August 2013 Expat News Archive

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

31 Aug at 6 PM

Protesting Trump by getting a job in Moscow

Rejecting Trump presidency by emigrating to Moscow Protesting Trump by inding a job in Moscow Could the ultimate personal rejection of the Trump presidency persuade prospective expats to seek work in Moscow? Recent articles charting a rise in enquiries from USA citizens wanting to emigrate since Trump was elected don’t...
31 Aug at 6 PM

Expats on Hokkaido laid back about North Korean missiles

Despite being woken up by the sound of warning sirens as the North Korean ballistic missile screamed over their heads, expats on Hokkaido are taking the threat in their strides. Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido is popular as a destination for expats with teaching qualifications, with the capital city of Sapporo hosting a...
31 Aug at 6 PM

Britons still rushing to buy European real estate

Although there’s still no certainty about UK expats’ rights post-Brexit, increasing numbers of disenchanted Brits are opting to leave now and take their chances in Europe. Rather than the expected post-referendum fall in the numbers of Brits moving to European Union member states, there’s a rush to emigrate before the UK leaves the...
30 Aug at 6 PM

Expats in Houston bracing for even more water

Expatriates living and working in Houston are reporting Hurricane Harvey is the worst storm they’ve ever endured. The large expat community living in the Texas city of Houston are agreed the still present hurricane-spawned rains are a massive tragedy for the city and its residents, but are fully aware the flooding isn’t yet over. The...
30 Aug at 6 PM

Aspiring expats dreams shattered by dodgy property deal

Yet another British national has fallen foul of the type of off-plan property scam common in favourite expat destinations, but this one has an even nastier twist to its tail. Expats familiar with this particularly unpleasant scam operated in locations popular with long-stayers as well as holidaymakers won’t be surprised to read yet...
30 Aug at 6 PM

UK expats in rural Spain afraid of losing their peaceful lives

Not all British expats in Spain choose the noisy, tourist-heavy Costa beach resorts, with more than a few living peaceful, rural lifestyles in small, mountainous towns. The small conurbation of Baza perches high on a plateau edging Spain’s Granada province and is home to a different style of British expats happy to live a rural...
29 Aug at 6 PM

Dog poisoners target pets in Ho Chi Minh City expat district

Expats living in District 2’s Thao Dien area in Vietnam’s capital city are losing their beloved dogs and cats to poison deliberately put down by an unknown killer. The Thao Dien area in Ho Chi Minh City is a favourite with expats living and working in the city, and many have taken rescued dogs into their homes and lives. The community...
29 Aug at 6 PM

Oz expats in Houston caught up in devastating floods

Thousands of Australian expatriates living in Houston and its surrounding areas affected by the once-in-a-lifetime floods are hunkering down, hoping for rescue and praying the rain will stop. Houston’s connection with the oil industry and its position as the USA’s energy capital has attracted many Australian companies including...
29 Aug at 6 PM

New Zealand tops Australia as Brit expat favourite

A recent report has confirmed British expats’ long-time favourite New Zealand is now number one again, beating out Australia for the top spot. Enquiries from Britons wishing to emigrate to New Zealand have increased by a massive 83 per cent during the first six months of 2017, whilst enquiries about Australia have fallen by five per...
28 Aug at 6 PM

Local UK authority dumps starving British expat pensioner on the streets

A British pensioner who returned from living in Spain has been found starving and homeless on the streets after being refused local council housing by Bournemouth Borough Council. David Sutcliffe, an 82 year-old British citizen, was picked up by local police after being spotted by a concerned member of the public who noticed he was...
28 Aug at 6 PM

UK expats say good weather is a first requirement

The first thing the majority of British would-be expats consider is the weather in the country of their choice. Over 60 per cent of British expats study weather reports in a variety of possible expat destinations before making their final choice. For good reason, the sun is a prime requirement for a satisfactory new life overseas after...
28 Aug at 6 PM

Woes increase for expats in Spain as pound hits new low

Sterling is still falling against the euro, with last week’s drop marking a fresh eight-year low. Expats living in Spain and depending on the ungenerous UK state pension have been hit by the currency’s latest fall against the euro. The official rate is now just €1.08, having fallen by over 15 per cent since last June’s...
25 Aug at 6 PM

QROPS not to blame for pension transfer problems

Overseas pensions are more about investment quality than volumes of cash moving overseas, with problems down to dodgy advisors rather than the schemes themselves. Following the UK government’s published concerns on rogue financial advisors targeting expats overseas as well as retirees in the UK, critics of QROPs are inferring a...
25 Aug at 6 PM

Freelancing as a retirement career

Retiring overseas is a dream for many would-be expats who just can’t wait to exit the daily grind of a job they’ve held for a lifetime, but there are alternatives to inactivity which can also earn extra cash. The desire to get up and go to a warmer, cheaper location with an already established expat community is totally...
25 Aug at 6 PM

Qatar resumes diplomatic contact with Iran

Today’s announcement from Qatar that it’s re-establishing its diplomatic connection with Iran may well come as a relief to many expats working in the emirate. The surprising news is likely to be poorly received by the four neighbouring Gulf States which began the crisis several months ago by cutting all diplomatic ties with the tiny...
24 Aug at 6 PM

Reverse culture shock hits returnee expat professionals

Many expats feel a sense of relief combined with anticipation when leaving their home countries, but how do they feel when they eventually return? The majority of expats who leave in order to further their careers and grow their bank balances are fully aware that at some time in the future they’ll run out of steam as regards new jobs in...
24 Aug at 6 PM

Saudi annual school holidays move to coincide with Ramadan

Students attending schools in Saudi Arabia will now have one long break encompassing the fasting month of Ramadan. In order to ensure examinations don’t take place during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the Saudi school year has now been rearranged for a period of five years. A cabinet decision approving the change was taken...
24 Aug at 6 PM

Home Office error sees 100 EU expats threatened with deportation

In the latest Brexit-related scandal, the British Home Office sent 100 deportation notices to EU expats, threatening removal if recipients didn’t leave voluntarily. In a move indicating its inability to deal correctly with EU expats living and working in the UK, the Home Office mistakenly sent letters to 100 European nationals ordering...
23 Aug at 6 PM

Spanish economic revival tempts expat investors

Ten years ago, Spain was in crisis, but now its economy is soaring to new heights. I n 2008, the main topic of expat conversation in bars and restaurants was ‘la crisis’, and with very good reason. Bad debts due to the credit-fuelled construction boom had caused a spectacular fall in real estate prices, the global financial crisis was...
23 Aug at 6 PM

No relief as yet for UK expats in limbo

The upcoming talks in Brussels over the fate of millions of expats are expected to centre on reciprocal rights acceptable to both sides. Brexit negotiations are due to begin again in Brussels in September, leaving the lives of the four million and more expats affected by last year’s referendum in limbo, along with the huge number of...
23 Aug at 6 PM

EU and UK negotiators poles apart on UK and EU expats fates

As British parliamentarians shrug off the holiday spirit and reluctantly turn their thoughts to getting on with their jobs, what’s in the upcoming session for Brexpats? Reports that both sides’ projections about the post-Brexit fates of UK and EU expats are becoming clearer are filtering in from the two opposing teams of negotiators,...
22 Aug at 6 PM

Sudden rise in British deaths in Thailand gives cause for concern

A British Foreign and Commonwealth Office report has shown the 2016 death rate figures of British citizens in Thailand increased by 27 per cent over the 2015 total. The FCO report, issued after the granting of a Freedom of Information request, showed the total number of deaths of British citizens in Thailand had jumped by over a quarter...
22 Aug at 6 PM

Expats in Dubai urged to avoid long term insurance based investment plans

New arrivals in Dubai are being warned about commission-hungry IFAs peddling totally unsuitable, expensive long-term investment plans. Advice to expats starting out on the adventure of working in the Gulf States often includes the fact that retirement plans need to begin early on in order to generate enough capital for a successful...
22 Aug at 6 PM

Learning Arabic gives expat professionals a competitive edge

Despite having long-term careers in Arab countries, the majority of expats admit they’ve either failed to learn enough Arabic to get by or have no interest in learning the language. One popular English language newspaper, the Khaleej Times, recently conducted a poll on the subject, which revealed 81 per cent of respondents had never...
21 Aug at 6 PM

Expats in Thailand warned to watch out for diphtheria

Almost totally eradicated in most world countries due to inoculations, diphtheria is still a risk for expats and visitors to Thailand. The potentially deadly disease is caused by a bacterial infection which attacks the nose, throat and windpipe, causing severe inflammation, difficulty swallowing and problems breathing. It’s spread...
21 Aug at 6 PM

Expat teachers offered serious cash bonuses to work in New Zealand

New Zealand’s education minister is renewing a previously cancelled cash bonus scheme aimed at persuading expat teachers to fill Auckland’s desperate teaching shortages. Education Minister Nicky Kaye announced the New Zealand government will invest a million dollars in total to persuade expatriate Kiwi teachers to return as well as to...
21 Aug at 6 PM

Retired US expats can live the good life on a budget

As prices increase across the USA, more and more retirees are becoming expats enjoying a better quality of life at far less cost. Americans, it seems, aren’t great at saving for retirement. A recent report released by the Economic Policy Institute suggests the average American retirement nest egg is as low as $5,000. Those getting close...
18 Aug at 6 PM

