May 2017 Expat News Archive

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

31 May at 6 PM

Expats returning from EU countries expected to cost NHS a billion

NHS treatment for the many thousands of UK expat retirees returning to Britain post-Brexit is expected to cost a billion sterling. At present, the reciprocal agreement over reduced-rate or free medical treatment offered to British pensioners living in EU countries is costing the UK some £500,000. Experts are now predicting the full cost...
31 May at 6 PM

Three unique destinations for adventurous expats

Not every expat aspires to settle down in a first world haven equipped with all the amenities available in the home country. For expatriates looking for a different experience, developing countries across the world are the places to consider. A number of formerly third world states are now blessed with growing economies as well as...
31 May at 6 PM

Expat jobseekers dump UK and USA for less politically uncertain locations

Expats looking to find the perfect job are now shunning the UK and USA in favour of less politically uncertain destinations. Asia, Canada and Australia are now the preferred locations for job-seeking expats looking for a new place to hang their hats. The UK is out of favour due to the massive uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and the threat...
30 May at 6 PM

VPNs essential for expat internet access

Regardless of their reasons for leaving the home country, the majority of expats rely on the internet to keep in touch with friends and family as well as to further their business interests and plans to explore their new country of residence. Decades ago, the world’s expat population looked a great deal different than it does nowadays....
30 May at 6 PM

Germany to offer UK expats dual nationality

As UK expats rush to claim overseas citizenship, Germany looks likely to offer dual nationality to its younger British expat community. Younger UK expats living and working in Germany and other EU states may be able to claim the lifeline of dual nationality, according to a statement by German vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel. The vast...
30 May at 6 PM

Anti FATCA fighters lobby US congress for repeal

US expats across the world will be keeping their fingers tightly crossed as a 23-group coalition lobbies Congress to repeal the despised law. Originally approved by President Obama in an effort to shut the door to US expat tax avoiders, FATCA is now a painful thorn in the sides of millions of US citizens living overseas. Admittedly, more...
29 May at 6 PM

UK pensioners in Spain warned over storage unit investment scams

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office is warning retirees both in the UK and Europe over fraudulent pension schemes touting high returns on self-storage facility investments. The Serious Fraud Office last week began an investigation into fraudulent storage unit investment schemes amid fears that large numbers of pensioners have lost massive...
29 May at 6 PM

More bad news for expat workers in Kuwait

The Kuwaiti government has banned the renewal of the popular ‘family visas’ issued to parents, siblings and other relatives of expats working in the emirate. A Kuwaiti government undersecretary recently issued a statement declaring family visas for siblings, parents and other relatives will no longer be issued as they are now...
29 May at 6 PM

Which party offers the best deal for UK expats on June 8

It’s essential that British expat voters living in Spain have the clear-cut information they need before deciding which candidate to vote for in the upcoming general election. T he shock election taking place on 8 June is being promoted by pro-European expats as being a second chance to make their views known on Brexit and its effect on...
26 May at 6 PM

UK and USA uncertainties spur expat interest in Australian job market

Aspiring expat jobseekers are turning their attention to Australia due to Brexit uncertainty and the political and economic effects of the Trump presidency. A 30 per cent surge in the numbers of job seekers from overseas hit Australia’s recruiters at the beginning of April and shows no signs of slowing down. The biggest increases in...
26 May at 6 PM

Life after a failed expat assignment

Being offered an international assignment is an exciting challenge for career-oriented professionals, and can be very rewarding both for the expat and the employer. Taking on a new position in an unfamiliar location is a welcome challenge for many expat professionals, with the financial rewards just one of the career benefits on offer....
26 May at 6 PM

EU expats flee UK in fear of Brexit

A dramatic fall in net migration since the Brexit referendum is sparking fears for the British economy. New official figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed a massive fall in net migration in 2016, sparked by a surge in EU expats relocating to their home countries. Business groups are warning a labour...
25 May at 6 PM

Expat retirees in France can expect a longer life

A recent study has confirmed the French are living longer than those in most other countries, making it the perfect destination for expat retirees. According to a French study of life expectancy across the world, French elder citizens are fortunate they were born there due to the fact that life expectancy is at one of the world’s...
25 May at 6 PM

LibDem leader Farron calls for MPs for Brit expats in Europe

The leader of the Liberal Democrat political party is urging increased parliamentary representation for the 1.2 million British expatriates living in EU member states. LibDem leader Tim Farron is suggesting new constituencies with their own members of parliament should be drawn up in order to represent British expat communities across...
25 May at 6 PM

US expat survey notes increasing dissatisfaction with US government

The latest version of an annual US expat survey has revealed a growing number of respondents are unhappy with their government. The US Expat Opinion Survey was based on expats' feelings about taxes, the 2016 presidential election, government representation, citizenship renunciation and more, including the new guy in the White House and...
24 May at 6 PM

Thailand worlds deadliest country for motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles are the Thai choice for personal transport, but the country’s annual total of accidents and fatalities involving two wheels is the highest in the world. For the majority of Thais as well as a huge number of tourists and expats, motorcycles provide a practical, inexpensive mode of transport both in the countryside and in the...
24 May at 6 PM

Survey shows favourite countries for expat professionals

Uncertainly about where to relocate is beginning to haunt expats’ lives, but some countries are still attractive for professionals determined to make the move. Immigration issues are causing uncertainty in many former expat hubs including the USA and UK, but determined expat professionals can still find a home for their talents and...
24 May at 6 PM

EU demands lifetime protection for all expats rights

The EU is demanding a lifetime guarantee of rights for all expats affected by Brexit. The demand was made as part of the EU’s negotiation directives, and is focused on the rights and status of all expat citizens and their families, both in the UK and in the 27 EU member states. Safeguarding those likely to be affected due to...
24 May at 6 PM

UK expats in UAE speak out on Manchester terrorist bombing

British expats living and working in the Gulf States are appalled and saddened by the news of the devastating Manchester terrorism attack. The suicide bomb attack is being considered by many to be the worst of the many terror attacks in the UK, simply because of the number of deaths and the fact that the British-born bomber deliberately...
24 May at 6 PM

UK expats still disallowed from voting in general election

Last October, the British government promised British expats who’d lived overseas for more than 15 years they would be able to vote in the next general election. Next month’s shock UK general election is perhaps one of the most significant of the past several decades, as it’s clearly linked to Britain’s divorce from the EU. In...
24 May at 6 PM

SEC probe hits international FA firm targeting UK expat pension pots

An international financial advice firm specialising in targeting British expats’ pension funds and investments is now being investigated by the USA Securities and Exchange Commission. The DeVere Group has long been active in retirement destinations favoured by expats from the UK, with its high fees and aggressive marketing tactics...
22 May at 6 PM

Taking your dog with you when relocating

Relocating expats whose dogs are a precious part of their lives need not be nervous about the process, as many world countries will make both of them welcome. Expats with much-loved dogs could be forgiven for panicking when it’s time to relocate to another job in another country, but there’s no need to worry. The practicalities of...
22 May at 6 PM

Expensive Asian cities worth the price for ambitious expats

The world’s most expensive cities for expats are still regarded as dream destinations by ambitious professionals. Asia is the latest Shangri-la for international companies looking to expand their influence even further, although the average cost of living in the most favourable destinations is continuing to rise. Being posted to one of...
22 May at 6 PM

British retirees in Spain face crisis over bad Brexit deal

An increasing number of elderly British retirees living along the Spanish coastline are already feeling the pinch and are terrified of a hard Brexit. For several decades, Spain’s Costa del Sol has been a favourite retirement hub for British state pensioners. Many chose the warm, inexpensive lifestyle over having to decide between heating...
19 May at 6 PM

Buying your expat dream home in Canada

Canada is a popular choice for expats from across the world, with many deciding to buy a home rather than rent. For new expat arrivals in Canada, buying a home is a long-term, cost effective option to renting. The purchase programme is reasonably straightforward, and there’s a great choice of varying locations with properties costing...
19 May at 6 PM

Expat entrepreneurs in China crazy about WeChat

A user behaviour report by China’s popular social media app WeChat has revealed it’s become an essential part of life for expat entrepreneurs, students and business owners. WeChat’s user report, revealed on Wednesday, is the result of a survey of the app’s millions of users and covers all its functions including its stickers and...
19 May at 6 PM

Kuwaiti lawmaker calls for mass sacking of expatriate teachers

In yet another attack on Kuwait’s expatriate community, a local lawmaker is calling for all foreign teachers to be sacked and replaced with Kuwaiti nationals. MP Osama al Shaheen believes there is now an urgent need to address the emirate’s demographic imbalance, suggesting that removing all foreign teachers would contribute strongly...
18 May at 6 PM

Philippines is home from home for expats families

Of all Southeast Asia’s tropical countries, the Philippines is the most popular haven for expats and their families. According to a recent survey, the main reasons for the popularity of the Philippines amongst expats are its booming economy and the hospitality of its people. In reality, there are many, many reasons why the island...
18 May at 6 PM

Japanese bank beefs up English language services for expats

Major Japanese banks are responding to an increase in incoming expat professionals by providing more English language services. One of the biggest problems for expats taking up positions in non-English speaking countries is dealing with the need for a local bank account. Not only is it rare to find English-speaking staff, the banking...
18 May at 6 PM

How Brexit will affect finances for Brits overseas

With so much uncertainty as regards the Brexit effect on freedom to live and work in the EU, a shift of expat focus to the financial consequences of a hard deal can at least help with contingency plans. Basically, the major effect on expat finances is certain to be the fate of sterling once Brexit becomes an uncomfortable reality. If...
17 May at 6 PM

Dubai offers expat property owners official online wills

Expats who are property owners in Dubai can now safeguard their investments by making use of an officially recognised online will. The new will allows expat owners of one to five properties in Dubai to make an online will safeguarding their investments and passing them on to beneficiaries after their deaths. Once the will is made, it...
17 May at 6 PM

Hong Kong losing its charm for expat professionals

Once the favoured exotic destination for expat professionals, Hong Kong is losing ground to India and Japan due to its shrinking benefit packages. Expat pay packages and benefits in Hong Kong, once a favourite of expat professionals looking to get the best deal, are at their lowest point since 2012. The once generous terms of employment...
17 May at 6 PM

Oman considering loosening expat property purchase rules

Omani lawmakers are considering allowing foreigners living and working in the emirate to purchase homes outside the specially designated integrated tourist complexes. A recent article in the Oman Times quoted deputy chairman of the Majlis al Shura Mohammed al Ghassani as saying that changes in the rule disallowing expats from buying homes...
17 May at 6 PM

Madrid wins out as European favourite for expat life

A recent survey has identified Madrid as one of the top world cities for expat life. Deciding to live and work overseas often involves a tricky choice between top-waged, elite jobs with unsatisfactory lifestyles and a more laid-back, enjoyable environment with an acceptable salary. With its central location, finance and commerce hubs, job...
17 May at 6 PM

British expat calls for more English speaking police in Spain

A long-term British resident on the Spanish Costa del Sol has called for the recruitment of more English-speaking police. Ed Wilcox, a resident of Duquesa for the past 35 years, is appealing for more English-speaking police to be employed in the popular tourism and expat destination. His call comes just several days after he was twice...
17 May at 6 PM

Spain talks tough on expat Brexit

Spain’s foreign minister is hitting out at Britain’s stance on expats. The argument on expat rights between Theresa May and European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofsdadt seems to be getting nastier as time passes, with neither able to get their human rights priorities in order. In addition, a recent statement from the Madrid...
17 May at 6 PM

