by the Danish immigration authority. US citizen Mary Stuart Burgher arrived in Denmark in 1985 to work for the World Health Organisation in Copenhagen. Due to exemptions given by the Danish immigration service to...
6 Apr at 6 PM

New UAE UK treaty allows expats tax free transfers from pension savings schemes

A new double tax treaty (DTA) between the UK and the UAE aimed at personal tax matters is now in force, and may result in big savings for expats with pension savings funds. The DTA treaty applies to UAE-resident British expats over the age of 55, allowing them to withdraw their full pension funds on a tax free basis, although certain...
5 Apr at 6 PM

Barnier states no final Brexit deal means expat loss of rights for millions

Should the UK not agree on a final Brexit deal, millions of UK and EU citizens will be left without rights. According to a statement by EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, up to five million EU and UK expats would lose all entitlements to EU rights should the UK refuse to agree to a final Brexit deal. A deal, he said, needs to be...
5 Apr at 6 PM

Costa Rica affordable healthcare attracts expat retirees

One of the most important considerations for would-be expats planning retirement overseas is the standard and availability of healthcare. Along with the standard retirement requirements of a low cost of living, warm, sunny weather and glorious scenery including beaches, healthcare is perhaps the most important consideration. It’s also...
5 Apr at 6 PM

Belize is the best kept secret for expat retirees

Expats who’re looking for an alternative to destinations crammed with retirees living the same lives as they did in their home countries should take a look at Belize. It’s a truism that, especially in retirement, many expats tend to relocate to destinations already home to large communities of their own nationals, forgetting the fact...
4 Apr at 6 PM

Vietnam rising fast as an expat professional destination.

Results of a recent survey showed Vietnam surging ahead of previous favourites Japan, Korea and Taiwan as the best place to further expat careers. The HSBC Expat Explorer survey’s surprise result in the career opportunities sector showed Vietnam’s capital Hanoi in 28th position, well ahead of former favourites Japan, South Korea and...
4 Apr at 6 PM

Finding the best Brussels district for your expat lifestyle

Brussels has been a hub for expat professionals for decades, with the majority of expats in Belgium living and working in the historic city. As much as 27 per cent of Belgium’s entire population is made up of foreigners attracted to the country by its position at the heart of the European Union, with Brussels the centre for...
4 Apr at 6 PM

Wave of USA expat retirees threatens indigenous peoples in Mezcala

A massive increase in demand for properties in Mexico’s Chapala and Ajijic is now threatening the traditional home of indigenous Coca people in nearby Mexcala. The seven thousand American and Canadian retirees already established in the region and the 10,000 or so ‘snowbird’ winter residents have taken up the majority of available...
3 Apr at 6 PM

New Forward Britain campaign lobbying UK and German lawmakers over EU citizenship

Forward Britain is a new campaign launched by UK expats living in Germany with the aim of making sure that rights to remain in EU countries are fast-tracked during the Brexit negotiations. Described by a representative as a grass-roots movement, its stance was made clear by Mark Whiley in an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche...
3 Apr at 6 PM

Kuwait lawmakers at odds over expat focused price increases

The recent surge in prices of expat-focused goods and services is bad news for foreign workers in the emirate, and is stirring controversy amongst both the foreign and Kuwaiti communities. Coupled with increasing links to Kuwait’s demographic imbalance, blame for everything from traffic jams to overcrowded hospitals and a lack of job...
3 Apr at 6 PM

Expat parents hit by increase in international school fees

The annual cost of tuition at international schools is set to rise during the current year by an average of two per cent. The results of a recent survey indicate the global mean annual cost of an international school education for expat children in 2017 is now $15,363 per child, excluding extras. The study, undertaken by ECA...
29 Apr at 6 PM

High Court Brexit vote judgment ignores and insults UK expats

The judgment handed down by the High Court regarding the right to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum both ignores and insults British citizens who have chosen to exercise their entitlement to free movement within the EU. Although the case will now go directly to appeal at the Supreme Court, yesterday’s decision simply fuels the fires...
29 Apr at 6 PM

No escape from IRS for US expats

Since the coming of FATCA, any chance US expats had of minimising their contact with American bureaucracy has vanished. You can take the American out of America, but there’s no escaping the US taxman, wherever in the world you’ve hung your Stetson. It’s a common misconception that once you’ve brushed American dust off your cowboy...
29 Apr at 6 PM

Brexit court judgment excludes 700000 expat voters

The concerns of 700,000 long-stay British expats have been dismissed by the High Court in a controversial ruling. Judges at the High Court yesterday dismissed the case for allowing British citizens who’ve lived overseas for over 15 years to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum. The verdict wasn’t unexpected, with lawyers acting for...
28 Apr at 6 PM

UAE visa requirement changes causing expatriate concern

From tomorrow, planning ahead for a visit to Abu Dhabi or Dubai will need to include a compulsory e-visa for citizens of certain countries. The new regulation, set to come into force tomorrow, 29th April, involves expatriates and other visitors arriving via the Oman border. The rule is due to affect over 1,500,000 expats at present living...
28 Apr at 6 PM

Hi tech expat professionals live luxury life in India

As the trend of hiring hi-tech expat experts ramps up in India, are their skills and the resultant high salaries making them the new Maharajas? For several years, expat hiring in Indian companies has been on the rise in order to fill knowledge gaps in the local workforce. The technology sector in particular is seeing a huge increase in...
28 Apr at 6 PM

Elderly British couple and son injured in drunken Thai attack

A vicious attack on a British pensioner couple and their son by a gang of Thai men took place during the Songkran festival in the upscale beach resort of Hua Hin. The popular resort of Hua Hin is best known as the summer residence of Thailand’s much-revered King, and is home to a good number of expat retirees as well as a tourist hub. A...
27 Apr at 6 PM

Survey shows massive expat majority in support of Stay campaign

British expats able to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum are overwhelmingly in favour of staying as part of the European Union. Global expat network Angloinfo’s survey results released earlier this week showed that almost three quarters of respondents intended to vote to stay. Just 20 per cent are in favour of leaving the EU, and...
27 Apr at 6 PM

US Embassy warns US expats in Sweden over terror threat

A warning from the US Embassy has advised American expats in Sweden to avoid crowded places at all costs. The warning was issued in response to a report of suspected terror threats to the country by a group of insurgents said to have entered Sweden as immigrants in 2015. According to a senior source in the Iraqi security service,...
27 Apr at 6 PM

Canadian expat family torn apart by Ecuador earthquake

A Canadian family living in Ecuador lost mother and son to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake when their apartment collapsed. Pascal Laflamme. his wife Jennifer and their two children Laurie-Ann and Arthur had emigrated from Montréal to Ecuador’s coastal city of Bahia de Caraquez after travelling to Reunion Island and Mauritius to...
27 Apr at 9 AM

Brit expats whose home was demolished finally awarded Spanish compensation

The British expat couple who watched their dream home in Spain torn down due to trumped-up planning irregularities have finally received justice, but it’s a double-edged sword. Len and Helen Prior’s appalling experience hit the headlines in 2008 after the bulldozers had demolished their dream villa in rural Spain’s Almeria coastal...
27 Apr at 9 AM

USA expats start international girls only soccer team in South Korea

Two American expats living in South Korea have initiated a girls’ only soccer programme in the hope it will encourage participation in team sports by young Koreans. John Starling and Donovan Loomis both have experience of forming and leading youth programmes for underprivileged children in their home country. Their latest and hopefully...
27 Apr at 9 AM

UK expats down under lure traditional British stores

Expat nostalgia, at least for certain retail aspects of the home country, is alive and kicking in Australia, resulting in several traditional British favourites launching online stores. British expats, wherever in the world they settle, seem to be unable to dislodge their fond memories of traditional British retail outlets and foods....
25 Apr at 6 PM

British teachers flock overseas for international school jobs

Schools in the UK are battling against a brain drain of experienced teachers heading overseas to teach at at international schools. Following the boom in the numbers of elite British schools opening overseas campuses, more and more international schools are appearing in expat-friendly countries worldwide. As a result, lucrative relocation...
25 Apr at 6 PM

Barclays Bank to finally close its Gibraltar operations

After 125 years’ service to expats and residents on Britain’s overseas territory Rock of Gibraltar, Barclays Bank is finally shutting its doors and departing. A strategic review of the bank’s operations in Gibraltar took place in 2014, sounding the death knell for over a century of providing financial services to residents and...
25 Apr at 6 PM

Survey finds expats do have more fun in the Philippines

The results of a recent survey place the Philippines high on the list of best expat destinations for romance, friendliness, language, personal happiness and cost of living. According to the InterNations Expat Insider survey, the reality of living in the Philippines confirms the country’s recent tourism soundbite ‘It’s more fun in the...
22 Apr at 6 PM

Is Switzerland still tops for high end jobs

Is Switzerland’s position as a favourite destination for expat professionals now in decline? For decades, Switzerland’s unbeatable reputation for quality of life and career potential has attracted the brightest and the best to its carefully-tended cities, spectacular scenery and top-class amenities. Foreign workers have come, seen and...
22 Apr at 6 PM

Study shows majority of EU based expats have Brexit fears

A recent study has revealed that two thirds of UK expats living in European Union countries are concerned that Britain’s leaving the EU would have significant negative effects on their lives. The poll, carried out on behalf of an investment and financial advisory company, involved expatriates in France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, the Czech...
22 Apr at 6 PM