Surge in young professionals looking to emigrate

Relocation companies are seeing a surge in the numbers of younger professionals looking to leave their countries of birth. For several decades, demographics related to expats have shown older professionals and retirees as the two main groups looking to emigrate, but a recent survey seems to have overturned the balance. The study,...
18 Aug at 6 PM

Long term expats still nostalgic about British aspects of life

However long Britons have lived overseas, there are few who won’t admit to missing certain aspects of their former lives. Emigrating can be exciting, scary and challenging as well as slightly saddening, especially if the move was planned as a permanent departure from the country of birth. However well they’ve adjusted to their new,...
18 Aug at 6 PM

Brit expats in Spain warned about killer drug

A toxic painkiller banned in the USA and most of Europe is being pushed by Spanish doctors over safer drugs in spite of protests from informed expat patients. The dangerous painkiller, known as Nolotil or Metamizole, has been banned in Europe and the USA but is a favourite with Spanish GPs who prescribe it for a variety of painful ailments...
17 Aug at 6 PM

UK expats warned sterling to fall below euro by 2018

Worse is yet to come for British state pensioner expats as a major investment bank warns the value of sterling will have crashed to below that of the euro by early 2018. In an FX Overview note sent out to clients last Friday, analysts at Morgan Stanley predicted the value of the pound sterling is due to fall to below the value of the euro...
17 Aug at 6 PM

Brit expat pensioner loses jewellery worth €10,000 to fake electrician

A British pensioner living on the Costa del Sol has been robbed of her jewellery valued at €10,000 by a thief posing as an electrician. Patricia Vause, an 88 year-old expat from York, has lived in Ronda en al Mar on the Costa del Sol for the past 30 years since she left her job as a career civil servant at the UK’s Ministry of...
17 Aug at 6 PM

Dubai population explosion down to expats

Already one of the world’s fastest growing conurbations, Dubai’s population is expected to double by 2027. Researchers at UAE University have released the results of a study claiming the population of Dubai will double over the next 10 years, with the soaring numbers due to an ever-increasing number of expatriates. Expats have already...
16 Aug at 6 PM

Seoul expats on fears of nuclear war

Whilst the increasing instability of tensions between the USA and North Korea is causing concern across the planet, what are the feeling of expats in South Korea who’re in the direct firing line? Expats living in Seoul’s international Itaewon district have everything to lose should even a non-nuclear conflict be the result of Trump’s...
16 Aug at 6 PM

Qatar fights back with 80 country visa free scheme

As the Gulf State diplomatic boycott of Qatar drags on with no apparent solution, the wealthy little emirate is fighting back. Qatar’s latest weapon against the economic damage being caused by the June 5 boycott is a new law granting visa-free entry to citizens of no less than 80 world countries. According to the head of Qatar’s...
16 Aug at 6 PM

The Saudi take on the expected expat exodus

Will Saudi Arabia’s commanding position as a hub for highly-paid expat professionals end due to oil price falls and wars? As with the rest of the Gulf States, expat workers at all levels make up the majority of Saudi Arabia’s total population. Increasing financial pressures and restrictive laws are expected to eventually cause the...
15 Aug at 6 PM

UAE laws female expats need to know

Many women moving to the UAE either for work or as trailing spouses are confused as to their rights and obligations in UAE law. Being male and moving to the UAE is tricky enough as regards laws, cultural aspects and correct behaviour patterns, but for women it’s a potential nightmare. Former freedoms and legal entitlements are thrown...
15 Aug at 6 PM

Bali expats plan ultra marathon to fund kids education

Seven disadvantaged Balinese children will be the beneficiaries of an 84km coast-to-coast fundraiser marathon organised by two expat runners. Briton Tom Hickman and his Russian running mate have lived on Bali for several years, enjoying the lifestyle and running regularly as a hobby. Hickman told local media the idea of the marathon was...
15 Aug at 6 PM

Expat landlords at risk of property pension shortfall

Tax changes are putting expat landlords at risk of falling profits on UK property investments. As many as two million property investors, a good number of whom are expatriates, are at risk of a shortfall in rental profits due to tax changes. According to the National Landlords’ Association, a new method of calculating mortgage interest...
14 Aug at 6 PM

Algarve still first choice for expat retirees

Portugal’s spectacular Algarve region is top of the list for expat retirees for the fourth year running. A recent report by Live and Invest Overseas has awarded the Algarve region of Portugal first place as the perfect retirement destination. Researchers cited every aspect of the physically beautiful region as the reason why Portugal is...
14 Aug at 6 PM

Brit retirees gearing up to emigrate before Brexit

In spite of the uncertainty of expat rights post-Brexit, UK retirees are queuing up to emigrate, with Spain, France and Portugal all favourite destinations. Financial advisers whose businesses serve would-be expats relocating to destinations within the European Union have seen a doubling of enquiries from British retirees over the past year...
14 Aug at 6 PM

Brit expatriates in Guam stay cool over North Korean threats

Britons living and working on Guam are determined to keep cool and keep drinking in spite of North Korea’s threat. Guam is a tropical paradise for expats living and working on the island, as well as a favourite destination for large number of tourists every year. Both sectors, along with the island’s indigenous population, will be in...
11 Aug at 6 PM

Saudia to deny boarding to improperly clothed passengers

Expats and visitors to Saudi Arabia have been warned to dress discreetly when flying with national carrier Saudi Arabia Airlines. Saudi Arabia’s national airline, known locally as Saudia, has issued a warning to passengers who dress inappropriately for their flight. Garments which ‘cause discomfort or distress to other passengers’...
11 Aug at 6 PM

British expats in Europe rush for dual citizenship

Ever-increasing numbers of Britons living in Europe are rushing to obtain dual citizenship as hope fades for a good Brexit result. Media reports tell of as many as a million Britishers choosing to take dual citizenship if possible rather than having to return to a post-Brexit Britain. The rush is heating up as no good news about their...
11 Aug at 6 PM

EU to restrict UK expats residency rights post Brexit

According to David Davis, the European Union is planning to restrict residency rights for British expats living in European member states once the Brexit divorce is finalised. In a report issued by the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Davis, the EU’s stance on Britons living in Europe will only allow the right to remain if expat...
10 Aug at 6 PM

Cypriot expats in UK condemn media outlets for glorifying Northern Cyprus

Protest letters have been sent to two major UK media outlets over an article recommending holidays in Cyprus’s Turkish-held north. The Mediterranean island of Cyprus is as popular with holidaymakers as it is with British retirees – or at least the southern part of the island is. Since 1974, the northern region has remained in Turkish...
10 Aug at 6 PM

What makes a successful expat

Personality traits are all-important to our view of life, with the qualities needed to make a success of the expat life not always the most obvious. Since humans first stood on two legs and found a comfortable cave for shelter, the need to broaden our horizons has ensured the race’s spread throughout the entire world. Curiosity and...
10 Aug at 6 PM

Stay or Go is UK retiree dilemma

EU member states and Spain in particular are still on the retirement agenda for UK would-be expats. Britons coming up on retirement are still favouring European destinations in spite of the uncertainty surrounding the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations. A recent survey has revealed one in every 10 UK citizens over 50 years of age is...
9 Aug at 6 PM

Saudi dependents tax sees rents plunge and apartments empty

The newly introduced Saudi tax on expats’ dependents is causing stress to landlords as many expats have opted to send their families home. Larger apartments are now being left empty, with ‘to let’ signs appearing on the buildings. According to one rental agent, landlords are now being forced to use his company’s services in order...
9 Aug at 6 PM

UK expat retirees urged to do homework before emigrating

Spain’s position as an all-time favourite retirement haven for older Brits seeking sunshine and sangria is still unrivalled, but France, Italy, Portugal and Far East destinations such as the Philippines and Thailand are still getting attention. A recent survey of Britons approaching retirement has revealed the main attractions of...
9 Aug at 6 PM

Buy to let loans even more popular with UK expat investors

Following on from last year’s considerable increase in expat applications for buy to let mortgages, 2017’s total to date is even higher. Over £500 millions’ worth of enquiries for UK buy-to-let mortgages have been made to one lender since the beginning of this year. The amount represents a 130 per cent increase on the same period in...
8 Aug at 6 PM

Expat international money transfers made easy

Wherever you’re working as an expat and however much you’re earning, you might need to transfer money back home. If you’re working overseas and supporting your family back in the home country, you’ll need to be able to make regular transfers without their costing you a fortune. The same goes for mortgage payments and savings...
8 Aug at 6 PM

Number of US expats renouncing citizenship is soaring

In the first half of this year, over 3,000 UK expats cancelled their citizenship, an increase on the entire number in 2016. Last year, just 2,999 Americans abroad gave up on their country and renounced their citizenship. During the first two quarters of 2017, 3,000 more followed, indicating that increasing numbers of American expats are...
8 Aug at 6 PM

Pension scams still a major concern for elderly expats

A new report reveals some five million older Britons have been approached by pension scammers, with one in every six handing over money. The shocking report, based on a survey issued by AgeUK, refers to UK-resident victims of fraudulent IFAs and so-called pension advisors, but its findings are equally relevant for UK expats living outside...
7 Aug at 6 PM

Mongolia mining sector boom spurs luxury developments for expat professionals

Expat professionals in the mining sector are flocking to Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar, fuelling demand for high quality apartments. Due to vastly increased financial commitments by international mining conglomerates, Ulaanbaatar is becoming the latest boom-town destination for expat professionals in the sector. Following the collapse...
7 Aug at 6 PM

