July 2016 Expat News Archive

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

31 Jul at 6 PM

Brexit can be cancelled if enough Brits and expats agree

As the Brexit negotiations stumble from pillar to post, France and Germany offer to cancel Britain’s EU divorce if it’s a majority decision. The two leading EU nations stressed recently the historic relationship between the UK and the EU is in everyone’s best interest, hinting Brexit could become null and void if enough Britons...
31 Jul at 6 PM

British expat pensioner gets jail time for investment fraud

Last Wednesday, a sentence of nine years in jail for conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering was handed down to a British expat by a San Jose judge. Laurence Miles, 76, had admitted one count each of money laundering, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and the fraud itself, and was in court along with his four co-defendents. The...
31 Jul at 6 PM

Amsterdam sets up as a refuge for finance professionals

Whilst it’s probably impossible to replace London as a world financial hub, it’s obvious that its post-Brexit clout will be much diminished. No single EU capital city can absorb the entire financial services industry now resident in London, but firms unable or unwilling to attempt to remain in post-Brexit Britain could do worse than...
28 Jul at 6 PM

Is UK expatriation becoming less popular

If media coverage is to be believed, the UK would seem to be emptying fast, but new research by one of Britain’s high street banks seems to show the opposite. According to a study by Lloyds Bank’s private banking arm, 1.6 million Britons have deserted their homeland for overseas climes since 2006. Given the 2008 financial crisis and...
28 Jul at 6 PM

Tax domicile confusion causes problems for UK expats

International tax laws are now so complicated that even well-meaning Britons living long-term overseas can be caught in an expensive trap. A report by a financial services and insurance provider has highlighted a potential problem of which many long-stay UK expatriates may not even be aware – that of domicile of choice as against...
28 Jul at 6 PM

Survey suggests expats in Asia have overall health and wealth concerns

A major survey has revealed expats living and working in Asia have more than the usual concerns about their own and their families’ health, wellbeing and wealth. The study, involving over 2,000 expats between the ages of 29 and 59, measured the perceptions of expatriates living and working in some 20 countries, focusing on their...
27 Jul at 6 PM

Adventurous expat professionals should consider Japan

Adventurous expat professionals looking for a rewarding new experience in a fascinatingly different location should head for Japan. If the traditional benefits of the majority of popular international relocation destinations are losing their appeal, there’s one somewhat overlooked country that’s up and coming for those with an...
27 Jul at 6 PM

UK retirees in France plead for return of winter fuel allowance

British expatriates living in France are considering asking the UK government to repeal its withdrawal of the winter fuel allowance given to retired UK citizens to help with their fuel bills. Brits living in France’s mountainous regions as well as in the areas fronting the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel have been the worst...
27 Jul at 6 PM

Expat retirees should head for Dumaguete

Would-be expat retirees looking for something different have been heading to Southeast Asia for several decades, but the Philippines has remained a well-kept secret, attracting mostly Americans to its beachside towns. The college city of Dumaguete, nestling on Negros Oriental island between the nearby islands of Siquijor and Cebu, was...
26 Jul at 6 PM

Are expat clubs out of fashion

Once upon a time, if you became an expat in any one of dozens of far-flung destinations, it was almost obligatory to join at least one local expat club. Over the years, expat clubs have been seen as a refuge for expats fresh from thier home countries. Reasons given for becoming members of an organisation run by volunteers and aimed at...
26 Jul at 6 PM

UK Ambassadorial letter gives Brexit updates to Britons in Spain

British expats living in Spain are finally being officially informed about the government’s intentions regarding citizens’ post-Brexit rights. More than a year after the referendum result was announced, British expats in Spain are being informed about consular efforts on their behalf and the government’s stance on their post-Brexit...
26 Jul at 6 PM

New QROPS rulings unlikely to deter many pension savers

Many expats and would-be expats are now worried that QROPS as an efficient, tax-friendly investment option may soon be dead in the water due to recent changes. QROPs experts are rushing to clarify the recent changes to QROPS rules by Britain’s HM Revenue and Customs in order to reassure investors looking to take advantage of the best...
25 Jul at 6 PM

Will Macron reforms affect UK expats in France

France’s new president is setting out a raft of changes planned for the next few years, but will they affect British expats? Given that, at present, Britishers living across the channel in France are unsure whether they will be able to stay, the changes about to be brought in by order of the new president may affect little or nothing in...
25 Jul at 6 PM

House hunting for cheaper digs during the Dubai summer

Changing your accommodation in Dubai isn’t easy, especially if you’re cash-strapped and it’s full summer in one of the world’s hottest cities. Affordability in Dubai, one of the most expensive cities on the planet, benefits from budgeting, however much your salary and perks bring in. Rental charges can make up a significant slice...
25 Jul at 6 PM

A nostalgic reminder of home for Brit expats in California

Britons yearning for a nostalgic reminder of past glories should head for Long Beach, California for a tour around an iconic creation from a British shipyard. Living and working in the USA is the dream of many British would-be expats, especially those who’re lucky enough to have the skills to work in sunny California. However, even in...
24 Jul at 6 PM

What to expect as an expat in Turkey

When choosing the perfect Mediterranean retirement destination, Britons tend to favour Spain and the southern regions of France, but Turkey can be just as enjoyable and slightly different. Escaping from the British weather, the rising cost of living and, nowadays, the threat of a dwindling post-Brexit economy are all great reasons for...
24 Jul at 6 PM

Discovering Cambodia as an expat retirement hub

Cambodia is becoming increasingly popular with would-be expats from Western countries who’ve turned their backs on the chaos, confusion and political problems back home. Starting a new life in Cambodia is an adventure that’s proving more and more attractive to expats looking for a total change of scene. At the present time, visa...
24 Jul at 6 PM

Brexit threat to retired Briton and his Russian wife

As the Brexit negotiations to date have shed no light on the fates of British retirees living in Europe, stories of individuals and couples caught up in the mind-numbing uncertainly are increasingly being covered by the British media. The ramifications of a hard Brexit will be harsh enough on retired British couples getting by on the...
21 Jul at 6 PM

Bad news and worse news for relocating UK expat property owners

British expatriates at present living in Europe and planning a return to the UK may well be out of pocket due to an unexpected rise is UK property prices. As the Brexit-related uncertainty about rights to remain, healthcare and pensions drags on, many formerly settled UK expats living in EU member states may be considering a return to the...
21 Jul at 6 PM

Dubai expatriates on Palm Jumeirah needed for reality TV show

A London-based production company is seeking UK expats with homes or businesses on Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah complex to star in a new reality TV show. Arrow Media, the production company responsible for the popular Ultimate Airport Dubai show, is working with the UK’s commercial TV network ITV on what is expected to be a...
21 Jul at 6 PM

Good and bad Brexit news for UK expats in Europe

At long last, real news concerning UK expats in Europe is leaking out of the Brexit negotiations, but it isn’t all good. The almost total lack of anything resembling concrete information for expatriate Britons caught in the Brexit fiasco has caused concern and fury across Europe’s favourite expat hubs. Squabbles between parliamentary...
20 Jul at 6 PM

Paris preparing to poach EU expat bankers from London

Now under its new President, Paris is planning to attract EU expat bankers and financial experts from post-Brexit London. Newly elected President Macron’s previous dislike of the banking fraternity seems to have evaporated under the necessity to up Paris’s game as regards attracting the brightest and best the City of London has to...
20 Jul at 6 PM

Dealing with the new Chinese work permit system

China’s new work permit system for expats divides applicants into three tiers, dependent on point scoring of qualifications and experience. Although the new system combines the two previous permits, making it easier for expats to decide which to use, as well as allowing employers to submit applications, it’s still causing confusion....
20 Jul at 6 PM

Europe losing out as expats prefer Asian Tiger states

Increasing numbers of British professionals are shunning traditional European expat hubs and heading east to the four Asian Tiger states. South Korea's capital Seoul, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore are the new now for ambitious Britons looking to boost their careers in unique, exotic environments. In a recent survey, Asia holds five of...
19 Jul at 6 PM

US retirees in Mexico may be illegal immigrants

Mexico’s recently revealed position as US expats’ favourite retirement hub may have concealed the fact that the majority are illegal immigrants. After some 20 years lurking in the lower listings, Mexico’s now topping the charts of International Living’s best places for American retirees. In addition, the sheer numbers of US expats...
19 Jul at 6 PM

Kids activities in Singapore make expat families glad they came

Becoming an expat in an unfamiliar land can be challenging enough, but taking the family along for the ride gives totally different problems. There’s no rule which says family men can’t be as effective as single guys on new overseas assignments, but one thing’s for certain, taking the family along adds even more new challenges,...
19 Jul at 6 PM

Is the Dubai concept based on expat professionals

Dubai’s popularity as an expat professional hub draws foreign workers across the globe, but is the Dubai dream a cover-up for an unpleasant reality? On paper, and for new arrivals, life in Dubai is little short of a dream, with luxurious accommodation, maids, drivers, a great social life, international cuisine, all year-round sunshine,...
18 Jul at 6 PM

Kuwaiti female MP takes aim at expats again

Kuwait’s anti-expat parliamentarian hits out again at foreigners working in the emirate. Expats living and working in Kuwait could have been forgiven for hoping MP Safa al Hashem would find another cause to sensationalise after her initial anti-expat rants in the country’s parliament. Unfortunately, foreign professionals and other...
18 Jul at 6 PM

Country cost comparisons for thrifty expats

Given the vast number of surveys citing various costs of living in countries across the globe, expats should find it easy to decide which countries match their financial situations. For would-be expats, the cost of living in their preferred destination is perhaps the most important aspect of planning a life overseas. Whatever the...
18 Jul at 6 PM

US expat retirees head for the simple life

In spite of endless expatriate-aimed internet pages extolling global 21st century attractions, it seems many older USA citizens are emigrating in order to live the simpler life they remember from their childhoods. Websites offering comparisons of expat destinations across the globe are perennially popular with would-be expats, whether...
17 Jul at 6 PM

Survey shows expats likely to experience mental health problems

According to a recent survey, mental health problems amongst expatriates are increasing, involving those relocating for their companies as well as independent relocators. For many, becoming an expat is a dream well worth turning into reality. Moving to an exciting new location, taking on a challenging, financially rewarding job, pursuing...
17 Jul at 6 PM

British expats in Alicante not bothered by Brexit

In contrast with a number of media reports to the contrary, Brit expats living in Alicante seem to be not at all bothered by the possible outcome of Britain’s divorce from the EU. According to the Madrid-based National Institute of Statistics, Alicante is home to Spain’s largest British expat community, at present holding some 73,000...
17 Jul at 6 PM