Expats unhappy with dual pricing in Thailand

Amongst the many cross-cultural issues which get expats in Thailand hot under their collars, dual pricing at national parks, tourist attractions and other historic sites is possibly the most annoying. Admittedly dual pricing, where locals are charged one price and foreigners are charged double or more, isn’t confined to Thailand, but...
21 Apr at 6 PM

Dos and donts of a stress free expat life

The dream of a different lifestyle draws thousands of expats to foreign locations every year, but planning and research are essential to prevent the adventure turning into a nightmare. In today’s exceptionally mobile world, upping sticks and heading off into the wide blue yonder is a reality rather than just a dream for many. Expat...
21 Apr at 6 PM

US expat voters could decide result of US Presidential election

With eight million or more US citizens living overseas and the campaign for presidential candidates the most controversial for decades, could overseas votes change the outcome of the presidential election? A report issued by Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute and authored by Jay Sexton and Patrick Andelic is suggesting...
21 Apr at 6 PM

High Court ruling on expat voting disenfranchisement to be delayed

Following this week’s High Court hearing, British expats in Europe are now waiting for the court to make a ruling on the controversial issue. The long-awaited legal challenge of the UK government's ruling of disenfranchisement for expats living overseas for over 15 years has resulted in the High Court reserving judgment on the issue....
20 Apr at 6 PM

Intrusive new immigration form causes expat dismay in Thailand

Expats living in Thailand were shocked by the unveiling of a new immigration form requiring details of their social media habits, frequently used shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, details of their cars, bank accounts and other strictly personal information. The new requirement surfaced a few days ago on local forums, and was at first...
20 Apr at 6 PM

New app aims to help non Mandarin speaking expats in China

A Beijing-based start-up has launched a new app aiming to give much-needed assistance to non-Mandarin-speaking expats living and working in China. With what seems like a genius of an idea for those whose brains just can’t get to grips with one of the world’s most difficult languages, GrabTalk’s new app is bound to be a roaring...
20 Apr at 6 PM

Expats considered of pivotal importance to Qatar development

Qatari Sultan bin Saad has announced that Qatar's expat workforce is of pivotal importance to the development of the emirate and its present economic boom . In his speech at the opening session of the First UN Asia Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights, His Excellency Sultan bin Saad stressed that Qatar fully appreciates the...
19 Apr at 6 PM

Panama Papers fallout may hit expat offshore accounts

Although only a few UK expats are likely to be caught up in the Panama Papers scandal, many more could be badly affected by the knock-on effect of offshore banks’ reactions. Many offshore branches of high street banking names operate from financial centres such as the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, serving UK expats now disallowed...
19 Apr at 6 PM

Retirees search for best bang for buck destinations

Discovering the best retirement bang for your pension bucks is a task many would-be expats need to do before they decide on their new country. For the average expat, the decision to leave the home country is based on many reasons, not the least being the need to stretch out a less-than-generous state pension and get a better lifestyle as a...
19 Apr at 6 PM

Expat property investment hubs under the microscope

Expat property investment is seen as an option by many retirees living overseas, but needs to be carefully considered. Buying a second home or investment property outside the home country is a popular option for many expat retirees, but making an informed decision takes a good deal of research as regards location, tax liabilities, renting...
18 Apr at 6 PM

Expat business in Spain fear results of Brexit yes vote

Brexit is fast becoming the topic of the decade for UK expats living in Eurozone countries. Rumours, speculation, whispers, reports, blogs and more, but no real information as to the effect on the British people and British expats living in Europe. This is <a target="_blank"...
18 Apr at 6 PM

China to built vast database to match expat workers with jobs

China is looking to build a massive database containing details of foreign talent as a first step toward matching up experienced professionals with employers needing expat expertise. The database will be China’s first mega-data project and is expected to include foreign workers’ areas of expertise, nationalities, city of residence and...
18 Apr at 6 PM

Shanghai tops list of favourite expat destinations in China

In the latest survey of Chinese cities, Shanghai rates tops for the fourth time in the last six years. In recent years, working as an expat in China has become the norm rather than the exception. Nowadays, Beijing and other massive conurbations are increasingly popular with foreigners looking to augment their CVs and experience this...
15 Apr at 6 PM

Expats Spanish siestas under threat

Spain’s interim Prime Minister has announced a controversial new plan to do away with the country’s traditional siesta. To most of the world and its expats, Spain is best known for three things – paella, bullfights and its much-loved, traditional three-hour siesta. Banks close, shops shut, traffic dies down and the streets empty for...
15 Apr at 6 PM

Omani property companies urge expat property purchase simplification

Omani real estate moguls are pressing the government to enact policies boosting the sector by making it easier for wealthy expats to purchase homes in the Sultanate. At present, expatriates are permitted to purchase only properties located in special Integrated Tourism Complexes licensed as such by a government agency. In addition, any...
15 Apr at 6 PM

Cypriot government ignoring UK expats Brexit concerns

Brexit-related concerns of British expats living and working in Cyprus are being ignored by the island’s government. For many decades Cyprus has been a favourite with British expats, whether for retirement or for business, with an estimated 60,000 former UK residents living a life enhanced by sunshine, lower taxes and stunning...
14 Apr at 6 PM

Expats in China choose local medical care over international clinics

Increasingly, expats working in China are choosing the international departments found in local hospitals as their preferred medical hubs. As charges for medical and surgical treatment in China’s extensive network of international private clinics continue to rocket, a growing number of expats are finding that the international clinics...
14 Apr at 6 PM

Sexism alive and kicking in expat destinations

Female expats unprepared for this negative aspect of culture shock are experiencing sexism in a number of countries. Nowadays, single women are as likely to emigrate either to further their careers or to retire as are men. However clued up they are to cultural differences and diversities in their new country, they’re often unprepared for...
14 Apr at 6 PM

Expat workers again under attack in Kuwait and Saudi

Kuwait municipality’s finance and administration department is looking to find reasons to lay off 60 per cent of expat workers. The municipality is preparing to scrutinise expat qualifications and contracts re their positions, with the aim of amending titles and job descriptions and reviewing salaries. It claims that many of the expats...
13 Apr at 6 PM

Proposal to force expats over 50 out of Bahrain causing outrage

Sunday’s proposal by Bahraini MPs that expat workers over the age of 50 should be sacked and deported is now causing outrage and criticism. The plan, submitted by the National Partnership Parliamentary Bloc, claimed the reason behind the proposal was that older employees are de facto less efficient than their younger colleagues. Although...
13 Apr at 6 PM

Brexit could force inheritance chaos on expats

Should Britain vote to leave the EU, hundreds of thousands of UK expats living in EU member states could experience inheritance chaos due to anticipated changes in current EU rules. EU rulings aimed at the problem of inheritance in cross-border deaths address an average of 450,000 fatalities annually and an amount of around 120 billion...
13 Apr at 6 PM

Expat buy to let mortgage demand still strong

In spite of new restrictions introduced by the government in March’s budget, the expat buy to let mortgage market is seeing increased demand for its products. Expats wishing to maintain a foothold in the British property market are now being offered a wider choice of buy to let mortgages. UK property prices are still climbing faster...
12 Apr at 6 PM

Better work life balance main motivation for relocation

An improved work/life balance is the main reason for expat relocation, according to a recent survey. Professionals looking to work overseas are motivated first by the wish for a better work/life balance, although better pay and improved career opportunities also play a part in the decision. According to the results of a study by AXA PPP...
12 Apr at 6 PM

UK retirees still prefer European destinations for their golden years

Despite increasing fears that the upcoming Brexit referendum will wreck their long-held plans, UK retirees are still planning to head to favourite European destinations to enjoy their golden years. A recent survey showed that one in every ten respondents were intending to use their pension savings to retire overseas. The poll involved...
12 Apr at 6 PM

Expats in UAE unprepared for rainy day scenarios

A new study by HSBC reports that expats living and working in the UAE are the least financially prepared for illness, death and other disasters. The international bank’s Confidence in the Future report may well have been undertaken to boost its sales of life, health and other such insurances, but it casts a dim light on UAE expats’...
11 Apr at 6 PM

New Kiwi retirement visa needs Brit millionaires

New Zealand’s innovative new retirement visa and residency permit may sound attractive, but the financial requirements are sky-high enough to deter all but the wealthy. The stunning antipodean islands of New Zealand have traditionally attracted expats from the UK looking for a British-style environment and friendly natives. However, the...
11 Apr at 6 PM

FCA pension scam crackdown relevant for expat investors

Britain’s financial regulator has announced its main priority for 2016/17 is a crackdown on pension-related investment scams. Although the Financial Conduct Agency has no jurisdiction outside the UK, its prioritising of pension scams gives valuable information both to UK citizens looking to retire overseas and those already abroad....
11 Apr at 6 PM

Wealthy UK expat bankrolls defunct Scottish League football team

A wealthy Scottish expat living in Canada is determined to ensure his childhood favourite football club hits the big time again after decades in the doldrums. Players at Glasgow’s Third Lanark Football Club were John Sweeney’s boyhood heroes whilst he was growing up close by their Cathkin Park stadium. Sadly, the club became bankrupt...
8 Apr at 6 PM

Saudi green card proposal welcomed by expat community

Saudi Arabia’s recently-announced plan to issue green card style permanent residency visas has been enthusiastically received by the expat community. The proposal came to light during Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent interview with Bloomberg, much to the surprise of many expats already working in the kingdom. The...
8 Apr at 6 PM