Expats fear losing data from global cyber attack

Expats across the world are afraid they might lose files, photos and contact details of family and friends back home due to Friday’s devastating cyber attack. For the first time ever, a massive cyber attack using malicious ransomware has spread across 150 countries and infected at least 300,000 computer systems, leaving expats who rely...
17 May at 6 PM

Can watching British TV ease expat homesickness

Moving overseas and living in an unfamiliar country can cause attacks of homesickness, depression and stress-related anxiety, but accessing the home country’s TV channels can help ease the strain. Wherever in the world expats are located, there’s no avoiding the occasional twinge of regret for leaving the comforts of home and immersing...
17 May at 6 PM

Fast deal needed to protect rights of UK and EU expats

In spite of prevarications by EU negotiators and the meaningless soundbites emitting from the British PM, the mainstream belief that nothing is more urgent than the need to regularise the post-Brexit status of 4.2 million expats is growing fast. Brussel’s latest statement stresses how complicated the issue could be but, in theory, the...
12 May at 6 PM

British expat parents in Spain appeal for O negative blood

A British expat family living in Mallorca are appealing for O negative expats to donate blood to save their daughter’s life. Originally from Yorkshire and now living in Valldemossa, John Chappell and his wife Sarah have appealed through the local English language newspaper Olive Press for expats with O negative blood to come forward and...
12 May at 6 PM

Ramadan rules for expats in Saudi

Newly arrived expats in Gulf State countries are often concerned about how to deal with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the workplace, but following basic rules will ensure the faithful aren’t offended. Saudi Arabia is known for its stricter approach to Muslim laws, but is an attractive destination for expat professionals. As the...
12 May at 6 PM

Expat tips for saving money whilst working overseas

Many would-be expats accept overseas positions as it gives a sufficiently increased salary to be able to save money during the term of the contract. One of the best reasons for moving to an overseas job on a fixed term contract is the opportunity to save a good deal of money due to an increased salary and benefits such as paid...
11 May at 6 PM

Anti Brexit group tells EU MEPs expat lives matter

At a recent meeting, the 3million group, one of the major anti-Brexit expat groups, presented a briefing paper detailing its pre-Brexit demands to members of the European parliament and its Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt. Before the meeting, co-chair of the group Anne-Laure Donskoy told the media they are pressing for an early,...
11 May at 6 PM

Foreign finances and FATCA for US expats

American expats are far moré likely to up sticks and move between various international destinations than other nationalities, but managing finances can be tricky, especially where taxation is concerned. The result of this constant sampling of new destinations can result in a variety of bank accounts in different countries and...
11 May at 6 PM

Brexit trap stalks Brit expats in Europe

As the Europe-based clamour for fair treatment for EU expats in the UK accelerates, UK citizens at present living in EU member states are being left out in the cold. Analysts are saying the Brexit negotiations will result in disaster for Britons living in Europe, whilst EU expats in the UK are likely to get a far better deal. Last Monday,...
10 May at 6 PM

Survey reveals majority of Brit expats determined to stay put

As the UK digs itself ever deeper into the hole of a hard Brexit, a small survey by a financial services company has revealed a distinct lack of British expat enthusiasm for ever returning to the home country. The survey, although clearly initiated for marketing purposes, stated that out of the small number of 808 expat respondents, 70...
10 May at 6 PM

Saudi to dump all expat public service workers and dentists

A meeting between the Saudi Ministry of Civil Service and representatives of other organisations saw a request that all expats be removed from government departments and ministries by 2020. According to the Kingdom’s Ministry of Civil Service, there were 70,000 expats working within the public sector at the end of 2016, resulting in...
10 May at 6 PM

Paris beckons Brit financiers

Paris in the springtime, as well as for the rest of the year, might well be the favoured post-Brexit destination for British and EU expats working in London’s massive financial services sector. Given that it’s now well understood in certain circles that Canary Wharf is due to empty out well before Brexit becomes a reality, where’s...
9 May at 6 PM

Dubai expat scandal of discarded dogs

Dubai’s unique, luxurious expat lifestyle is being blamed for the large number of abandoned pet dogs being housed in the Stray Dogs Centre an hour’s drive from the city and its gated communities. The Stray Dogs Centre is found deep in the desert surrounding Dubai, with its rudimentary facilities home to 123 dogs. At least 25 per cent...
9 May at 6 PM

Indonesia as an expat destination

For expats with a sense of adventure looking for a decidedly different destination, Indonesia is far more than just Bali, Papua and Jakarta, but care should be taken when travelling with limited knowledge of the archipelago. Arriving in Jakarta gives the first taste of Indonesia to expats looking to find a haven outside the usual haunts....
9 May at 6 PM

What do expats miss most about Britain

Expats working overseas often can’t simply take a trip back when they’re experiencing homesickness or missing everyday things they can’t get in their new countries of residence. In the real world, most expats experience bouts of homesickness however long they’ve been away, but few have the total freedom to up sticks and return for...
8 May at 6 PM

EU negotiator blames Britain for expats predicament

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator is blaming Britain’s hardline stance for the uncertainty surrounding the rights of millions of UK and EU expats. Former French minister Michel Barnier put the blame for the continued uncertainty facing both EU and UK expats squarely on the shoulders of the British government, adding that Brussels will...
8 May at 6 PM

UAE expat views about Trump first 100 days

A recent debate held by US expats living and working in the UAE focused on differing interpretations of the Trump presidency’s first 100 days in office. The debate, organised by the GCC Business Council, was held at Dubai’s International Financial Club and featured four speakers – two Republicans and two Democrats. Moderating the...
8 May at 6 PM

Avoiding expat property purchase pitfalls when moving overseas

Whether would-be expats are planning to invest in property as a retirement home, for buy to let or simply to benefit from rising prices, one thing’s for sure, purchasing overseas is a popular idea. No matter where in the world or for what reason property purchase is being considered, it’s essential to be aware of possible pitfalls as...
5 May at 6 PM

Expat pros and cons of choosing a financial advisor

Expats looking to start a profitable relationship with a local independent financial advisor should cover their backs as far as possible when making the choice. Apart from death and taxes, there’s one other certainty in expat life – employing an independent financial advisor is going to cost money. Provided you haven’t made the...
5 May at 6 PM

Survey reveals the truth about expat family life in Switzerland

When Switzerland as a destination springs to mind, would-be expats tend to concentrate on its media image of massively wealthy, high-level executive professionals with kids in private schools and cash in Swiss banks. Surprisingly, the Swiss people share the same perception as many would-be expats, but a recent survey gives an interesting...
5 May at 6 PM

UK tax reforms affecting expats put on hold until after election

Changes to the UK’s domicile laws about to take place have now been shelved until after the snap general election. The move to temporarily axe several clauses in the 2017 Finance Bill took place at the end of last month, by which time the new rules should have already been activated. Key clauses affecting British expatriates resident in...
4 May at 6 PM

Abu Dhabi cost cutting moves send expats searching for new horizons

As the price of oil still refuses to rebound, Abu Dhabi’s stringent cost-cutting measures are causing long-term expat professionals to desert the sinking ship. One of the world’s major top-paying destinations for expat professionals, Abu Dhabi has long been the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for a generation of expatriates....
4 May at 6 PM

Hopes dwindle over continuing healthcare for UK expats

Predicting any Brexit outcome this early in the game is impossible, but UK negotiator David Davis is already indicating the European Health Card as it applies to Brit expats won’t survive the divorce negotiations. Until now, the EHIC has been a literal lifeline for older Brits living in the warmer climes of Spain, Italy, Greece and...
4 May at 6 PM

Expats advised to stay indoors as Beijing pollution hits record high

Beijing’s regularly high levels of pollution are infamous the world over, but today’s reading is the highest ever, prompting calls for expats to stay indoors. Early this morning, Beijing monitoring stations began recording lung-busting levels of dangerous AQI particles peaking at over 900. Residents and visitors are being urged to...
3 May at 6 PM

Wealthy Brit expats can buy out of Brexit uncertainty

As the chance of finding a fair and just solution for UK expats in EU member states recedes still further, those with enough spare cash can make sure they're sitting pretty via a Golden Visa. As with much in the UK, Golden Visas are for the wealthy and are unobtainable due to their cost for the average British state pensioner who’s...
3 May at 6 PM

Shanghai encourages expat graduates looking for tech startups

In a bid to attract talented expat graduates in the tech industry, Shanghai is enacting forward-looking policies aimed at expats looking to start their own businesses. Director of Shanghai’s Foreign Affairs Office Zhang Xiaosong explained the new policies are a composite part of the city’s new plan to attract international graduates...
3 May at 6 PM

Number 10 calls German media report expat rights fake news

Number 10 Downing Street is denying leaked reports in a German newspaper stating that Theresa May is uninformed about the complexities over expat rights in the UK and EU. The article in Frankfurter Allgemeine, written by the paper’s political editor and entitled ‘The disastrous Brexit dinner’, claimed the meeting was a fiasco which...
2 May at 6 PM

Paris using Brexit blues to lure London’s brightest and best

The French capital is taking full advantage of talented Londoners’ Brexit blues by inviting them to become expats in the City of Love. As the reality of a hard Brexit’s impact on London’s economy and ongoing job prospects begins to dawn, the city’s brightest and best could well be forgiven for getting out before it’s far too...
2 May at 6 PM

French taxman to pay informers for info on wealthy expat tax avoiders

The French tax office’s new move to pay informers for details of wealthy expats who fail to report their tax residency is aimed at targeting international tax dodgers. Expats in France who aren't unusually well-off won’t need to worry, as the new laws are specifically aimed at wealthy foreign residents who spend part of the year in...
2 May at 6 PM

Expat fury over Junckers refusal of reciprocal deal

Reports following the disastrous meeting between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker are suggesting a European Commission plot to thwart May’s efforts to get a reciprocal deal giving security to both UK and EU expats by the end of June. The reports, carried by major media outlets in the UK, have sparked fury amongst Britons living in...
1 May at 6 PM

Entrepreneurial expats turn wrecked Spanish shop units into trading hub

A British couple with an eye to the community’s needs have breathed new life into a derelict row of shops and made it a hub for local expats. Entrepreneur couple Chug and Karen, as they’re known in the expat community in Spain’s La Cala hills, saw the sadly neglected row of shops two years ago and decided to open a store selling...
1 May at 6 PM

Bremain in Spain founder urges expats to use tactical votes

Bremain in Spain’s John Moffet is urging all expat voters to realise they have the power to strongly influence the EU Brexit negotiations by giving their mandate to pro-EU candidates. Grenada resident Moffet is encouraging expat voters to choose candidates in favour of either a soft Brexit or some kind of associate EU membership,...
1 May at 6 PM

Alternatives to pension plans for disenchanted expat investors

Times are changing as regards planning for retirement, with actual pension plans beginning to lose their popularity due to government-initiated rule changes and media exposure of unsuitable products and even scams. DIY investment is a scary thought for many expat retirees, mostly due to its jargons and the need to study before taking...
31 May at 6 PM

Brits in Berlin prefer German nationality over living a Brexit life

Confused and bewildered by the lack of concrete information about expat life after Brexit, UK expats in Berlin are going for German nationality rather than risking losing their lifestyles should Britain leave the EU. Around 140,000UK citizens live and work in Berlin and the rest of Germany, with the majority in favour of their home...
31 May at 6 PM