Bahraini government debates dumping expat workers over 50 years old

Bahrain’s House of Representatives will debate a bill prohibiting expat workers over the age of 50. The bill, due to be debated this week, will not only end the hiring of expat professionals over 50 years of age, but will force contract terminations for those already over the age limit. The controversial measure will see its second...
14 Jul at 6 PM

Explosion in Fuengirola shopping mall sends expats and tourists fleeing

Hundreds of shoppers fled screaming after a loud explosion shook a crowded Fuengirola shopping centre. British expats, tourists and locals ran for their lives after an explosion at the popular Miramar mall spiked fears of a terrorist attack on the Costa del Sol. The beachside resort located some 20 miles from Malaga has long been a...
14 Jul at 6 PM

Becoming localised as an expat in Thailand

Thailand may not be top of the tree for expat professionals looking for the ideal assignment, but it can be a fascinating experience for those seeking something different. Southeast Asia is crammed with countries once considered to be either third world or remnants of the British Empire, but much has changed over the past several decades....
14 Jul at 6 PM

American expat volunteer physiotherapist is saving lives in Vietnam

An American woman who sold her home 10 years ago and came to Vietnam to volunteer as a fully qualified and experienced physiotherapist has now been celebrated in a local TV documentary. Virginia Lockett and her artist husband David first came to Vietnam 22 years ago to adopt two children, and were saddened by the plight of the disabled in...
13 Jul at 6 PM

Oman searching for expat professionals with experience in GCC countries

Expats with Middle East experience and knowledge are invited to apply for positions in Oman. Omani recruiters are seeking expat professionals for a wide range of jobs, but are specifying a knowledge of the Middle East and experience in working in GCC countries. Around 40 per cent of jobs on offer are available to expats who’ve already...
13 Jul at 6 PM

US expats in Japan unhappy about Obamacare repeal and replace

A survey undertaken by the English language Japan Times suggests that over half of US expats in the country won’t repatriate if Obamacare is repealed and replaced. The chaos over Trump’s attempt to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare with the unpopular bill now under discussion has worried American expatriates working in Japan to such...
13 Jul at 6 PM

End of Open Skies law to hit holidaymakers and UK expats

Controversial Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has informed the EU parliament that flights between Europe and the UK will stop post-Brexit unless new international agreements are struck. In his usual flamboyant manner, O’Leary warned that all Ryanair aircraft will be shifted to his bases in Europe, summer holidays for hundreds of...
12 Jul at 6 PM

Trump FATCA repeal lack of action angers US expats

Campaigners in Washington as well as US expats across the world are demanding Trump takes action on his election promise to repeal FATCA. Since Trump’s election campaign promise to dump the vastly unpopular FATCA law, the Republican Party and the president himself have maintained a stony silence as regards whether or not the...
12 Jul at 6 PM

Affordable new online GP service aimed at UK expats worldwide

One of the major concerns for UK expatriates living in Europe is access to inexpensive, reliable healthcare post-Brexit, with a new online GP service offering at least part of the solution. The post-Brexit demise of free local healthcare for UK expats living in European countries has dominated forums and local news outlets since the...
12 Jul at 6 PM

Help for UK expats renting out their homes whilst overseas

Many UK expatriates prefer to rent out their homes whilst on relocation overseas, making sure they have a base for when they return. With overseas assignments now a popular way to advance careers as well as build up savings, renting out your UK house is the sensible way to retain a secure base for your return as well as ensuring there...
11 Jul at 6 PM

USA deportations of Europeans and Britons on the increase

Irish, British and other European expatriate communities in the USA are worried over the Trump crackdown on illegal immigration. Traditionally, illegal immigrants and overstayers from Europe hid in plain sight whilst Asians, Latin Americans and others were sent packing, but the new order in the White House is causing concern amongst the...
11 Jul at 6 PM

China to clamp down on VPNs bv next February

Reports that the Chinese government are to block the use of all VPNs from next February onwards are causing concern amongst expat netizens and small business owners. A recently released article by journalists working for Bloomberg Technology claims inside information confirms an order sent to China’s various internet service providers...
11 Jul at 6 PM

Young British expat in Costa del Sol attacked by serial sex offender

A serial sex offender has attacked a young British expat after hiding in her car after teling her she wouldn’t be the first woman he’d killed. A manhunt for the serial sex attacker is now under way across the Costa del Sol region after a victim was forced under threat of death to perform sex acts on him. Fuengirola is best known as...
10 Jul at 6 PM

Expat chaos reigns as Saudi fee payment software proves problematic

Frustration and, in some cases, panic is building in Saudi Arabia’s expat community as online payment software for the new dependents fees proves not fit for the purpose. The Saudi Gazette is reporting a swathe of texts and emails from expats desperate to stay legal regarding the new tax, all reporting problems with the e-payment...
10 Jul at 6 PM

Should expat investors in EU properties stay positive

Even although it’s not at all clear how Brexit will finally affect UK citizens living in Europe, many Britons still planning to buy holiday homes are focusing on the effect of the UK’s divorce on foreign property prices. Those who purchased homes in European countries prior to the referendum have already made a profit on paper due to...
10 Jul at 6 PM

British expats in Spain arrested over alleged massive timeshare fraud

Following breaking news about the scam published in an English language newspaper last month, a number of expats have been arrested over an alleged timeshare fraud involving multi-millions of euros. The Olive Press expat newspaper first reported the story in June, stating the scam had been raking in 100,000 euros a week from defrauded...
7 Jul at 6 PM

Canada encouraging expat professionals by loosening entry rules

Canada’s changing of its popular Express Entry ranking system is sure to attract increasing numbers of skilled expat looking for new life. In early June, Canada’s immigration minister announced changes to its points-related Express Entry pool which allow applicants with siblings already in the country to add 15 points to their...
7 Jul at 6 PM

Rescued Quatari puppy becomes canine expat in Chicago

A four-month old puppy rescued from a Qatar building site by an expat American animal rescue volunteer is now safe in a Chicago dog shelter. Good news coming out of Qatar at present is a rarity, as is any news about expat efforts overseas to help homeless and maltreated animals, whether they are dogs, cats or more exotic species. The...
7 Jul at 6 PM

EU court to hear French lawyer’s case on illegal Brexit referendum

French lawyer Julien Fouchet’s case against the legality of the Brexit referendum is now ready to be presented to the European Union’s General Court. Two weeks from now, Julien Fouchet’s controversial attempt to stop Brexit in its tracks will be lodged with the EU’s General Court. If the French lawyer’s case is successful, the...
6 Jul at 6 PM

Friends Provident backtracks on notorious expat aimed insurance linked fixed term investments

After decades of pushing expensive, poorly performing insurance-linked fixed term investment plans to expats working in the UAE and elsewhere in the world, offshore insurance giant Friends Provident finally admits their product is failing their customers. According to the media, FPI is planning to overhaul its products in order to avoid...
6 Jul at 6 PM

Human rights groups appeal against Qatar ban on annual leave

As the Qatar embargo drags on, the prevention of annual leave for millions of expats is being taken up as a human rights issue. The Gulf Association for Rights and Freedoms has appealed to the Geneva-based United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the director-general of the International Labour Organisation on behalf of the...
6 Jul at 6 PM

Lifestyle as important as price when buying an overseas home

Price may be the most important consideration when choosing a home overseas, but lifestyle considerations come a close second. Deciding on priorities when moving overseas is one of the most complicated parts of becoming an expat on a permanent basis. Once you’ve hit on the perfect country, finding the equally perfect location for your...
5 Jul at 6 PM

Dubai school fees forcing expats into cheaper homes

Summer in the UAE traditionally sees large numbers of expats packing up and relocating, with soaring school fees helping to make the decision either to leave or move to a smaller rental property. The already high cost of Dubai’s international school education for expat children is about to increase still further due to the...
5 Jul at 6 PM

Doha residents and expats get used to reality of daily living

As the Gulf States consider Qatar’s reply to their demands, expats and Qataris are adjusting their lifestyles to suit the unwelcome reality of their new situations. Almost a month after the emirate’s Gulf neighbours cut off diplomatic relations and imposed an embargo, Qatari nationals and the tiny country’s large expat population...
5 Jul at 6 PM

Brexit threat forcing skilled EU expats out of UK

Skilled European professionals are leaving the UK ahead of the Brexit divorce and fewer EU citizens are seeking British jobs. As Brexit negotiations continue, skilled worker relocation specialists in Europe are seeing a huge increase in requests for moves back to EU countries by foreign professionals at present working in the UK. It seems...
4 Jul at 6 PM

Expat in Lloret kidnapped and drugged by Eastern European mafia gang

Expats in the Spanish seaside retirement hub of Lloret de Mar were shocked to find out one of their community had been kidnapped and held for ransom by an Eastern European mafia-style gang. The scary episode began when a Dutch expat living in the beachside resort of Lloret del Mar was kidnapped, drugged and held for ransom by a gang...
4 Jul at 6 PM

UK expats quitting Valencia ahead of final Brexit date

In spite of endless media reports citing UK expats’ potential problems with continuing their chosen lives post-Brexit, TV shows and adverts continue to push the positives of settling in a Spanish dream home. At the present time, no-one caught in the Brexit dilemma has any real idea how their lives will pan out in the swiftly-approaching...
4 Jul at 6 PM

UK and EU talking in different tongues over Brexit

Campaigners for expat rights are frustrated by their belief that the UK and EU Brexit negotiators are ‘speaking in different languages’ as regards the negotiations. A joint statement issued by the 3Million and the British in Europe coalition (BIE) states the major issue with May’s offer last week is that it doesn’t reciprocate the...
3 Jul at 6 PM

New Zealand takes over from Oz as expats favourite

International relocation companies are reporting a surge in expats expressing interest in moving to New Zealand. For the first time in over 20 years, more Australians are leaving the home country and heading south, and the surge in British interest after the Brexit referendum is gathering even more momentum. New Zealand’s uniquely...
3 Jul at 6 PM

Buying expat property in Cyprus

Popular for decades with British expats, the island of Cyprus is known as the Jewel of the Mediterranean for its sunny weather, long history, friendly locals and glorious scenery. A former British colony, Cyprus offers a good life for retirees including reasonable accommodation costs, more than adequate healthcare and a laid-back...
3 Jul at 6 PM

Kuwait expats and locals in outcry over driving license suspension

The decision of Kuwait’s Ministry of the Interior to deny expats the right to driving licenses has prompted an outcry involving both foreigners and Kuwaitis. The recent announcement suspending driving licenses for expats working in the emirate has resulted in foreigners affected by the ban as well as Kuwaiti nationals having their say...
29 Jul at 6 PM

Legal precedent may offer hope for UK expats residency rights

An Open University law lecturer has highlighted a legal case concerning citizenship rights which may open the door for UK expats to stay in Europe after Britain leaves the EU. Law lecturer Ann Wesemann believes the case, concerning an Austrian citizen who attempted to take German nationality, may seem unrelated but could well be relevant...
29 Jul at 6 PM