Brit expats versus Spaniards on stereotyping

One of the most difficult adjustments UK expats in the Costas have to make concerns the cultural differences between the British way of life and that of Spain. Living overseas may well be the adventure of a lifetime but it’s also fraught with challenges, especially for older expats who’ve decided to retire in sunny climes. Spain is...
8 Apr at 6 PM

High Court challenge on expat British voting rights to go ahead

Lawyers for expat pensioner Harry Shindler have said his judicial review against the UK’s expat voting ban will be heard in the High Court as planned. Mr Shindler, a 94-year old WWII veteran resident in Italy since 1982, is bringing the court action on behalf of over two million long-term expats living overseas who are banned from...
7 Apr at 6 PM

What do Scots expats miss about their unique homeland

With many thousands of Scots living all over the world and millions more with Scottish heritage, what do expats far from the glens and braes miss about their country? It’s true to say that the Scots have always been an adventurous race, and even truer that their love for their small country stays with them wherever they roam in the...
7 Apr at 6 PM

Newbie expats need to work at assimilation

A recent survey highlights the efforts needed before newbie expats are assimilated into the established community. . Moving abroad may have been a lifelong ambition, but the reality is that, just like other worthwhile projects, getting it right requires a good amount of hard work, self-examination and adjustment. The study, commissioned by...
7 Apr at 6 PM

Expat mom facing deportation due to heartless UK visa rules

US expat Katy James, wife of Dominic and mother of two-year-old Madeleine, is awaiting deportation back to the US due to a heartless immigration decision. Mrs James’s visa application was rejected due to a recently introduced visa rule disallowing UK citizens from bringing their spouses back to the UK unless they are in work and earning...
6 Apr at 6 PM

Expat wives worst nightmare in Southeast Asia

Of all the fears and uncertainties felt by expat wives whose husbands have dragged them to relocation in South-East Asia, the worst is losing their man to a local slant-eyed beauty. All the major Southeast Asian cities have a reputation as sex central, with their red-light districts a hotbed of girly bars, prostitution and fleshpots...
6 Apr at 6 PM

Expats in Shanghai struggle with gridlocks and dodgy drivers

Although Beijing still tops the list as China’s most user-unfriendly city as regards pollution, traffic accidents and daily gridlocks, Shanghai is catching up fast. Now in third place in China’s most congested metropolis list, Shanghai is also placed 24th of the world’s 146 most gridlocked cities. The rapid rise of the Chinese...
6 Apr at 6 PM

Saudi Arabia mulling Green Card system for expats

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince has put forward the possibility of a visa system for expats which resembles America’s Green Card. During an interview with Bloomberg, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud mooted the idea of a new visa system based on the American Green Card. The system would, he said, be an important source...
5 Apr at 6 PM

Expats warned over unregistered FAs and unregulated investments

Despite, or perhaps because of the many financial misselling scandals over the last few years, it’s still possible to recover lost funds in the UK via due legal process but, if you’re an expat living overseas, your chances are slim to none. Legislation in the UK as regards the giving of financial advice has tightened considerably...
5 Apr at 6 PM

Majority of UK trainee doctors plan emigration after graduation

Over half of second year medical students at Birmingham University are planning to find jobs in overseas hospitals after they graduate. It seems the reason for the potential mass emigration of newly-qualified doctors, nurses and technicians is the new contract already responsible for strike action amongst junior doctors all over the UK....
5 Apr at 6 PM

Finding the right home is worst headache for expats

One of the biggest problems when emigrating overseas is finding the right home at the right price. Moving overseas is perhaps one of the most stressful undertakings you’ll ever face, whether you’re relocating for business or personal reasons. If your destination is one of the three top favourites for expats, Switzerland, India and the...
4 Apr at 6 PM

Private members expat voting bill dropped after brief debate

In yet another setback for British expats overseas desperate to vote in the June 23 Brexit referendum, a private members’ bill has been withdrawn due to governmental evasive tactics. The private members’ bill, introduced by Labour MP for Christchurch Dorset Chris Chope, called for the removal of the 15-year expat voting rights...
4 Apr at 6 PM

Expats in Kuwait to pay huge power price increases

Expats look set to lose out in the Kuwaiti government’s fight over increased electricity and water charges. A government bill proposing increases in charges for electricity and water across the board in Kuwait was thrown out yesterday by the National Assembly’s committee for financial and economic affairs. In its place is a new bill...
4 Apr at 6 PM

Channel 4 filmmakers need Brit families living wild in Iceland

A team of BBC Channel 4 documentary filmmakers is searching for British expat couples and families who’ve gone back to nature in rural Iceland. The documentary series Escape to the Wild focuses on Brits who’ve dumped the pressures of Western city life in favour of sustainable living amongst stunning natural beauty and peace in rural...
1 Apr at 6 PM

Kiwi expats face tougher UK entry requirements

New entry rules announced by the British government are expected to make it tougher for New Zealanders to work and live in the UK. Kiwi would-be expats are questioning the new restrictions recently announced by the UK government, asking whether they are being treated unfairly in comparison with the benefits available to UK expats in New...
1 Apr at 6 PM

QROPs transfers OK for former expat workers in UK

QROPs can be had by foreign expats with UK workplace pension rights. It’s a well-known fallacy that expats from overseas who’ve had workplace or personal pension plans can’t access them once they’ve retired in their home country or overseas. The main reason for this frustrating belief is that many occupational and private...
1 Apr at 6 PM

Learning the local language is the worst expat challenge

Whether you’re emigrating to enjoy retirement in the sun or taking on a challenging new position overseas, your worst nightmare is likely to be the local language. Research states that becoming fluent in a new language is a huge challenge, especially if you’re not as young as you used to be. For those working overseas, the biggest...
29 Apr at 6 PM

Expat mothers prefer life in Spain

Nearly half of the expat mothers living in Spain never want to return to their home country because they feel they have a better quality of living in their adopted country. MumAbroad.com conducted a survey that found that 49 per cent of expat mothers residing in Spain, Italy, Germany and France planned never to return home. Meanwhile,...
29 Apr at 4 PM

Expat pimp arrested in Spain

A Belgian national dubbed ‘Europe’s biggest pimp’ has been arrested in the Spanish resort town of Torremolinos. Stefan Rene faces charges of heading a prostitution ring that spans the continent. He was picked up by the Guardia Civil after a Moroccan woman who worked for him told Belgian authorities where he was staying after he...
28 Apr at 3 PM

Expats in Spain told to hand ID into banks

Thousands of expatriates living in Spain could see their bank accounts temporarily closed if they fail to present their bank with digital ID. Spaniards in the Iberian country have been told to take a copy of their DNI national identity card into their bank, while foreigners must provide either their passport or residency card prior to 30...
28 Apr at 12 PM

British expats to be hit by NHS clampdown

British expats living in European countries such as Spain are likely to feel the full force of a proposed clampdown by the NHS. Many UK citizens living overseas often fly back to their homeland for doctors’ appointments or procedures such as operations because of the hassle involved when dealing with local health authorities abroad,...
27 Apr at 6 PM

Drunk expat punches motorist in Dubai

A drunken Russian expat in Dubai punched a motorist in the face twice after saying the victim had parked in the wrong place, a court has been told. The 24-year-old man was set to go on trial faced with consuming alcohol and assault charges but did not show up at the Dubai court on Sunday. Prosecutors told that the assault on the...
27 Apr at 4 PM

New Zealand issues increasing number of visas

New Zealand is becoming more and more popular with expats from all over the world, with the most recent data showing a rise in the number of work, visitor and student visas issued. Visitor arrivals to the country hit a record high for March, a rise of 15 per cent on the same month last year and eight per cent greater than in 2013,...
25 Apr at 9 AM

Benidorm wants Unesco status

Spain’s most popular holiday destination Benidorm is vying to be granted Unesco world heritage status. After you’ve checked the date and realised it’s not 1 April and it is actually Benidorm, yes Benidorm, frequented by hordes of drunken Brits year-round, you can read on and see just why the sunny haven, well, fun-in-the-sun-type...
25 Apr at 9 AM

World Bank reveals top migrant locations

The US, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Russia are the five most popular countries for expat workers, according to the latest data from the World Bank. The bank’s Migration and Development Brief also showed that the top five nations in terms of the amount of remittance received were India, China, Philippines, Mexico...
23 Apr at 12 PM

Pattaya expat angers Thais with satirical cartoons

An expat in the Thailand resort town of Pattaya has caused a stir among locals by sharing satirical cartoons deemed offensive among Thais on his Facebook wall. Photographer Harris Black’s images resulted in him being criticised by a number of news websites after they were reported by the Naewna Online agency. The cartoon, entitled...
23 Apr at 12 PM

Retired expats told to prove they are alive

An estimated five million Brits reside abroad and many of them are retirees who are claiming UK pensions; however, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has the problem of knowing whether the correct person is drawing the funds as some countries do not share certain information. Around £45m is said to be paid out to Brits who have...
22 Apr at 4 PM

Expat couple to star on Channel 5 documentary about demolition of Spanish villa

A British expat couple will appear on Channel 5’s Horror Homes to reveal all about how their dream villa in Spain was demolished. Len and Helen Prior, who were living in the Andalucian town of Vera, saw their villa bulldozed on January 2008 because of “planning irregularities”. Despite being in possession of the required...
22 Apr at 2 PM

