Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

27 Apr at 4 PM 2015

New Zealand issues increasing number of visas

New Zealand is becoming more and more popular with expats from all over the world, with the most recent data showing a rise in the number of work, visitor and student visas issued. Visitor arrivals to the country hit a record high for March, a rise of 15 per cent on the same month last year and eight per cent greater than in 2013, according to the statistics. The Cricket World Cup coupled with an earlier Easter were the main reasons for such a large increase, noted the manager of New Zealand Statistics, Vina Cullum. The yearly net...
25 Apr at 9 AM 2015

World Bank reveals top migrant locations

The US, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Russia are the five most popular countries for expat workers, according to the latest data from the World Bank. The bank’s Migration and Development Brief also showed that the top five nations in terms of the amount of remittance received were India, China, Philippines, Mexico and Nigeria. More and five million Indians are said to be working in the Gulf states, making them the largest group of migrant workers in a region that is home to in excess of 20 million workers...
11 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Expat ATM scammers arrested in Phuket

Yesterday, Thai Immigration said that an Australian man and British man on the popular holiday island of Phuket worked together in order to skim cash from ATMs. At the immigration media conference, it was reported that Jamie Steven McKee, aged 31 and from the UK planned with his Australian friend, Darrin John Williams, 48, to defraud bank customers in Phuket. There have been multiple skimming attacks on ATMs by expats in Phuket and Thai banks are now improving the security of the machines. On Wednesday, the pair were arrested...
10 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Maids in Saudi Arabia working illegally in small businesses

It has been discovered that some Saudi women are illegally employing their domestic workers to go and work in their small businesses such as cooking sales and other long working hour positions. Many experts and businesspeople think that women are forced to do this as getting the correct visas for expatriates is becoming increasingly difficult and many Saudis refuse to undertake these types of jobs. Umm Ali, a shop owner, said that her domestic worker helps makes popular Saudi meals and deserts which she then sells onto food stands...
7 Apr at 10 AM 2015

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

A Spanish women who was found dead with her British partner and two children is though to have taken her own life after killing her family. It is believed that the 37 year old Spanish woman, Anarda de la Cardiac Perez Friman, was suffering from post-natal depression during the period in which she and her family were found dead in their apartment in Gibraltar. It is thought that she killed her partner, John Shannon from Liverpool, and her two young children after she suffered a ‘psychotic incident’. One of her girls was aged...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Expatriate Staff Evacuated from Total Sites in Yemen.

Total, the major French oil company, said that all expatriate staff had been evacuated from the Saana and Kharir sites in Yemen even though these sites have not been raided by Saudi-led forces overnight against Houthi Forces. On Monday, a spokeswomen for Total told Reuters in an email that all necessary measures are being taken to ensure that maximum security conditions are in place for all the remaining people. According to Total, there have been reductions in operations on Yemen’s Block 10 and that gas production is being...
27 Mar at 9 AM 2015

Adelaide best place to live for expats

An eminent British newspaper recently compiled a list of the “best places to live overseas” and concluded that Adelaide was the winner. The Sunday Times, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, gave pride of place to the “small and perfectly formed” city as the most desirable international destinations. Another contender on the list was Austin, Texas which is Adelaide’s sister city. According to the newspaper, Adelaide is home to elegant homes, tree-lined boulevards with beautiful gardens and parks and is also considered to be...
26 Mar at 12 PM 2015

Neglected paperwork could result in expats losing their state pension

Pensioners from the UK who live abroad need to keep up to date with their paperwork or they will risk losing their state pension. Expats over the age of 75 regularly receive forms sent by the Department of Work and Pensions, requesting proof that they are still alive. They only have nine months to complete these forms and return them. If the deadline is missed then the government cuts off their pensions as they are assumed to have passed away. In December 2013, these forms were introduced to prevent people from fraudulently trying to...
25 Mar at 3 PM 2015

Dual citizenship to be granted to Sri Lankan expatriates

A minister from the government said that, from Monday 23rd March, expatriate Sri Lankans would be able gain dual citizenship due to a new administrative procedure. Those able to take advantage of the new procedure will be those who have emigrated to Canada, the UK, the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, France and Switzerland. On Monday, John Amaratunga , the Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs, said there would be a Rs. 50,000 – 250,000 fee for the application procedure. Those wanting to be...
23 Mar at 2 PM 2015

Missing Canberra teen’s father believes she is still alive in Vanuatu

A Canberra girl’s father is optimistic that she is still alive after Vanuatu was hit by a devastating cyclone. In Febraury, Zoe Marshall went to volunteer on Pentecost Island with the Lattitude organization during her gap year which she had funded herself. Since Cyclone Pam, which registered as a category 5 cyclone, hit Vanuatu last week, the 18-year-old volunteer has not been accounted for. Rob Marshall, the girl’s father, said that he has had contact with her over the last two months on a semi-regular basis via SMS however he...