Cambodia brings in new retirement visa

Cambodia’s popularity as a destination for working as well as retiring expats has soared over the past two years, with many new arrivals having first spent some years in neighbouring Thailand. Today’s announcement is expected to ramp up the numbers of new arrivals still further. The country’s present visa regime is straightforward...
29 Jul at 6 PM

Brexpats in Spain join together to fight for their rights

Out of a small group of concerned UK expats’ Facebook page, a new movement has grown. The Brexpats in Mijas page, originally set up just three weeks ago by five UK expats living in Spain, resulted in such a huge response that it was almost immediately re-christened Brexpats in Spain. Shortly afterwards, a first meeting was held in a...
28 Jul at 6 PM

Government committee calls for clarification on post Brexit right to remain

Uncertainty about the present and post-Brexit status of British expats in EU member states and EU citizens in the UK is becoming a contentious issue, according to a parliamentary report. The lack of clarity as regards the status of Brits overseas and EU expats in the UK has continued since before the referendum and is now causing both...
28 Jul at 6 PM

Top companies for expat employment in Qatar

In spite of economic problems caused by the drastic drop in oil prices over the past year, the Gulf states are still a major draw for career-minded expats. If you’re planning to emigrate to Qatar to further your career, it’s an idea to investigate the emirate’s major foreign employers in order to match your skills with the right...
28 Jul at 6 PM

Brit expat sports fans well served in Spain

If you’re set on living in Spain as an expat, you’ll be happy to hear there’s no need to cut back on watching or participating in your favourite sports. Expat life in a different culture can be trying as regards finding new pursuits to follow and leisure activities to enjoy. If your dream retirement or working location is Spain and...
27 Jul at 6 PM

Volunteer expats help rehome Turkish street dogs

Alanya’s Animal Care House and dog shelter and its volunteer expat helpers offer rehabilitation, medical attention and rehoming overseas as well as locally to the city’s stray dog population. Many favourite expat destinations have a stray dog problem, with Turkey’s Antalya city no exception to the distressing norm. It’s something...
27 Jul at 6 PM

Buying real estate in Europe still the way to go

Whatever the final result of the Brexit negotiations, purchasing property in Spain and other European countries popular with British expats will still be possible. One fact that seems to have been forgotten in the post-Brexit chaos is that many non-EU member state nationals can and are still purchasing homes and holiday villas in EU...
27 Jul at 6 PM

Expat workers in Qatar may be forced into retirement at 60

Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs is mulling over the introduction of a mandatory retirement age of 60 years for expat workers. Following on from complaints by recent graduates that they were unable to find suitable positions in the emirate, the ministry is considering compulsory end-of-contract...
26 Jul at 6 PM

First Brexit legal challenge destined for Supreme Court

Government legal teams fighting a legal challenge concerning the Brexit process have suggested the case may go all the way to the Supreme Court. The seven private actions arguing the prime minister has no powers to trigger Article 50 without the full approval of the British parliament have caused lawyers for the government to concede...
26 Jul at 6 PM

Best locations for expats from entrepreneurs to retirees

A new survey has identified the best places for expats dependent on their reasons for emigrating. Expats leave their home countries for a variety of reasons, including the need to take their careers further, the wish to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit or a wish to find the most suitable place to retire. The one thing they all have in...
26 Jul at 6 PM

Unconventional destinations for adventurous British expats

If the usual expat destinations have lost their appeal for the more adventurous British would-be emigrant, these five countries are well worth considering. Over 5.5 million Britons are believed to be living, working or retiring overseas, with the most popular destinations being Spain, Australia, Ireland, Canada and the USA. Great weather...
25 Jul at 6 PM

Does expat retirement live up to expectations

A new survey has asked the question most often ignored by polls involving expat retirees – how does the reality compare with your dreams? For most expats, dreams of retiring overseas conjure up visions of glorious weather, dramatic sunsets over warm oceans, fascinating cultures, great food and many new friends. Plus of course, a...
25 Jul at 6 PM

Expats in Turkey may be evacuated amid fears of second coup

Fears that Turkish rebels may stage a second military coup have led to SAS troops preparing for the possible evacuation of British expat residents and tourists. Rumours of a second military coup in troubled Turkey have resulted in evacuation plans involving many thousands of British residents as well as tourists. Should the government...
25 Jul at 6 PM

No good news as Dubai expats prepare for the worst

With the expats’ promised land now failing to deliver, many long-term expat residents in Dubai are mulling over a return to their home countries. Although economic forecasts suggest the desert-based mega-city is better placed to weather the storm than its neighbouring emirates, the combination of the oil price crisis and the downturn in...
22 Jul at 6 PM

Brexit puts a damper on Britons retirement plans

Brexit’s shock result has all but wrecked the retirement plans of many Brits due to freedom of movement insecurity and possible financial planning chaos. The biggest question mark threatening the retirement plans of a fair proportion of older Brits is the ability to settle legally in one of the many European expat destinations. Although,...
22 Jul at 6 PM

Post Brexit plummeting pound spurs surge in expat mortgage demands

Mortgage enquiries from overseas buyers as well as UK expats living overseas have surged since the Brexit result triggered a fall in sterling. Prospective buyers are emerging from Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, with the renewed interest in purchasing UK property down to five key Brexit-related issues. UK property has always been...
22 Jul at 6 PM

Cyprus ombudsman supports expat complaints over burials

Following reports in local and online media that expats living in Cyprus were still waiting for their own cemetery and crematorium, the island’s ombudsman has called for an end to discriminatory burial practices. Recently, media articles have highlighted long, inexplicable delays in the agreed provision of a cemetery and crematorium for...
21 Jul at 6 PM

Dreaded FATCA finally in full implementation

Since July 1, all foreign financial firms dealing with US expats overseas will face massive penalties for failing to annually disclose their clients’ accounts and financial affairs. The introduction of the swingeing system of fines was the final stage of FATCA’s implementation worldwide, only delayed due to the need to update US...
21 Jul at 6 PM

US expats in Japan mull staying put to avoid gun violence at home

US expatriates working in Japan are considering staying rather than going back home and risking death on the streets of America. The total number of gun fatalities in the USA during 2015 was an appalling 13,000, whilst in Japan just one citizen was shot and killed. America has the highest number of gun deaths of any developed world...
21 Jul at 6 PM

Expats dual nationality petition calls for Spanish peoples support

A petition calling for access to joint nationality for Brits living in Spain is now calling for Spaniards to sign in support of the initiative. In yet another attempt to regularise their post-Brexit situation, Britons living, working and retiring in Spain are asking the Spanish people to join with them to ensure a future for both expats...
20 Jul at 6 PM

Survey suggests ten best comfort zones for overseas retirement

Retirement overseas means different things for different people, but the essentials remain the same when searching for an affordable comfort zone. Given the political chaos spreading across the Western world, it’s no surprise that more and more people are looking for an escape hatch to exotic climes. Essentials aren’t likely to be as...
20 Jul at 6 PM

Qatari businesses struggling due to expat exodus

According to a Reuters report, businesses catering for middle class Qataris and expat professionals are failing due to lack of demand caused by lay-offs of thousands of well-paid workers from overseas. Large-scale layoffs of expat workers at white collar levels have taken place for some two years now, spurred by the fall in oil prices....
20 Jul at 6 PM

Brexit legal challenge gets October High Court hearing

The first of several court cases brought by prominent London legal firms on behalf of Remain clients has resulted in a High Court hearing in October. The focus of the current action and several more yet to be brought is to ensure the British government is unable to trigger Article 50 without parliament’s full authorisation. Should...
19 Jul at 6 PM

UK expat meeting with Amsterdam mayor brings hope

During a meeting with around 200 concerned UK expats living in Amsterdam, the Dutch city’s mayor gave a ray of hope and advised them not to give up their UK passports yet. Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Lann told the assembled expats it wasn’t necessary at present to exchange British nationality for the Dutch option, as he and all...
19 Jul at 6 PM

Setting up business in expat friendly Shanghai

Shanghai’s popularity with expat start-ups is growing fast, but language difficulties and bureaucratic burdens make using an agency the best way forward. Expat entrepreneurs are more than welcome in Shanghai, one of China’s largest conurbations, with contracted foreign capital totalling US$60 billion during 2015, an 86 per cent...
19 Jul at 6 PM

British expats on Cyprus still waiting for their own cemetery

For years and in spite of an agreement, British expats living in Cyprus have been waiting for a dedicated cemetery and crematorium. Following endless debates involving the Cypriot government and Cyprus’s branch of the Greek Orthodox religion, an agreement was finally made, but no implementation has yet taken place. The reason behind the...
18 Jul at 6 PM

Thailand sex industry under attack by tourism minister

Thailand’s female tourism minister announced recently she’s determined to put a stop to one of the Land of Smiles’s most lucrative and popular attractions – prostitution. Since the death or glory days of the Vietnam War, one of Thailand’s best known draws is the comparative ease with which lone male tourists and expats can deal...
18 Jul at 6 PM

Expats in Nice refuse to let the atrocity drive them out

Following the devastating terror attack on Bastille Day, British and Irish expat residents are defiantly stating they’re staying put and going nowhere. France’s third terrorist attack during the past 18 months has failed to deter expats from the UK and Ireland from getting on with their lives in the popular Mediterranean seaside...
18 Jul at 6 PM

Expat renters in Dubai turning to property purchase

Newly constructed, affordable properties in Dubai are persuading expats in tenancies to take the plunge and buy a home. Ever since Dubai became a magnet for expat professionals, renting an apartment has been the norm due to the transient nature of relocations. Although rents are comparatively low at present, an increasing number of Western...
15 Jul at 6 PM

US Treasury threatens UK expat bank account closures for non FATCA compliance

It’s not just USA citizens who’re living a nightmare due to FATCA, as British expats living in the USA are now being threatened with closure of their UK bank accounts if they don’t comply. As FATCA continues to tighten its claws on American expats living across the world, UK expats working in the USA are facing the closure of their...
15 Jul at 6 PM

UK expats in Spain warned to watch out for financial fraudsters

In spite of frequent warnings, tales of financial fraud and endless on- and offline articles, rogue pension and investment FAs are still rife in British retirement destinations. For decades, Spain has been a favourite with British retirees who’ve had enough of the UK’s dreary weather and escalating cost of living. Around 300,000...
15 Jul at 6 PM

UK insurers pull out of expat health and life insurance

A recently-released survey of UK insurance companies has revealed that only 16 per cent now offer expat life insurance and only 8 per cent offer critical illness cover. The annual Expatriate Insurance Survey’s results make it plain that high-street insurers such as Friends Life, Aviva and Legal and General now have no interest in...
14 Jul at 6 PM