Dozens of British expats made homeless by Torch Tower blaze

Torch Tower residents allowed into their apartments on Saturday to collect their valuables found everything from water damage to burnt-out interiors. Expats and Dubai nationals who’d fled Friday’s huge fire at the prestigious skyscraper were allowed to return to their homes to collect valuables and essential documents before an...
7 Aug at 6 PM

Brit expat on Mallorca vows to end cigarette litter

A British expat now living on the Spanish island of Mallorca has started a campaign to rid the streets of litter caused by discarded cigarettes. It’s not just the mess on the streets that prompted Ben Cattell to turn environmentalist, it was his own careless behaviour whilst living in Australia. After a night of heavy drinking, he’d...
4 Aug at 6 PM

Qatar offers expats residence status to encourage them to stay

As the diplomatic and trade blackout of Qatar continues, so does growing concern about its effect on the large number of expat professionals working in the emirate. Foreigners in Qatar account for a huge 88 per cent of the emirate’s entire population, but the continuing dispute between the UAE and the tiny country is causing concern...
4 Aug at 6 PM

Best expat retirement destinations on the planet

As moving overseas for retirement becomes ever more popular, a recent survey has identified a number of the most attractive locations worldwide. Whilst surveys involving varied expat destinations are undoubtedly useful, the majority are based on the needs of relocating expat professionals, making many of the criteria non-relevant for...
4 Aug at 6 PM

Dubai residential skyscraper becomes towering inferno again

In a chilling reminder of London’s Grenfell Tower disaster, Dubai’s Torch Tower residential skyscraper burst into flames for the second time, sending expats and tourists running for their lives. The 86 storey, over 330 metre-tall residential tower’s first conflagration was in 2015, with its flammable cladding blamed for the fast...
3 Aug at 6 PM

Bill to give UK expats votes for life passes first reading

A private members’ bill aimed at giving all expats the right to vote in UK elections no matter how long they’ve been away has sailed through its first reading unopposed. After many years of contesting the hated 15 year lockout of UK expats’ voting rights, a private members’ bill passed its first reading in Westminster unopposed...
3 Aug at 6 PM

Brit expat entertainers in Spain wooed by Britain’s Got Talent

Talent-spotting bosses from the popular TV show are scouring Spain for British entertainers to fill the audition listings. Less than two months after the 2017 Britain’s Got Talent contest ended, its talent-spotters were on a plane headed for Benidorm in an effort to recruit new talent able to halt the show’s declining viewer ratings....
3 Aug at 6 PM

British expat couple forced to demolish their Malaga home

A retired couple from Cornwall have been ordered by a Spanish court to demolish their Malaga home due to a technicality during its renovation. In yet another heartbreaking result for an expat couple caught up in a building licence scandal, this sad tale involves a retired British couple who bought a derelict Spanish farmhouse and paid a...
2 Aug at 6 PM

Expats in Qatar urged to note three new laws

Expats working in Qatar are being advised on three new rules recently introduced into law by the ruler. The new rules are amendments to the existing Penal Code and are grouped under one law stipulating that anyone who ‘violates the sanctity of life of individuals without their approval’ will be either fined, imprisoned or both. The...
2 Aug at 6 PM

Russia and China crack down on VPNs and social media sites

In yet another crackdown on internet freedom, both China and Russia are banning the use of VPNs. The hundreds of thousands of expats in Russia and China who use virtual private networks for business, to ensure reliable internet access or to keep in contact with their friends and family back home on social media are about to be banned from...
2 Aug at 6 PM

British Brexpat returnees to face UK shock horror property prices

Britons living in Europe and considering returning home due to Brexit uncertainties may be forced to think again due to UK property price increases since 2010. Recent research has shown average prices in the UK’s real estate market have increased by 12 per cent over the past seven years, whilst house prices in Europe’s most popular...
1 Aug at 6 PM

UAE central bank clamps down on mis selling of expat investments

The UAE’s Central Bank is being praised for its recent clampdown on the mis-selling of unsuitable investments to the emirates’ expat community. The Central Bank began its attack on unscrupulous sales of dodgy investment plans to its expat population by instructing finance companies and banks under its jurisdiction to amicably settle...
1 Aug at 6 PM

New Zealand on the up as a preferred expat destination

Traditionally, New Zealand has always welcomed large numbers of expats looking to start a new life, with British expats making up a strong percentage of its annual arrival statistics. A recent analysis of the country’s immigration data has revealed a five per cent increase in arrivals for the 12 months from June 2016. Out of the total...
1 Aug at 6 PM

Botched hernia surgery sends expat into cardiac arrest

An expat from Australia living in Bali with his wife and two children had to be medivaced home after a simple hernia operation went horribly wrong. Steven Didmon, 39, was admitted to Kuta’s Siloam Hospital on July 12, expecting to have a straightforward operation for a hernia, but an epidural anaesthetic resulted in his going into...
31 Aug at 6 PM

Former Scots expat in Spain needs help rehoming 41 adopted Spanish street cats

Animal lover Laura Inglis is seeking new homes for 41 rescued Spanish street cats, all of which accompanied her when she relocated to her home in Scotland. Laura lived in the Costa del Sol town of Puerto de la Duquesa for eight years whilst working as a project analyst, during which time she adopted 41 abandoned or injured felines found...
31 Aug at 6 PM

India becoming more popular with expats due to its low cost of living

India has always been popular with backpackers and alternative lifestyle travellers, but it’s now climbing the popularity charts as a more conventional expat destination. The sub-continent's dismal rating in last year’s InterNations survey has improved this year by seven places, with the boost due to its low cost of living and...
31 Aug at 6 PM

Survey reveals Kiwis more welcoming than Aussies

Annual surveys such as the latest version from InterNations are useful in helping would-be expats decide on a destination, but can come up with surprising facts. Most foreigners looking for an overseas place to call home tend towards bracketing Australia and New Zealand together, but the InterNations survey reveals there are distinct...
30 Aug at 6 PM

Expat pension plans may be wrecked by Brexit effects

Expats relying on final salary or defined contribution pension schemes to fund their overseas lifestyles as well as workers planning to retire abroad are facing a post-Brexit double whammy likely to wreck their retirement plans. In future, pension savers on existing plans will be forced to save more in order to receive the income they...
30 Aug at 6 PM

France rates high on happiness in worldwide expat satisfaction survey

Viewed from overseas by would-be expats looking for the perfect destination, France may not quite fit the bill, but expats already settled in the country rate their quality of life as more than satisfactory. According to the latest Expat Insider survey, France’s recent turmoil including the devastating terrorist attacks and poisonous...
30 Aug at 6 PM

Online expat shoppers bingeing on bargains due to sterling slump

The recent devaluation of sterling has proved a bonanza for expats, with online UK shopping sites seeing a huge increase in turnover. Following the rush from overseas for UK properties since sterling fell dramatically on the news that the Brexit referendum’s Leave campaign had won, online British sales websites have seen a similar rush...
29 Aug at 6 PM

UAE based expats accused of not saving for retirement

In spite of receiving good salaries and relocation packages, very few expats from the West working in the UAE are saving for their retirement. Given the financial advantages of working in the Middle East, its tax-free status and the global pension crisis, it’s surprising that only a small percentage of expatriates in the kingdom are...
29 Aug at 6 PM

Settling in Singapore made easy for expats

Singapore can be an expat’s dream relocation, but it’s best to get all your settling-in questions answered before you arrive. The exciting city-state of Singapore can give the experience of a lifetime, but getting everything sorted out immediately after your arrival can be a nightmare for the unprepared. Although its citizens are...
29 Aug at 6 PM

Southeast Asia scores high for expat e-commerce startups

Asia’s southeastern countries have long been hubs for backpackers and wandering expats looking for unique life experiences, but they’re now favourite destinations for digital nomads looking to build online e-commerce businesses. Until recently, Southeast Asian destinations such as Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam had little to offer as...
26 Aug at 6 PM

Abu Dhabi falling rents good news for upgrading expats

Expat workers in Abu Dhabi are taking advantage of falling rentals by upgrading to larger apartments. The emirate’s shrinking economy due to the massive fall in oil prices is causing layoffs in the expat workplace, thus reducing demand for rented apartments in several popular districts. Expats with ongoing contracts are now taking full...
26 Aug at 6 PM

Brit expats in Cyprus urged to register their residency

British expats living in Cyprus are being urged to register with the island’s Immigration Department in order to ensure the best chance of being able to stay after Britain leaves the EU. The advice is being offered to all British nationals living, working or owning businesses in Cyprus, pending an online information campaign being run...
26 Aug at 6 PM

What to expect from the Thailand expat community

Whatever the reasons for leaving one’s country of birth to become a stranger in a strange land, the reasons behind choosing one special country must include the chance to make new friends. Contrary to popular misconceptions, expats aren’t the same the world over. Fitting in isn’t as simple as behaving like a missing jigsaw puzzle...
25 Aug at 6 PM

Shanghai expat community concerned over possible removal of English language road signs

Expats living and working in China’s massive metropolis of Shanghai are worried the city’s road authority may decided to remove English language directional road signs. Given that very few expats in Shanghai are competent enough in the Chinese language to be able to read its thousands of characters, concerns that English signage may...
25 Aug at 6 PM

Brexit fallout sees surge in expat buyers as UK property prices stall

Banks and building societies are seeing an increase in mortgage enquiries from UK expat overseas due to stalling UK property prices and the decrease in the value of sterling. The Bank of England’s recent interest rate cut, sterling’s plunge and the post-Brexit stalling of the UK housing market are tempting British expats living and...
25 Aug at 6 PM