Expat entrepreneur offers one stop shop for expat moves to Spain

A formerly successful businessman who’s been there and done it all is now the proud owner of a one-stop-shop advice and help centre for Brits moving to Spain. Moving overseas can be the most stressful experience ever, with local bureaucracy causing mini-nervous breakdowns in even the calmest new arrivals in a foreign land. Many Brits...
31 May at 6 PM

Crackdown on dodgy expat financial advisors gets serious

Following several years of revelations concerning fraudulent and mis-sold financial advice in a number of expat destinations overseas, crackdowns by authorities are getting serious. The recent news that Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is finally acting with police to investigate expat claims of fraud by...
30 May at 6 PM

British expat retirees well placed to afford Iberian homes

Due to strong increases in UK property values during the last several years, UK retirees are well-placed to afford properties in Spain and Portugal. Spain’s Andalusia and the Algarve in Portugal are still favourites for Brits wanting great weather, a friendly community and lots of activities in retirement. Due to the increase in the...
30 May at 6 PM

Expat entrepreneur in China markets eco friendly trikes

A British expat entrepreneur living in Shanghai has cornered the market for environmentally friendly tricycles, but most are being exported to the West. British entrepreneur Chris Trees came to China nine years ago, having working in Paris for international advertising giant JCDecaux for almost 10 years before being sent to Shanghai as...
30 May at 4 PM

Expat safety survey takes in 230 world cities

A recent survey has revealed that, although most expats believe European cities are relatively safe, the top-scoring locations are the most expensive. In spite of the recent horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, the majority of expats still believe Europe to be the safest continent for working relocations or retirement. The...
28 May at 10 AM

Staying safe in your new expat haven

Emigrating can be an exciting lifestyle challenge for expats, but it pays to check out hidden hazards before you arrive. Whether you’re moving overseas as part of a long-held retirement plan or taking on a new job in a challenging location, it’s best to research what’s out there as regards threats to your future or even your life....
28 May at 10 AM

Expats stick with offshore banks in spite of poor rewards

A recent survey found that British expats are still making use of offshore banks rather than transferring their cash to foriegn onshore banks in overseas locations. In spite of scares such as the Icelandic bank failures and a lack of decent rates of interest on deposits, British expats living overseas seem to be sticking with their...
28 May at 10 AM

Expats in unique Spanish beachside hideaway under Brexit threat

As the countdown to June 23 continues, the ripples of concern amongst Brit expats in Spain reach out to the most British of all Costa Blanca retiree havens. 70 miles south of the brawling Brit resort of Benidorm lies a newly-developed unique beach resort dedicated to UK expats. It’s not yet on the map, nor is easily found by taxi drivers...
26 May at 6 PM

International companies send increasing numbers of employees overseas

New research has revealed the growing trend amongst international companies of sending employees on overseas assignments. The study, initiated by ECA International, covered the past 20 years’ history of overseas assignments, showing that at present there are more expats working abroad than at any time in the past. Over 50 per cent of the...
26 May at 6 PM

Result of latest Brexit Poll sends sterling exchange rate soaring

Tuesday’s Brexit poll result is bringing good news to expats living in EU member states due to its positive effect on sterling exchange rates. Expats living in favourite European retirement havens are happy to receive positive news on two fronts this week. Results of a new Brexit poll by ORB Telegraph revealed the Remain campaign is now...
26 May at 6 PM

Weird expat requests to Brit consular staff

It’s not just expats who have problems with their embassies - the FCO staff themselves have their own problems with wacky expat requests. It’s fair to say that many Brit expats feel they’re not being well served by their country’s overseas embassies and consulates, but employees in these unappreciated outposts have their problems...
25 May at 6 PM

Disenfranchised expats lose battle to win referendum voting rights

Britain’s Supreme Court yesterday ruled that expats living outside the UK for more than 15 years must remain banned from voting in the upcoming Brexit referendum. The battle’s finally over, with those who’ve lost possibly facing an unknown future without having any say in the final decision. To those who handed out the verdict, it...
25 May at 6 PM

British expats in Dubai hold Brexit referendum debate

A heated debate on the Brexit referendum took place in Dubai’s Capital Club, attended by a good number of expats working in the kingdom. The discussion demonstrated that being thousands of miles away has no effect on the strength of feelings of those who consider the UK as their true home. Strong opinions were stated by supporters of...
25 May at 6 PM

Expats in Penang crowdfund to help street food vendor hit by drunk driver

Local people and expats living in the Malaysian region of Penang rallied round to support a street food vendor whose livelihood had been wrecked by a drunk driver. Georgetown roadside food vendor Ms Ooi is one of the city’s most popular vendors for her delicious Char Koay Kak made from fried rice cakes, a Penang speciality. Tragically,...
24 May at 6 PM

Study proves expat life in retirement is great for your health

A new report seems to prove that a healthier, more active lifestyle comes naturally as part of becoming a retired expat. The decision to retire overseas is strongly influenced by the desire for a warmer climate, less stress, clean water and air, healthier and more natural food and, in most cases, a lower cost of living. Expat advisory...
24 May at 6 PM

Nigeria expat oil workers demand relocation

Increasing numbers of expatriates working in the Nigerian oil industry are putting their own safety first and demanding relocation to other, less dangerous, countries. As the attacks on international oil company installations by militant gangs increase, expat oil workers are making known their demands to be transferred to less perilous...
24 May at 6 PM

Survey shows majority of expats in Europe wish to remain EU citizens

According to research carried out by a major website aimed at UK expats, the vast majority of UK citizens living in EU countries are in favour of Britain’s staying put in the EU. The survey, carried out with a representative sample of expats in Europe, showed that 71 per cent are committed to staying in the EU. Just 23 per cent are...
23 May at 6 PM

Supreme Court last ditch chance for disenfranchised UK expat voters

Following a Court of Appeal rejection last Friday, disenfranchised UK expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years are pinning their fading hopes on the Supreme Court. Friday’s Court of Appeal ruling by Lady Justice King, Lord Dyson and Lord Justice Elias upheld the original decision that British voting law did not legally...
23 May at 6 PM

Expats in Kuwait object to one hundred per cent increase in traffic fines

Expats and residents of Kuwait are unhappy about plans to increase traffic fines by as much as 100 per cent. The Ministry of Interior’s decision to double the amount of fines charged for traffic violations is causing major discontent in the expat community, with even Kuwaiti citizens asking their MPs to confront the Ministry’s...
23 May at 6 PM

Ryanair Brexit voters cheap flight offer under police investigation

Following its spectacular offer of ultra-cheap flights to the UK for expats wanting to vote ‘no’ to a Brexit, the controversial low-cost airline is under police investigation for breaching UK bribery laws. Ryanair’s advertisement stated that expats wishing to vote ‘Remain’ could fly home for just €19.99 on either 22nd or 23rd...
20 May at 6 PM

Worlds most expensive cities for expats

Expats come in all shapes and sizes, as do their bank accounts, but all are looking for that one special place to create a unique lifestyle. Expats aren’t just retirees, English teachers, backpacking globetrotters or contractors working on oil rigs needing R&R including great weather, cheap beer and sexy girls. Expat life can be as...
20 May at 6 PM

Glory days over for Hong Kong expat banking and finance crowd

The fat housing allowance packages gifted to top expat banking and finance executives in Hong Kong are becoming the thing of the past. Long regarded and much envied as a golden privilege only offered to senior expat banking and finance executives, the massive housing allowances granted as a part of top-flight relocation packages are being...
20 May at 6 PM

Brit expats reject chance to vote in Brexit referendum

Inexplicably, only a small fraction of UK expats living in EU member states have registered to vote in the June 23 Brexit referendum. The several million British expatriates living, retiring and working in Europe could have made up a key constituency with strong influence over the results of the referendum. Endless media reports assumed...
19 May at 6 PM

Three Shanghai expats save local girl from drowning

Three expats working in Shanghai are being commended for their bravery in saving a young Chinese girl from drowning. The three young guys, two Russian students and a French teacher, were sitting on their balcony overlooking a river when they saw someone struggling in the water. Immediately, they rushed downstairs and realised the figure in...
19 May at 6 PM

Expats in Saudi to be forced to have private health insurance

Given that health care is one of the most expensive necessities for moving overseas, Saudi Arabia’s setting up of a private health plan for all expats would seem to be a good idea. According to online reports, the Saudi government’s new, compulsory private health plan will be backed by insurers and linked to more than 2,500 hospitals...
19 May at 6 PM

UK budget airline offers ultra cheap UK returns for expat Brexit voters

The very special offer by controversial British low-cost carrier Ryanair is aimed at encouraging expats living in Europe to fly home to vote in the June 23 Brexit referendum. Mega-discounted seats costing from as low as £15.40 are on offer, but those wanting to book will have to be quick as the offer ends tonight – 19th May. The sale...
18 May at 6 PM

Expat workers in the Netherlands hit by phone scammers

A reappearance of a telephone scam is now targeting working expats in the Netherlands. Expats working in the Netherlands have fallen foul of a re-jig of a telephone scam involving their work and residency visas. Fraudulent callers pretending to be officials from the Dutch immigration service are demanding money on the basis that expat work...
18 May at 6 PM

Getting away from it all in Southwest China

When getting away from it all truly means getting away from it all, the South China Karst region is heaven on earth. The three provinces of Yunnan, Guangxi and Guizhou together make up one of the most spectacular spots on the entire planet. This unique topography features massive limestone crags, rich jungle foliage, rushing waterways and...
18 May at 6 PM

US expat in Thailand solicits funds to reconstruct 9/11 attack

Entrepreneur Paul Salo’s video details his scheme to prove or disprove once and for all the conspiracy theories surrounding the tragic event. The movie purports to showcase an important project designed to reconstruct the horrific terror attack on the Twin Towers in all its ghastly reality, using a second-hand Boeing 767 to fly into a...
17 May at 6 PM

China cost of living killing dream for expat workers

According to a survey by a relocation company, twice the number of expats are leaving China than are arriving, due to the country’s escalating cost of living. Up until recently, a relocation to Chjna was a must-have for adventurous expat professionals, especially those seeking high-tech jobs. Since the slow-down in the Chinese economy,...
17 May at 6 PM

Expats in Hanoi take on massive canal cleanup project

A group of expats living and working in Hanoi have formed a volunteer organisation dedicated to cleaning up the city’s network of canals, drains and public gardens. Hanoi is a popular destination for Western expats looking to work and live in a more laid-back Southeast Asian environment, but culture shock often includes the deplorable...
17 May at 6 PM

UK expat contractors with own companies face tax shock

New Inland Revenue regulations governing personal service companies may cause increased tax burdens for expat single owner businesses. The new tax laws, brought in on 6 April this year, will affect oil workers on contracts as well as other single-owner businesses.The focus of the changes is on the individual whose right it is to...
16 May at 6 PM

Relocating expats need more help with culture shock

A new report states that professionals country-hopping between assignments need more assistance with relocation stress. The survey involved over 2,700 expat professionals in 160 countries worldwide, with middle-aged family men making up the bulk of the respondents. However, the study showed the majority of expats head overseas alone,...
16 May at 6 PM

New UK law forces expat landlords to check tenants right to rent

A new UK law which came into force on February 1 this year forces expats renting out buy to let property in the UK to undertake confusing documentary checks. The law may prove to be yet another imposition on UK expats who choose to invest in buy to let properties in their home country. Landlords, or their letting agents, must check a raft...
16 May at 6 PM