Irish expat in Spain awarded MBE for her expat property rights campaign

Maura Hillen is a heroine to over 500 British expats whose properties were demolished after being declared illegal during the infamous Spanish property scandal. As leader of the Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora NO! (AUAN) campaign, Maura fought at national, regional and local levels for the rights of those who’d purchased Almanzora Valley...
14 Jul at 6 PM

Legal challenges against Brexit result are mounting

As the negative economic effects of Britain’s leaving the UK become more apparent, legal arguments against going ahead with Brexit are mushrooming. The first legal challenge to reach the courts is being spearheaded by London law firm Maitland Chambers. The initial hearing will take place on 19th July, with senior barrister Dominic...
14 Jul at 6 PM

Expat moms in China more prone to postpartum depression

Uprooting from family and friends and relocating to the totally unfamiliar culture of China may mean increasing the risk of post-natal depression for new mothers. Although many expat wives find a move to an exotic location such as China a stimulating experience, the lack of front-line support for new mothers from family and friends is...
13 Jul at 6 PM

Lib Dem leader urges EU PMs to protect UK expats overseas

The head of the British Liberal Democrat party has written to the leaders of seven EU member states, requesting they treat UK expats in Europe with understanding and fairness. Tim Farron, pro-Remain leader of the centre-left Liberal Party, the UK's third largest, has promised his supporters he will base his next election manifesto on...
13 Jul at 6 PM

Top six Chinese cities for expats

For the new breed of adventurous expats, China is the latest attraction, but its massive size and choice of major cities can be hard to navigate. If you’re looking for a fascinating combination of ancient culture, magnificent geographical diversity, stunning modernity and a unique, challenging environment, China is waiting for you. Six...
13 Jul at 6 PM

Government opens Brexit expat help webpage whilst France entices bankers

As the UK government launches a webpage aimed at clarifying expats’ Brexit issues, France pledges to offer generous tax and other relocation perks to UK-based banks and financial institutions. Unsurprisingly, the UK government website offers little that isn’t known already to even the least enthusiastic followers of British media...
12 Jul at 6 PM

Better Brexit news for UK expats in Cyprus

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is calling for an informal meeting with his EU counterparts to attempt to guarantee rights of residency for UK citizens living in EU member states. Hammond is, at present, the only senior member of government who has expressed any concern for the plight of British expats living and working in EU member...
12 Jul at 6 PM

Brit expats in the Gulf advised to keep sending money home

As a result of continuing uncertainty over the value of sterling, British expats working in Gulf states are being advised to keep sending money home. The dramatic fall in the sterling exchange rate following the shock Brexit result prompted an eight-fold increase in remittances from the region to UK banks. Given the continuing political...
12 Jul at 6 PM

Thailand expat forum happiness survey provokes denials

The overly positive results of a recent happiness poll undertaken by Thaivisa Forum have resulted in many forum members having their say in a less than overjoyed manner. Thaivisa Forum covers Bangkok and most of the larger Thai cities as well as Cambodia, Myanmar and South East Asia in general. The site claims to have over 200,000 members...
11 Jul at 6 PM

Dutch expat con man reputedly linked to major Netherlands crime family

Expat havens the world over have their share of dodgy characters ready and willing to defraud other expats of their hard-earned savings, but this Costa del Sol con man may be unique. Exposed recently by Spain’s leading expat newspaper, Jan Brinkman has been busy ripping off fellow expats as well as locals with tall tales of...
11 Jul at 6 PM

Brexit fears disregarded by Brits still heading for France

In spite of the uncertainty of their future in France, would-be UK expats and those recently arrived are not about to change their minds as regards their preferred country of residence. Whilst expats already living across the Channel are having problems digesting the possible future effects of Brexit, many who’ve already made the...
11 Jul at 6 PM

July 19 set for preliminary hearing on Brexit legitimacy

As Theresa May today become the unopposed leader of the Tory Party and Britain’s PM, the first legal attempt to stymie the initiation of Article 50 was slated for July 19. High Court judge Mr Justice Cranston has announced the date on which a preliminary hearing will consider a judicial review challenge brought by British citizen Dier...
8 Jul at 6 PM

UK expats in USA shock horror at Brexit disaster

Although Brits living and working across the pond are unlikely to be directly affected by Britain’s leaving the EU, they’re shocked and horrified at the result and the chaos that’s followed. Just hours after the announcement that the Leave campaign had won, bars, restaurants and pubs in New York saw gatherings of UK expats unable or...
8 Jul at 6 PM

Expat salaries and packages in Asia declining in value

Once the darling of expat professionals, Asia is losing its shine as the value of Singapore and Hong Kong rewards decline. The latest survey of expat salaries worldwide has revealed that, although Hong Kong is still top of the tree for expats wanting to advance their careers, Singapore wins out as regards lifestyle. Middle management...
8 Jul at 6 PM

Is Brexit the downmarket UK version of House of Cards

As the ramifications of the Brexit referendum descend further into farce, those affected could be forgiven for seeing its induced political chaos as a downmarket version of the popular US political drama 'House of Cards’. A famous Chinese curse. ‘may you live in interesting times’ applies not only to the millions of UK and EU expats...
7 Jul at 6 PM

Brit expats in France join together online via new Facebook group

Worried about their futures and angry that no single authority either before or after Brexit has taken their grievances seriously, UK expats in France are now united online at a dedicated Facebook page. Around 2,000 frustrated Brits living in France are now part of the ‘Remain in France Together’ (RIFT), Facebook group, created just...
7 Jul at 6 PM

EU expats working in UK equally threatened by Brexit

Over the last two weeks, much has been written about the fear and fury of UK expats retiring, living and working in other EU member states, but EU expats at present domiciled in the UK are under the same threat of being forced to leave. What might not have been realised by those voting for Britain to leave the EU is that not all immigrants...
7 Jul at 6 PM

UK expats in Spain submit petition for UK parliamentary representation

Businesses, the media and campaigners are uniting in protest following Theresa May’s shocking statement during which she refused to give any guarantees over expat rights within EU member states. May, at present the UK government’s Home Secretary and tipped to become the next PM, was slammed in print and online for her lack of concern...
6 Jul at 6 PM

Will Brexit scupper Waitrose British Corner Shop deal

With Brexit’s toxic tentacles invading almost all aspects of expat life in Europe, gourmet Brits hungrily awaiting Waitrose’s’ entry into the online British Corner Shop may well be in for an eventual disappointment. For UK expat foodies unable to live without such British culinary delights as digestive biscuits, Marmite, Wiltshire...
6 Jul at 6 PM

Will the Brexit affect drive up Oz property prices

Analysts struggling to find shreds of good news lurking behind the massive black cloud of Brexit are suggesting that Britain’s leaving the EU may have a positive effect on Australian real estate prices as well as boosting the number of buyers. The theory behind the report is that, once Brexit is a reality and the UK has finally left the...
6 Jul at 6 PM

Brit expats petition points the need for Spanish dual citizenship

A petition urging the Spanish government to allow UK expats to apply for dual nationality was launched on Monday. Well-known journalist Giles Tremlett together with fellow journalist William Chislett started the petition as an attempt to alert the Spanish government to the dramatic situation faced by Brits in Spain. Tremlett, known for his...
5 Jul at 6 PM

UK expat rush to marry EU citizens hits social media

It seems that the idea of marrying one’s EU citizen partner in order to stay in an EU member state has expanded into marrying anyone who’s willing in order to avoid having to return to the UK once it finally exits the EU. In a surprise turn-around from hoping and praying common sense would return to the UK’s politicians and allow...
5 Jul at 6 PM

Expats in China support Chinglish for its unintended humour

The mangled Chinese-English translations known as Chinglish have won a place in the hearts of the expat community in China for their unintentional humour. Mistranslations from foreign languages to English of signs, slogans, directions and just about every other form of communication are common across the expat world, but none have gripped...
5 Jul at 6 PM

German and French ministers recommend citizenship for UK expats

Possible solutions to the plight of UK expats living and working in Europe are finally on the political agenda of several EU member states. Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel was the first top-ranking European politician to suggest that his country needs the skills offered by younger British expats already...
4 Jul at 6 PM

Foreign Secretary Hammond speaks out in support of UK expats

Finally, a UK politician has seen fit to speak out in support of UK expats living and working in EU member states and EU expats doing the same in the UK. Hammond is the first member of the present political coterie in the UK to actually recognise the plight of the 1.2 million UK expats living in EU countries and the even greater number of...
4 Jul at 6 PM

Expats deliberately targeted in Dhaka terrorist attack

Radical Islam’s hatred of non-Moslems has spread to relatively peaceful Bangladesh, focusing mainly on local targets such as liberals until the murderous attack which killed 26 people. The Holey Artisan Bakery café and eatery where the terrorist attack took place was known as an elite meeting point for businessmen, journalists,...
4 Jul at 6 PM

Is this the way out of Brexit

A legal firm acting on behalf of a group of academics and business people is taking action to ensure Article 50 is not activated without an Act of Parliament. According to legal eagles Mishcon de Reya, triggering Article, 50 and officially starting the process of leaving Europe, would be unlawful unless a full parliamentary debate had...
1 Jul at 6 PM

Buying residency in popular EU countries restricted to wealthy expats

Securing an idyllic expat life post-Brexit as a resident in favourite European destinations is proving to be only an option for the wealthy. The rush for European passports is gathering steam as the full implications of Brexit hit home, but unless applicants are long-stay or have nationals of that country in their ancestry, there’s no...
1 Jul at 6 PM

Amsterdam Expatcentre opens Brexit info hub for local Brits

Amsterdam’s Expatcentre is now offering a Brexit information hub which will inform British expats living and working in Amsterdam as well as assisting UK-based companies wishing to transfer to the Netherlands. The aim of the newly established centre, conveniently located in the city's World Trade Centre, is to present up-to-date...
1 Jul at 6 PM

Brexit threatens students, retirees and their dogs

As if the situation post-Brexit wasn’t dire enough for UK expats living in EU countries, more threats are emerging, especially for students, long-stay retirees on the state pension and, unbelievably, their dogs. Although at the present moment no-one is going to be deported from their country of residence after having their assets...
28 Jul at 4 PM

British expats may require health insurance for treatment in homeland

Brits living abroad face the prospect of needing medical insurance to be treated back home, regardless of whether or not they have been paying into the country’s healthcare system. The UK’s Department of Health says that visitors to the country have been allowed to use a number of NHS services, but that they cost the NHS in the region...
28 Jul at 3 PM

British expat arrested for German’s killing has assault record

A British expat arrested in connection to the killing of a German man in the Spanish town of Mijas has served jail time in the UK for assault. Ross Moore, 30, was arrested and jailed after a bar fight near to his then Exmouth home in 2012. Moore, and another British man, were arrested last week following a pub brawl in La Cala de Mijas...
24 Jul at 12 PM