Expat housing market in Spain shifts into top gear

After remaining in the doldrums since the boom years ended in 2009, the Spanish property market has picked up and is roaring ahead. Sales of Spanish real estate in 2016 are showing double-figure increases over the same period in 2015, with actual sales rocketing by over 10 per cent since the start of the year. The Balearic Islands are...
24 Aug at 6 PM

Uncovered data reveals top world locations for financial scams

As the UK’s Financial Conduct Agency continues to warn retirees of pension transfer frauds, recently uncovered data reveals the worst world-wide locations for expat financial scams. The data shows UK retiree pension savers are now at even more risk of being scammed out of their savings by unscrupulous, often illegally working financial...
24 Aug at 6 PM

Expat parents of premature newborn twins face massive hospital bill

An expat couple living in Taiwan are facing a massive hospital bill for their newborn twin daughters’ treatment due to a conflict of information on state insurance coverage. Erica Brull-Reinhold and Bas Brull’s twin daughters, born prematurely on July 12 after a difficult pregnancy, were undersized and had other health problems...
24 Aug at 6 PM

UK pensioners in cooler parts of Spain cheated out of winter fuel allowance

Newly discovered data has revealed British pensioners living in colder parts of Spain may have been entitled to the UK state pensions’ Winter Fuel Allowance. The winter fuel allowance was cancelled in 2014 for all UK pensioners living in Spain, depriving many thousands of an extra few hundred pounds with which to supplement the...
23 Aug at 6 PM

Expat private healthcare costs soaring beyond affordable levels

Insurers offering private healthcare policies are sitting pretty as regards revenue, whilst expats living overseas are struggling to find funds for the swingeing annual increases imposed. As with just about everything else in the 21st century, the cost of private healthcare has more to do with profits than with service. Providing a safety...
23 Aug at 6 PM

Retired expats in Spain caught in free heathcare trap

Due to recent tough new rules in Spain as well as within the failing British National Health Service, expat retirees are being left with no free heathcare options. Many elderly UK expats living in Spain are now unable to access Spain’s formerly free heathcare services, and the National Health Service is now refusing to treat returning...
23 Aug at 6 PM

New Zealand sees post Brexit rush for immigration info

Since Brexit, the New Zealand media ihas been awash with warnings of a ‘British invasion’, following a huge spike in the number of British applicants. In an average month, New Zealand’s immigration department gets around 3,000 registrations for information on investing, working in and relocating to its spectacularly beautiful...
22 Aug at 6 PM

Swiss expat in Chiang Mai victim of brutal murder

A retired expat living in Chiang Mai was found stabbed and strangled to death, and tied up to the stair rails in his rented house. Daniel Straub’s body was found a week ago in his rented house in Soi 6 off Suan Dok Road. He’d rented the house for six years and was well-known to his landlord, who found his body after he’d not seen...
22 Aug at 6 PM

Kuwait new DNA testing mandatory for all residents, expats and visitors

The Kuwaiti government now has ultra-modern DNA sampling and testing technology and will require everyone in the emirate to be tested. Saliva will be collected from Kuwaiti nationals, expat workers and Bedouin tribes before the requirement is rolled out to include all visitors to the emirate. According to the ministry involved, the...
22 Aug at 4 PM

New Cambodia three year multientry visa aimed at expat residents and tourists

Cambodia seems to be finally waking up to its potential not only as a tourism destination but as a home for expats looking for long-term residence in a friendly, warm country. Following an announcement that retirees can now purchase a retirement visa without the need to also purchase a work visa, it will soon be possible for expats to be...
19 Aug at 6 PM

Innocent expats forfeit passports in Spanish car import scam case.

Almost 100 expats in Spain are still fighting to have their passports returned after they were unwittingly involved in a car import scam. The unfortunate expats used British-owned Car Import Spain to transport their vehicles from their home countries, and are now being investigated for fraud and suspicion of involvement in the scam. Even...
19 Aug at 6 PM

Expat volunteers in Shanghai help their community understand Chinese laws

Ten expat volunteers in Shanghai’s Chengjiaqioa district are helping their compatriots to understand Chinese culture and laws. A dedicated team of long-term foreign residents are working with local police in Chengjiqioa to spread awareness amongst fellow expats and newcomers to China of the country’s social rules and laws. The group,...
19 Aug at 6 PM

EU based retirees fear loss of UK state pension increases

Many thousands of UK state pensioners living in the EU fear losing their rights to regular pension increases due to the post Brexit fallout. The expat communities of Spain and, to some extent, France, are crammed with UK citizens who’d made the choice between poverty in Britain and comparative comfort abroad. Many sold their UK homes in...
18 Aug at 6 PM

Are offshore QROPs at risk following Brexit

Perhaps more than any other sector of British society, UK expats are likely to feel the effects of Brexit in most aspects of their lives, especially those related to money. Many British retirees now domiciled in EU member state companies will have paid into private or work-related pensions in order to ensure a comfortable retirement with...
18 Aug at 6 PM

UK expats lose a billion in fraudulent investment scam

In spite of multiple warnings from the UK Financial Conduct Agency and other concerned financial experts, pension liberation has proved to be a pot of gold for scammers. Expat advocacy group Pension Life has announced that increasing numbers of FCA-regulated financial advisers are endorsing pension liberation products which are clearly...
18 Aug at 6 PM

Survey shows Switzerland is best choice for expat careers

HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey gives one of the best comparisons of locations suitable for career development, with Switzerland placed high on the list. Selecting the right relocation destination for a move to expat life isn’t easy, as it depends as much on personal preference as it does on salary and perks. However, for career...
17 Aug at 6 PM

15 year expat voting rule promise trashed again by Whitehall

Despite the British government’s pre- and post-Brexit assurances that expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years will finally get the right to continue to vote, civil servants are claiming the plan is too complex to administer. The British government’s refusal to allow long-term expats living overseas to vote in the Brexit...
17 Aug at 6 PM

Hong Kong expat exodus led by Americans and Brits

Hong Kong Immigration Department figures suggest the numbers of British, American and Australian expats has fallen considerably since the beginning of 2015. During the last six months, the total number of British expats living and working in Hong Kong has fallen by just over 10 per cent, together with eight per cent of US expats and five...
17 Aug at 6 PM

Dubai US expats astounded at shameful rhetoric of election campaign

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s provocative utterances have overturned the traditional tone of American presidential elections in which at least a modicum of respect for the office itself was evident. From Trump's Mexican border wall through banning all Moslems from the USA and his latest veiled reference to the second...
16 Aug at 6 PM

The adventurous expats guide to dangerous countries

As a welcome change from surveys listing the most expensive, cheapest, prettiest, friendliest and safest of the world’s expat destinations, here’s a list of the most dangerous places to visit. The plethora of expat surveys come in all shapes and sizes and often contradict each other in the same week, giving would-be expats a confusing...
16 Aug at 6 PM

American Citizens Abroad urges same country exception from FATCA

In a burst of common sense, the ACA organisation has urged the US Treasury to grant FATCA exemptions to US expats living in foreign countries. The plea, issued just before the final FATCA regulations are to be announced by the US Treasury, recommends exemptions from foreign financial institutions’ compulsion to report on the bank...
16 Aug at 6 PM

Expats and tourists aghast at proposed Indonesia booze ban

Shock-horror and incomprehension amongst expats and tourists is greeting the news that the Indonesian parliament is debating a total ban on drinks containing more than one per cent alcohol. The shocking annoucement has caused world media headlines as well as panic amongst local bar owners, distributors and manufacturers of alcoholic...
15 Aug at 6 PM

New UAE visa rules disallow expats from sponsoring visiting friends

New visa rules enforced in the UAE early this month mean expats can no longer sponsor visiting friends. The new mandate states only UAE nationals will be allowed to act as sponsors for foreign friends wishing to visit the emirates, and also makes health insurance compulsory for all visitors. In addition, a refundable deposit of Dh 1,000...
15 Aug at 6 PM

Hong Kong expats choosing less expensive districts as packages cuts bite

Hong Kong is still an expat professional favourite but, as relocation packages and salaries shrink, new arrivals are choosing to live in less expensive districts. The trend away from former traditionally popular locations such as the Peak and Mid-Levels began after the 2011 financial crisis and is now a full-blown movement. Newly popular...
15 Aug at 6 PM

Expats hitting a brick wall over cashing in pension pots

Pension savers living overseas are being denied access to their pension pots due to a Financial Conduct Agency stipulation that egulated financial advice must be taken before monies are released. The pensions revolution has become a chaotic nightmare for expat pensioners wanting to access their savings in British employers’ pension...
12 Aug at 6 PM

Spain still hub for expat financial fraud

Despite all the recent publicity about unlicensed, unqualified IFAs scamming expats out of their savings, fraudsters are still targeting Brit retirees in Spain. A warning from Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority about the growing trend of pension scamming by unqualified IFAs overseas has highlighted a number of incidents in Spain. The...
12 Aug at 6 PM

Expats fear for their lives as bombs explode across Thailand

A fatal double bombing in Thailand's popular Hua Hin beach resort signalled a raft of explosions and fires across the country, causing expats and tourists to fear for their lives. Early Thursday morning and just prior to the Hua Hin explosions, a bomb was set off in Trang’s central market, killing one bystander and injuring seven. Soon...
12 Aug at 6 PM