Elderly expat Scot murdered in South Africa

A Scottish grandmother who moved to South Africa 35 years ago has been murdered in her Cape Town home. Sandra Malcolm, 74, was due to fly back to Scotland in May to visit friends and relatives but her grandson discovered her hacked to death in her home on Sunday morning. Police have launched a manhunt for the killers. The killing of Ms...
21 Apr at 6 PM

Half of UAE’s expats thinking about relocating

The United Arab Emirates has long since been a major draw for expats because of the quality of life on offer for qualified individuals in particular, with perks such as tax-free salaries on offer. Such benefits have meant that expatriates could live and work in the Middle Eastern country, earn and save potentially vast amounts of money and...
21 Apr at 6 PM

Bar and restaurant-owning expats in Spain suffer since economy crisis

Since the onset of the Spanish economy crisis, bar and restaurant owners in the Iberian country have been losing out to supermarkets, with wine purchased in the latter having gone up by six per cent. The Bank of Spain’s macroeconomic report has revealed that spending on the majority of products has gone down, but spirits and liqueurs...
20 Apr at 6 PM

Finnish expat in Spain loses lengthy loft conversion battle

A Finnish expat living in the Spanish town of Estepona has lost a six-year legal fight to keep her loft conversion after being told it had to be demolished. Terttu Balson, 70, was instructed to begin work on removing the loft, despite the fact her neighbour has one. Furthermore, the grandmother has also been handed a 24,300 euro fine...
20 Apr at 6 PM

British pensioners heading overseas after cashing in on reforms

With the new pension reforms in the UK, British retirees are cashing in and heading to pastures new in foreign lands. Among the main investments pensioners are making after withdrawing substantial sums of money from their savings are holiday homes abroad with, unsurprisingly, Spain being the most popular destination. Chancellor George...
18 Apr at 10 AM

Iran: 20,000 foreign students studying in the country

Around 20,000 expat students are currently studying in universities across Iran, according to a Science Ministry official. The latest data indicates that there are 19,800 students from abroad based in Iran’s universities, revealed Samad Haj-Jabbari, the director of general science, research and technology at the ministry’s Non-Iranian...
15 Apr at 4 PM

Murdered British expat could have been killed over stolen veg fight

A British expat who was discovered dead in France last week might have been killed six months ago after a row about stolen vegetables. Last week, police arrested a Frenchman on suspicion of killing David King, 70, who was originally from London but is believed to have been living in northern France for 15 years. The retired lorry driver...
15 Apr at 2 PM

French police searching for missing British expat

Police in France have launched an investigation for an 80-year-old British expat after her rural home was found empty with lights on and two cups of unfinished coffee. More than 70 officers in the Dordogne region supported by helicopters began the search for Violet Price after being alerted that her whereabouts were unknown. She had...
14 Apr at 4 PM

British expats angered by BBC Costa del Sol documentary

Many British expats residing on Spain’s Costa del Sol have been outraged by the BBC’s ‘Costa del Sol: Last Brits Standing’ documentary after it portrayed life on the sunny coastline in a negative manner. The locals interviewed on the show described the Brits living there as “crazy” and “barbaric” among other not so positive...
14 Apr at 2 PM

Irish gangsters in Spain face prison after fatal stabbing of expat

Two Irish mobsters face up to 20 years behind bars for murdering a fellow countryman at his Costa del Sol apartment. Wayne Lennon, 38 and Brian McConville, 30, stand accused of stabbing expat Paul Feathers 44 times in the town of Benalmadena in 2010 in a killing that is reported to have lasted an hour. The pair, who went on the run...
11 Apr at 9 AM

Frenchman arrested after British expat found in well

Police have arrested a frenchman on suspicion of murdering his British neighbour and then disposing of the body in a well in Normandy. The British expat originally from London has been named as David King, aged 70. He hadn’t been seen by anyone for the past six months. After he retired from his job as an engineer 15 years ago, he...
11 Apr at 9 AM

Expat ATM scammers arrested in Phuket

Yesterday, Thai Immigration said that an Australian man and British man on the popular holiday island of Phuket worked together in order to skim cash from ATMs. At the immigration media conference, it was reported that Jamie Steven McKee, aged 31 and from the UK planned with his Australian friend, Darrin John Williams, 48, to defraud...
10 Apr at 10 AM

Expat from Britain arrested after his daughter dies from fall in Hong Kong

A British man and Filipino women have been arrested after their teenager daughter fell to her death from their upmarket residential building. According to police, they aren’t treating the death as suspicious however they have arrested the parents on suspicion of ‘neglect or ill-treatment of a child’. Nick Cousins, aged 58 and the...
10 Apr at 9 AM

Maids in Saudi Arabia working illegally in small businesses

It has been discovered that some Saudi women are illegally employing their domestic workers to go and work in their small businesses such as cooking sales and other long working hour positions. Many experts and businesspeople think that women are forced to do this as getting the correct visas for expatriates is becoming increasingly...
9 Apr at 2 PM

Expat played important role in India’s freedom of speech

IT entrepreneur, Javed Farooqui, has made it possible for Indians to post comments online and tweet without the fear of getting arrested. Mr Farooqui, one of mouthshut.com’s founding directors who is based in Dubai, got his company to file a writ petition contesting Section 66A contained in the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 to...
9 Apr at 9 AM

Two Brits named in relation to missing expatriate Agnese Klavina

Names of the two British men who were questioned over the disappearance of the Latvian expatriate Agnese Klavina have now been released. Craig Porter and George Wesley Capper were in court on Monday facing questioning over the incident. Their names have been released after a gagging order regarding the case was lifted. The two men were...
8 Apr at 9 AM

Illegal expatriates who work in Oman offered amnesty

According to embassy officials, the Oman government is offering amnesty to expatriates working and living in there illegally, starting this week. Head of Chancery at the Pakistani Embassy, Naheed Naveed, said that they have already started working on the process of drawing up detailed standard operating procedures in order for a smooth...
8 Apr at 9 AM

A New Zealander’s view of Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand is one of the greatest places to be an expat according to Iona Proebst, the Executive Director of The Branch Foundation, a charity focusing on providing renewable energy, education and income generation for marginalised communities in South-East Asia. With the city’s colourful and vibrant life, there are always...
7 Apr at 12 PM

Properties in Costa Calida proving to be popular amongst expats

There seems to be a recent return of foreign buyers in the Costa Calida region. According to figures which have recently been released, the amount of property purchases made by foreigners in the final quarter of 2014 are rising compared to figures recorded in the same region during 2013. Last year, there was a total of 11,040 properties...
7 Apr at 10 AM

Family murder in Gibraltar thought to be due to mother’s post natal depression

A Spanish women who was found dead with her British partner and two children is though to have taken her own life after killing her family. It is believed that the 37 year old Spanish woman, Anarda de la Cardiac Perez Friman, was suffering from post-natal depression during the period in which she and her family were found dead in their...
6 Apr at 9 AM

UAE: 16 per cent of expat kids have school fees paid by employers

A recent survey from an educational online consultancy has revealed that in the UAE, companies pay school fees for over 16 per cent of expatriate’s children. According to the survey, UK/IB schools are least likely to have everything paid for by families whereas families who send their kids to Indian school eternally received the least...
6 Apr at 9 AM

Scandinavian link to murder in Gibraltar investigated by police

Police in Gilbraltar are looking at a possible link to the women’s Scandinavian ex-partner and the family which was found dead this week. There has been confirmation from the police that they are investigating the mother’s family in particular. She was found with her throat slashed along with her six-week-old baby and four-year-old...
3 Apr at 12 PM

Gibraltar murders: Adults’ state of mind to be investigated by experts

A 31 year old British man and 37 year old Spanish women were found dead along with two children in Gibraltar on Monday. The police are looking into both the adult’s state of minds. According to police, the names of the deceased are being withheld until the arrival on the Rock of their next of kin. Two girls, one aged four and the...
3 Apr at 9 AM

Century-old tapas bar to shut down in Almeira

After more than 100 years of service, the ‘most famous tapas bar in Almeria’ has been forced to close. Case Puga, which is run by brothers Jose and Leonardo Lopez, has fallen foul of rental laws that have recently been enforced. Over 2,00 people have been campaigning to save the bar which is popular amongst the expat community in...
1 Apr at 12 PM

After a string of burglaries, Benidorm murder victims tried to sell their house

The British couple who were recently murdered in their villa in Benidorm previously experienced two robberies and had put their property on the market in order to move closer to their son in Mallorca. Their three bedroom villa had reportedly been put up for sale for €230,000 after they had been burgled twice so that they could move to...
1 Apr at 12 PM

“Full English’ breakfast to be banned in Benidorm

Measures such as clamping down on what type of food can be served and licensing hours are being taken by the town council to improve the reputation of the bargain package holiday resort. Traditional Spanish fare will replace typical British dishes under the new bylaw which is expected to be passed today by the council, the effects of which...
30 Apr at 6 PM

Expat savers warned to get out of Britannia or lose out

Expat savers with Britannia International Isle of Man are being warned to move their savings fast or lose out on rapidly falling interest rates. Part of the troubled UK-based Co-operative Bank, Britannia International announced recently that its Isle of Man base is to close down. The wind-down will result in steadily reducing interest...
30 Apr at 6 PM