Expat millionaires’ date ends in legal dispute

A French oil expert and a former Japanese model have become embroiled in a legal spat after meeting on a millionaires’ dating website. Charles Miriel, 67, and Nan Itakura, 44, met on millionairematch.com and met in person for the first time in the Spanish town of Sotogrande in March. Things were all rosy at the beginning and Itakura and...
24 Jul at 9 AM

Expat Brits arrested over Spain pub killing

Spanish police have arrested two British men in connection with the killing of a German in a bar fight in the Spanish town of La Cala de Mijas. Forty-six-year-old Ingo Dewitz died in the southern Spanish resort town’s Captain’s Bar after being hit twice on the head. The two expat Brits reportedly became involved in an argument with...
23 Jul at 6 PM

No vote for Canadian expats abroad for 5 years

Canadians who have been residing overseas for over five years will not be permitted to vote in their country’s general elections in October. The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled on Monday after a 2-1 split decision that any Canadian who has lived abroad for at least five years will be barred from voting on the grounds that they are no...
23 Jul at 6 PM

Barclays to close expat accounts unless six-figure sum deposited

Expat in a number of countries face the prospect of their Barclays Bank accounts being closed down unless they have a balance of at least £100,000. The bank announced that it would close down accounts that were not worth £100,000 within a couple of months, meaning many Brits living abroad will need to deposit huge sums of money should...
22 Jul at 6 PM

Expat nurses in UK face prospect of being sent home

Increased budget cuts designed to further reduce the government budget deficit mean many foreign nurses in the UK may be sent home. To separate long-term residents and short-term workers, UK laws state that expat workers are permitted to stay and work in the country for six years. However, by the time the six-year mark comes round, they...
22 Jul at 6 PM

More than 30% of university teachers in Saudi are expats

Despite greater efforts to ensure more university teachers in Saudi Arabia are from the Gulf state, around a third of all lecturers at government institutions are expats. A recent government report showed that out of 52,617 professors and teaching assistants in colleges nationwide, 15,977 are from outside Saudi Arabia, and just 4,555 are...
21 Jul at 4 PM

Algerian ‘cat burglars’ arrested in Spain for targeting expats

Two Algerian men have been arrested in Spain and face charges of committing burglaries with some assistance from the meows of a cat. The investigation and hunt for the men started in May, after a British expat informed police that her purse had been stolen amid the sound of meows. Authorities believe that the men targeted vehicles in...
21 Jul at 4 PM

UAE considers stopping deporting expat drug users

The UAE may stop deporting expats who have been convicted of using drugs so long as they have been in the country for 15 consecutive years. A police team charged with evaluating anti-drug measures in the country made the recommendation in a report passed on to the competent authorities for a final ruling. The committee also put forward...
14 Jul at 4 PM

British expat dies in hang glider accident in France

A British man residing in France died on Sunday when his hang glider collided into trees near the eastern town of Dole. The forty-nine-year-old expat’s hang glider crashed to the ground after hitting the trees, with initial investigations stating that a “bad landing” was the cause of death. Reports state that he crashed into tree...
14 Jul at 4 PM

Australian expat in UAE jailed for Facebook post

An Australian woman living in Abu Dhabi has been jailed for posting “bad words” on Facebook. Thirty-nine-year-old Jodi Magi uploaded a photo on the social media site that she had taken of a vehicle taking up two disabled parking spaces in front her apartment in the UAE capital. The licence number was blanked out and no identifiable...
13 Jul at 3 PM

Expat journalist Joan Davies passes away in Spain

British expat journalist Joan Davies who had lived in Spain for around 50 years has died at the age of 85. Davies, who along with her husband, Gerry, was the co-founder of the Malaga-based English language newspaper Sur, passed away on Tuesday at her home in the Costa de Sol town of Benalmadena. The highly-respected journalist was born...
13 Jul at 12 PM

Malaga has Spain’s cheapest beer

Malaga serves the cheapest beer in Spain, revealed a recent survey, spelling good news for the large number of expats that reside in the southern city. With the average price of a beer being just €1.56, the Andalucian city is also the fourth cheapest city out of the 75 surveyed worldwide. The rankings, which were listed by Go-Euro...
11 Jul at 2 PM

Spain-based expat publishes book about doing business with Fidel Castro

An expat author in the southern Spanish province of Granada has published his memoires about doing business in Cuba at a time when he was working alongside Fidel Castro. French-born Michel Villand revealed that the pair were so close that Castro was even a guest of honour when he opened his bakery chain – Pain de Paris – after arriving...
11 Jul at 10 AM

Saudi woman jailed for conning Yemeni expat out of SR300,000

A Saudi Arabian court has jailed a woman has ordered her to pay back the SR300,000 ($US80,000) she took from a Yemeni expat after saying that she would obtain Saudi nationality for him. The victim’s lawyer, Khalid Al-Yafie, said that the Saudi woman had ruined his client’s reputation in a separate incident which involved her posting a...
10 Jul at 12 PM

Expat haven Torrevieja named poorest city in Spain

The southeast Spanish city of Torrevieja is the poorest city in Spain, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE). The agency revealed that the Costa Blanca resort, a popular destination among expats, has a lower per capita income than any other Spanish city. However, despite the recent figures, due to the large population...
10 Jul at 9 AM

Life in Greece looking tough for expats

A large number of expats living in Greece are finding life increasingly difficult due to the country’s ongoing financial crisis. The Mediterranean country is home to an estimated 188,000 European nationals, and is particularly popular among retirees looking to take advantage of its year-round sunshine and laidback lifestyle. However the...
8 Jul at 2 PM

Hong Kong columnist defends ‘stereotypical’ expat comments

A Hong Kong-based journalist has defended his observations after recently referring to a number of the city’s expats as “brats”. South China Morning Post reporter Jason Wordie, a resident of the city for 30 years, admitted that saying third culture kids were emotionally shallow and had a chillingly utilitarian attitude could be...
8 Jul at 9 AM

Expat employment in Bahrain up 6%

The number of expat workers in Bahrain increased by six per cent in the first quarter of 2015, according to recent data. The Bahrain Labour Market Indicators showed that the rise in the number of foreigners employed in the Gulf state was three times the increase among Bahraini workers, which stood at two per cent. The figures revealed a...
7 Jul at 3 PM

Spanish authorities broadcast face of wanted Scot in expat areas

The face of one of the UK’s most wanted fugitives has been broadcast around popular expat areas in Spain as authorities up their efforts to locate him. Derek McGraw Ferguson, 51, is suspected of murdering a man in the Scottish town of Bishopbriggs in 2007. His image will now appear on a digital screen on the back of vehicles belonging to...
7 Jul at 11 AM

Expat in Fiji killed in road accident

An expat living in Fiji was killed when a vehicle crashed into his bike on the Drasa flats not far from the town of Lautoka. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro announced in a statement that the victim, who has yet to be named, worked for the United Nations Development Fund. She said that he was on route to the town of Rakiraki at around 7:30...
6 Jul at 3 PM

Two jailed for Bali expat murder

Two men who fled Bali have received 15-year jail sentences for killing Australian businessman Robert Ellis after being convicted of premeditated murder. Martin Ngongo Bili and Adolf Malo Rangga were handed 15 years in prison for the role they played in the killing of the 60-yrar-old expat. However, the defence reacted angrily after the...
6 Jul at 2 PM

Kuwait: Pakistani expat disguised as woman detained in Kuwait

A Pakistani expat in Kuwait has been arrested after being found disguised as a woman near a mosque in the town on Jleeb Al Shuyukh. Authorities became suspicious about the man, who was dressed in black, had his face covered and was talking on the phone outside the Al Shuyukh Mosque in the town, which has a large population of expats from...
31 Jul at 6 PM

New report warns of Dubai property bubble risk

Dubai’s latest residential review noted that rents rose by 20 per cent over the last 12 months and warned of another property bubble. The revelations in the latest Dubai property review are causing concern over yet another property bubble in the region. Apartment rents soared year-on-year by 21 per cent, dragging the average overall rent...
31 Jul at 6 PM

Epidemic of Spanish live entertainment bar closures ruining expat social lives

Favourite retirement hubs along the coast of the Costa Blanca are suffering an epidemic of live entertainment bar closures due to license revoking after noise complaints. For decades, the Costa Blanca coastline below Alicante has attracted British retirees and entrepreneurs to its more traditional, less riotous Spanish resort towns, with...
30 Jul at 6 PM

Pension Regulator warns of £5 billion pension unlocking scam

Crooks have conned pension savers out of a total of at least five billion sterling, according to an urgent warning issued by the UK Pensions Regulator. Experts warn the full amount may be far higher, as many thousands of vulnerable pension savers in the UK and overseas are continuing to fall victim to an ingenious variety of scams by...
30 Jul at 6 PM

Expat Brits reject EC call to vote in local and EU elections

In spite of a massive online and media campaign to encourage UK citizens living overseas to register to vote in the EU election and local polls, the results were embarrassingly small. The Electoral Commission’s campaign appeared on expat radio stations, online via expat forums and local English language newspapers and in various...
29 Jul at 6 PM

UK government inquiry told EU wide misselling redress needed

As complaints against the mis-selling of financial products soars across European states, a UK Parliamentary enquiry has been advised that an EU-wide mechanism for consumer redress is badly needed. Although EU law on consumer protection has been updated since the 2008 crash, redress for consumers with mis-sold financial products has...
29 Jul at 6 PM

UAE expat savings heading towards global property investments

It’s no secret that Western expats working in the UK are paid plenty enough to be able to invest for their futures, with many still favouring bricks and mortal via global property markets. Property as an asset class is regarded as a traditional and historically safe place to stash savings, offering good returns and little overall risk...
28 Jul at 6 PM

HMRC issues third highest QROPS mass suspension since April 2006

The 15 July official QROPS list published by the UK’s HMRC has suspended a total of 118 Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS). The mass cull is the third largest since the scheme itself was introduced in April 2006, and includes 99 Australian QROPS, one from Mauritius, 15 from India and two from Canada. The tax authority...
28 Jul at 6 PM

Study shows France offers best healthcare in world for expats

The French healthcare system, highly regarded for decades, has recently received a further boost to its reputation. The Annual Global Retirement Index survey undertaken for International Living Magazine has rated France’s healthcare the best in the world for expat retirees. Out of 100 possible points, the Gallic system rated 97, and was...
25 Jul at 6 PM

Price comparison sites using shady tactics to make you buy

Expat online shoppers are being warned to watch out for online shopping tricks on price comparison websites. Almost all expats, wherever in the world they’re located, find themselves using online sites to order items they can’t find in their host countries. Whether it’s foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, comfortable clothes or shoes in...
25 Jul at 6 PM