Expats in UAE face stay or go decision

Soaring living costs, the nationalisation of the local workforce and the dramatic and sustained fall in oil prices are forcing expats to rethink their career plans. For decades, the UAE’s comparative stability and liberal attitude has lured millions of expats hoping to make their fortunes as well as enjoying a luxurious lifestyle....
11 Aug at 6 PM

Companies offering big money to buy out final salary pensions

Soon-to-be-retirees with final salary pensions could be in line for huge windfalls as companies attempt damage limitation measures. Expats and other employees worried about their final salary pensions are about to be thrown a tempting lifeline in the form of company buy-outs for their gold-plated schemes. The golden goodbyes are already...
11 Aug at 6 PM

Is Mexico the answer to the post Brexit blues

Expats facing up to the post-Brexit possibility they may not be able to stay in their chosen EU member state havens should consider alternatives such as Mexico, a favourite with US retirees for decades. Once you’ve examined and disregarded the popular misconception that this laid-back chunk of the planet set south of the border with the...
11 Aug at 6 PM

Internet backlash greets Thai junta plan to track expats via SIMs

Following the Thai military junta’s announcement of the latest anti-foreigner plan, expats and international media sites responded with disbelief and seething comments. Just two days after the controversial referendum took place, the ruling junta in Thailand announced its latest plan to monitor all expats and foreign tourists in the...
10 Aug at 6 PM

High flying expats in Dubai see salaries increase

Although the vast majority of international expats in Dubai are stuck in low-paying jobs, the brightest and best are on a roll and getting richer. Traditionally, Dubai’s high salaries have been the main attraction for the high numbers of professional expat workers flooding to the emirate. Nowadays, in spite of the dramatic fall in oil...
10 Aug at 6 PM

Rising costs of Australian healthcare spell problems for expats

Australia’s healthcare provisions are known to be of exceptional standard, but the ever-rising costs of treatment are a cause for concern in the country’s expat community. The Australian healthcare system is a hybrid of public and private hospitals and clinics, seen as a cross between the USA’s expensive and fully privatised system...
10 Aug at 6 PM

Cambodia shaping up as the next dream retirement destination

As Thailand falls ever deeper into the dictatorship trap, its next door neighbour Cambodia is set fair to become the next Southeast Asian retirement hub. Despite the country’s tragic 20th century history, or perhaps because of it, Cambodia is now welcoming expats from across the Western world to its tropical beaches, charming towns and...
9 Aug at 6 PM

Porto city the latest expat favourite

A recent survey has identified the Portuguese coastal city of Porto as the country’s most popular expat destination. Portugal may not be as famous as Spain for its expat communities, but for years it’s been a favourite with British holidaymakers. Nowadays, the historic city of Porto is reinventing itself with chic and trendy eateries...
9 Aug at 6 PM

How will Brexit affect UK expat state pensioners

European Union membership has ensured that retired UK citizens living in member states have their pensions annually updated, but Brexit is expected to change the rules. The situation is now unclear, but one thing is certain in that, when the UK leaves the EU, all rights to updated pensions will be lost unless new agreements take place with...
9 Aug at 6 PM

UK LibDem leader urges MP for Gibraltar and its Brit expats

As a result of the June Brexit referendum, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is urging the Rock to press for its own MP in the British parliament. In addition to his suggestion for Gibraltar, Farron is urging the Boundary Commission and the government to instigate new constituencies for British expats resident in EU member states. His...
8 Aug at 6 PM

Quality expat healthcare arrives in Shenzhen

Expats heading to China will be relieved to hear that, after a scary few years, quality heathcare can now be had in the popular Chinese city. During the first few years of its discovery by expats, getting sick or needing emergency medical attention in the Chinese mega-city of Shenzhen was a lottery involving public hospitals where no-one...
8 Aug at 6 PM

Overall cost of living in the UAE puts pressure on expats

UAE expat school fees, rents and the rising cost of everyday necessities are all putting unwelcome pressure on expat professionals working in the region. Although Dubai’s rents in general have been enjoying a welcome downturn, the emirate’s soaring cost of living is causing problems with budget balancing for the majority of expats in...
8 Aug at 6 PM

Brit expats in Lauzun add fuel to Brexit legal challenge fires

The latest of the French protest groups begun by UK expats post-Brexit is determined to launch a legal challenge against the use of the Royal Prerogative. Fair Deal for Expats is based in the French town of Lauzun, home to a good number of British citizens who’ve spent their savings renovating historic French homes as part of their...
5 Aug at 6 PM

Canadian expat couple get chance to be volunteers at Rio Olympics

The dream of a lifetime has come true for Abu Dhabi resident expats Norman Labbe and Susan Ward. Thanks to their multicultural experience of living in Abu Dhabi, Norman and Susan were two of only 10,000 foreign volunteers to be accepted for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The election process was, they admit, arduous, and took a full two...
5 Aug at 6 PM

UK rate cut heaps more pain on retired expats in Europe

Thursday’s Bank of England rate cut to 0.25 per cent is yet another blow for retired expats in EU member states. Following the continuing impact on currency exchange rates post-Brexit, the Bank of England’s decision to cut base rates to 0.25 per cent is a further blow to retired British pensioners living in Europe. Most have endured...
5 Aug at 6 PM

Tom Conti steps up to support Oz expat family facing deportation

An update on the recent report of an Australian couple who moved to the UK under the post study visa scheme has revealed they are finally being forced to leave the UK. Kathryn and Gregg Brain and their son Lachlan originally moved to Scotland in 2011, encouraged by an immigration study/work scheme intended to repopulate Scotland’s...
4 Aug at 6 PM

Citizenship and financial tips for UK expats in France

Although the final impact of Brexit on UK expats in France is not yet clear, it’s best to take all the precautions you can to ensure your right to remain. Preparing well in advance for the worst scenario whilst hoping for the best is simply common sense, given the uncharted post-Brexit waters. The first step in ensuring you are able to...
4 Aug at 6 PM

Expats in Saudi face threat of income tax

Saudi Arabia’s controversial National Transformation Plan is set to cause problems for mid and upper level expat professionals due to the introduction of income tax. Saudi’s tax-free status has been a major draw for expat professionals over the years, allowing them to save as well as spend in the popular relocation hub. However,...
4 Aug at 6 PM

Cyprus tax breaks lure expat property purchasers

Ever popular with British expats, Cyprus’s appeal isn’t just glorious weather, warm seas and great food, it’s capital gains tax breaks and other government incentives. The Cypriot government’s plans to attract even more Brits fleeing the UK’s oppressive tax regimes, endless rain and discontented population are centred around...
3 Aug at 6 PM

Oz expats returning home face property purchase problems

Post-Brexit blues and other European negatives are encouraging Aussie expats to go home, but increased property purchase red tape is blighting many plans. Traditionally, Australian expats working for companies in the UK and Europe are most likely to return home permanently during the last quarter of the year. Upheaval in the UK, Turkey’s...
3 Aug at 6 PM

Irish eyes are smiling at British expats

Southern Ireland’s house prices, friendly locals and natural beauty make it a great choice for UK expats forced to leave European countries. For Brit expats unwilling to wait and see as regards their post-Brexit right to remain and even more unwilling to darken England’s door again, the Republic of Ireland may well be the answer. One...
3 Aug at 6 PM

Retired expats start businesses to stay in UAE

An increasing number of expats at the compulsory retirement age of 60 are starting up their own businesses in order to stay in the emirates. Recent reports show an increasing number of retirement-age expats are choosing to invest in businesses or starting free zone companies to ensure they don’t have to leave the UAE. The mandatory...
3 Aug at 6 PM

Survey reveals top ten countries with great weather

One of the main reasons for emigrating from colder northern climes is the weather, with decisions spurred on by visions of endless sunshine and luxuriously warm temperatures. The latest expat survey is bound to be of interest to those looking for the perfect outdoor life in the sun, as it identifies the top 10 countries offering the best...
3 Aug at 6 PM

UK expats in Belgium rush to claim citizenship

The demand for Belgian citizenship has exploded since the Brexit result, with UK expats desperate to stay in their jobs. At present, the small country of Belgium is home to some 24,000 British citizens, the majority of whom work in Brussels with NATO or EU institutions. Since the referendum result was announced, expats are seen standing in...
3 Aug at 6 PM

Survey reveals cost of expat packages to employers

A recent survey taking in the 40 top financial hubs across the world has revealed the UK is the most expensive relocation destination for employers. The survey, carried out by ECA International, shows the UK as top of the most expensive cities list for the second year running. For example, the cost of a salary and relocation package at...
3 Aug at 6 PM

Expat promise of Votes for Life threatened by destroyed data

The destruction of older voting data is proving a serious hurdle in the promised delivery of votes for life to the UK’s expat population. For two years, the British government has reiterated its promise to give all UK expats living overseas the lifetime right to vote in UK general elections, thus scrapping the contentious 15-year rule....
3 Aug at 6 PM

Heavyweight new group forms to support expat rights

Yet another new group has been formed in order to support the post-Brexit rights of UK expats living in EU member states. The latest group, Expat Citizen Rights in EU, was originally started by three British expats living in France. Retired media and marketing specialist Dave Spokes MBE spent most of his working life at the top level of...
3 Aug at 6 PM

Qatar population diminishing due to expat exodus

According to statistic issues by the Ministry of Development Planning, the emirate’s population declined faster in July than in June, mostly due to expats relocating. The ministry’s figures show that a decline of a further six per cent was noted for July, bringing population levels down to just over 2.3 million people, Since February...
18 Aug at 6 PM

