Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

26 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Best locations for expats from entrepreneurs to retirees

A new survey has identified the best places for expats dependent on their reasons for emigrating. Expats leave their home countries for a variety of reasons, including the need to take their careers further, the wish to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit or a wish to find the most suitable place to retire. The one thing they all have in common is that they feel stuck and unfulfilled in their present situations, but finding the best place settle can be a challenge, even in these technological days. The survey analysed no fewer...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Unconventional destinations for adventurous British expats

If the usual expat destinations have lost their appeal for the more adventurous British would-be emigrant, these five countries are well worth considering. Over 5.5 million Britons are believed to be living, working or retiring overseas, with the most popular destinations being Spain, Australia, Ireland, Canada and the USA. Great weather and cultural similarities are attractions in themselves, but for those who don’t want to be encased in a Little Britain scenario, there are other interesting choices out there. Provided the...
18 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Expat renters in Dubai turning to property purchase

Newly constructed, affordable properties in Dubai are persuading expats in tenancies to take the plunge and buy a home. Ever since Dubai became a magnet for expat professionals, renting an apartment has been the norm due to the transient nature of relocations. Although rents are comparatively low at present, an increasing number of Western expats are becoming aware that buying an apartment or villa makes more sense in the long run as well as protecting from inevitable rent rises in the future. The availability of affordable housing...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Spain warned to watch out for financial fraudsters

In spite of frequent warnings, tales of financial fraud and endless on- and offline articles, rogue pension and investment FAs are still rife in British retirement destinations. For decades, Spain has been a favourite with British retirees who’ve had enough of the UK’s dreary weather and escalating cost of living. Around 300,000 escapees from the UK are living a new life in the sun and stretching their state pensions to cover expenses. Sadly, this happy band of expats is as much at risk of being cheated out of their life savings as...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Dutch expat con man reputedly linked to major Netherlands crime family

Expat havens the world over have their share of dodgy characters ready and willing to defraud other expats of their hard-earned savings, but this Costa del Sol con man may be unique. Exposed recently by Spain’s leading expat newspaper, Jan Brinkman has been busy ripping off fellow expats as well as locals with tall tales of ultra-rewarding investments. One such, Marbella-based movie stuntman Peter Wicke, was targeted by Brinkman as he searched for investors in his new Movie Television Productions International company. Brinkman...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brexit fears disregarded by Brits still heading for France

In spite of the uncertainty of their future in France, would-be UK expats and those recently arrived are not about to change their minds as regards their preferred country of residence. Whilst expats already living across the Channel are having problems digesting the possible future effects of Brexit, many who’ve already made the decision to leave the UK are sticking to their guns and changing their plans to suit the circumstances. Notwithstanding the fall in sterling, tearing up their long-held dreams is definitely not an option....
8 Jul at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in USA shock horror at Brexit disaster

Although Brits living and working across the pond are unlikely to be directly affected by Britain’s leaving the EU, they’re shocked and horrified at the result and the chaos that’s followed. Just hours after the announcement that the Leave campaign had won, bars, restaurants and pubs in New York saw gatherings of UK expats unable or unwilling to believe what had happened. In one such, the Cock and Bull British restaurant, talk of Brexit dominated lunchtime conversations between Wall Street workers and the owner of the restaurant,...
8 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Is Brexit the downmarket UK version of House of Cards

As the ramifications of the Brexit referendum descend further into farce, those affected could be forgiven for seeing its induced political chaos as a downmarket version of the popular US political drama 'House of Cards’. A famous Chinese curse. ‘may you live in interesting times’ applies not only to the millions of UK and EU expats frightened for their futures, but also includes the back-stabbing British political elite responsible for the chaos of the last two weeks.The ‘advisory’ referendum itself is now spawning...
6 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Will the Brexit affect drive up Oz property prices

Analysts struggling to find shreds of good news lurking behind the massive black cloud of Brexit are suggesting that Britain’s leaving the EU may have a positive effect on Australian real estate prices as well as boosting the number of buyers. The theory behind the report is that, once Brexit is a reality and the UK has finally left the European Union, Australian expats will be forced to return home. This, apparently, will drive population growth and demand for properties as well as preventing Aussies from emigrating to further their...
27 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Brexit voters turn Bregret and call for second referendum

Common sense, changed minds, political and economic chaos, the postal vote scandal and a dose of reality following last week’s Brexit win are all sparking calls for a second referendum. After one of the world’s most poorly-run, deceptive and potentially disastrous referenda, the real world seems to be dawning on a large number of UK citizens as well as British expats living in EU member states and across the world. Calls for a second referendum include those who were disenfranchised due to the postal voting chaos and those...