Amsterdam scores as expat happiness central in spite of high tax rates

Many would-be expats would balk at the thought of paying 52 per cent income tax on their earnings overseas, but the charm of Amsterdam is such that no-one seems to mind. Most expats living in the historic Dutch capital were lured by the promise of a choice of literally thousands of jobs in the tech, oil and other sectors. In spite of...
24 Jul at 6 PM

Should expat savers and investors use local or international FAs

With the casino culture which caused the 2008 crash still functioning at all financial levels and in most expat jurisdictions, expats could be forgiven for wondering how to choose a reliable advisor. Many savers and investors, especially those choosing to retire overseas, have little experience of managing investments, and would prefer to...
24 Jul at 6 PM

UAE survey shows a third of expat women face sexism in the workplace

A new study has revealed that around 29 per cent of expat women working in the UAE are experiencing sexism in the workplace on a regular basis. The survey, carried out by Expatwoman.com and involving 1,100 expat women working in the emirates, shows that gender discrimination within the UAE workplace runs at almost double that in Western...
23 Jul at 6 PM

UK government sneaks in controversial state pension changes

Controversial changes to the UK state pension due to affect millions have been slipped in just before Parliament’s summer break. The changes apply to pensioners who decide to delay claiming their UK state pensions and will come into force for those hitting pension age on or after 6 April 2016. At present, a bonus of 10.4 per cent per...
23 Jul at 6 PM

Unofficial expats in the Land of Smiles rush to get legitimate stays

Expat life on the sun, sea and sand Thai island of Phuket just got complicated for expats without long-stay or tourist visas. For a decade or more, immigration authorities have turned a blind eye to visa runs across Thailand’s border by expats unable to get annual visas. Many foreign travellers arrive in Phuket on visa-exempt entries and...
22 Jul at 6 PM

New study reveals expats see pension industry as greedy and incompetent

The shocking results of a new study have revealed that retirement savers view the entire pensions industry as incompetent, greedy and corrupt. The research, undertaken by the UK’s National Employment Savings Trust, was intended to survey savers in the auto-enrolment workplace pensions scheme, but has also clearly tapped into the...
22 Jul at 6 PM

Edmonton couple plead with Canada immigration for their adopted baby

Canada’s Immigration and Citizenship bureau is busy racking up the country’s attraction for migrants, but seems to be ignoring the essential humanity that should be a part of their job. An Edmonton couple who adopted a Congolese child in August 2012 are still unable to bring the 18-month old baby to live with them in their home...
21 Jul at 6 PM

Report identifies UAE as plagued by misbehaving Brits

The annual British Behaviour Abroad report brings bad news for British tourists and expats working in the UAE, as the number of those arrested for bad behaviour has soared since 2012. Attempt to blame the results of the report solely on British tourists in the region are likely to fail due to a strong decline in temporary visitors to the...
21 Jul at 6 PM

FCA warns against FAs pushing risky SIPPS assets

A recent warning from the UK’s Financial Conduct Agency concerns financial advisors who transfer clients’ occupational pension funds to SIPPS containing risky assets. In a recent article, CEO of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) Mark Neale noted the considerable increase in wrongful advice claims against FAs over the...
21 Jul at 6 PM

Expat drinkers in Vietnam dismayed at early closing proposals

The recently announced proposal that watering holes in Vietnam should close between 22:00 and 06:00 is causing dismay amongst expats living and working in the Southeast Asian country. The prohibition on the sale of alcohol from as early as 22:00 is believed to have been brought about by health concerns within the government, a concern not...
21 Jul at 6 PM

When is a QROPS a QNUPs and vice versa

For expats living overseas and fast approaching retirement age, investing their pension pot in the most tax effective manner can be very confusing. QROPS, QNUPS and SIPPS have been around for some years now, but many soon-to-be retirees could be forgiven for being totally confused as to which is more beneficial foe them. Basically, all...
17 Jul at 6 PM

Will expat consumers benefit financially from UK pension reform

Now that the initial shock of the UK’s March budget pension reform announcement has faded, it’s time to evaluate the reasons behind it and the real-time financial benefits to retirees. Analysts are suggesting that the innovative policy wasn’t motivated purely by the wish to give pensioners more power over their savings. The...
17 Jul at 6 PM

Thailand visa crackdown causes fear and confusion

Long-stay travellers, tourists wishing to extend their stay and expats in Thailand are faced with a crackdown on the interpretation of tourist visas. Formerly, many longer-stay tourists and expats in the kingdom were allowed to make regular border runs to Laos, Myanmar or Cambodia to top up their visitor visas. Short-stay tourists wishing...
16 Jul at 6 PM

Expats enjoying the strong pound warned to watch out for fluctuations

UK expats living in the Eurozone and further-flung destinations are enjoying a boost in pension payments at the present moment, but are warned to watch out for future currency fluctuations. The global economic crash wiped a third off pension payments for UK retirees living overseas, but the ongoing British recovery has seen sterling soar...
16 Jul at 6 PM

80 per cent of USA expats considering giving up citizenship due to FATCA

A new survey has revealed that the onset of the USA’s FATCA global tax law has resulted in an 11 per cent rise in the number of Americans prepared to give up US citizenship. The results of the poll, undertaken by a major international financial product provider, won’t come as a shock to US expats living permanently overseas. Already,...
15 Jul at 6 PM

Skipton offer expat buy to let mortgages on selected UK properties

Skipton International, the offshore Channel Islands base of the well-known high street building society, is now offering expat mortgages on UK buy-to-let properties. Including UK buy-to-let options in expat pension planning has traditionally been tricky for those requiring mortgages, but the recent rise in UK property prices has...
15 Jul at 6 PM

Number of Britons living overseas soars to over five million

According to a report by the United Nations, well over five million British citizens have emigrated for reasons of work, retirement or general dissatisfaction with the state of their home country. Since 1990, the number of British-born migrants has increased by 23 per cent, with the majority of those leaving heading for sunnier climes....
14 Jul at 6 PM

Mobile roaming charges in and around Europe finally slashed

Expats using UK mobile phones in Europe are finally able to move from one country to another without being charged a small fortune for mobile roaming, texting and making calls – but it’s not all good news. Holidaymakers and UK expats who live in EU member states but enjoy touring nearby countries will gain the most from the newly...
14 Jul at 6 PM

Five reasons why expats give up on the dream

Retiring to a dream destination overseas with great weather, good healthcare facilities and a delightfully low cost of living is a tempting option after years of corporate loyalty, but many less than wealthy migrants find deal-breakers dragging them back home. Knowing yourself and what you can live with or live without is essential for a...
11 Jul at 6 PM

Are QROPS transfers available to British expats in the USA

As the world gets smaller, many more Brits are heading to the USA, leaving their pensions back in the home country. Given the present chaos and uncertainty in the British pension system, migrants to America might well be less than happy about leaving a large proportion of their lifetime savings several thousand miles away. The good news...
11 Jul at 6 PM

Expat medical problems made worse by language barriers

One of the major expat concerns is the adequacy of local health systems in the host country, particularly if emigration includes the children of the family. Moving abroad and settling into an unfamiliar country with a young family is a stressful experience at the best of times, made even more difficult when health problems occur. Even if...
10 Jul at 6 PM

British cities surge up rankings of most expensive world locations

The strengthening of sterling and the soaring cost of property have sent leading UK cities soaring up the latest ‘expensive cities’ survey. London, Belfast, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Birmingham have leapt up the latest world city cost of living survey, with London now the 12th most expensive world city for expats. The capital was 25th in...
10 Jul at 6 PM

British exodus from Spain replaced by Russian incomers

Changes in the Spanish tax regime have sent thousands of British expats scurrying back to the UK, only to be replaced by hordes of emigrating Russians. According to the Spanish National Institute of Statistics, the total number of foreigners resident in Spain dropped by an impressive half a million last year, firmly establishing the...
10 Jul at 6 PM

Expat savings rates hit by deals withdrawal over market confusion

Mixed messages by the Bank of England on future interest rate rises have caused providers to withdraw appealing short-term fixed rate deals. Confusion in the markets is the result of two contrasting statements over two consecutive months by BoE Governor Mark Carney. Early in June, Carney hinted that a base rate rise was on the cards as...
10 Jul at 6 PM

British passport chaos worsens as backlog soars to half a million

The UK’s passport chaos is heading to new heights in spite of the introduction of a raft of emergency measures including overtime and temporary staff. Passport office chief Paul Pugh stated during a meeting of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee that the backlog now stood at 508,000, some 25,000 more than in early June. He added...
8 Jul at 6 PM

UK Expat savers offshore accounts caught by Son of FATCA

Expat savers considered by HMRC to be tax-resident in the UK will now be forced to share their personal and financial details with the UK tax authority. Following the UK’s signing up to FATCA, the UK Chanceller announced a similar arrangement between HMRC and the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man. The three...
8 Jul at 6 PM

Bahrain expat driving ban ruled unconstitutional by court

Much to the relief of expats living and working in Bahrain, the recently-proposed driving ban unless required by occupation is now dead in the water. The proposal, introduced recently as a means to deal with Bahrain’s growing traffic congestion, had caused panic amongst expats living a distance from their offices and workplaces as...
7 Jul at 6 PM

Expats in Thailand living with uncertainty after military takeover

Western long-term retirees and expats legally married to Thais are fearing repercussions to their visa statuses following the recent military takeover. The recent panicky departure of over 200,000 Cambodian workers back across the border has increased expat fears that immigration crackdowns may be expanded to include those on marriage and...
7 Jul at 6 PM

Visa application data reveals expats and their tangled love lives

The complications of cross-border relationships involving expats’ love, marriage and even divorce issues have been revealed by a study of immigration assistance patterns. Immigration assistance company Global Visa’s analysis of around 5,000 cases over the past few years has revealed the secrets of expat relationships and love lives....
4 Jul at 6 PM

Tax burden hits poor harder than rich in divided Britain

As an increasing number of retirees leave the UK for a better chance of living comfortably in older age, established expats abroad would do well to look back at their home country’s huge gap between the poor and the wealthy. Official figures issued recently revealed that the rich in the UK are a massive 15 times better off than those in...
4 Jul at 6 PM

Saudi expat health centres close due to deadly virus fears

Poor standards and bad management at 12 expat medical centres in Saudi Arabia has forced their closure amid fears of the spread of the MERS virus. Expats working in the kingdom are concerned that their applications for visas and residency permits may be jeopardised by the recent closure of 12 expat health centres for decontamination and...
3 Jul at 6 PM

US expats may be shut out of investing by FATCA demands

Three days after the US’s much-criticised Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act came into global force, Fidelity Investments announced that it will bar expat US citizens from trading in or buying its mutual funds. A number of overseas banks have already begun notifying their USA expat clients that their accounts will have to be closed, and...
3 Jul at 6 PM