Expat exodus causes further falls in Spanish property prices

With the Spanish economy in chaos and property prices still falling, is this really the best time for expats to leave the country? The UK media is having a field day reporting the end of the expat dream in Spain and the continuing crash in its property prices, but is now the best time to return to the UK or should expats hang on in there...
29 Apr at 6 PM

Expat property buyers in UAE locked out of market by soaring prices

As property prices in Dubai soar towards their 2007 levels, mid-range expat and local buyers are being left far behind. Nowadays, cash is king in the Dubai property market, with overseas buyers underpinning the sector and construction of new apartments and homes picking up at a surprising rate. House prices are fast approaching levels at...
29 Apr at 6 PM

Former US Marine beats deportation for misdemeanor conviction

Good news concerning immigration decisions in the USA isn’t heard often, but Carlos Solorzano is now an American citizen thanks to his top-notch immigration lawyer. Carlos was one year old when his Mexican parents brought him to the USA to start a new life in Lake County, California. Whilst he was a student at his local school, he...
29 Apr at 6 PM

Report identifies goldmine countries for expat property investors

Along with an increasing reluctance to invest with banks due to exceptionally poor returns on fixed rates, reports on countries with stable economies are encouraging expat property investors. According to government surveys, international capital flows were on the increase in 2013, as were investment property purchases. Now that 2014 is...
29 Apr at 6 PM

Returnees form Spain face bleak futures due to house price crash

Tens of thousands of UK expats in Spain returning home after losing money on their retirement villa sales are telling tales of etirement dreams turned into nightmares. The 2008 financial crash was the beginning of an undreamed of nightmare scenario for UK expats across the world as their investments failed and their pensions were affected....
25 Apr at 6 PM

Expat Media Request: BBC Radio Interviewing British Expats Returning From Spain

Radio 4's consumer programme, You and Yours, airs every weekday at 12-1pm. They're looking for interviewees for a piece they're working on about British expats returning from Spain. They want to talk to you about the reasons you left the UK, why you returned and talk about what life was like in Spain as well as how you're adjusting to life...
25 Apr at 6 PM

Do UK expats fully understand the Statutory Residence Test

With so many changes being introduced as regards tax on pensions, it’s important for UK expats to understand the implications of the Statutory Residence Test. Introduced in April 2013, the SRT was intended to clarify decision-making about residency or non-residency, but ended up creating more confusion due to its wording. Making the...
25 Apr at 6 PM

UK expats abroad face losing their Barclaycards

Barclaycard is threatening to cancel little-used Barclaycards belonging to expats overseas unless a UK address is provided. Barclaycard, the UK’s largest provider of credit cards, has written to customers living overseas who haven’t used their cards for six months or more, The letter states that unless a UK address is given, their...
24 Apr at 6 PM

Pension liberation firms tricking younger expat savers

Warnings have emerged over pension liberation firms tricking savers under the age of 55 into cashing in their funds. Companies are claiming that the new rules set out in UK Chancellor George Osborne’s budget speech allow pension savers under 55 year of age to get early access to their cash. It’s a new tactic by pension liberation...
24 Apr at 6 PM

British expats in UAE celebrate 88th birthday of Queen Elizabeth

Diplomatic missions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi spared no expense for get-togethers in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 88th birthday. The red carpet was rolled out in earnest earlier this week for the great and good from the UAE’s 120,000 strong expat community. Hundreds of invited guests thronged the embassy grounds in both cities in...
23 Apr at 6 PM

Should expats be wary of cashing in their pensions under the new rules

Experts are warning that UK retirees living overseas may face tax implications if they choose to cash in their defined contribution pension pots. The new rules outlined in the chancellor’s 14 March Budget speech appeared to offer enhanced flexibility, but the finer details have yet to be worked out. Although the present rules as regards...
23 Apr at 6 PM

Brit expats flee Spain due to troubled economy

A recent data release has revealed that the number of British expats officially registered as living in Spain decreased in 2013 by 20 per cent. The official number of Britons living in the crisis-hit country as recorded by town hall registers totalled 385,179 at the beginning of last year. However, the British Embassy believes there are at...
22 Apr at 6 PM

UK Consumer Panel fears risks for savers after budget annuity shock

When the Consumer Panel published its damning report on annuity sales at the end of last year, no-one expected reform to arrive as early as the March 2014 budget. However, now that the dust is beginning to settle, the Panel is concerned over risks for consumers at home and abroad once the market is flooded with new, flexible financial...
22 Apr at 6 PM

Do expats remember what drove them mad in their home countries

Following an amusing take in the expat media about frustrating experiences in the host country, do expats still remember what drove them crazy in their countries of birth? It’s easy, once the trauma of moving across half the world has subsided, to forget what prompted such a drastic solution to the stress and strain of everyday life...
21 Apr at 6 PM

Public sector pension QROPS transfers under fire

Public sector workers and civil servants are being warned by pension experts that they may be barred from transferring their pension pots to a QROPS. UK chancellor George Osborne has already stated that different pension rules may be introduced for pension savers working in the public service sector and the civil service. The plan may...
21 Apr at 6 PM

Innovative graph shows global migrant flow over 20 years

Researchers have published a graph showing the migrant pattern between countries over the last 20 years. Many believe the 21st century to be the century of migration, with surveys suggesting that more people than ever before are keen to try for a new life outside their country of birth. However, a new and innovative graph has demonstrated...
18 Apr at 6 PM

When is a third country QROPS the best expat choice

Since 2006, expats planning to emigrate and those already living abroad can transfer their pension pot in to a QROPS, with pension savers allowed to base their investment outside the UK. As long as the product provider has complied with HM Revenue and Customs’ regulations, savers can base their QROPS in a choice of worldwide financial...
18 Apr at 6 PM

New international health insurance gives expats freedom to roam

Hard on the heels of the possible withdrawal of overseas heath benefits for expats and travellers, a health insurance company has launched a cross-border medical insurance plan. A major medical insurance company is re-jigging its plans in order to give customers the freedom to cross borders without having to rearrange their health...
17 Apr at 6 PM

Expat savers rates may rise in early 2015

Expat savers frustrated by the literal lack of interest in their fixed term savings accounts may see a light at the end of the tunnel by the second quarter of 2015. Although, earlier this month, the Bank Of England’s Monetary Policy Committee failed to upgrade its legendarily low interest rate of 0.5 per cent, analysts predict that...
17 Apr at 6 PM

Former Dubai expats plan trip down memory lane

Expats who helped build the businesses which brought Dubai from a desert oasis to its present cosmopolitan luxury and wealth are hoping to revisit the city by invitation. Those working in Dubai during its transformation still hold fond memories of simpler times including romantic camping trips into the desert, and have formed a Facebook...
17 Apr at 6 PM

Strong pound boosts expat spending power in South Africa, Turkey and Thailand

As the pound strengthens along with the recovery in the UK, a newly-introduced online currency index will help travellers and expats to select the countries with the most favourable rates. Fluctuating currency rates are an endless worry for most expats on UK pensions or with investments paying interest in sterling. Over the last year, the...
17 Apr at 6 PM

Kuwait considers scrapping expat fuel subsidy and reducing electricity subsidy

Expats in Kuwait could find their petrol and electricity bills soaring if the Kuwait parliament agreed a proposal to scrap the expat fuel subsidy and cut the subsidy on electricity charges. According to a recent report, the Kuwaiti parliament is prioritising the controversial proposal for debate, amid rumours that a black market would be...
15 Apr at 6 PM

FCA warns insurers to treat clients fairly on pensions advice

In yet another move to protect savers at home and abroad from mis-sold investments, the FCA has warned insurers, IFAs and pension providers against disadvantaging clients when advising on the recent changes in annuity law. The regulator is to issue a set of guidelines telling pension providers and financial advice firms how to handle...
15 Apr at 6 PM

Advice for expat confusion over living in Singapore

Given that Singapore is now the most expensive world city for expat living, a few useful pointers can ensure financial survival as well as having a great time. Most expats arrive in the booming city aiming to stay several years at most, and rush out to rent an apartment rather than buying straight away. Experienced expats consider renting...
14 Apr at 6 PM

Figures show massive scale of LM fund sales by expat FAs

A year after the LM Investment Management Fund (LMIM) called in the administrators, figures have revealed the huge scale of sales of its Managed Performance Fund. Now referred to in the financial press as the latest in a long line of Ponzi schemes, the fund was touted by FAs in many expat destinations for its alleged returns. However, a...
14 Apr at 6 PM

Expat homeowners in Cyprus fear repossessions after new law stalls

A new law protecting expat homeowners in Cyprus from banks attempting to claw back bad debts through repossession has stalled in the island’s parliament. Expats on the island, many of whom are retirees, had expected the law to be passed within a few weeks, but are now terrified the delay will allow banks to go ahead with repossession...
11 Apr at 6 PM

European Health Insurance Card fiction and fact

Expats from EU member states as well as travellers may well be aware of the benefits of the EHIC, but there’s more confusion over its use nowadays than at any time in its 10-year history. A recent survey revealed that over 50 per cent of those travelling with the card believed that it gives free emergency healthcare in any world...
11 Apr at 6 PM

Expats in Spain take to Twitter with their frustrations

Expat life in Spain, believed to be one long succession of sand, sea, sangria and sex, is taking a hit on Twitter, with foreign residents venting their frustrations online for all to read. ‘Only in Spain’ moments are being tweeted in all their often hilarious glory, with the expat lifestyle laid bare as being somewhat short of...
10 Apr at 6 PM