Entire expat workforce in Dubai to be trained in culture and law

Under a recently launched scheme planned to operate in three stages, all expat workers in Dubai will have to undergo compulsory education in their rights, duties and Dubai laws. Four of the Emirate’s government departments are involved in the newly introduced Workforce Training programme, with the first stage involving blue collar...
13 May at 6 PM

Expats in newly awakened Myanmar find buying condos too expensive

As Myanmar continues to loosen its military’s grip and expats begin to arrive, construction companies are noting that newbuild condos are too expensive for most expat arrivals. After decades of military rule, Myanmar, formerly Burma, is opening up to the West and hoping to follow Thailand’s original intent as a hub for tourism, expat...
13 May at 6 PM

Dealing with offshore pensions when its time to move back home

Many Brits living overseas intend to stay in their chosen country of residence for the rest of their lives, but unforeseen circumstances may force the decision to return to the UK. Working or retiring overseas is a dream for many, the majority of whom don’t give a thought to the complications of moving back home until they’re forced...
13 May at 6 PM

UK expats in Spain to get Tescos Best of British

The news that British favourite Tesco is to start supplying British foodie delights via a Spanish supermarket chain is sure to boost morale across Andalusia’s expat community. A double deal with Spanish retailer El Corte Ingles will see 50 typical British favourites featured across the Spanish supermarket’s chain, with shoppers in...
12 May at 6 PM

Surprises and shocks hit newly arrived expats in New Zealand

For decades, New Zealand has been attracting UK expats to its shores, many drawn by its supposedly quintessential British feel, even although shocks as well as pleasant surprises can catch the unwary. Famed for its friendly, English-speaking peoples, its stunning scenery and its superficial similarity to the UK, New Zealand is a popular...
12 May at 6 PM

Brit expats face state pension slash should Brexit succeed

UK expats settled in European hot spots could see their triple-locked state pension frozen pending negotiations with EU member states regarding the annual increase. The present system permits British retirees living in European Economic Area (EEA) countries to receive annual pension increases related to either inflation or 2.5 per cent,...
12 May at 6 PM

EU plans for European personal pension under fire from insurance giants

A trade body serving the insurance and pensions industry has attacked the EU’s plan to introduce a Europe-wide personal pension. The EU’s new personal pension proposal would benefit not only EU citizens but also expats living, working or retiring in EU member states. On offer to consumers would be the same benefits at the same cost,...
11 May at 6 PM

Spanish property market facing challenges in 2016

Although demand for Spanish property has increased recently due to improved mortgage rates and low real estate prices, the Spanish real estate market is under threat in 2016 from Brexit, currency turmoil and new Andalusian holiday let laws. A recent survey reports strong expat demand for Spanish property originating mostly from the UK,...
11 May at 6 PM

Oz lifetime contribution cap bad news for expat pensions

Australia’s harsh new law regarding the total amount of lifetime contributions to a pension is set to hit expats hard. Last week’s announcement by the Australian government set out a new, much lower, limit on the ‘after tax’ pension contributions for British expats with Australian pension accounts. The reduced lifetime amount now...
11 May at 4 PM

Brit expats in OZ forced back to UK over spiralling health costs

Spiralling health insurance costs essential for Australian medical care are forcing retired Britons to return to the UK. Medical insurance is essential for British expat retirees living in Australia, but the ever-rising premium charges are forcing many retirees to give up their dream and return to the UK. One couple living in Albany,...
10 May at 6 PM

Brit expats in Mallorca fundraise for poverty stricken Peruvian kids

From a small but determined beginning seven years ago to 2016’s successful school and orphanage, Brit expats’ efforts have changed the lives of hundreds of impoverished Peruvian children. Seven years ago, a group of mostly British expats living in Palmanova on Mallorca became aware of the devastating poverty of rural Peruvian...
10 May at 6 PM

Is the expat lifestyle dream fading for Brits

Results of a recent survey hint that the long-held retirement dream of living in warmer climes is becoming a nightmare for many who are planning to return to the UK. The survey, conducted on behalf of NatWest International, reported that 97 per cent of expat respondents are unhappy with aspects of their lives, with most citing the...
10 May at 6 PM

UK expats being frozen out by British banks

British banks are systematically freezing out UK citizens living overseas, causing major inconvenience for thousands of expats . Many UK expats living overseas have valid reasons for wanting to either open an account with a British bank or continue using an already opened facility. For example, some UK-based pensions will not pay into...
9 May at 6 PM

Survey shows expats now more settled in UAE

Stabilising property prices and the UAE lifestyle are now major draws, reassuring expats formerly planning to leave. Results of a recent survey report 36 per cent of expatriate respondents are now planning to stay long-term in the Emirates. The same survey’s 2015 results showed over half of expats working in the UAE were preparing to...
9 May at 6 PM

Brexit tax effects for expats working or investing in Europe

Whilst a great deal has been written about the Brexit effect on expats retiring outside the UK, the possible tax-related predicaments of those working or investing in EU member states have been largely ignored by the popular press. The impact of a Brexit on taxation across the board could leave working and investing expats in a perilous...
9 May at 6 PM

Expats in China get English language online shopping platform

After years of struggling with massive Chinese language online shopping sites such as Alibaba, expats now have their own English language online website connected with the huge retailer and its endless choices of goods. Finding the way around the huge, Mandarin language Alibaba sites and their 8000 million products has been a nightmare...
6 May at 6 PM

Saudi Vision 2030 set to shake up the entire Arab region

An extenstive and innovative raft of changes to take place between now and 2030 was announced earlier this week by Saudi Arabia. Saudi’s Vision 2030 plan is intended to lay the foundations for far-reaching changes based on a liberal, social and economic approach, the rewarding of excellence and innovation and the involvement and...
6 May at 6 PM

UK pension switch expats fall foul of NZ taxman

Following a review of tax payable on pension transfers by New Zealand's Inland Revenue, expats who’ve switched their pensions out of the UK are getting unexpected tax demands. According to the Kiwi tax authorities, the tax itself is not new but has been either overlooked or miscalculated by financial advisers and expats themselves....
6 May at 6 PM

Numbers of US expats renouncing citizenship still on the increase

A worrying increase in the number of US citizens returning their passports is coincidental with the introduction of FATCA and the increasing surveillance of expat finances by the IRS. Since 2011, the numbers of expats who’ve given up on America and renounced their citizenship has risen year on year. From around 1700 in 2011 rising to...
5 May at 6 PM

Mexico may be easy option for EU expat life

Already popular with expats from the USA and Canada, Mexico could also be a great option for retirees from European countries. Familiar Western comforts, reliable services and, most importantly, English-speaking locals have all made Mexico the destination of choice for a million Americans and half a million Canadians. For those wanting a...
5 May at 6 PM

Banged up Abroad a horrific reality for UK expat grandfather

A British grandfather living in Thailand is claiming he was beaten and abused whilst in jail following a motorcycle collision. Manchester-born Dave Campbell, 68, was driving home one night when his motorcycle collided with another bike. The Thai driver had failed to put his lights on and was carrying a French couple and a Thai man as...
5 May at 6 PM

White Rolls Royce plays part in Dubai expat luxury car purchase scam

The Dubai car purchase scammer and his VIP Rolls Royce have found yet another victim. Known as a serial car thief, the fraudster’s convincing modus operandi has caught yet another expat looking to sell his luxury car. An unsuspecting foreign executive who offered his 2013 BMW-6 series sedan on a classified ads website is the latest to...
4 May at 6 PM

Expat mums in Oz struggle with high childcare costs

Australia is a long-time favourite for UK expats, but how do they cope with the financial realities and lack of family support? Well over a million Brits have met the challenge of moving half-way across the world in order to achieve a better quality of life, but how do they cope in an unfamiliar country without emotional and sometimes...
4 May at 6 PM

Parliamentary committee considers rights of expats under Brexit

A UK parliamentary committee has set out the difficulties to be faced by Brit expats living overseas should Brexit become a reality. A report of the Parliamentary Committee meeting on the subject surfaced this morning, complete with warnings over the convoluted negotiations which would be necessary to determine the human rights of expats...
4 May at 6 PM

Beijing greedy landlords making life difficult for expats

Expat quality of life in Beijing is being seriously affected by soaring rental increases. Although rent increases in Beijing are nothing new, greedy Chinese landlords nowadays are putting the screws on expat tenants as never before, especially in the more popular expat districts. Average rents in China’s capital rose last year by 14 per...
3 May at 6 PM

Is corruption a disincentive to potential expats

Adjusting to a new culture is one of the trickiest tasks facing newly arrived expats although, in the long term, corruption may be the hardest issue to tackle. The vast majority of expats from the West are aware of corruption in the public sector but tolerate it as it doesn’t affect them directly. However, their opinions may change once...
3 May at 6 PM

Expats in Kuwait to pay tax on international transfers

A recent announcement by the Kuwaiti government suggests that expats may be forced to pay tax on their international money transfers. Kuwaiti MP Faisal Mohamed al-Kandari has suggested that a tax be imposed on expatriate money transfers. The emirate is home to around three million expat workers, with a total of KD 19 billion having been...
3 May at 6 PM

Expat professionals in Africa becoming less attractive to employers

In spite of Africa’s continent-wide skills shortage and need for foreign expertise, the numbers of expats working for multinational companies is on the decrease. For international companies operating within Africa, finding the right candidates for upper-level jobs has always been a challenge. Under restrictive colonial rule until...
2 May at 6 PM

UK expat family to lose home to compulsory purchase

A disabled British expat, his carer wife and her mother have just two months to leave their Spanish home before it’s knocked down to make room for a bypass. John Grey and his wife Deborah purchased their dream villa in Alhaurin el Grande in 2003 at a cost of €66,000 after moving from Hertfordshire. Sadly, in 2014 John suffered a...
2 May at 6 PM

British Ambassador visits Malaga with urgent Brexit message

During a hastily arranged visit to Malaga, British Ambassador Simon Manley urged UK expats to register to vote in June’s Brexit referendum. The visit was the result of the UK High Court’s refusal to grant expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years the right to vote in the crucial referendum. During a press conference, Manley...
2 May at 4 PM

UAE expat packages take a turn for the worse

Once a guaranteed pass to the high life in the UAE, generous expat packages are now considered a thing of the past. For the last 15 years or so, skilled expat professionals have enjoyed generous relocation packages and benefits, allowing a lifestyle almost impossible to achieve in the home country. In 2016, reality has finally kicked in...
29 May at 11 AM

Qatar-based British expat killed by shipping container

A British expat in Qatar was killed at the weekend when a shipping container fell of the back of a truck onto his car, reports from the Gulf state say. The man was said to be driving down a coastal road when a lorry leaving the port in the capital Doha turned onto the street which caused the shipping container it was transporting to become...
29 May at 9 AM

Expats lose £850m worth of pensions

Roughly 250,000 British expat pensioners have lost out on pensions benefits worth in the region of £850m due to the fact that UK pension scheme trustees have lost trace of them since they emigrated. The estimate arrives after data gathered by FindMyLostPension.com showed that expats in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Australia,...
27 May at 6 PM

British mother ordered to reside near abusive ex-partner in Spain

A British mother is appealing to the High Court to have a repatriation order stating she must live near her abusive ex-boyfriend in the Spanish region of Granada overturned. The woman, 19, who has remained anonymous for legal reasons, said that her Spanish ex-boyfriend frightened her to death and has appealed the British court ruling that...
27 May at 4 PM