British expats exiting Spain due to overseas assets declaration law

Although life in the UK is undoubtedly harder and more expensive than when they left, 2013’s trickle of Brits leaving Spain has turned into a flood. Since last year’s new law made it compulsory for expats to declare all their overseas assets, the size of the British expat community in Spain has decreased by 23 per cent, with German...
2 Jul at 6 PM

Expat retirees warned over leaving cash in low interest accounts

Expat retirees planning to use next April’s pension freedom rules should beware of leaving their cash in low-interest accounts. A recent survey indicates that the majority of qualifying pension savers are likely to withdraw their capital from their pensions next April, and most are planning to leave the funds in their bank accounts or...
2 Jul at 6 PM

Expats in Turkey confused and stranded due to new rules

Turkey’s newly-introduced residency permit and health insurance rules are causing chaos amongst expats due to horrendous paperwork-processing delays. The new residence permit laws require an ikamet via an appointment with the local police office, but no slots are now available before October 2014. Of the 40,000 British expats living in...
1 Jul at 6 PM

Expats in Cyprus win settlement in mortgage misselling scandal

The ongoing scandal concerning mis-sold mortgages on expat homes in Cyprus has affected thousands of property owners on the island, but now looks as if it’s coming to an end. Rather than risk a UK High Court judgment against them, the Cypriot Alpha Bank and a consortium of 20 property developers have settled all claims. The good news...
1 Jul at 6 PM

US expats face dark days as FATCA is finally introduced

The US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, known and derided worldwide as FATCA, has finally arrived. The introduction of the controversial global tax law is the worst news for all seven million US expats living overseas as well as countless American-owned overseas businesses. All non-US financial institutions must now breach their US...
31 Jul at 6 PM

Survey reveals expats in Singapore spend too much

A combination of low tax rates, higher salaries, great weather and an exotic environment is encouraging expat workers in Singapore and other similar countries to spend, not save. The survey, undertaken by Standard Life, found that disposable incomes in Australia, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Singapore were higher than in most other popular...
31 Jul at 6 PM

European Commission warns of poor 4G coverage in Europe

Expats heading for a life in the sun in Europe and expecting to make use of their tablets and smart phones are in for a shock, according to a European Commission report. The EC survey reported that three out of every four EU residents are unable to access 4G/LTE mobile connections, with those living in rural areas having less chance than...
30 Jul at 6 PM

Is Andorra losing its glow as an expat tax and residency haven

As regulations and investment requirements for residency tighten in many popular expat destinations, tiny Andorra may risk losing its attraction by planning to introduce income tax. The mountainous refuge has been popular with expats looking to minimalise their tax liabilities for 40 years or so, due mainly to its lack of income tax and...
30 Jul at 6 PM

Wrong advice may cost Cyprus expats their property claims

Hundreds of British expats with homes on Cyprus are risking the success of their mis-selling claims due to incorrect advice being given by Cypriot advisors. Most of the mis-selling claims against Cypriot banks, property developers and sales agents involve off-plan purchases or mis-sold mortgages, with the majority of those affected taking...
29 Jul at 6 PM

QROPS pension transfer confusion complicated by HRMC approved list

When the QROPS scheme was introduced in 2006, its intent was to allow private or corporate pension transfers from the UK to recognised countries overseas. British citizens who had worked and accumulated pensions in the UK would be able to take them along when they emigrated, with the assumption that uptake would possibly include the...
29 Jul at 6 PM

Spanish expat homeowners ripped off by property certificate scammers

The Spanish government’s new requirement that homes for sale or being rented must be rated for energy efficiency has opened the doors for a brand new scam. The new regulations state that a qualified assessor must rate any property built before 2007 for energy efficiency and issue a certificate. Homes built after that date should have...
26 Jul at 6 PM

Britain’s Royal Year sees soaring memorabilia sales to expats

Last year’s Olympic Games, the Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Wedding and 2013’s Wimbledon’s triumph saw expat Brits losing their distaste of overt patriotism and buying quantities of event memorabilia online. Online stores selling everything from Union Jack key rings to Royal memorabilia such as Jubilee mugs and tea towels have been...
26 Jul at 6 PM

FCO offers British expats and their visitors help via Twitter

Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is offering a new service aimed at directing expats and their visitors to help centers and consulates via the popular social media site, Twitter. Advice will include the use of the new technology in staying safe in unfamiliar locations and the best ways to avoid excessive internet and...
25 Jul at 6 PM

Christchurch rebuild draws skilled workers from Ireland and the Philippines

The long-awaited rebuild of Christchurch city centre following the two devastating earthquakes is ramping up, thanks to the help of migrant workers. The South Island city of Christchurch is welcoming 22 skilled migrants every day of the year, according to figures released by Statistics New Zealand. In June, 564 overseas workers arrived in...
25 Jul at 6 PM

Top tips for buying a property overseas

With an increasing number of Britons planning to emigrate and overseas property prices at a healthy low, it’s hardly surprising that the temptation of a home abroad is difficult to resist. Motivations vary from investing when prices are low in the expectation that they will rise, through netting an affordable holiday home to living the...
24 Jul at 6 PM

Luanda overtakes Tokyo as most expensive world city for expats

Results of a recent survey have confirmed the capital of Angola, Luanda, as the world’s most expensive city for expat living. The survey took in 214 world cities and cited security costs as the reason for Luanda’s top position. Undertaken by Mercers as part of its yearly World Cost of Living Survey, the poll uses New York as the base...
24 Jul at 6 PM

Saudi government contractors now reluctant to sponsor expats

Many Saudi companies contracting their services to the government are unhappy about continuing sponsorship for expat workers, preferring to employ local staff. Reports are coming in that increasing numbers of expat employees are not having their contracts renewed due to company concerns over Nitaqat quotas. Firms with short-term government...
23 Jul at 6 PM

UK taxman hits out at tax-evading expat landlords

Expats who own or have recently sold a buy-to-let property in the UK without paying the tax due are being urged by HMRC to regularize their tax affairs or face the consequences. The UK Tax Office is is coordinating efforts to locate private landlords living overseas who have not declared rental income or the sale of a buy-to-let property....
23 Jul at 6 PM

Dubai launches Ramadan Culture for All Festival aimed at expats

As part of the Holy Month of Ramadan, Dubai has launched its Culture for All festival aimed at helping expats understand the religious and cultural events involved. A highlight of the Holy Month is the evening feast following the day’s fasting, with the tradition of Iftar involving the exchanging of dishes with neighbours. One such UAE...
22 Jul at 6 PM

Brussels expat lifestyle survey reveals more gripes than praise

A survey aimed at publicising the Belgian capital as a favourite destination for expats has backfired, with the results showing more criticism than commendation. Brussels is home to the European Union and its plethora of pan-European organisations, with the result that many thousands of expat workers have made the city their home. However,...
22 Jul at 6 PM

Belize retirement investment programme proves popular with expats

The Caribbean country of Belize is attracting increasing numbers of expats with its combination of a retirement incentive programme and the fact that English is widely spoken. Just a few years ago, the Belize expat population was numbered in dozens. Nowadays, there’s an expanding, vibrant community of residents from mainland Europe, the...
19 Jul at 6 PM

Fewer UK expats overseas needing consulate assistance

Recently released figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office indicate that the number of Brits abroad asking for help from British consulates is on the decrease. The FCO’s yearly British Behaviour Abroad report revealed that consular staff was called to assist over 19,000 UK citizens in far-flung destinations over the 2012/2013...
19 Jul at 6 PM

Expat descendent of Emily Pankhurst fights for expat voting rights

A cousin of the great-granddaughter of Suffragette leader Emily Pankhurst is taking up the cudgel on behalf of Brit expats who lose the right to vote after 15 years overseas. Almost 100 years after the Suffragette movement, led by Emily Pankhurst, won the right to vote for all British women, Margaret Hales, a distant relative of the great...
18 Jul at 6 PM

Survey shows costs of expat healthcare on the rise again

Results of a recent study have shown that the cost of expat private health insurance-backed care jumped by 3.6 per cent in 2012. The research on the cost of expat medical cover took in 16 countries spread across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East and involved 500 organisations. Causes of the increase varied from country to country....
18 Jul at 6 PM

Drunken expats ruin Shanghai French Concession district art street

Riotous party nights involving Shanghai’s young expat community have put paid to a formerly quiet residential street known for its art galleries and workshops. Just three years ago, CNN Travel highlighted a street in the city’s former French Concession district given over to arts and entertainment. Yongkang Road was a hub for art...
17 Jul at 6 PM

New Zealand contractors urge common sense in overseas worker rules

A New Zealand contractors’ association is calling for an injection of common sense into visa and immigration rules for temporary overseas workers, saying the present rules are harming its members’ businesses. With the movement of labour across the world increasing year by year, many overseas workers are looking to head for New Zealand...
17 Jul at 6 PM

Canadian visa processing delays exacerbated by strike action

The delays in processing Canadian visa applications at present being experienced by would-be migrants in many world countries are likely to increase due to strike action by immigration officers. Strike action is being taken by members of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers at offices in Japan, China, the UK, Brazil,...
16 Jul at 6 PM

European Health Insurance Card row lands Spain in court

The European Commission is taking Spain to court over its failure to honour the EU-wide European Health Insurance Card. Expat complaints about the ignoring of the reciprocity rules implicit in the EU Health Insurance Card (EHIC) have been ongoing for at least three years, resulting in the European Commission’s decision to take court...
16 Jul at 6 PM

Britons less cautious about buying overseas property

Spurred on by 70 per cent falls in Spanish property prices, UK citizens are now active again in the overseas property market, although caution is the watchword. Banks are attempting to unload repossessed holiday villas and retirement homes, with Britons even being offered Spanish mortgages to help snap up the bargains. Bargain-hunting...
15 Jul at 6 PM

Three Canadian permanent residents refuse oath to the Queen

A legal contest over the Canadian Citizenship Act’s requirement of the swearing of a loyalty oath to Queen Elizabeth began in courts last Friday. Three permanent residents, Simone Topey, Michael McAteer and Dror Bar-Natyon caused a nationwide furore when they refused to take the oath of loyalty to the Queen required as part of the...
15 Jul at 6 PM

Canada rejects citizenship for investment option

As a number of expat-friendly countries open their doors to investment in exchange for residency and eventual citizenship, Canada closes hers. Domenica, St Kitts and Nevis and other expat destinations are offering residency in exchange for substantial sums in passive investment, and citizenship can be had after a couple of years....
12 Jul at 6 PM

Long term British expats in Turkey to get free permanent residency

A proposed new law due to be set by the Turkish government will reward British nationals who have lived in the country for more tham eight years by granting them free permanent residency. According to the British Consulate in Turkey, officials from the British Embassy have been in discussion with the Turkish government on the development...
12 Jul at 6 PM