Good news on tax for savers reversing annuity decisions

Following the shake-up of pensions announced in the UK’s 2014 budget speech, many thousands of savers who changed their minds about annuitising as a result have voiced their concerns about tax penalties. The good news that a number of product providers have extended their cooling- off periods, giving savers time to get professional...
10 Apr at 6 PM

Wealthy Brits overseas rushing to buy into booming UK housing market

International buyers, including wealthy UK expats living in the UAE, France and Switzerland are rushing to take advantage of Britain’s booming real estate market and weak sterling exchange rates. A survey by a British bank has revealed that the boom in house prices in London and the Home Counties combined with a weak pound has attracted...
9 Apr at 6 PM

UK government cracks down on expat second home owners

In a move aimed primarily at expats but sure to hit UK residents as well, the government has announced a crackdown on ‘flipping’ as a means of tax avoidance. Flipping, the practice of changing which of two properties is an owner’s main home in order to avoid capital gains tax on a sale, was notorious as part of the MPs expenses...
9 Apr at 6 PM

New Zealand emigration spurred by feelings of inequality

The high rate of migration amongst New Zealand citizens is now being put down to a feeling of inequality due to financial insecurity. The need to start again in another country may well be driven by a lack of opportunity at home, but is also the result of a feeling of inequality and exclusion caused by comparative poverty. The OECD...
8 Apr at 6 PM

Fight for unfrozen expat pensions attracts international support

Following David Cameron’s somewhat half-hearted and decidedly unofficial support for unfreezing 5,600,000 British state pensions paid to expats overseas, the word seems to finally be spreading. Leading overseas pension provider Pryce Warner International has thrown its hat into the fray, stating that the British pension system is flawed...
8 Apr at 6 PM

Emerging economies are best for high wages and quality of life

As the 2014 Expat Explorer gets underway, results from the 2013 poll are showing that emerging economies give the best chance of a good expat quality of life on a more than decent wage. Last year’s survey showed that expats in Asia are the highest-paid in the world, with those in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and China receiving remuneration...
8 Apr at 3 PM

Expat Media Request: Are you a Geordie Abroad?

PRESS RELEASE: The Chronicle in Newcastle upon Tyne is keen to hear from ex-pats who would like to be featured in a new weekly Geordies Abroad column. The paper, and its website www.chroniclelive.co.uk, is looking for people all over the world who have emigrated or who are living temporarily in another country and may be writing a blog...
7 Apr at 6 PM

FCA review finds majority of FA firms mislead customers

The UK Financial Conduct Agency’s latest review into financial advice firms found that failings are widespread across the sector. The review concentrated on advice given by FAs to their clients, and found that 58 per cent of those questioned were not providing clear, upfront information as to their charges. A majority of 58 per cent...
7 Apr at 6 PM

UAE denies considering plans to restrict expatriate driving licenses

Following a ban on the issuing of Qatar driving licenses to expat labourers, the head of Dubai Police’s traffic division has denied that the emirate is considering restricting expat driving licenses. Maj.Gen. Mohammed Saif al Zafeen assured local media that there was no plan to cut back on driving licenses issues to expat workers in the...
4 Apr at 6 PM

Osborne to go ahead with taxing expat pensions

After a brief mention in George Osborne’s recent 2014 Budget speech of a plan to tax expat pensions spurred concerns in many migration destinations, it seems taxing those not considered resident or domiciled in the UK is on the cards. The Chancellor is now making it clear that expats must decide whether they are out or in the UK’s tax...
4 Apr at 6 PM

Kuwaiti government curbs police expat deportation powers

The new laws enacted last year giving Kuwaiti police the power to deport expats for traffic offences are to be curbed by order of the government. Following Kuwaiti Labour Minister Thekra al Rasheed’s controversial announcement last spring that 10,000 expats were to be deported annually for 10 years, deportation by senior police officers...
3 Apr at 6 PM

Expats to lose out on new top up pension scheme

Over half a million UK state pensioners living in 150 world countries will get a worse deal than their UK-based counterparts if they buy into the government’s top-up pension plan. Those retiring before 6 April 2014 will be unable to take advantage of the higher state pension of £155 per week payable from April 2006. Instead, they will...
3 Apr at 6 PM

Over 20,000 UK pensioners desperate to leave Spain

A hard-hitting study has revealed that 20,000 UK retirees are desperate to relocate back home, but are finding it difficult to sell their properties. According to the survey, the main reasons for heading home are the rising cost of living when set against the low UK state pension, the strain of being apart from families in the UK and a...
2 Apr at 6 PM

UK Budget may cause problems for expat savers and QROPS industry

The rewriting of many pension rules unveiled in the UK’s recent budget could result in troubled times for QROPS providers as well as expat savers. Experts are stating that the Budget pension reforms may well threaten the future of the profitable QROPS industry, with reduced tax restrictions likely to dilute the appeal of the product....
2 Apr at 6 PM

UAE expats benefit from UK passport cost cuts but others may not

The news of a cut in passport renewal costs is good for UAE expats, but those living elsewhere may not be overjoyed. The 33 per cent cut in UK passport renewal costs is supposedly due to savings to be made on the cost of processing overseas. In future, all expat passport renewals will be dealt with in the UK. For UAE-based expats,...
1 Apr at 6 PM

Singapore to stay expensive for expats but acceptable for citizens

Singapore’s strong currency is likely to continue putting pressure on expats living in the city, but inflation is expected to be manageable for its citizens. A study by the Asia Competitiveness Institute research centre has revealed that expat workers in the country are likely to find the cost of living a serious drain on their finances....
1 Apr at 6 PM

Britons make up one in every 20 Australians

According to the latest Australian census, the country hasn’t lost its popularity as an expat destination for disenchanted UK citizens, as 5 per cent of Oz’s total population are Britons by birth. A total of 1.1 million Brits are now living in Australia, according to the survey ,and outnumber New Zealanders, the second largest group,...
30 Apr at 6 PM

Canadian Federal Internship programme begins to show results

Canada’s Federal Internship for Newcomers Programme (FIN) was praised recently by immigration minister Jason Kenney for its success in helping new arrivals to integrate. Kenney highlighted the programme’s success at an Ottawa university’s graduation ceremony, saying that since its launch over 200 newcomers to the country have...
30 Apr at 6 PM

Reports of violence in India turn away potential expat workers

Recent reports of violence and rape in India have damaged the country’s attraction as an expat workplace, with many now heading for Middle East and Asian destinations. The results from a survey of over 2,000 expat professionals keen to work in India are disturbing, with 72 per cent of those surveyed now setting their sights on the...
29 Apr at 6 PM

Expat investors hit hard as Harlequin Properties calls in receivers

After several months of uncertainty and a class action or two, beleaguered Harlequin Properties has thrown in the towel and gone into receivership. After failing to keep up with regular contracted payments to their investors and an ongoing investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office and Essex Police, the action by the Essex-based...
29 Apr at 6 PM

Saudi Arabia drags feet on expat wives work permits

A popular suggestion that English-speaking expat wives should be granted work permits to teach in Saudi schools may have fallen on deaf ears within the kingdom’s government. The proposed decision by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Labour, welcomed by a majority of the kingdom’s teachers, involved permission of wives and daughters of...
26 Apr at 6 PM

Kenney warns those who hate Canadian values to stay away

After speaking at a meeting of Canada’s parliamentary immigration committee, immigration supremo Jason Keeney told reporters that would-be immigrants who hate Canadian values must not come. The blunt message came after news that cultural groups were working with police agencies to identify possible troublemakers before they could show...
26 Apr at 6 PM

Oz minister helps immigrant surgeon avoid deportation due to age

A Romanian-born GP, skin cancer specialist and surgeon told she must leave the country next year due to her age has been given a verbal guarantee of an extended stay by Brendan O’Connor. Mihaila Guguila, 52, was refused permanent residency by immigration officials due to her age, with post-July 2012 rules stating that only those under 49...
25 Apr at 6 PM

Increase in expat influx pushes up Swiss property prices

Switzerland’s continuing popularity as an immigration destination is causing a further increase in the country’s already high property rental prices. Real estate agents in the country are reporting further increases over and above the 2.3 per cent 2012 increase in rental charges for apartments. Rents are already another 2 per cent...
25 Apr at 6 PM

Could USA immigration reform spark Canada’s own Silicon Valley

As the battle to reform the broken US immigration system drags on, other Western countries are introducing ultra-fast skilled worker visa programmes in the hope of grabbing top-tier innovators. Canada’s recently-announced Start-Up Visa Programme is one such, and the most comprehensive yet, aimed solely at entrepreneurs looking to start...
24 Apr at 6 PM

UK Foreign Office moves to warn expats on Thailand road deaths

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is pushing a road safety campaign to alert tourists and expat residents overseas about dangerous drivers and road conditions in several countries. The move comes as a response to reports of a high number of Britons in popular holiday and expat destinations being killed or injured in road...
24 Apr at 6 PM

Christchurch earthquake rebuild attracts surge in expat workers

The rebuild of New Zealand’s South Island city of Christchurch after the massive earthquake two years ago is now attracting increasing numbers of expat workers keen to be part of the effort. Figures recently issued by Statistics New Zealand show a marked increase in arrivals over the past year to March 31, a dramatic reversal from the...
23 Apr at 6 PM