Imprisonment for one killer of Miss Venezuela and British expat

One of the killers of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her ex-husband, British expat Thomas Berry, has been handed a 25-year jail term. Twenty-five-year-old Gerardo Jose Contreras Alvarez was jailed after confessing to his part in the murder of the two, who were shot dead in front of their daughter Maya Veliz , five, who was also...
26 May at 4 PM

Expats living in Spain to be affected by EU inheritance law

Expats in Spain could see their estates handed out against their intentions and their families having to fork out more tax than they should if they have not made a will. Spain is the most popular destination among emigrating British retirees, with thousands relocating to the Mediterranean nation each year. However, many remain completely...
26 May at 2 PM

Expats investing more in UK property

Expat investment in British buy-to-let property is on the up, according to offshore bankers Skipton International. The bank’s managing director Jim Coupe said that there has been strong interest from all across the globe, but particularly the UAE. He explained that many customers now considered the London property market as...
26 May at 11 AM

EU nationals in UK will have no referendum vote

European nationals residing in the UK will not be permitted to vote in a European referendum, said British Prime Minister David Cameron. The prime minister said that EU nationals living in the UK, despite being allowed to cast their vote in European elections, will not be afforded such a right in a European referendum. Meanwhile,...
26 May at 9 AM

British expat named Manilva’s first foreign councilor

The southern Spanish town of Manilva has appointed a foreigner on its local council for the first time in its history. UK expat Dean Tyler Shelton said he was “over the moon” to be voted in as councilor following the local elections on 24 May. Shelton, who will represent the IU party, said that the town’s expat community had...
22 May at 9 AM

Expat worker in Spain shocked at son’s suitcase arrival

The father of a Moroccan boy caught being smuggled into Spain in a suitcase has denied knowing anything about what was happening. The eight-year-old boy in question was apprehended in Cueta, an autonomous city of Spain that adjoins Morocco, after officials discovered him inside a suitcase. His father, Ali Ouattara from the Ivory Coast,...
22 May at 9 AM

Thailand-based expat denies posting anti-Filipino comment

A foreign business owner in Thailand has denied posting unsavoury remarks about Filipinos on Facebook after he received hundreds of threats in return. Craig Thompson was initially advertising jobs available in the northeast of Thailand but things soon turned ugly when he was asked why he was refusing to employ Filipinos. The jobs in...
21 May at 6 PM

South Korea blasted over teacher HIV test

Members of the UN rights team have criticised South Korea for insisting that an expat teacher from New Zealand had to have an HIV test prior to her teaching contract being renewed. The woman, Lisa Griffin, was refused the chance to have her teaching contract renewed in 2009 because she said she would not undergo the test on the grounds...
21 May at 6 PM

Saudi family shocked by daughter’s relationship with Indian

A Saudi Arabian family received the shock of their lives when their daughter informed them that she had fallen in love with an Indian labourer and wanted to wed him. A report in the Gulf state said that the angry girl’s father went straight to the Indian’s employer in an attempt to get him to deport him but was unsuccessful. The...
20 May at 11 AM

Expat Australian teacher fighting for life in Phuket after motorbike accident

An English teacher in the Thai resort island of Phuket is in a coma after being involved in a motorbike accident in Patong on Friday night. Australian Louise Warren, who has been working at Patong Language School, was transferred to Bangkok Phuket Hospital on Monday for further treatment, announced a nurse at Vachira Hospitla where she had...
20 May at 9 AM

Expats in Africa have highest salaries but work longest hours

A global survey has revealed that expats in Africa earns more money than their counterparts elsewhere, bringing in an average of £160,000 per year. However, the downside to the high salaries received on the world’s poorest continent is that expats there are working longer hours than anywhere else, with four out of 10 nations on the...
19 May at 11 AM

Manpower agencies to be hit by Indonesia’s ban on housemaids

The government of Indonesia’s plan to completely cease allowing new domestic workers to go to 21 countries will dramatically affect many recruitment and manpower agencies in Qatar. According to senior staff from these agencies, about 50 to 70% of domestic workers they help bring to Qatar come from Indonesia. They expect it to hit their...
19 May at 9 AM

Hong Kong: Drunk Brit rescued off the Peak after getting lost

A helicopter had to air lift a drunk Brit to safety after he lost his way at Hong Kong's Victoria Peak. The British man, aged 27, apparently got confused about which direction to walk in and then found himself in Victoria Peak’s heavily forested area at around 5am. He then proceeded to fall down a steep slope, after which he managed to...
18 May at 6 PM

Worten electrical store angers expats with faulty goods

One of the biggest electrical chains in Spain have angered a couple of expats after they refused to issue a refund or to replace faulty items. Both men said that the customer service was non-existent at Worten’s Fuengirola and Marbella stores after appliances they deemed as useless arrived either broken or became faulty quickly. Expat...
18 May at 6 PM

Confused Hong Kong Expat signs petition by mistake

An expat living in Hong Kong was forced to remove her name from a petition after new crews pointed out to her that she was adding her name to a petition which supported the political reform proposal backed by the government. Roisin Rainy, a resident of Hong Kong for 30 years, thought she was signing a petition for the chief executive...
13 May at 4 PM

UK election success for Philippine expat

An expat Filipina woman has been elected as the councillor of Hertsmere borough and Elstree and Borehamwood town in last week’s UK general election. The victory of Conservative party member, Cynthia Alcantara Barker, marked the first time that a Filipino has been elected to a public office of this level in UK politics. Speaking to The...
13 May at 4 PM

Indonesian expats banned form working in 21 Middle East countries

Due to claims of legal and human rights violations, Indonesia has placed a ban on new maids from moving to and working in 21 countries in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia and UAE in protest against working conditions. When Saudi Arabia executed two Indonesian maids with no warning, it angered the world’s largest Muslim...
12 May at 6 PM

Many British expats unable to vote due to 'broken system

‘There have been many complaints from across the world by British expats as they were unable to vote in last week’s UK General Election. Many British living abroad received their postal vote papers too late in order for them to return their votes in time for them to be counted. David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative party, is...
12 May at 6 PM

Expats US to receive YipTV OTT TV service

You Individualised Personalised TV, otherwise known as the YipTV service, will provide access to 50 international services for a fee of US$14.99 per month on a rolling contract. This service will be available on smart TVs, online, and on Google Chromecast, Android and iOS devices. Channels which will be available include Antena 3, BeIN...
11 May at 6 PM

Asia’s Highest Expatriate Packages Offered in Japan

A recent survey from ECA International has revealed that expatriates living in Japan earn the highest pay and receive the best benefit packages in the whole of Asia, with expat managers generally expecting to receive a package totalling nearly US$375,000. The MyExpatriate Market Pay Survey which was carried out by ECA looked at expatriate...
11 May at 6 PM

Expatriate record set by Americans abroad

According to data released by the IRS last Thursday, the first quarter of 2015 saw the largest amount of expat Americans giving up their U.S citizenship compared to any previous quarter since records began. The data, which was complied by Bloomberg, showed that the previous record was beaten by 18 percent with 1,335 expatriations occurring...
7 May at 9 AM

Mother killed British family in Gibraltar murder-suicide case

A British family discovered dead in their Gibraltar house in March were killed by the Spanish mother, an inquest has been told. Thirty-seven-year-old Anarda De La Caridad Perez Friman stabbed her husband, four-year-old child and six-week old baby before committing suicide. Her husband, John Joseph Shannon from Liverpool, reportedly had...
7 May at 9 AM

Philippine authorities to export Thai over Facebook insults

Officials in the Philippines could export an expatriate Thai worker after he posted comments about locals on his Facebook page. The Bureau of Immigration ordered that Prasertsri Kosin, or Koko Narak on Facebook, was to be deported after locals complained he had been insulting the people of host country. Reports did not say in what way...
6 May at 4 PM

Most expats enjoy life in the Netherlands

Eighty-four per cent of expats living in the Netherlands described life as “good to great”, while the main negative aspects were the language, health services and tax. The new survey, carried out by DutchNews.nl in mid-April, found that the vast majority of expats were extremely happy with their life in the country, while just seven...
6 May at 2 PM

Finnish expats happy in Estonia

Most Finnish expats in neighbouring Estonia are enjoying life and would recommend theuir fellow countrymen to make the move, according to a recent online survey. Of the respondents, 59 per cent admitted that they would “definitely recommend” living in Estonia, while 37 per cent said they would consider it. Only two per cent said they...
1 May at 9 AM

Rise in British expats investing in property

The number of British expats looking to invest in property back home has been on the up since the beginning of the year, according to a leading lender. deVere Mortgages revealed that in the first three months of the year, 75 per cent of all home loan enquiries it had received were made by Brits living overseas, predominantly expats...
1 May at 9 AM

British expat killed in Nepal quake

A British man living in Nepal was killed in the country’s devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the UK Foreign Office has confirmed. The Himalayan country was hit by the quake on Saturday and more than 6,000 people have been confirmed dead to date, while with numerous remote villages yet to be accounted for, that number is expected to...
30 May at 6 PM

Zombie saving accounts spell disaster for expat savers

Expat savers are losing millions every year due to low or non-existent interest rates set against increasing inflation and tax deductions. The plummeting of offshore savings interest rates over the past few years has pushed a huge number of expat account holders into the red and losing money after charges, tax deductions and the effect on...
30 May at 6 PM

Expats and medical tourists have no legal protection against medical malpractice overseas

One of the major problems of expat life overseas is concern over medical malpractice and the lack of legal protection if anything goes wrong. Many overseas countries nowadays are setting themselves up as medical tourism hubs, quoting surgical and cosmetic procedures and a fraction of the price of treatment in the UK and USA. Private...
29 May at 6 PM

UK base rate may rise as early as summer

Following the May meeting of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee, it seems possible that the base rate may be allowed to gradually rise, beginning this summer. Although the nine-strong committee voted unanimously to keep the rate at 0.5 per cent, where it’s stood since 2009, members are reported to have felt that an earlier...
29 May at 6 PM

Fijian deportee from New Zealand dies from kidney failure

A Fijian immigrant living in Auckland, New Zealand until he was deported due to his medical condition has died in a Fiji hospital. Sanil Kumar had emigrated to New Zealand on a work visa before he fell ill with kidney failure, and had been on dialysis and awaiting a kidney transplant for some time when he was deported. A suitable family...
29 May at 6 PM

Expats working in UAE to face credit rating checks when borrowing

A new UAE government ruling will introduce comprehensive credit rating checks for expats hoping to borrow money. Although it’s taken five years to get up and running, the new Al Etihad Credit Bureau is now running its first credit checks on potential borrowers following last week’s announcement of the new law by Sheikh Mohammed bin...
29 May at 6 PM

Malaga to host Spanish branch of Russian State Museum

A new cultural treat for the thousands of Russian expats now living in Malaga will open early next year. An old tobacco factory in Spain’s popular expat haven of Malaga is being converted into the West’s first extension of a major Russian museum. The resort city is now home to tens of thousands of Russian immigrants, and attracts many...
29 May at 6 PM

Spanish tax authorities begin targeting retired expats

The Spanish tax office is now targeting almost 28,000 retired expats, accusing them of not declaring their foreign pensions on their returns. Investigations have been launched into the financial affairs of almost 28,000 expat pensioners living in Spain. Those being investigated are accused of failing to declare pensions originating from...
29 May at 6 PM

Philippines immigration officers to get friendship training

Filipino immigration chief Siegfried Mison has released details of his plan to create an enviably pleasant experience for all migrants and other visitors arriving at the country’s air and sea entry points. According to Mison, friendlier, customer-oriented officials will greet new arrivals at airports and seaports with traditional...
26 May at 6 PM