Four decade age gap lovers fight NZ immigration refusal

Auckland couple Balwinder Singh, 22, and Glyn Kessel, 59, are fighting for their marriage after New Zealand’s immigration office refused Mr Singh a work visa. The couple met last year in Glenfield, fell in love and married two months later, after which Balwinder, an Indian national, applied for a work visa in the partnership category....
11 Jul at 6 PM

British expat wins court battle over Spanish property scandal

Thousands of Britons who lost their savings in dodgy Spanish property ventures are now hoping for redress after a landmark legal victory by one man who would not give up hope. Britisher Keith Rule was faced with losing his life savings due to a Spanish property scandal and a bank wich refused to reimburse him the deposit on his off-plan...
11 Jul at 6 PM

Foreign owned retail stores harming Saudi economy

In what seems like yet another Saudization hit on expats within the kingdom, a report states that most retail outlets are foreign-owned, with most of the profits leaving the country. Saudi Arabia is now ranked as one of the world’s most attractive retail locations, with most of its stores owned by expats and foreign companies, according...
10 Jul at 6 PM

France cancels dual taxation on expat rental earnings and pensions

The French government has moved its position on double taxation of expat incomes, saying that UK expats should not be taxed in France on UK-earned or generated income. Tax officials have stated that British expats living in France should not pay income tax in the country, nor should they pay tax on their UK state pensions or rental...
10 Jul at 6 PM

New Zealand announces major immigration application overhaul

A NZ$80 million overhaul of New Zealand’s visa application procedures is to take place, with the aim of cracking down on rising abuse of the present system. The main change will be the phasing out of paper applications over a timeline between 2013 and 2017, with the first stage now complete. Visa holders and applicants can now check...
9 Jul at 6 PM

Abu Dhabi key government department sacks expat employees

Abu Dhabi’s top-rated government department has sacked the vast majority of its expat workers in order to free up the jobs for unemployed locals. The General Secretariat of the Executive Council (GSEC), the administrative arm of the emirate’s most important government department, has culled most of the expat staff. Although it is not...
9 Jul at 6 PM

New UK spouse immigration rules slammed by High Court

The new rules under which UK citizens who wish to move back to Britain with their foreign spouses must comply with earnings thresholds have been condemned in the High Court. Three claimants had challenged the new regulations regarding the sponsorship by UK nationals of their foreign spouses. Although the High Court did not strike down the...
8 Jul at 6 PM

Portuguese municipalities launch Operation Vote aimed at expats

Operation Vote’s new project has been instigated by local municipalities aimed at galvanising expat residents into registering to vote by 29 July. The 29 July deadline for registration is just two months before Portugal’s local elections take place and, as in other EU countries, expat residents are allowed to vote. However, this is...
8 Jul at 6 PM

Saudi executives and employers welcome expat concessions

The new rules allowing dependents of expats working in the country to take employment have been welcomed by both employers and top-level executives. The concessions recently announced by the Kingdom’s Ministry of Labour state that expat dependants can work legally in the country, provided their employer sends a letter of confirmation to...
5 Jul at 6 PM

American still favourite land of opportunity for expats

An annual survey has revealed that the United States is still the land of opportunity most preferred by migrants. The Organisation for Economic Co-opportunity and Development’s 2011 figures confirm that, yet again, the USA is the top destination for relocation. More than a million migrants arrived on its shores last year, according to...
5 Jul at 6 PM

HMRC blunder suspends 432 QROPS in error

Yet another blunder by HM Revenue and Customs has resulted in 432 QROPS being suspended for no good reason. Providers of QROPS pension schemes across the world were left in confusion as their products suddenly disappeared from the official HMRC list without warning or reason. Financial advisors fielded worried calls and emails from...
4 Jul at 6 PM

Canadian police warn immigrants over deportation scam

For the second time in a year, Canadian police are warning new immigrants to the country to ignore a phone-call based deportation threat scam. The call comes in from a 1-800 number to migrants who have recently arrived in Canada, and purports to be from an officer of the Canada Border Services Agency. The caller accuses the recipient of...
4 Jul at 6 PM

Emigrating Britons urged to look before they leap

Official figures show that more Britons than ever before are looking to emigrate, whether for better jobs, a better quality of life or a happier retirement. In the year to September 2012, 347,000 British citizens relocated overseas, an increase of 8,000 over the previous year, with 58 per cent of the number leaving for work-related...
3 Jul at 6 PM

Cambodian adoptee child finally allowed to join Kiwi family

A seven-year old Cambodian girl adopted by a New Zealand family has finally been allowed into the country after an intervention by NZ immigration minister Nikki Kaye. Jendah Dyer, 7, a sufferer from development delay disorder, was adopted by Grahame and Kathryn Dyer two years ago. The New Zealand-born couple had applied for citizenship for...
3 Jul at 6 PM

New Zealand working holiday visa applications soar

A statistical survey by Immigration New Zealand has shown that the number of UK applicants for its working holiday visa has soared by 13 per cent. During the first five months of 2013, a 13 per cent increase over last year in the number of young people applying for the 23-month visa has resulted in over 4,400 people receiving the coveted...
2 Jul at 6 PM

French government relaxes rules on expat second home taxes

Long-stay expats owning second homes in France can now relax as the government’s recently announced tax grab will now be subject to less onerous rules. Previously, British home owners with holiday homes in the country were able to claim capital gains tax exemption after 15 years’ ownership on the sale of either their UK properties or...
2 Jul at 6 PM

Saudi rents to soar due to increased demand for apartments

Apartment rentals in Riyadh and Jeddah are expected to rise even higher in spite of the government’s recently-introduced 67 billion housing fund. A recent survey has shown that Riyadh’s average rental charges rose by up to eight per cent during the first three months of 2013. The report, issued by Jones Lang LaSalle, also stated that...
1 Jul at 6 PM

Leading bank warns Spanish property still overvalued

A leading investment bank is warning that the Spanish property price crash has yet to bottom out, with further falls in the pipeline. Goldman Sachs property sector analysts are predicting another 10 per cent fall in the Spanish property market. Investors and expat residents alike, already struggling with a 30 per cent decrease in prices...
1 Jul at 6 PM

British expats hit back at UK government over winter fuel allowance

The news that UK Chancellor George Osborne has cancelled winter fuel payments for pensioners living in Europe is sparking angry protests from expats in the seven EU member states affected. Osborne’s introduction of a blanket temperature test beginning in 2015 for retirees in Greece, France, Spain, Malta, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus and...
31 Jul at 6 PM

Canadian river tragedy Scotsman presumed dead

A group of two rafts travelling down a Canadian river were swept over a waterfall, resulting in the deaths of an elderly Canadian couple and a Scotsman who is now presumed dead. The Kettle River close to Grand Forks was the scene of the tragedy after the two rafts were swept over a 100ft waterfall last Saturday. The bodies of Jean and...
28 Jul at 9 AM

Wife of Bo Xilai charged with murder of Neil Heywood

Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, the former Chinese political leader, has been charged with murdering Neil Heywood, a British businessman. My Heywood’s body was discovered in a Chongqing hotel room in November last year. Originally, officials investigating the case concluded that the businessman had died after drinking alcohol. However,...
26 Jul at 6 PM

Number of Brits heading for OZ drops sharply

For decades, Australia was the favourite migration destination for Britons, but the top spot is now taken by migrants from India. A recent report has revealed that 20 per cent fewer Brits are leaving for a new life in Australia than five years ago. India and China now take first and second place, with the UK coming in a poor third and...
24 Jul at 6 PM

British expats in Spain facing homelessness over financial crisis

As the financial crisis in Spain worsens, the expat community is facing increasing problems with homelessness. A growing number of British expats living the dream in Spain are losing their jobs as a result of the financial crises and are unable to keep up their mortgage or rent payments. Every day, an average of 159 householder are...
21 Jul at 9 AM

Shooting in Pakistan injures expat doctor

An expatriate doctor working for the World Health Organisation and a Pakistani national have been fired on by a group of gunmen while taking part in a programme to raise polio vaccination awareness in Karachi. The Ghanaian consultant and his colleague were both wounded in the incident. According to a statement by the WHO they are in a...
19 Jul at 6 PM

Phuket declared best location in world for expats

A survey by HSBC had rated the Thai island of Phuket as the best destination in the world for expat living. Phuket and the rest of Thailand rated highly in the bank’s survey of 4,000 expats living in over 100 countries. Topics surveyed were work-life balance, setting up finances, ease of integration and entertainment. Thailand also...
17 Jul at 6 PM

Expat dream goes sour due to cost of living hikes

Recent research suggests that, for many expats, the cost of living is soaring at four times the rate of British inflation. The dream of living in a warm climate overseas is fading for a vast number of expats still resident in the unstable Eurozone. According to a recent survey, costs have risen as much as 15 per cent in the last year....
14 Jul at 9 AM

Thousands of expats return for the Olympics

A survey conducted by Lloyds TSB International has revealed that thousands of Brits currently living abroad are planning to fly back to the UK for this summer’s Olympic Games. Around 275,000 expats have tickets for the event which is just two week’s away. According to the study, seven per cent of the 5.5 million Brits who live...
12 Jul at 6 PM

380,000 expats heading back home for the Olympic Games

According to a survey, a huge number of British nationals are expecting to head back to the UK for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The total of returnees, according to research by Lloyds TSB International, represents around seven per cent of the total number of expats living overseas. One fifth of those intending to return are living in...
10 Jul at 6 PM

Second home owners in France to face higher taxes

The recently-elected President Hollande announced earlier this month that foreign owners of French properties are to face hikes in taxes up to the level of French nationals. The news has dismayed the hundreds of thousands of UK citizens who own French property, either as a holiday home or as a let. Also announced was a one-off levy on...
7 Jul at 9 AM

Mixed reaction from expats over French breathalyser law

A new law which requires anyone driving a car in France to carry a breathalyser has divided the opinions of British expats living in the country. The new legislation came into force last weekend and anyone found behind the wheel without a breathalyser kit is liable to an on-the-spot fine of €11. However, the French government has introduced...
6 Jul at 6 PM

Recently arrived Brit couple adore Greek life despite crisis

Although Greece’s desperate situation has sent many expats on the homeward journey to the UK, a recently arrived couple now settling in Crete are overjoyed with their new life. Ken and Val Povali from Runcorne, Cheshire had planned to move to their newly bought house in the western Crete village of Kalidonia as soon as their UK home was...
3 Jul at 6 PM

Bilingual expat children may have a lifelong advantage

Expat parents’ worries that studying a second language may restrict their children’s progress in English may be unfounded. Owners of bilingual schools in popular expat areas are becoming convinced that children studying a second language are at a distinct advantage as regards their cognitive, social and linguistic responses. Research...