Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

19 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Affordable Malaysia becoming a favourite with relocating expats

Expatriates in Malaysia are more than happy with the country’s comparatively inexpensive cost of living. Malaysia is increasingly popular with expat professionals from Western countries, mostly due to its lower cost of living including healthcare and private education. A recent survey revealed many thousands of newly-arrived expats are far happier then they were in the home country as well as better off financially. Finding accommodation, setting up schooling and an excellent healthcare system are all bringing smiles to expat faces....
15 Feb at 6 PM 2018

UK state pensioners in Oz seek PM help to reverse frozen pension law

Long-suffering British retirees who emigrated to Australia many years ago are urging PM Malcolm Turnbull to confront the UK government over the issue of the frozen UK state pension. Vice-chairman of the British Pensions in Australia group Jim Tilley has requested Mr Turnbull raises the issue of the ‘grossly unfair’ law with the British PM during the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference this April. In spite of the many other expat destinations where frozen UK pensions are the law, Tilley sees the fight as a Commonwealth...
11 Feb at 6 PM 2018

US expats hit by missing IRS letters and more scrutiny

As increasing numbers of US citizens opt for expat life abroad, the IRS’s incompetence is causing serious problems with tax returns and compliance. US expats living and working overseas seem nowadays to be the undeserving targets of endless tax-related crackdowns and rule changes across the board, with compliance campaigns aimed at expats as well as outdated methods of communication which leave expats unable to be compliant however hard they try. In the age of internet communications, the US tax authority is still committed to...
9 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Briton in UAE accused of causing death of Arab pensioner in lift

A female British tourist has been detained and ordered not to leave the UAE after a fellow lift passenger died of a heart attack. The 32-year old British visitor to the UAE was in a hotel lift in Sharjah with a 60-year old Arab woman and brushed against her whilst leaving the lift. Just a few moments later, the older woman collapsed and died. Subsequently, the deceased‘s family made a formal complaint to local police, blaming the British woman for their relative’s death. The tourist was apprehended for questioning by the police,...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in Oz flocking to invest in build to rent apartments

UK expats living in Australia are increasingly investing in British build-to-rent apartment complexes. Build-to-rent developments are the latest trend for UK property developers, helped along by the British government’s coming out in favour of strongly supporting the sector by initiatives such as the Build to Rent Fund’s loans of 50 per cent of costs to construction companies. The fund was closed down two years ago, but private investors are now piling their money into this so-called multi-family sector formerly owned and...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Saudi fear for the future as permitted job sectors shrink

Major changes in Saudi Arabia’s job market are causing expats to fear for their futures in the Kingdom. At the present time, Saudi has the biggest percentage of citizens in the workplace of any GCC country, and is looking to increase the numbers still further. Some 66 per cent of Saudi’s total population are nationals, 70 per cent of whom are below 30 years of age. The population is still growing due to the ‘baby boom’ years following the oil boom, and more and more younger citizens are demanding jobs. These new...
1 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Expat males win out on finding love overseas

A new survey has revealed some 33 per cent of men who become expats find the loves of their lives in their new countries. The survey rated different races for their likelihood of finding a partner and making an intercultural marriage, with expats from Finland the most likely to fall in love with a local female. Over half the total of respondents already in a relationship had married interculturally, with men far more likely to meet their future spouses overseas than women. Danes and Mexicans weren’t reluctant to date females...
29 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Australia hits top spot as destination for millionaire expats

A recent survey has revealed Australia as the most popular destination for the fabulously wealthy. Beating out the USA for the third year running, Oz is now the preferred haunt for those with more money than they know what to do with, according to the 2018 Global Wealth Migration Review. Some 95,000 high net worth individuals relocated during 2017, with 10,000 choosing Australia as their new country of residence. Reasons for its success range between proximity to emerging economies across Asia, the continent’s reputation for...
29 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Irish expat couple in Dubai gift house and driving lessons to maid

A Filipino maid who’s been working in Dubai for an expat couple has been gifted with a home and driving lessons as well as other demonstrations of their appreciation. April Rose Marcellino Gatin has been looking after Irish expat couple Henry and Elaine Horan for 11 years since her arrival in Dubai, after first becoming their maid when they lived in Brunei. Their relationship is an all-time success story in a country where maids aren’t always treated with the kindness and care they bestow on their employers. Perhaps the most...
26 Jan at 6 PM 2018

UAE now expat hub for thousands of millionaires

Due to the arrival as expats of a huge number of millionaires, the UAE is now amongst the top residential destinations for the super-rich. As of last year, the United Arab Emirates was placed in the top ten world countries with the largest number of millionaire residents. High net worth individuals flocked to the emirates, buying up luxury homes and living the famous Gulf State lifestyles. An estimated 5,000 of the planet’s mega-rich holding at least a million dollars migrated to the UAE, the third-highest total amongst the countries...