American SEC issues Bitcoin fraud warning notice

A Bitcoin fraud warning by the US Securities Exchange Commission was released after revelations that crooks have been setting up scams to defraud would-be investors. Issued following Sir Richard Branson’s recent multi-million pound stake in the alternative currency and his opening of a Bitcoin payment processor, the SEC’s warning...
26 May at 6 PM

Expats in Spain defrauded by bogus gas inspectors

Spanish crooks posing as gas inspectors are believed to have defrauded around 5,000 expat residents all across the country before their arrests late last week. Retirees from the Netherlands, the UK and Germany living in the Balearics, the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol were their main targets. Although the scam has been noted for...
23 May at 6 PM

How to get the best overseas property bang for your buck

When you’re considering emigrating or investing your pension pot in overseas property, it’s difficult to decide which country gives the best value and the best chance of long-term returns. A recent world survey by the Organisation for Economic co-operation and Development, (OECD) offers information on property prices in most popular...
23 May at 6 PM

Gulf State firms refusing to sweeten top talent expat packages

In spite if a push to recruit top expat talent to the Gulf States, UAE companies are offering salaries and benefits up to 10 per cent lower than in 2013. The global war to attract fully qualified and experienced migrants to new jobs and new lives across the world is in full swing, giving top talent plenty of choice. However, recruiters in...
22 May at 6 PM

SIPPS now targeted as happy hunting ground for mis selling by FAs

The Financial Ombudsman has said that cases involving the mis-selling of personal pension schemes including high-risk, unregulated funds increased by 49 per cent during 2012. Some 75 per cent of complaints received by the Ombudsman were proven to have involved FAs giving dangerous advice on investing in funds such as overseas property...
22 May at 6 PM

Expats dismayed over shutdown of news after military coup

After the martial law introduced earlier this week by the Thai army was overtaken by today's fill-blown military coup, many thousands of US and UK expats living in Thailand are unable to access news in the English language. Foreigners living in Thailand’s Pattaya, Phuket, Hua Hin, Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai expat communities...
21 May at 6 PM

FCA warns on unauthorised FAs touting pension advice

The British financial watchdog has issued a warning on cold-calling FAs offering pensions advice. Although the drastic changes to pension law in March’s UK budget are recognised as having dealt with the problems surrounding compulsory annuity purchase, they’ve left the door wide open for scams. According to the UK’s Financial...
21 May at 6 PM

Qatar new medical centre searching for British health professionals

Literally thousands of experienced expat medical staff are being sought for Doha’s new, state-of-the-art medical centre for women and children. Oil-rich Qatar’s brand new Sidra Medical and Research Centre complex is due to open early in 2015, and will offer ultra-modern heathcare for women and children. Built via an endowment from the...
20 May at 6 PM

Is the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme the answer for expat investments

As one after another offshore bank closes down and onshore interest rates continue to lurk well below inflation in most expat havens, is the SEIS the answer to diminishing returns? The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), offers attractive tax relief options for expats who are still regarded as tax-resident in the UK, but is it secure...
20 May at 6 PM

How to ensure your Spanish property investment is safe

The recent increase in the number of investors buying into the Spanish property market ha been fuelled by non-EU buyers, but are they doing enough to safeguard their investment? Since the Spanish government introduced its investment residency permit scheme, open to those who purchase a property worth more than £411,000, real estate agents...
19 May at 6 PM

Is the Bitcoin the answer for expat currency fluctuations

Controversial since its introduction as a unique virtual trading currency, the Bitcoin is being seen by many expats as an answer to currency fluctuations, even although online security is causing concern. Wherever in the world you’re based, it’s likely that the Bitcoin will be accepted by a business close by in the very near future....
19 May at 6 PM

Expats in Spain to lose free health cover overseas and in the UK

Tough new Spanish laws on free medical treatment are expected to exclude expats, whilst those returned to the UK for help are being turned away from NHS hospitals. Thousands of expats resident in Spain are at risk of being unable to access free healthcare in the UK in spite of having contributed National Insurance payments during their...
19 May at 6 PM

Is your fund manager really worth what he costs

Is being a successful investment fund manager more about skill and knowledge, or is it just about luck? With so many scams taking place in the financial world nowadays, investors are asking themselves whether they couldn’t do at least as well as their fund managers, and save money on top. Most psychologists rate success as a combination...
19 May at 6 PM

Survey shows modern technology aids expat quality of life

A recent survey has shown that a majority of British expats working and living overseas take full advantage of modern technology to improve their work/life balance. NatWest Bank’s Quality of Life survey included UK expats in a number of countries such as the USA, Hong Kong, Canada, the Antipodes, China, South Africa and the UAE. Of...
15 May at 6 PM

Are UK buy to let investments now useless for expats and non-residents

Recent news that the pension shock and other budget announcements have cooled London’s soaring house prices are sowing seeds of concern amongst expat buy-to-let investors. The killer news was that, from April 2015, non-residents and expats will no longer be able to rely on a loophole which has exempted them from capital gains tax on...
15 May at 6 PM

New Zealand family split apart by immigration ruling over sick daughter

A ruling by New Zealand’s immigration department is about to split up an immigrant family with full citizenship as the eldest daughter still living in Fiji has been refused a family visa due to her heart condition. Archana Arishma Kumar, still living in the former family home in Fiji, has a congenital heart condition and has been...
14 May at 6 PM

Pension savers to be given exact information on fund fees

The UK Financial Conduct Agency’s report on lack of transparency as regards explaining the true cost of fund charges may come as a relief to millions, but how will it affect expat pension savers? The report is highly critical of the manner in which FAs conceal the truth about fund management charges, with advisors in the UK now forced...
14 May at 6 PM

Where not to turn to when expat lives fall apart

The list of what may go wrong in the average expat life overseas is as long as the journey to the new life, but who’s there to give a helping hand? Disasters in expatland come in many shapes and sizes, from unexpectedly huge hospital bills due to illness, violent crime or accident through unexpected unemployment, problems and...
13 May at 6 PM

The unpalatable truth about pension liberation

With so much new, often confusing information about pensions hitting the media at present, it’s difficult for many upcoming retirees to decide what’s true and what’s not, and even harder to distinguish whether an advisor is telling all there is to know. Getting it wrong about pension liberation can unwittingly cost savers a huge...
13 May at 6 PM

Expectant mom loses healthcare provision due to immigration backlog

A Peruvian mum-to-be married to a fifth-generation Canadian is being forced to choose between paying CA$20,000 hospital bills or having her baby at home. Kevin Ganshorn and his wife Susanna met and married four years ago in Peru, and moved to Vancouver after two years. Susanna has applied for permanent residency, but her paperwork is...
12 May at 6 PM

A dozen reasons why choosing a QROPS investment is best for expat retirees

Surveys show that many expats working abroad, as well as those intending to retire overseas, are not considering all options as regards investing their pension pot. Now that annuities have been exposed as a poor deal and there’s no restriction on taking out your savings, moving your pension offshore via a QROPS is an important part of...
12 May at 6 PM

Government gives clarification on Portuguese waterfront property grab

The Portuguese government has given clarification on the proposed grab of waterfront properties in favourite expat destinations. The government is planning to target properties built before 1951 and located on on valuable oceanfront land as well as those within 30m of river banks or lakes. The land grab is based on an old law and requires...
9 May at 6 PM

Soaring UK house prices creating tax problems for domiciled expats

Expats living abroad but maintaining their homes in the UK may be happy about soaring property prices, but the resulting inheritance tax implications are an unlooked-for liability. Several decades ago, only the mega-rich needed to be concerned about protecting their families from the 40 per cent inheritance tax due on their death.Since...
9 May at 6 PM

UAE unregistered doctors accused of witchcraft by Ministry of Health

In its warning to all residents in the UAE, the Ministry of Health is referring to unregistered medical practitioners as fake doctors and accusing them of witchcraft. It seems that a number of unregistered doctors in the UAE are claiming to be able to treat difficult cases not responding to conventional treatment. Amin al Amin, an...
8 May at 6 PM

Strengthening sterling brings good news for expats overseas

Strong economic data during the first quarter of 2014 has sent the pound into an upward spiral, benefiting expats on fixed or frozen pensions as well as those looking to buy a home. Real estate in many favourite expat spots in the Eurozone is at its cheapest since well before the 2008 crash, and the strong pound is resulting in even...
8 May at 6 PM

Helpful hints on negotiating a scam free foreign home purchase

As the number of UK emigrants to friendlier climes increases, it’s important to ensure that the purchase of your dream home doesn’t turn into your worst nightmare. As with purchasing property anywhere in the world, the devil’s in the detail, and the details regarding legal necessities, land titles, building contractors and land...
7 May at 6 PM

Expat ins and outs for UK mortgages on overseas property

A place in the sun with complete with dream home is the ambition of many expats, but financing the deal of a lifetime can be fraught with problems. Few of the overseas locations favoured by expats as second home or permanent residence locations offer specific products aimed at foreign house purchases. New EU restrictions on mortgage...
7 May at 6 PM

Online vigilantes in Singapore naming and shaming expats

Rising xenophobia in Singapore is finding an outlet on social media sites, with expats being blamed for unemployment, congestion on public transport and a lack of affordable housing. Discontented Singapore locals are running a vigilante campaign on the internet aimed at showing the ‘ugly side’ of foreigners by videoing incidents and...
6 May at 6 PM

Managing your money as an expat without a UK address

The recent announcement by Barclaycard that expats without a UK address would have their cards withdrawn has caused consternation across expat havens worldwide. Some 39,000 British expats worldwide have been using their cards to pay for unexpected expenses such as a stay in hospital, with many overseas private medical facilities refusing...
6 May at 6 PM

British expats in Portugal facing home loss grab by government

A new water resource law introduced by the Portuguese government gives the state the power to confiscate homes built on former public land. Expats in the popular retirement destination country are now facing an anxious wait to find out if they are to lose their retirement homes or holiday villas along Portugal’s coastline, much of which...
5 May at 6 PM

Soaring school fees and axed subsidies may start expat exodus from Kuwait

Apart from making expats feel unwanted and unappreciated, the slashing of subsidies on fuel, utilities and local products may spur a mass exodus from the emirate. The Kuwaiti government’s drafting of laws axing the valuable subsidies comes at a time when rental charges, property prices and international school fees are soaring. A recent...
5 May at 6 PM

Dubai the new Spain for working British expats

Whilst Dubai isn’t exactly a retirement haven for older Brit expatriates, it’s tipped as the new Spain for those looking for employment in exotic locations. Spain, once a favourite for jobs including sun, sea and sangria, is falling out of favour with younger expat professionals looking for fun as well as employment in a thriving...
2 May at 6 PM

How to choose the right financial advisor for your expat needs

One of the worst headaches for newly arrived or newly-retired expats is choosing the right financial advisor. Whether you’ve just arrived in your new country to take up a job or are determined to spend your retirement years in an exotic destination, choosing the right financial advisor is essential for your future. You’ll need to...
2 May at 6 PM

UK expats face discrimination over life insurance cover

According to a recent survey, British expats living overseas are being refused life cover by 75 per cent of insurance firms. The majority of insurers stipulate in their policies’ small print that applicants must be UK residents and taxpayers, thus rejecting cover for expats in the EU and elsewhere in the world. Experts in the sector were...
1 May at 6 PM

Expat savers warned to get out of Britannia International 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...
1 May at 6 PM