British boy drowns in Spain

A four-year-old British boy has drowned in a swimming pool at a family holiday villa in Spain. The boy is believed to have been fallen into the pool at a property in the Costa del Sol resort of Mijas, while playing with other children during a gathering hosted by his parents. A teenage boy alerted adults, with a parent attempting to...
18 Aug at 6 PM

Expat in Saudi investigated for beating infant

Police referred the case of an Arab expatriate in his twenties to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution on the backdrop of beating up his two-month-old infant just before he tried to kill himself with a chemical substance. A 19-year-old Syrian female, the mother of the infant, was quoted as saying to a local publication that...
14 Aug at 6 PM

Maldives: 12 expat cashiers arrested

Twelve expats have been arrested in the Maldives as the island nation’s government continues its crackdown of foreigners working as cashiers. In a four-hour operation in which authorities sought to find foreigners in violation of a newly-imposed ban on them working as cashiers, 46 undocumented expats were arrested. Hassan Khaleel,...
14 Aug at 6 PM

Expat mum conquers Alps with nine-year-old son

A British mum living in France has achieved her dream of becoming a ski instructor and scaling the Alps with her young son. Single mum Tori Collins, 27, grew up in Buckinghamshire and always wanted to be a ski instructor, so four years ago decided to move to the French Alps. Now living in the resort time of Tignes with her nine-year-old...
13 Aug at 6 PM

Brit arrested in Spain over pub killing wanted in homeland

A British expat arrested in Spain in connection with the killing of a German man is wanted in the UK. Thirty-year-old Ross Moore left his homeland in December last year and moved to the Costa del Sol resort town of La Cala de Mijas Mijas. However, it is now known that he fled after being convicted of assaulting his then girlfriend outside...
13 Aug at 6 PM

British expat drowns in French lake

A British expat has drowned in a lake at a campsite in Marandan in the Isere region of southeast France. The man, 57, who is thought to have lived in the nearby town of Saint Jean en Royons, had been on an afternoon swim when he got into trouble. The lake has an area that it supervised for bathing, but campsite worker Yannick Meheust said...
11 Aug at 6 PM

UAE best destination for expat executives

The UAE has been named as the best place in the world for leading executives to relocate to, according to global research by professional online network LinkedIn. LinkedIn found the oil-rich state attracted more young talent than anywhere else in the world, with 1.89 per cent of its total workforce being added to member profiles in...
11 Aug at 6 PM

Expats in Andalucia angered by Chinese lanterns

Expats in southern Spain have been angered after around 50 Chinese lanterns landed in the countryside around Manilva following a Full Moon Party at Sabinillas. Revellers ignored the Manilva town hall’s pleas to refrain from using the lanterns, with the council even banning them on the grounds that they were a fire hazard. As the...
7 Aug at 12 PM

UAE: Indian and Pakistani expats make up a third of population in 3 emirates

Expats from Indian and Pakistan make up 37 per cent of the total population in the emirates of Dubai, Ajman and Sharjah, according to the latest statistics from market intelligence company Euromonitor International. With the combined populations of the three emirates, Indians make up 25 per cent, Pakistanis 12 per cent, Emiratis nine per...
7 Aug at 9 AM

New rules for expat husbands in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has introduced new laws for expatriates who marry local women, allowing them to remain in the country more freely. With an expat worker population of 9.2 million, the issue of foreigners marrying local women has long since been a bone of contention in Saudi Arabia, with many viewing the legal protection provided as not good...
6 Aug at 3 PM

Suspected expat pimp arrested in Costa Rica

An expatriate living in Costa Rica has been arrested during a raid on a residence suspected of pimping. The man, 40, was taken in by officers from the Office of Judicial Investigations (OIJ) after they stormed a property in the district of Plaza Viques, just south of the capital San Jose. The officers were received a tip-off about the...
6 Aug at 12 PM

British expat’s reputation in tatters after false comments on website

A British expat living in Spain has seen his reputation left in ruins after comments that were later proven to be false were not removed from the notorious website Ripoff Report. Property expert David Rowe had no idea that the US website even existed until 2012, when an anonymous poster accused him of fraud, theft, sex with prostitutes and...
5 Aug at 4 PM

Man charged over British expat rape in Bulgaria

The Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Yambol has charged a 40-year-old man in connection with the rape and murder of a 68-year-old British expatriate in the village of Malomir at the end of July. An Interior Ministry statement, which identified the accused only by his initials, I N, said that he had been repeatedly convicted of various...
5 Aug at 2 PM

Teenage girl suspected of Brit’s murder in South Africa may escape trial

A teenage girl suspected of stabbing a British expat to death in South Africa may not have to stand trial after being committed to a psychiatric hospital. Scottish pensioner Sandra Malcolm, 74, was stabbed to death in her Cape Town residence in April. Her grandson found her body. Malcolm, originally from Dundee, had been due to return home...
25 Aug at 6 PM

Pension liberation scam victim commits suicide after losing £42000

An anonymous victim, aged 40, committed suicide recently after being defrauded of all his pension pot by cold-calling crooks who told him his pension could be unlocked early. The tragedy was announced as part of an anti-[ension fraud campaign being run by HM Revenue and Customs, the Pensions Regulator and the police. According to the...
25 Aug at 6 PM

New online map charts British Curriculum schools across the world

A new, fully comprehensive map shwoing the location of schools offering the British Curriculum has been launched online and is aimed at helping expat parents world-wide to find the best international schools for their children. The British Curriculum is considered to be the prime educational system for UK expat children whose parents are...
22 Aug at 6 PM

Has UK government declared open season on expats

Hard on the heels of the projected loss of tax allowances, the banking clampdown on expat accounts and credit cards and other punitive measures comes the threat of expat tax errors being criminalised. As if frozen pensions, cancelled winter fuel allowances, disenfranchisement and the dysfunctional passport replacement changes weren’t...
22 Aug at 6 PM

French villagers rescue expat couple from neighbours from hell

An elderly British couple living in a French village were rescued by villagers after the neighbours from hell had trapped them in their home. The retired couple had moved to France to live their dream in a quiet mountain village, but found themselves living next door to another British couple who turned out to be the worst kind of...
21 Aug at 6 PM

Best 10 low tax jurisdictions for wealthy expats

The rash of changes in international tax laws have caused difficulties for wealthy would-be expats, but the globe still holds a number of low-tax jurisdictions happy to accept large pension pots and savings. A recent investigation revealed the top ten most tax-friendly countries based on actual tax rates, lifestyles, political and economic...
21 Aug at 6 PM

Dubai companies report expats work less during the hot season

Given the number of expats from colder European climes who are living and working in Dubai, the news that workplace productivity declines in proportion to temperature increases is no surprise. Although new arrivals from the winter snows in many countries across Europe may think they’ve arrived in a warm heaven, once the summer highs of...
21 Aug at 6 PM

UK expats encouraged to complain about treatment by UK banks

British citizens living overseas are being urged to complain to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) about unfair treatment by onshore UK banks. The controversy over the treatment of UK expats by onshore banks is ratcheting up after calls to report offenders to the UK authorities. A majority of expats working or retiring overseas...
21 Aug at 6 PM

Expats who lost homes during Marbella blaze still awaiting compensation

Expat victims of the devastating fire which razed part of Marbella and Mijas in 2012 are still waiting for compensation from the Spanish authorities. Although the region is finally returning to its full glory after three years, victims who lost their homes and possessions during the massive blaze are still waiting for the promised...
19 Aug at 6 PM

Losing investment cash to fraudsters is the 2014 hot topic for retirees

UK retirees living overseas are facing threats to their life savings from both the HMRC and the number of fraudulent FAs lurking in expat havens. Expat forums based in many favourite retirement destinations in Europe and Asia have indicated that the two top topics concerning the loss of pension pots are the triggering of heavy tax...
19 Aug at 6 PM

Top tips for new expat arrivals in the UAE

The UAE is still one of the most popular choices for jobs abroad due to its elevated salaries and upscale lifestyle, but culture shock tends to hit harder than in English-speaking countries or EU member states. A local news website recently launched a guide containing five top tips for successful integration into the complexities of...
18 Aug at 6 PM

Santander hitting out at expat accounts again

Following the recent news that British high street bank Santander is busily cancelling its expat customers’ debit cards, its action in blocking one expat’s easy access offshore account seems even more prejudicial. It seems that expats, particularly in Spain, are being targeted by the bank in a stealthy attempt to have them take their...
18 Aug at 6 PM

Run up to New Zealand election marred by racism

As New Zealand’s election campaign hots up, a disturbing new theme is emerging as at least two political parties are being accused of racist comments. In this peace-loving island country, racial tolerance has always been regarded as a cause for pride. Remarks made by the leader of the New Zealand First party’s campaign launch last...
15 Aug at 6 PM

UK government plans capital gains charges on expats UK properties

More bad news for British expat investors came with reports that Chancellor George Osborne plans to charge capital gains tax on the sale of expat-owned UK properties. The new tax is supposedly aimed at wealthy foreigners investing in UK properties, but will hit hard on expat buy-to-let investors and those who keep a home in the UK. Over...
15 Aug at 6 PM

Are British banks ridding themselves of their UK expat customers

Between five and six million UK citizens living overseas may be at risk of losing their UK-based bank accounts. Of the millions of UK-born expats living overseas, at least 800,000 are believed to be domiciled in European Union states as business owners, retirees or employees of foreign or UK-based companies. Creeping moves by British high...
14 Aug at 6 PM

