Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

24 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Anti Brexit online petition response crashes website

An online parliamentary petition set up by furious Remain voters has proved so popular that its site has crashed. The online petition calls for the UK government to implement a rule relating to the percentage of votes and turnout. It states that in the case of a turnout of less than 75 per cent with either Leave or Remain votes totalling less than 60 per cent, a second referendum should be triggered. Uploaded online this morning, the 'petition.parliament.uk' site was initially difficult to access due to the huge response from...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2016

British expats overseas denied referendum postal votes through EC incompetence

Giving that the referendum result was a close call, is it possible that international postal chaos and EC inefficiency has been responsible for the Brexit win? British expats across three continents are outraged after losing their chances to vote in the Brexit referendum due to international postal chaos and the uncaring attitude of the UK’s Electoral Commission . Unacceptable delays and administrative errors have caused an as yet unspecified number of Brit expats living overseas to be denied the chance to voice their views....
23 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Oz and Kiwi expats kidnapped in Nigeria

A group of Australian and New Zealander expats working in Nigeria have been kidnapped at gunpoint by militants whilst being driven to work at a mine in Cross River State near Calabar City. One New Zealander, four Australians and two Nigerians working for Perth-based Macmahon Holdings were victims of a violent attack during which the driver of their vehicle was shot dead. The kidnappers, believed to be members of a local militant group, took all seven men hostage, but the two Nigerians managed to escape. Reports state the vehicle...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expat retirees backtracking as more young people leave

A recent survey has revealed an increase in younger people becoming expats whilst more retirees are returning to the UK due to financial woes. In 2015, more than 121,000 UK citizens left the UK and headed for expat destinations across the world, according to the Office for National Statistics. At the same time, a NatWest International survey indicated that almost half the total left to work overseas, and around 6 per cent left to study at overseas universities. Taking the two studies into account, it seems that expats are becoming...
23 Jun at 9 AM 2016

Could votes by UK expats in Oz swing the referendum

Tomorrow’s the day the long-term future of the UK is decided, with the million or more UK expats living in Australia possibly able to swing the vote to Remain. British passport holders living in OZ are fully entitled to postal votes if they have lived overseas for less than 15 years. Australia is home to 1.2 million expat Brits, with New Zealand accounting for another quarter of a million. Both the Remain and Leave camps have been at full stretch in the run-up to the referendum, knowing the possible size of the antipodean voter list...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Body of murdered expat dad found in Pattaya police morgue

Scots expat Steve Balfour’s body was found in a Pattaya police morgue a month after he disappeared during a visit to his Thai daughter. Steve Balfour, a security consultant working in Basra,Iraq, went missing on May 14 during one of his regular visits to Pattaya to see his six-year old daughter Georgina, The child was living with Steve’s former Thai wife, Nan Kidaw, following the couple’s acrimonious divorce last year. Pattaya police found Steve’s body in a Walking Street room on May 15, but failed to inform his family or the...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expats giving up on Abu Dhabi as costs rise and incomes shrink

Once considered the star of expat relocations, static pay, cancelled bonuses and the soaring cost of living are forcing many expats to pack up and go home. Saudization and the fallout from the dramatic fall in oil prices are just two of the reasons given for what is being referred to as a ‘mass exodus’ of expats from Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Once considered the prime expat location for luxury living, rising costs and job uncertainties are taking their toll on the region’s expat communities. MD of a major recruitment agency...
17 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Saudi Green Card scheme to be restricted to expat experts and investors

Expats celebrating the original announcement of Saudi Arabia’s proposed Green Card have been badly let down by a further announcement restricting the card to foreign investors and highly qualified experts from overseas. The formerly announced Green Card was to resemble the USA residence model, giving security to expat professionals who’d given of their skills to the kingdom over years. The latest announcement has disappointed many who had welcomed the chance to acquire permanent residency but are now disbarred due to the elite...
17 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UAE expats wising up on dodgy investment scams

As with most other expat locations worldwide, the UAE expatriate community is no stranger to the devastating effects of unregulated IFAs and their toxic products. For many years, expat communities have suffered vast financial losses via dodgy purveyors of long-term investment schemes as well as outright fraud and mis-selling. The chief suspects as regards financial products are those offered to expat workers as long-term savings plans. Many UAE expat professionals tell identical stories of loss to those told by retirees and expat...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Oman considers freeing up its housing market to expats

Oman’s Ministry of Housing is considering plans to allow expats to purchase homes outside the country’s integrated tourist complexes. Should the plan go ahead, expats who’ve until now been restricted in their choice of districts in which to purchase homes will be allowed to buy properties in other areas of the sultanate. According to the Times of Oman, a Ministry of Housing representative told reporters the country’s Real Estate Association is pushing for reforms to the present system. At present, foreigners living and...