MERS coronavirus threatens expats and pilgrims in Saudi

UK health experts are warning business travellers, expats and Haj or Umrah pilgrims to take seriously the threat of infection with the often fatal MERS coronavirus. Over 100 of those infected in Saudi Arabia have already died, and the virus has spread via air travel to a number of European countries including the UK and Italy as well as...
31 May at 6 PM

EC to take action against Spanish refusal to honour EHIC cards

Following extensive media coverage of the refusal by Spanish hospitals to allow expats free treatment via the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), the European Commission is to take legal action. Under European Union rules, all citizens of member states are able to get free or cheap medical treatment in any EU country. Citing the cost of...
31 May at 6 PM

Survey shows UK expats transferring savings to local currency

Research has shown that a majority of British expats are now transferring their nest eggs from sterling to the local currency of their host countries. The survey, carried out by Lloyds TSB International, noted that 73 per cent of UK expats have already moved their savings to local banks in the local currency. By September last year, just...
30 May at 6 PM

Immigration to deport pregnant Russian partner of Adelaide man

Australian immigration officials have rejected an Adelaide man’s pregnant Russian partner’s visa application, saying pregnancy is not a reason for a visa waiver. Robert Pitt, 38, met Natasha Zaydenberg, 36, after she arrived in Adelaide to study English in order to improve her skills as the manageress of a restaurant chain in Moscow....
30 May at 6 PM

Dubai landlords now demanding salary verification from expat tenants

In a recent move, Dubai landlords letting their properties to expat workers are now demanding proof of salary from prospective tenants. As the property market in Dubai begins to recover, landlords letting to expats are adding new conditions such as written proof of salary or one-cheque payments. The reason given is that previous expat...
29 May at 6 PM

Report shows Switzerland still top of international salary league table

In spite of major worldwide adjustments in executive and higher-level pay structures, Switzerland still tops the international pay league. The International Geographic Salary Differentials report, conducted by Mercers’, noted that several Latin American countries have crept up the scale whilst Eastern European states have seen the...
29 May at 6 PM

Immigration to allow longer stays for expat graduates from Oz universities

The Australian visa gate has opened a little wider for expat graduates who’ve gained their degrees at Australian universities. Previous immigration rules allowed graduating student sa further stay in Australia of up to eighteen months in order to give them time to consider a more permanent solution such as finding a sponsored job. The...
28 May at 6 PM

Should Britons risk retiring to Spain or France

Many retirees planning a life in the sun in Spain or France are now concerned about the safety of their savings should they take the plunge. Even although the fallout from the Cyprus savings grab disaster has faded, migration-minded Brits fast approaching retirement age are nervous about trusting their savings and pension incomes to...
28 May at 6 PM

EU researchers to study effect of recession on migration and mobility

Researchers from four European universities are set to analyse the effects of the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent recession on mobility and migration in the EU. Since the economic crisis hit, Ireland and Southern European countries such as Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Italy have endured austerity measures and unemployment at record...
27 May at 6 PM

Hobbit movie outsourcing causes NZ trade union anger

Special effects company Weta Digital, based in Wellington, New Zealand, has requested 526 work visas for overseas visual effects workers engaged in the Hobbit movie’s production. Although Weta has only requested that New Zealand Immigration give approval of the visas on principle, the Council of Trade Union’s head, Helen Kelly, is...
27 May at 6 PM

US admits more legal migrants than any other world country

A statement that more immigrants are legally allowed into the US than a combination of all other migrants across the entire world has been proved technically correct. Following a comment made by Republican Greg Walden in an interview, Politfact Oregon investigated his claim by contacting the US State Department. The department replied with...
24 May at 6 PM

European Commission intervenes in expat vote battle

The recent ruling refusing to allow British expats to vote in UK elections once they’ve lived overseas for 15 years has been called a punishment by the European Commission. The EC has thrown a lifeline to those fighting for the restoration of the right to vote, with commissioner Viviane Reding pushing to change the ruling. At a recent...
24 May at 6 PM

Expat housing cost rising fast in popular destinations

Executives are on the move across the world, forcing prices of luxury expat rental accommodation even higher in destinations such as Beijing, New York and the UAE. The continued weakness of European economies is forcing companies to look to other continents for their ongoing business, with new sectors expanding into emerging markets....
23 May at 6 PM

Survey shows Emiratis are worried but not scared over expat issues

In spite of governmental attempts to stir un nationalism in the UAE, a recent survey revealed that Emiratis are not frightened by the impact of expats on their country. The survey, carried out by a student research team amongst other students at Zayed University, concluded that the presence of a majority of expats in the emirates has no...
23 May at 6 PM

Opening up of Myanmar spurs expat gold rush

Following the recent relaxation of sanctions seen after the decline of decades of junta rule in Myanmar, the country is the unwitting target of large numbers of investors, would-be entrepreneurs and other expat classes. Many are arriving for the possibility of an economic boom, and others are drawn by a wish to be part of the rebuilding...
22 May at 6 PM

French government expat votes promise delayed for a year

A promise to give migrants from outside the UK a chance to vote in French regional and local elections made during President Hollande’s presidential campaign has been relegated to late in 2014. The reform was to be pushed through if François Hollande won the parliamentary election, and would have brought France in line with the majority...
22 May at 6 PM

Brit expats at risk as Son of FATCA hits British Overseas Territories

The news that the British Overseas Territories have now agreed to greater transparency may well scare those who use the havens for tax evasion, but it’s also a danger for those with legitimate accounts. Following the Cayman Islands, which agreed to disclosure last month, are Bermuda, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the Turks and...
21 May at 6 PM

New study reinforces European racial stereotypes

Would-be expats considering which European country is the most suitable for their retirement or holiday homes may find a recent survey very revealing. The study was carried out by Pew Research Centre in Washington, and revealed that many traditional racial stereotypes still hold true in the 21st century. For example, the German people are...
21 May at 6 PM

Human rights groups slam Kuwait for traffic offence deportations

According to a recently released report, hundreds of expats found guilty of traffic offences have been deported from Kuwait over the past month. Human rights groups are condemning the recent spate of expat deportations of those found committing traffic law violations such as speeding. A report in the emirate’s Al-Anbaa newspaper claims...
20 May at 6 PM

Oz ban on gay marriage impacts skilled worker immigration

The Australian ban on the recognition of gay marriage or legal partnerships may be affecting skilled worker immigration at a time when the country is begging for migrants with specific qualifications and experience. Australia’s long-standing discrimination against homosexual couples is traditional but, with an increasing number of...
20 May at 6 PM

Poll shows Brit expats more comfortable about personal finance

A recent poll showed an increase in the number of British expats living overseas who feel positive about their current financial situations. The survey, undertaken by financial advisory organisation deVere Group, showed that 54 percent of those who took part feel more confident about their current financial status. Those feeling less...
17 May at 6 PM

Expat mums unfairly penalised by UK expat pension crackdown

The recently announced change in UK pension law disallowing married women’s pensions is hitting hard on stay-at-home expat mums. Married women who have lived overseas with their husbands and never worked will be hit hard by the proposed change in pension law disallowing them from claiming a spousal pension. The change in the law is...
17 May at 6 PM

Expats in France face confusion over tax on overseas income

As French lawmakers fight over the introduction of new tax laws affecting expats who have overseas investments or pensions, potentially affected expats in the country are facing financial confusion. The issue concerns the double tax ruling between France and Britain, with taxing UK expats on their pension and investment earnings in the UK...
16 May at 6 PM

UK Fraud Squad warns expats abroad over money laundering scam

Britain’s scam-buster agency is publicly warning expats living abroad to watch out for a money-transfer scam by organised crime gangs. Action Fraud, an arm of the National Fraud Authority and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, warns that many expats are being approached via phone calls, emails or letter to participate in an...
16 May at 6 PM

World survey shows map of least and most racially tolerant countries

The World Value Survey’s map of every world country’s level of racial tolerance was used by Swedish researchers to determine the relationship between racism and economic freedom. The report by Swedish economists was prompted by one of many questions asked in the original survey of respondents in 80 world countries. The question was...
15 May at 6 PM

UAE working expats remit billions of dollars to home countries

Expatriate workers living in the United Arab Emirates send home just under a quarter of all overseas remittances made in the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The amounts sent out of the country by its Asian and other overseas expat workers made the United Emirates a huge source of foreign currency for the labour-exporting...
15 May at 6 PM

New Spanish property investment visa draws Chinese and Russians

The Spanish government’s latest scheme to reinvigorate the country’s dying property market is drawing a rush of interest from non- European Union investors. The property investment visa guarantees residency permits to buyers of Spanish homes costing more than half a million euro, and is set to become active from July. Automatic...
14 May at 6 PM

Survey data highlights effects of immigration in Canada

Data culled from the newly released 2011 National Household Survey points to major changes in Canadian society as a result of mass immigration. The national survey revealed that modern-day Canada holds 200 separate ethnicities and 100 diverse religions, and one in every five residents is foreign-born, the highest proportion of all the G8...
14 May at 6 PM

Hong Kong expat parents turning to local schools

A growing number of expat parents working in Hong Kong are turning their backs on increasingly expensive international schools in favour of Chinese-medium local primaries. International and private schools in Hong Kong are no longer expat families’ first choice for their toddlers and young children, due not only to the soaring fees but...
13 May at 6 PM

European expats in Malta present petition against dual pricing

A group of European immigrants living in Malta have presented a petition to the Maltese Prime Minister protesting against dual pricing of utilities and bus fares. For decades, the island of Malta has been a favourite destination for UK and other European expats looking for a peaceful life, better weather and Western amenities. Dual...
13 May at 6 PM

Brit expats in Spain should think again before fleeing

For many British expats living in Spain, the newly-introduced financial reporting requirements have been the last straw, but taking expert advice may be the answer. According to the Foreign Office, full- and part-time expats in Spain number around 800,000, with permanent resident numbers set between 250,000 and 400,000. Accountancy firms...
10 May at 6 PM

Planned Kuwait expat deportations will hurt the economy

A prominent Kuwaiti labour union is criticising the recently announced move by the Kuwaiti government to get rid of 100,000 expat workers a year until 2023. The announcement of the plan, made by Kuwait’s labour minister Thekra al-Rasheedi, has seen increases in visa trafficking and a huge rise in recruitment costs, according to the...
10 May at 6 PM

Lloyds snubs expat customers with sale of Spanish banking network

A new blow to British expats living in Spain came with the news that Lloyds Bank is preparing to sell its 28 Spanish branches to Banco Salvadel, Spain’s fourth largest bank. Concern is rife in the Spanish expat community, as the branches mostly served around 50,000 expat mortgage clients. Formerly under the Halifax banner or as Lloyds...
9 May at 6 PM

British expat loses Human Rights Court voting rights case

Nonagenarian WWII veteran Harry Shindler has lost his European Court battle to have the 15-year limit on UK expat voting rights rescinded. The 91-year old has lived in Italy since he retired from the British Army more than 30 years ago, but still has, he claims, strong ties to the UK. Angered by an archaic law disallowing expats who’ve...
9 May at 6 PM

Kunming polls strongly in best Chinese cities survey

Chine continues to hit the headlines in expat media outlets, with the latest survey identifying the ten most popular expat destination for lifestyle and work. The latest survey took place last September and involved 175,400 expats at all levels from Nobel laureates to a large number of expats working in China. The cities compared well all...
8 May at 6 PM

British tax havens under threat from UK government

British, American and EU member state overseas territories seen by many expats as tax havens are increasingly falling under new disclosure rules set out by the UK and USA governments. British Overseas Territories such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, Montserrat and even the Isle of Man have capitulated to the disclosure...
8 May at 6 PM