Will taking statins hike expat international medical insurance rates

The latest fad for health in retirement is statins as a regular preventative prescription, but is taking them likely to result in increased international health insurance rates? Figures show that at least 13 million UK residents are taking the drug, with the National Health Service recommending that another five million should take them in...
14 Aug at 6 PM

Are UK expats giving up on La Dolce Vita

Since the heady days of the 1930s, Rome and Italy have been favourites for expats searching for history, beauty and fantastic food and wine. Living the dream in an Italian coastal resort or the wine regions of Tuscany has been the ambition of many Brits as they approach retirement age. Many have made the dream come true, but is it fading...
14 Aug at 6 PM

How to save money as a Dubai expat

Even with Dubai’s high expat salaries and the country’s tax-free status, earning far more than back in the home country doesn’t necessarily equate with saving more. The younger the expat arrivals in Dubai are, the less they consider that the higher salaries they’re receiving have anything to do with saving a proportion for the...
14 Aug at 6 PM

Iraq energy sector expats flee oil boomtown as Islamic State terrorists approach

Erbil, the Iraq oil boomtown and capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, is now the focus of an exodus of expats fleeing the terrorist army of Islamic State. Once home to a thriving expat community within a friendly, welcoming environment, Erbil is emptying fast as the Islamic Army draws ever closer. Around 80 per cent of the hundreds of expat oil...
12 Aug at 6 PM

UK government to strip personal tax allowance from expats overseas

Non-resident UK expats are to be hit by a £400 million tax raid if government plans to abolish their personal tax allowances pass a consultation. The proposal, hinted at during the Chancellor’s March 2014 Budget speech, has now been released for formal consultation and, if passed, will be brought in next year. At present, EU nationals...
12 Aug at 6 PM

Spanish Fifty Shades of Grey hotel beaten by red tape

A Spanish entrepreneur’s money-making idea of a hotel dedicated to replicating the bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey has been shot down by the local mayor just before its opening night. The brainchild of a Valencia businessman, the hotel was set to open a week ago in a small village just outside town in an area with a good number of expat...
11 Aug at 6 PM

Graduate Irish doctors tempted to stay by tax breaks

In a desperate move to stop the majority of Irish medical professionals leaving for better-paid jobs overseas, the government is being urged to cut an impressive tax deal with newly-graduated doctors. A detailed proposal from two Irish government departments, Finance and Health, is being closely scrutinised for inclusion in the country’s...
11 Aug at 6 PM

Expat residents in Cyprus investigated for UK benefit fraud

Following the revelation that a large number of expats all over the world are cheating on UK welfare payments, investigations are now involving over 100 Brits in Cyprus It seems that UK expats living in the Mediterranean’s favourite lifestyle hubs are taking advantage of welfare benefits to which they are not entitled. According to the...
8 Aug at 6 PM

Do retirement dreams fade after second thoughts kick in

Survey after survey indicates that an increasing number of Brits can’t wait to retire overseas, but second thoughts later in life can wreck the dream. One recent study revealed that around six million British citizens are eager to move to other countries for a variety of reasons. However, many are younger people who find that, the older...
8 Aug at 6 PM

Expat women in UAE learning to deal with employment challenges

Trailing spouses in the UAE are finding work and learning to adapt to a new style of professional challenge. Whilst taking an executive job in the UAE is the dream of many professional men looking to further their careers and secure their financial futures, for many of their wives the move can become a nightmare. Trailing spouses used to...
7 Aug at 6 PM

Turkish government abolishes compulsory health insurance for retired expats

The Mediterranean country’s complicated resident visa system is now simpler for expats wishing to retire in Turkey after a government turnaround on the compulsory health insurance requirement. Compulsory health insurance for retired expats over the age of 65 was part of a recently introduced policy relating to residency applications. The...
7 Aug at 6 PM

UK government to allow new lump sum pension withdrawal

As a result of a government think-tank analysis of the new pension rules, the Treasury has announced new proposal making it easier to access lump sums. Yesterday’s publication of the draft Taxation of Pensions Bill contains a proposal that pension schemes be allowed to pay ad hoc lumps sums on the request of the holder of a pension pot....
6 Aug at 6 PM

Costa del Sol Action Group protects expats against financial scams

As the financial chaos following the 2008 crash recedes, the focus is on expats living in retirement hubs overseas and suffering devastating losses via illegal salesmen touting Ponzi schemes and dodgy bonds. One fact that newly-arrived expats in favourite retirement destinations often fail to take on board is that ‘it’s not the...
6 Aug at 6 PM

UAE British expats warned of Sharia law in divorce and child custody cases

The British Foreign Office has warned expat women living in the UAE that they risk facing Sharia justice in divorce or child custody cases. The warning came after a British mother applying for custody of her son was refused her petition during a Sharia hearing. The mother, Afsana Lachaux, was also found guilty of kidnapping her son and...
6 Aug at 6 PM

Research shows Saudi expat private sector workers earn less than locals

A new study has revealed that expats employed within Saudi Arabia’s private sector are paid around 50 per cent less than their Saudi equivalents. The survey, undertaken by the Saudi Labour Ministry, revealed a huge gap between comparative salaries for similar positions held by Saudi employees and their expat equivalents. A report on the...
6 Aug at 6 PM

Annual report shows increase in expats and tourists needing passport assistance

The number of Britons living or visiting overseas who needed passport help during 2013 rose by around eight per cent, not taking into account the huge number of people affected by the massive passport processing backlog. The passport backlog itself caused the worst crisis for the British passport office in decades, with hundreds of...
4 Aug at 6 PM

Will legacy pension savers be stuck with early encashment penalties

In spite of government reassurances, retirees with old-style pensions may be stuck with heavy early redemption penalties if they try to access their funds next year. The 2014 Budget promise of ‘freedom and choice for all’ may not extend to retirees on old-style pension policies with high early encashment penalties, in spite of...
4 Aug at 6 PM

Thai military government cracking down on expats

For decades, expats have flocked to Thailand for its laid-back atmosphere, great weather and low cost of living. Bangkok, the northern city of Chiang Mai and southern Thailand’s sun, sea and sand beach resorts have long been favourites for expats searching for a place to retire, work or just have fun. Until recently, immigration laws...
1 Aug at 6 PM

Retired expats in Asia warned to monitor currency fluctuations

Expat pensioners living in Asian destinations are enjoying far better exchange rates than they were a year ago, but is the trend set to continue? Britain’s strengthening recovery, rumours that the Bank of England is close to raising the base rate after its six years in the doldrums, and the European Central Bank’s growth policy have...
1 Aug at 6 PM

USA Friends of Scotland give resounding no to Scottish independence

A USA-wide survey carried out by Friends of Scotland has revealed that almost two-thirds of Scots living in America would vote against the country’s upcoming independence referendum. One of the Friends of Scotland’s most famous supporters is the highly revered actor Sir Sean Connolly, known world-wide for his pride in his Scots...
30 Aug at 6 PM

Weird local laws lead to arrest for newbie expat arrivals

Newly-arrived British expats can be caught out by obscure local laws resulting in arrests and fines if they don’t check the cultural norms of their chosen country before they arrive. Some of the strangest laws only rear their heads when expats are found breaking them by overzealous local police. For example, a Spanish couple who owned a...
30 Aug at 6 PM

Market volatility is causing caution amongst expat investors

Brits investing from overseas are showing their concern about the present volatility of the global stock markets by simply sitting on their hands. A recent report by Lloyds TSB International revealed an increase from 36 to 40 per cent in the number of British expat investors admitting concern about swings in the markets. Respondents showed...
29 Aug at 6 PM

Good news for Irish migrants as Supermacs plan Oz branches

A taste of home for Irish immigrants in Australia is now on the cards as Ireland’s favourite snack boxes and cheesy chips may soon be available in Sydney and Perth. Ireland’s most loved fast food outlets are much missed by immigrants to Down Under, but hopefully not for much longer. Supermacs CEO Pat McDonagh is travelling to Australia...
29 Aug at 6 PM

Are Turkish banks safe for expat deposits and savings

The sunny shores of Turkey are fast becoming a retirement haven for expats from colder climes, but how safe are their savings in Turkish banks? Many expats setting up a retirement home in Turkey will be aware that the local currency, the lira, has been taking a hit in currency markets worldwide. Large amounts of retirement funds have been...
28 Aug at 6 PM

Bahrain brings back expat worker levy after two year freeze

Public and private companies in Bahrain are to be forced to pay the formerly frozen expat worker levy from next Sunday, 1 September. The levy, due on each foreign worker employed, was frozen in 2011 to help businesses struggling to recover from the 2008 financial crash. The tax, collected by the Bahrain Labour Market Regulatory Authority,...
28 Aug at 6 PM

World Bank expat remittances report causes negative Saudi expat reaction

Immigrant workers across a wide spectrum in Saudi Arabia have reacted in annoyance over the government’s condemnation of amounts remitted by foreigners to their home countries. The recent World Bank report noted that almost 15 million expat workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states had remitted around $75 billion in total to their...
27 Aug at 6 PM

International students attending Canadian universities still waiting for visas

Thousands of overseas students with places at Canadian colleges and universities are still waiting in their home countries for their student visas to be granted. The unacceptable delays in visa processing are the result of two factors at present affecting Canada’s immigration services. The first is the unnecessarily complicated visa...
27 Aug at 6 PM

