Expat Australia News
Latest 10 news items tagged Australia
21 Oct at 6 PM 2016
A special meeting dedicated to the effects of Brexit on British expats in France heard the UK’s divorce from the EU would have cataclysmic effects on expat rights.
Members of France’s National Assembly were told Thursday that Brexit was on track to wreck the lives of tens of thousands of Britons living in the country. EU law specialist Myriam Benlolo-Carabot told chair of the meeting National Assembly President Claude Bartolone the only way to prevent cataclysmic Brexit effects is to allow reciprocal agreements.
Once Brexit is...
21 Oct at 4 PM 2016
Harlequin Property SVG, infamous amongst expats for its Caribbean and Thailand property scams, is now insolvent and has appointed a professional trustee.
The company is based on St Vincent and the Grenadines, a Caribbean offshore location for many companies with doubtful legitimacy, and is the offshoot of another company with the same name. Briton David Ames and his sidekick Richard Houghton were instrumental in swindling expat pensioners out of their savings by selling off-plan beachside condos, only a few of which were actually ...
20 Oct at 6 PM 2016
A recent survey placed the USA at a poor 30 out of 45 countries considered global destinations for expats, spurring a chorus of complaints from entrepreneurs who still consider the US is tops for business.
The HSBC survey is considered as one of the most reliable guides to expat relocation, but expatriates living and working in Boston and San Francisco are less than pleased about the poll’s conclusion. Over two-thirds of those surveyed in both cities claim that the USA – or at least their chosen location within it – gives an...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Spurred by the ubcertainty following the Brexit result, a huge number of disillusioned Britons are seeking to become expats working overseas.
Ever since the result of the Brexit referendum was announced, online international recruitment sites have been deluged by huge numbers of British workers seeking a new life abroad. A recent analysis of the millions of search results is showing the Irish Republic as a favourite destination for those starting a new life and wishing to remain EU citizens by any possible means.
19 Oct at 6 PM 2016
From 2017, expats living and working in Kuwait’s private sector will have to pay 165 per cent more for their compulsory heath insurance.
The recent announcement of new independent healthcare provisions for expats included news that the cost of coverage would increase, but gave no details of the exact figure to be charged. At present, the charge is just $165, but will increase next year to $430, although the amount doesn’t reflect the full cost of the new services.
The Kuwaiti government estimates around two million expats will...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2016
After the pound sterling fell to a 31-year low last week, British expats working in the UAE rushed to remit currency to the UK.
Remittance volumes from the UAE to UK banks have soared by 135 per cent over the same week in September as expats took advantage of the fall in sterling. The cashing in is likely to continue as major banks are predicting further falls in the next few weeks.
The Bank of America, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs are all predicting more pressure for the pound sterling as traders take into account the...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Saudi officials operating in the Jeddah municipality have banned all local traders from selling their produce to expats.
A municipal overseer with responsibility for the city’s Central Vegetable Market has made himself extremely unpopular with both expats and market traders by introducing a ban on selling to foreigners. The official excuse for the ban is that the local authority is pushing for Saudization of the popular market in order to increase the number of local Saudis employed.
Director of Public Markets Nasser al Jarallah...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2016
New Saudi Arabia laws relating to older expat professionals in certain specialities are likely to affect foreign workers in critical positions.
The recently approved Mawzoon (balanced) Nitaqat system is due to become law in early December, and is slated to end specialist expatriate dominance in critical jobs. It’s aimed at bringing down Saudi Arabia’s unemployment rate amongst nationals.
Worst hit will be expert professionals from overseas who are registered as investors, academicians, lecturers, professors or medical...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2016
The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is being sued in the European Court of Justice over his banning of any pre-Article 50 negotiations.
A legal challenge has been mounted by the Fair Deal for Expats group on the basis that Junckers’ so-called ‘presidential order’ has no basis in EU law and must be considered an ‘unlawful gagging order’. The group is calling for the immediate annulment of the order, thus allowing the commencement of EU/UK pre-Brexit talks focusing on Brexit’s potential effects on British...
7 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Expat campaigner Harry Shindler MBE has applauded the UK government’s now published ‘votes for life’ proposals.
95-year old Harry has been campaigning for 16 years against the controversial UK government ruling which disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of expats who’d lived overseas for 15 years or more. The World War 11 veteran has lived in Italy since 1982 and has never let up on his campaign, even presenting his case unsuccessfully to the European Court of Human Rights in 2009.
Harry’s case for scrapping the highly...