Expat pensions increase blamed on Brits marrying Thai brides

As the frozen pension debate hots up, government sources in the UK have hit on the reason why pension payments to retirees living abroad are on the increase – Thai brides. This stunning conclusion apparently came about due to the discovery that sexy Thai ladies on internet dating sites were luring unsuspecting Brits into marriage in...
7 May at 6 PM

Homeless Kiwi families in Australia cause resentment amongst locals

The 2001 changes in Australia’s immigration policies has resulted in many New Zealand expat families becoming homeless due to their having no access to state benefits. A homeless Kiwi community is now established in central Sydney, with the area christened Kiwi Park by disgruntled residents and workers. Few Kiwi migrants seem to have...
7 May at 6 PM

Expats in UAE rush to buy gold as price plummets

Rumours that gold bars are being removed from gold shops’ shelves until the price recovers have sent expats rushing to purchase jewellery and gold coins whilst the price is still low. Expats working in the gold-purchase hotspot of the United Arab Emirates are queuing to buy gold coins and jewellery after the commodity’s price suffered...
6 May at 6 PM

Battle to demand death of frozen expat pensions hots up

The fight to agree a workable solution which unfreezes UK expat pensions is hotting up, with the International Consortium of British Pensioners demanding an industry and government debate. The ICBP now represents half a million pensioners living in countries where pensions are frozen, and is demanding that the debate takes place before...
6 May at 6 PM

Qatar expat workers praised on International Labour Day

Expats who took part in the International Labour Day celebrations in Qatar were given gifts and praised for their efforts by officers from the emirate’s Ministry of Labour. Spokespeople from the Labour Ministry stressed expat workers’ vital contribution to the country’s dynamic development, and focused on the necessity of providing...
3 May at 6 PM

Top expat executives leaving Beijing over chronic air pollution

As pollution in Beijing and other mega-Chinese cities reaches dangerous levels with no remedy in sight, scores of top expat executives are packing up and leaving. Regular hospital visits as a result of high levels of pollution are becoming the norm for many expats living and working in China’s huge cities, with many being advised by...
3 May at 6 PM

Canadian group protests deportation of wife of Canadian citizen

Hamilton residents will demonstrate in Toronto on Saturday in protest against the deportation to Egypt of the wife of a Hamilton man. The Reunite Wilkie Family Committee was formed after Wafaa Abdou, the Egyptian wife of Hamilton resident and Canadian citizen Ian Wilkie, was detained prior to deportation after her refugee claim was denied....
2 May at 6 PM

Expats fear savings grab after Spain asset declaration deadline

Now that the deadline for overseas residents in Spain to declare their assets has passed, many expats fear a Cyprus-style savings grab will result. The new Spanish tax rules affect an estimated 200,000 Britons with homes and businesses in Spain, many of whom are desperate to leave as rumours of a savings grab continue to circulate. With...
2 May at 6 PM

Fall in French mortgage interest rates attracts British buyers

Fixed mortgage rates on offer to Britons looking for a new life in France are at their lowest since the end of WWII. Now that French property prices are in decline, the temptation of a 20-year fixed rate mortgage at 3.35 per cent or a tracker deal over the same period at 2 per cent may be too good to ignore for those desperate to emigrate....
1 May at 6 PM

Expats flee Spain as unemployment soars and property prices crash

According to figures issued by Spain’s National Statistics Institute, the total population of the country has fallen for the first time in 150 years. As Spanish unemployment soars to over 26 per cent and the country’s economy staggers, a total of 206,000 residents have given up and left. According to the figures, the entire drop...
1 May at 6 PM

2013 Expat Explorer Survey calls for participation from expats worldwide

HSBC Expat, the compilers of the largest expat survey in the world, are calling for expats from all over the globe to take part in their 2013 survey. Commissioned by HSBC Bank International, the survey covers just about every expat experience of living and working overseas. It paints a global picture of expat life in all its stages,...
31 May at 6 PM

Filmmaker Cameron buys more NZ property

Moviemaker James Cameron is continuing to but up land in Wairarapa, purchasing another three properties to his New Zealand empire. Cameron received the green light from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) to buy close to 30 hectares of land in south Wairarapa. He already owns more than 1000ha of farmland here. Spread across three...
30 May at 6 PM

British expat stabbed to death by drunk handyman

The millionaire owner of a golf course was stabbed to death by a drunken handyman living and working on his retirement estate in France, a court heard today. Sixty-seven-year-old Peter Fuller had moved to the Dordgne area of southwestern France after a successful but demanding career with Total Oil. However, three years ago he entered...
29 May at 6 PM

4th Briton falls off Spanish hotel

On Friday, a UK national on holiday fell 80 feet from the balcony of a hotel on the Spanish island of Majorca. Twenty-four-year-old Chantelle Serginson is said to have plunged from the sixth floor at the Hotel Marina Barracuda during a row with her mother. The tourist, who was from Middlesborough, suffered several fractures before being...
28 May at 6 PM

Corpse of second Brit pulled out of river in India

The body of another British man – the second of two who fell to their deaths on a trip to a river in India – has been found. The corpse of 62-year-old Michael Easton, a Shell senior research scientist from London, was pulled out today by a rescue team. He had disappeared during an excursion to the crocodile-infested Cauvery River, which...
25 May at 6 PM

Oz relaxes visa rules for rich investors

Rich business people will be offered a faster path to resident visas as part of Australia’s government scheme to lure more investments to the country. Chris Bowen, Australia’s Immigration minister, formally announced the plan today, saying the government wished to improve the existing investment visa scheme. Bowen told ABC radio...
24 May at 6 PM

Hunger strike at Dubai prison over debt sentences

Five expats jailed in Dubai have announced they are among a small group of prisoners who are on a hunger strike to resist the lengthy prison sentences for financial crimes assigned to most of them. The men, the majority of them businessmen and real estate developers working in Dubai in its economic boom years, went into debt when the...
23 May at 6 PM

Nearly 5 million Brits are expats

The most popular destination for UK expatriates for overseas relocation is Australia, says the most recent yearly NatWest International Personal Banking Quality of Life Index.

 There are now 4.6 million expatriates from the UK working or residing in foreign countries and 1.4 million of them live in Australia.

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22 May at 6 PM

Oz minister condemns frozen pensions

Jenny Macklin, Australia’s minister for families and community services, has censured the UK’s frozen pensions policy. Issued a statement in Canberra, Ms Macklin stated that Australia’s government considered Britain’s indexation policy as unfair and discriminatory. She said that all British pensioners have, in good faith, paid into...
21 May at 6 PM

UK expats flee eurozone turmoil

It has been revealed that over one-third of UK expats in Greece and Spain are selling up their properties to escape the European crisis. Research indicates that 39% of Brits who have estates in Greece are now trying to sell, and 34% who reside in Spain are putting their homes on the market. The report, released by the overseas exchange...
18 May at 6 PM

Expats should find best currency deals

As reported by The Telegraph, there are over five million UK expats scattered around the globe, with many earning their salaries in Britain or retiring but receive pensions in UK bank accounts paid in sterling. Many of these expats need to transfer money to make mortgage payments in foreign countries, requiring them to move their cash...
17 May at 6 PM

UK retailers pursue profitable Middle East

As reported by The Telegraph, UK businesses are dashing to establish new retail stores in the Middle East, in an effort to escape weak sales at home and cater to a rising expat community. The most recent shopping chain to venture into the region is M&Co (a Scottish fashion retailer), which has nearly 300 stores in the UK. It is...
16 May at 6 PM

Expatriates suffering lack of company support

As reported by the Telegraph, expats may be happier overseas than they were living in Britain, but research reveals that almost half of employees on expat assignments believe their companies should have offered them more support as they were being moved abroad. Over 400 UK nationals on foreign assignments were surveyed, revealing that over...
15 May at 4 PM

Expatriates avoiding life insurance

As reported by Life Insurance, a new study has shown that the majority of expats are risking not having any insurance in place for life or income protection. UK expatriates are taking a huge risk by not purchasing the correct coverage, according to new research carried out by international insurance expert William Russell. The study...
14 May at 6 PM

UK envoy urges expats to follow UAE dress code

As reported by Emirate 24/7, the UK Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates has called the UAE an excellent place to live and have a family, while hailing the nation’s pro-active method in cracking down on online predators which could harm innocent children. Dominic Jermey OBE recently gave an interview with 999 Magazine, where he touched...
11 May at 6 PM

10 percent rise in Irish migrants to UAE 

As reported by the National, a growing number of skilled workers from Ireland are migrating to the UAE. The Irish Embassy has witnessed a 10% rise during the past 12 months in the amount of new residents, referred to as Ireland's "Emigration Generation". The Irish Business Network is also seeing a colossal growth in its...
10 May at 6 PM

UK govt owes expats 400m pounds in inheritance tax

As reported by The Telegraph, British expatriates who were mistakenly charged inheritance tax for their properties in Spain are getting ready for a legal fight to reclaim their money. Around 60,000 UK families have been billed for inheritance taxes for assets and properties they inherited in Spain. The charges are thought to be in the...
9 May at 6 PM

Plea to phase out frozen pensions

As reported by the Telegraph, the UK Government has been urged by the International Consortium of British Pensioners (ICBP) to abolish the country’s frozen pensions policy through yearly stages, first by defrosting those of expats who are aged 85 or older. The ICBP consists of over 555,000 expatriates who get punished by Britain’s...
8 May at 6 PM

Hull man deported from Bermuda

As reported by This is Hull and East Riding, a man from Hill who was living out his dreams on a heavenly island has been deported back to England, twenty years after he left. Stephen Tomlinson, along with his wife Kirsty, was given under a month to get out of Bermuda, even though their two children had been born on the island. They are now...
7 May at 6 PM

Cancer patient fate now up to Jason Kenney

As reported by Ottawa Citizen, the destiny of Fatemeh Kamkar, the Iranian who wishes to stay in Canada after she finishes her Ph.D in molecular and cellular medicine, is now up to federal official Jason Kenney. Signed by 771 people, a petition was handed to the House of Commons this week by Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. The petition asks...
4 May at 2 PM

Madeleine McCann suspect never fully investigated

As reported by This is London, a UK man whose family called the police after thinking he had something to do with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was never thoroughly investigated. The expatriate suspect, who was residing in the Algarve when the child disappeared, was deemed a suspect by his own brother. However, detectives failed...
3 May at 6 PM

Uruguay better living standards than USA

As reported by SF Gate, the standard of living of expatriates in Uruguay is far better than what the average person enjoys in the United States, according to analysts at InternationalLiving.com. Journalists conducting research in Uruguay for InternationalLiving.com discovered a varied climate, low taxes, high-quality real estate for less...
2 May at 4 PM

Spain bank crisis may mean trouble for expats

As reported by The Telegraph, this week, eleven Spanish banks had their credit ratings downgraded as the nation’s economy keeps going downhill. So what does it mean for expatriates who have savings accounts with them? On Monday, official data revealed that Spain’s economy had dipped into recession as ratings group Standard &...
1 May at 6 PM

Weetabix supporters rebel against Sanitarium

As reported by the New Zealand Herald, English Bob's Emporium this week sold out of Weetabix after an outpour of demand for the UK cereal brand, allegedly caused in part by customers "rebelling" against food giant Sanitarium. Sanitarium has demanded that the Nelson shop quit stocking the English product, arguing that it is...