Spain to apply stealth tax to residents with solar power

Spain’s desperate bids to improve its economic situation hit a new low late last week with a government announcement that those with solar power units were to be taxed. Householders who generate their own electrical power with solar panels are to be hit with a so-called solar power ‘support levy’ in spite of the fact that many...
26 Aug at 6 PM

Frozen pension expats call for UK suspension from Commonwealth

Campaigners protesting over freezes in UK state pension payments to expats in certain overseas locations are calling for Britain to be suspended from Commonwealth membership. British pensioners living in non-EU overseas countries which have no bilateral agreement with the UK are suffering from a freeze on their inflation-linked state...
26 Aug at 6 PM

Much married Aussie refused sponsor visa for Filipina girlfriend

‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again’ seems to be the mantra for a romantic Australian pensioner who’s just been refused a sponsorship visa for his Filipina girlfriend. Rex Peterson, 69, at present divorcing his third wife, telephoned the immigration department to find out the process for importing his latest...
23 Aug at 6 PM

Expat funds in EU banks may be risking Cyprus style grab

A new EU law quietly passed on 1 August may lead the way to a Cyprus-style grab of expat funds in Eurozone bank accounts. The new law, apparently sneaked through whilst most EU citizens were on holiday, is intended to deal with the inevitability of bank failures in Eurozone countries. Many expect it to spread to non-Eurozone EU member...
23 Aug at 6 PM

British curriculum international schools popular in UAE and Asia

As the exodus of British professionals to overseas locations grows, it’s creating a higher demand for international schools offering a British curriculum. A number of famous names in British education have already opened international schools in Malaysia, China, Singapore and Dubai, attracting not just the children of expats but those...
19 Aug at 6 PM

Want to feature on TV? Calling all Americans living in Aberdeen!

Calling all Americans living in Aberdeen! A television company is researching a documentary film about the Aberdeen accent and its origin. It is believed that Americans influenced the early formation of the accent so they are interested in talking to americans living in Aberdeen. No knowledge about the accent is required. Filming would...
19 Aug at 6 PM

Expat Cyprus Swiss bank mortgagees mount court action

Thousands of expats in Cyprus who purchased residential property or second homes on the island with mortgages hedged against the Swiss franc are faced with losing everything. Between 20,000 and 30,000 homes valued at millions of pounds are involved in the scandal, which broke when island banks demanded that the full amount due on the...
16 Aug at 6 PM

Brits planning to emigrate should take note of son of FATCA

British would-be migrants planning to relocate to countries within the EU as well as expats already in residency will need to take account of ‘son of FATCA’-style new EU rules on financial disclosure. According to tax experts, European Union states are preparing to issue new disclosure rules applying to the sharing of expat financial...
16 Aug at 6 PM

Biggest ever expat opinion poll to take place

The worldwide expat market is about to be targeted by a newly-formed company determined to survey almost every migrant living abroad. The company, i-World Research Ltd, has launched a comprehensive online Expat Survey with the promise that filling in answers to the three pages of questions will enter respondents in a prize draw worth...
5 Aug at 6 PM

Canada posts warning to applicants over job and visa scams

Canadian immigration authorities are warning potential migrants not to be taken in by an increasing number of visa and job application scams. According to a spokesman from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), if it sounds too good to be true, it is. No-one, he added, can guarantee either a visa or a job, with only immigration officers...
5 Aug at 6 PM

Saudization programme stalls Saudi Arabia construction industry

Saudi Arabia’s attempt to correct visa statuses amongst expat workers has hit the construction industry hardest whilst not stalling the overall labour market as hoped. Prior to April this year, an estimated 12 million expats were living and working in the kingdom, at all levels from domestic workers to executives in the Saudi offices of...
2 Aug at 6 PM

Saudi property rental spiral to be controlled by new policy

Soaring real estate rents in Jeddah are being blamed on the extensive construction of smaller two-bedroomed units aimed at the expat community. According to chair of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce’s estate evaluation committee, Abdullah al-Ahmari, the focus on apartments suitable for expat living has resulted in a shortage of the larger...
2 Aug at 6 PM

Kiwi immigration minister promises easy access for Chinese visitors

Whilst members of the New Zealand government are urging the immigration minister to fix the cracks in the present immigration policy, Michael Woodhouse is in China smoothing the way for more Chinese visitors. According to the Chinese Xinhua news agency, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse told the press that his visit is to assess...
1 Aug at 6 PM

Kiwi real estate prices set to soar due to booming immigration numbers

The boom in house prices across New Zealand is causing governmental concern, as market experts predict double-digit rises by the end of 2013. A combination of low borrowing rates, increased demand due to rising immigration and the short supply of suitable properties in popular locations may be the perfect storm for house prices in New...
1 Aug at 6 PM

Jobs index survey confirms Saudi Arabia and UAE as employment hubs

An inaugural survey into hiring trends and job opportunities in the Middle East has confirmed the UAE and Saudi Arabia as the two top jobs markets. Bayt.com’s Middle East Jobs Index Survey is the first of its kind in the region, and covers the Middle East and North Africa. Completed last January, it placed the Emirates and Saudi as...
31 Aug at 2 PM

Expat woman feared murdered in France

Police in France have charged a gardener with the murder of a British expat who has vanish from her house in Vabre Tizac in the southwest of the country. The blood of Patricia Wilson, 58, was found in her cottage and her gardener’s car, according to reports. It is thought that the retired woman began an intimate relationship with her...
30 Aug at 9 AM

Row over ECJ ruling on fuel subsidies for expats

A ruling by the European Court of Justice allowing British expats to receive winter fuel payments has sparked debate both home and abroad. Previously, the winter fuel subsidy of £300 a year was only available to pensioners living in the UK and not Brits who have retired abroad. However, the ECJ ruled last week that the subsidy should be...
28 Aug at 9 AM

Buying property in Turkey risky for expat Brits

A new study has shown that British expats living in Turkey leave themselves particularly vulnerable in legal problems if they do not have a good enough grasp of the language. The survey, carried out by Queen Mary University of London and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, found that buying property was a particularly dangerous minefield for ...
25 Aug at 9 AM

Money transfer company hopes to help expats save on bank fees

A new company set up by one of the founders of Skype is looking to help British expats save money when transferring their pensions abroad. TransferWise has called the fees charged by banks for monthly international pension transfers “little short of criminal”, and claims they can undercut high street institutions and give expat Brits...
23 Aug at 12 PM

Expat living getting more expensive

A new report by the Post Office has suggested that the price of living abroad is increasing rapidly. According to the survey, inflation in some EU countries is rising four times faster than that of the UK. The Post Office interviewed 900 expatriates, with the majority reporting a rise of 15 per cent in living costs over the past year. Two...
21 Aug at 9 AM

The wife of Bo Xilai jailed for murder of Heywood

The wife of Chinese politician Bo Xilai, Gu Kailai, has been given a suspended death sentence after being found guilty of the murder of British expat Neil Heywood. Mr Heywood, a British businessman, was found poisoned in November 2001 in his hotel room. Gu Kailal did not fight the charges set against her at the one-day trail that commenced...
18 Aug at 12 PM

Portugal relaxes tax regulations for expats

Expats in Portugal received some welcome news when the country revealed that it was to relax tax regulations for wealthy foreigners residing there. The Portuguese government put a tax rate in place of 20 per cent on generated income in the country for non-residents three years ago. Although income from their own country was not included in...
16 Aug at 10 AM

Entwistle loses US murder appeal case

A British man found guilty of murdering his American wife and baby daughter in 2006 and jailed for life in 2008 has lost his appeal in the US against his conviction. Thirty-two-year-old Neil Entwistle was found guilty of murdering his 27-year-old wife Rachel and their nine-month-old baby daughter Lillian Rose. But his lawyer claimed that...
14 Aug at 9 AM

Gu Kailai murder trial ends

Gu Kailai’s trial for the murder of UK businessman Neil Heywood in China is over after just one day. The trial, which took place in the city of Hefei, ended after Ms Gu decided against contesting the charge of murdering Mr Heywood by poisoning in November last year. A court official informed reporters that the verdict’s date would be...
9 Aug at 10 AM

Bo Xilai wife on trial for British expat death

Gu Kailai, the wife of former Chinese politician Bo Xilai, is on trial charged with British businessman Neil Heywood’s murder, Mr Heywood died last year in the Chinese city of Chongqing, and Gu has been charged with poisoning him. State media has said there is a “substantial” case against her and an accomplice being responsible for...
7 Aug at 2 PM

MGM Advantage: expat retirees need to thoroughly plan move

British people looking to sell up in the UK and buy property overseas after they retire have been advised by financial advisers MGM Advantage to look into the potential tax ramifications they could face prior to emigrating. The group’s pensions technical director Andrew Tully said that although many British citizens see upping and...
4 Aug at 2 PM

Kiwis and Aussies head home due to UK economy struggles

Thousands of expats from New Zealand and Australia have packed up and headed back down under because of a booming jobs market in their respective countries and the economic gloom in the UK. The UK’s unemployment rate has started to fall of late, although it recently climbed to a 17-year high. Meanwhile, New Zealand and Australia are...
2 Aug at 3 PM

Expats moving to Spain must prove finances

Europeans who opt to head to Spain to begin a new life must now prove they have the funds to support themselves so as not to end up being a burden to the government of one of the EU’s most financially troubled countries. Expats moving to the Iberian country for employment reasons or to enjoy a retirement in the sun must now be able to...