Expat jobs at risk in Middle East due to employer problems

A recent report reveals that, due to increasing costs to employers and move by Arab governments to cut the number of expat workers, lucrative postings in the Middle East may become hard to come by. Middle Eastern employers with a high number of expat workers are being squeezed by the ever-increasing cost of expat packages including...
23 Apr at 6 PM

NZ Irish expat group spreads positive stories about Ireland

Following recent bad press about unemployment, depression and austerity in Ireland and reports on the latest Irish Diaspora, a New Zealand Irish group is publicising positive stories on social media. A volunteer expat service providing help to new immigrants from Ireland is determined to counter depressing media reports about the state of...
22 Apr at 6 PM

Expat investors show renewed interest in US Green Card

Amidst the present-day flurry and controversy over the US immigration reform bill, renewed interest by expat investors in a route offered by America’s Green Card is emerging. The little-known EB5 immigration scheme offers a way in for entrepreneurial investors with half a million dollars to spare, and involves investing in or starting up...
22 Apr at 6 PM

Kiwi immigration authority criticised for risky fast-track visa deal

Senior officials within New Zealand’s immigration services’ risk, intelligence and integrity division are highly critical of a new fast-track visa deal struck with a Chinese airline. According to representatives of NZ Immigration, a deal giving fast-track immigration procedures to upscale passengers on China Southern Airlines was...
19 Apr at 6 PM

Wealthy Chinese migrants look for unusual immigration destinations

As the present-day Chinese Diaspora gathers momentum fuelled by wealthier business people eager to stash their cash in safe locations, less obvious havens such as Portugal and St Kitts are emerging. Scared by the savings grab in Cyprus, unimpressed with the USA, disallowed in Canada and perhaps not quite rich enough for Australia, wealthy...
19 Apr at 6 PM

Expat families enjoy growing number of Asian theme parks

Asia’s burgeoning theme parks craze is helping expat families by providing an ever wider choice of entertainment for kids of all ages. The number of theme parks scattered across Asian expat destinations has been growing exponentially due to the booming economies of the region. Families based in Asia are taking full advantage of the craze...
18 Apr at 6 PM

Is Australia the new Switzerland for expat financial stability

Switzerland’s most famous product wasn’t the cuckoo clock or the sound of unmusical yodelling, it was its traditional reputation for secrecy and financial stability. A well-managed currency, sound banking system and its long tradition of secrecy and exquisite service to its wealthy international clients put the country at the top of...
18 Apr at 6 PM

Malaysia property boom spurred by increasing expat numbers

As a result of its successful economy, an increasing number of expats are heading for Malaysia, causing house prices and rentals to soar in popular areas in which to live and work. New records are being set for property prices in Kuala Lumpur as well as for rentals of condominiums and houses, and George Town is fast becoming another expat...
17 Apr at 6 PM

Expats warned to deal only with experts re medical cover

Professionals in the field of expat medical insurance are again warning that expats should only seek advice from financial advisers qualified in the speciality. Arranging adequate medical insurance as a part of migrating to a new country can be a problem for retirees with existing heath conditions or those settling outside the safety net...
17 Apr at 6 PM

Canada expat worker programme attracts criticism

Canada’s notorious temporary foreign worker visa programme has recently hit the headlines for attracting a heated debate, but experts feel the country shouldn’t respond by shutting its doors. Immigration is an essential part of Canada’s population growth and workforce maintenance, but many now feel that the visa programme is badly...
16 Apr at 6 PM

Shanghai job fair advises on hard to find expat positions

With a large number of English-speaking expats now heading for China’s huge cities in hope of finding work, it’s obvious that a wide variety of jobs are being sought in diverse sectors. However, Shanghai employers in general are looking for world-class talent with an understanding of Western culture, specialised skills and the ability...
16 Apr at 6 PM

Expats with homes in troubled Eurozone states face threat of wealth tax

Following the EU’s Cyprus savings grab, expat residents in other troubled Eurozone countries may be subject to a wealth tax on their properties in support of possible bailouts. Senior advisors to the German chancellor Angela Merkel are strongly suggesting that wealthier households in weaker Eurozone member states should be forced to...
15 Apr at 6 PM

Irish support groups in Oz report migrants arriving unprepared

Immigrants from Ireland arriving in Australia are resorting to seeking help from Irish migrant associations as they’re unprepared for the challenge of finding work and a place to live. The Friends of Sinn Fein and the Claddagh Association, both based in Perth, Western Australia, are reporting a considerable increase in the number of...
15 Apr at 6 PM

Salary cuts for expat lecturers in Italy branded as discrimination

Massive salary cuts of up to 60 per cent imposed on British and European expat lecturers at three top Italian universities have been branded as racist by leading politicians. The lecturers subject to the cuts, including David Petrie, president of the Association of Foreign Lecturers in Italy (ALLSI), were already working for lower salaries...
12 Apr at 6 PM

EC pressures France to backtrack on expat healthcare denial

The European Commission is pressurising France to reverse its denial of healthcare to expat retirees in the country. The ongoing row over health care for expat pensioners began in 2007, when the French government brought in new rules stating that EU member country retirees living in the country were only entitled to free healthcare after...
12 Apr at 6 PM

Cyprus banking crisis causes expats to consider asset diversity

Difficult times may be ahead for many thousands of expats who believed that banks were the safest place for their savings and investments. In the wake of the ongoing banking crisis in Cyprus, expats living in many favoured destinations are being advised to diversify their assets to prevent being caught in a similar trap. It’s slowly...
11 Apr at 6 PM

Dublin seminar explores reasons behind the present Irish Diaspora

Four leading social scientists met yesterday at Dublin’s Trinity College in an attempt to quantify the many reasons behind the rush to emigrate now referred to as the modern-day Diaspora. The symposium is slated as part of Dublin’s Trinity Week 2013 programme during which eminent academics gather to examine issues of concern to...
11 Apr at 6 PM

Failed UK Border Agency backlog hurting Kiwi migrants

In spite of the sudden shutting down of the failed UK Border Agency and its subsequent splitting into two separate divisions, its massive backlog of visa applications is still hurting Kiwis. Known in New Zealand as the UK Backlog Agency, the now defunct department’s total failure to deal with visa and other immigration issues has meant...
10 Apr at 6 PM

Kuwait drastic reduction in expat workers not feasible

Kuwait’s recently announced plan to shed one million expats workers over the next ten years via an annual reduction of 100,000 workers has been slated as not possible. Denouncing the plan put forward by Thekra al-Rashid, Kuwaiti Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, a number of high-ranking executives and officials have stated that...
10 Apr at 6 PM

British expat in China becomes TV talent contest singing sensation

When British expat Iain Inglis was invited to audition as a contestant on the TV talent show China’s Got Talent, he took it as a joke, never dreaming he’d become a household name for his performances. Convinced that he’s one of the worst singers on the planet, Southampton-born and Cardiff-raised Iain donned fake military gear and...
9 Apr at 6 PM

Thousands of expat engineers in Saudi Arabia have fake degrees

A recent investigation into degrees held by expat engineers working in Saudi Arabia has revealed that thousands of degree certificates used to get jobs and visas were faked. The Saudi Council of Engineers states that at least 15,000 foreign engineers working in the country’s construction industry are holding false documents. The news...
9 Apr at 6 PM

Expat pension pots suffer from plummeting pound

The weakened state of the pound sterling has devastated many expats relying on their pensions for their day-to-day living expenses. Recent research has revealed that British pensioners living on their retirement pensions in many overseas countries have seen their purchasing power drop by 50 per cent or more. Pensioners living in the...
8 Apr at 6 PM

Expat children in Middle East face integration challenges and expensive education

All Middle Eastern destinations include the United Arab Emirates present a challenging environment for children of expat workers in the region. According to a recent expat survey, the entire region scores poorly as a place to raise expat kids, as well as having some of the most expensive international schools on the planet. One of the...
8 Apr at 6 PM

Expat residents in Beijing flee toxic pollution levels

The record toxicity of Beijing’s winter air pollution is likely to be followed by a massive expat exodus to cleaner air and fresher locations, according to senior expat executives in the city. Diplomats and the many businesses catering to the vast city’s large expat community are expected to leave as well. It’s not only...
7 Apr at 6 PM

Expat homeowners in Goa face confiscation of retirement homes

Expats from Europe living the dream in tropical Goa are now facing the loss of their homes and businesses in a land and homes grab reminiscent of the Spanish property scandal. Around 450 expat-owned properties have been declared illegal purchases by Goan officials after local politicians blamed foreigners in the state for the rise in...
7 Apr at 6 PM

China is the least appealing destination for expat postings

Around 33 per cent of foreign workers posted to China by their companies are failing to complete their agreed terms in the country. A recent survey placed China very near the bottom of pile as regards enthusiasm for postings to the world’s key country for new business. Since 2008, Western companies have struggled to gain a hold in the...
7 Apr at 6 PM

Social media highlights corruption for expat workers

Earlier this year, a minor corruption scandal involving an expat worker in Thailand and the tax authority hit Twitter and went viral. Immigration regulations in Thailand for those wishing to work require a dedicated work visa, work permit, tax certificates for renewals, and other hoops which need to be negotiated. The British expat who...
7 Apr at 6 PM

LM Investment scandal leaves expats bereft of savings

Australian financial advisory firm LM Investment Management’s spectacular crash has left thousands of expat savers without their nest eggs and FAs without their commission. Following the 2008 financial meltdown, various Ponzi schemes, the dramatic fall in offshore savings rates, the Cyprus savings grab, non-performing insurance-wrapped...
6 Apr at 6 PM

Popular Bali sees rocketing real estate prices in 2013

A popular destination for 50 years with expats and tourists alike, the tropical island of Bali is seeing high demand for its properties resulting in even higher real estate prices. Demand is spiralling upward as more Australians and Brits flock to the island for its glorious weather, sheer beauty and laid-back lifestyle, giving capital...
3 Apr at 6 PM

Expats in Spain must report overseas assets by end April

Expats living in Spain are being reminded that the end of April is the deadline for the declaration of any overseas assets, property or pensions to the tax authorities. The new rules were introduced as part of a wider anti-fraud scheme aimed at reducing tax evasion.All expats are required to report overseas assets totalling more than...
3 Apr at 6 PM

New Canadian immigration guide highlights Queen, marriage and military

The brand new guide produced for immigrants to Canada will focus on the country’s relationship with Queen Elizabeth, the Canadian armed forces and their role in defending the county and acceptable marriage customs. ' The tome, entitled Welcome to Canada, is twice the size of the previous guide and contains 146 pages. Personal experiences...
3 Apr at 6 PM

Expats fight capital losses caused by offshore investment ripoffs

2013 may yet be the year when expats worldwide turn on rip-off salesmen for offshore investment companies whose procedures have caused huge losses. Popular expat destinations such as the UAE, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and Thailand have long been plagued by hordes of unqualified salesmen intent on mis-selling offshore investment...
1 Apr at 6 PM

Saudi businessmen believe expat workers needed for 40 years

In spite of Saudi Arabia’s controversial Saudization scheme which promises jobs in major sectors for all nationals, Saudi businessmen believe expat workers will be needed for 40 more years. Government leaders would seem to agree, according to the head of the country’s vocational training organisation, who stated that it will take at...
1 Apr at 6 PM

British expats in Cyprus join together to help the needy

The famous WWII spirit shown by Londoners during the blitz has surfaced again in Cyprus, with British expats joining in a crusade to help those in dire financial need. Since Cyprus’s financial crisis struck, many British pensioners on the island have been unable to access their savings via ATMs, and the British Government has suspended...
30 Apr at 6 PM

Neil Heywood death under fresh scrutiny in business deals

One person involved in the business deal claims that Gu wanted to utilise it to pay for the prep school tuition of her son, Guagua, who is now a Harvard University student, and whose luxurious lifestyle has been cited as proof of his family’s corruption. The deal sheds new light upon Mrs Gu, her lifestyle in the UK, and how she changed...
27 Apr at 6 PM

UK woman stabbed in Spain by intruder

As reported by the Telegraph, A UK expat living in Spain was hospitalised after an intruder stabbed her in her home, say local reports. The 53-year-old female, who has been unnamed, was taken to hospital in a rush, according to Spain’s news agency EFE. The woman was allegedly stabbed in the belly with a kitchen knife at her home close...
26 Apr at 6 PM

Tech advances help UK expat lifestyle

As reported by Easier, advances in technology are helping British expats deal with home sickness. As the capacity to keep in contact with friends and family gets easier, expatriates have been settling into their new homes more quickly, says the NatWest International Personal Banking Quality of Life Index. The Quality of Life report, in...
25 Apr at 6 PM

Bo Xilai wife present at Heywood murder

As reported by the Telegraph, the wife of Bo Xilai, Gu Kailai, who is accused of killing the UK businessman Neil Heywood, confessed that she was present when the victim was poisoned. Wang Lijun, the ex chief of police of Chongqing, has told US officials that Mrs Gu had pleaded guilty to murder with the phrase: "I did it." Wang...
24 Apr at 6 PM

Weetabix seller disobeys food giant

As reported by the New Zealand Herald, a shopkeeper in Nelson has told Sanitarium to leave him in peace after the company threatened him with legal action for vending a UK cereal to homesick expatriates. Bob Wren received the menacing letter after Sanitarium officials visited his shop and demanded that he quit selling Weetabix, a UK...
23 Apr at 6 PM

Chinese police assure protection of foreigners post Heywood murder

As reported by the Sacramento Bee, Police in Chongqing, China, are vowing to better protect expats after the murder of UK businessman Neil Heywood, which has ignited an global political scandal. Mr Heywood’s case is a rare one, says an anonymous Chongqing city official to the Xinhua news agency; the source added that very few foreigners...
21 Apr at 9 AM

Britain raises doubts on Neil Heywood death four times

As reported by the Telegraph, the British Foreign Office expressed concerns surrounding the death of UK businessman Neil Heywood to China’s authorities on four occasions during a period of seven weeks before its investigation was announced. The Foreign Secretary sent out a written statement saying he had hoped the inquiry on the death...
19 Apr at 2 PM

Brits win compensation for terror attacks overseas

British people who are injured in terror attacks abroad will now be able to claim compensation due to new rules brought in by the government. As of this week, travellers and expats will be able to claim up to £50,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, whereas previously the money could only be used for people injured within the...
19 Apr at 9 AM

Expat teen murderer gets 35 years in jail

As reported by the Daily Mail, a British man who killed a girl who turned down his romantic advances has been sentenced to at least 35 years in jail after he killed her and her parents to death at their home. Prosecutors claimed that he left his victims’ bodies in their blood stained home after stabbing them about 112 times. Jason...
17 Apr at 6 PM

UK expat tax caution on offshore bonds

As reported by the Telegraph, expats with offshore portfolio bonds might need to alter their tax planning now that the UK has reformed its tax management of these bonds. The UK government has sealed a loophole which used to allow British expats with overseas bonds to avoid paying taxes on investment gains. Overseas portfolio...
16 Apr at 4 PM

Low paid expatriates lament high price for childrens education

As reported by Arab News, school fees for expat children are too high, argue the parents of children attending tuition-paying international schools in Saudi Arabia. Though education is free for Saudi citizens, the children of expats face rising school costs. With the relatively low wages of many expat workers, the rising fees are creating...
13 Apr at 2 PM

Hong Kong soon to be top expat destination

As reported by IFA Online, Hong Kong’s booming economy is attracting increasing numbers of UK expats who are passing up on more traditional destinations, reports international financial expert Guardian Wealth Management (GWM). A flourishing economy, Hong Kong also offers a vibrant culture, as well as a low tax regime, which makes it an...
12 Apr at 6 PM

Protest in Malaga over equity release scams

As reported by the Olive Press, over 30 expat victims affected by equity release scams assembled outside of Hacienda yesterday in Malaga to protest an alleged fraud which could lead to many of them losing their properties. The mainly British group, which is led by Ian Sherdley and Euan Armstrong who created the Equity Release Victims...
11 Apr at 6 PM

Brown criticized for Irish visas bill

As reported by Enterprise News, Senator Scott Brown (Republican, Massachusetts) has recently come under fire for going forward with a bill that would offer 10,500 work visas per year for Irish citizens looking to emigrate to the United States. At a time when the US Congress has been deeply divided over passing comprehensive immigration...
10 Apr at 3 PM

Britains hardest working father goes to Oz for better life

As reported by Express, Britain’s hardest working dad has emigrated to New Zealand, along with his spouse and 12 children, since they see the future at home as too bleak for their children. Dave and Jackie Jones landed in Australia yesterday, thinking it offers them new opportunities. Dave, 42, says he must do what he can for his...
9 Apr at 3 PM

Shropshire couple Spanish house dream goes sour

As reported by the Shropshire Star, a Shropshire mechanic put almost £50,000 into his dream house after leaving his hometown to build a new life in Spain, but has now revealed the dream has turned into a nightmare. Martin Wade, aged 41, says he has now been left penniless and is now having to cancel his wedding to his partner of four...
6 Apr at 6 PM

Expat finance posts in Asia to be slashed

As reported by the Telegraph, Asian financial hubs like Hong Kong and Singapore have enjoyed vibrant trade, with several US and EU banks and investment houses going East to tap into the globe's most populous region. Corresponding to the changes have been a shift of asset managers, bankers and financial service staff flocking to Asia to fill...
5 Apr at 3 PM

UK expats see new fixed rate accounts

As reported by the Telegraph, Skipton International has revealed a second version for its two-year fixed rate International Reserve Bond. The bond, which will be available only for a short time, will pay 3.5% gross per year on minimum balances showing £10,000. The offer will be withdrawn once its funding limit has been reached. If...
4 Apr at 9 AM

Shoura decides no taxes on expats

As reported by Arab News, the Saudi Arabian Shoura Council has rejected a proposal to tax the salaries of individual expat workers in the private and public sectors. The council meeting was headed by Council VP Dr. Mohammed bin Amin Jafri. Dr. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, who is Secretary-General of the Shoura Council, said the group reached the...
3 Apr at 9 AM

Company to help expats repatriate bodies

As reported by Gulf News, a funeral service company in Al Foah is helping to make human remains repatriation less stressful for expats, as it concerns itself with dignified procedures for foreigners of all faiths. The company, Al Foah Funeral Services, operates the very first licensed multi-religion crematorium in the United Arab...
2 Apr at 3 PM

Saudi Arabia cancels individual sponsorship of expats

As reported by Emirates 247, Saudi Arabia will be preventing its citizens from sponsoring expat workers, as well as restricting visa sponsorship to firms, as part of its continued strategy to develop the private sector and battle local joblessness. The new system will be revealed to the Saudi cabinet for approval in the next few months,...