Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

20 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in the USA facing ethical choices

Is now the time for UK expats living and working in the USA to depart in disgust? British expatriate professionals living and working in the USA are facing a dilemma – staying in their jobs and ignoring the creeping totalitarianism or obeying their consciences and getting out before things get even worse.For decades, Britons have headed for the USA’s massive cities for work opportunities or to start businesses, comfortable with the fact that America and the UK work along the same lines and are long-term allies. Nowadays, it’s...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2018

ING and Citibank stop lending to OZ expat property investors

Aussie expat investors are being cut off from mortgages by an international bank’s Australian subsidiary. ING Australia has announced it will no longer offer mortgages to expat Australians wishing to invest in home country property. It’s the second international lender to cut off credit to expat borrowers despite increasing demand from wealthy Australian nationals living overseas, with Citibank announcing the same cut off earlier this week. Australian property news websites are reporting the reasons behind the move are the...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expats in UAE concerned over effects of interest rate hike

Expat professionals living and working in the UAE are worried about the effect on the cost of living of last week’s interest rate hike. Last Thursday’s announcement by the UAE’s Central Bank is the second this year, and is expected to impact borrowing costs including personal loans, car loans and mortgages. Businesses as well as residents will be affected, with expats working in cost-sensitive sectors such as tourism and the property sector showing increased concern. Large corporations with substantial loans will need to cover...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2018

First two Western expat women get Saudi driving licenses

Finally, Western women as well as their Saudi equivalents can now get their driving licenses. June 24 is a day Saudi women and their Western female friends thought they’d never, ever see – the day those who’ve received their driving licenses can hit the road! Two expat women friends, one from Finland and the other from the USA, were first in the queue to receive the precious driving permits. They’d both applied right after the news broke and were thrilled to get two of the first licenses issued to Western women. Laura Alho...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Dubai remodels Ramadan rules for non Moslem expatriates

In response to Saudi Arabia’s opening up its economy, Dubai has remodelled its strict Ramadan rules in order to benefit its non-Moslem expat community. In the past, the daytime fast and other rules relevant to the holy month of Ramadan have applied to non-Moslems as well as to followers of the faith, but this year’s period of abstinence passed like any other month for the emirate’s expatriate community. In a response to Saudi Arabia’s efforts to attract wealthy tourists as well as the best and brightest expats, Dubai fought...
8 Jun at 4 PM 2018

Cold calling pension transfer scam nets £21 million before being shut down

A High Court judgement on May 30 has resulted in six fraudulent pension transfer and finance companies being shut down for defrauding clients out of £21 million. Although no mention has been made of British expats losing their savings via the scam, this shocking tale of misuse of responsibility for personal gain should act as a warning to UK pensioners all over the world. A flood of complaints about the companies’ activities resulted in a full investigation of six financial advice companies by the UK government’s Insolvency...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2018

YouGov poll shows voters turning towards rejecting Brexit

As the confusion continues, a YouGov poll sees voters turning against Brexit and losing faith in Theresa May and the British negotiating team’s ability to deliver. Numbers of those who believe leaving the EU is the worst option for the UK have increased to 47 per cent of the total votes, a record seven points more than the 40 per cent who are sticking with their decision to vote Leave. The cabinet’s failure to agree on an acceptable exit strategy is one reason for the three-percentage point jump, with the realisation of the...
4 Jun at 6 PM 2018

World city surveys could confuse expats as to the real costs of living

In this ever more expensive day and age, becoming an expat isn’t simply deciding on a location and relocating lock, stock, barrel and the family dog. Awareness of the average cost of living in expat havens all over the world is easily found online, although any one page rarely coincides with the rest as regards estimates of weekly expenses. To make matters worse, most websites calculate the cost of living as including first world necessities, even if the destination is definitely third world at best. Most expats don’t have time to...
31 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat parents plead with Oz government to deport their son

A British couple living in retirement in Australia are urging the government to deport their wayward son back to the UK after he’d stolen their savings and forced them to sell their home to cover his debts. Russell Lewis, now 43 years old, stole his parents’ credit card, emptied their bank account and ended up £27,000 in debt after spending his parents’ money on top of the range TVs, portable air conditioners, a 4x4 truck and a good number of other luxury items. Parents Jill and Tony Lewis emigrated to Australia from the UK...
25 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit father and son VAT fraudsters captured in Spain

A recently arrived British father and son have been arrested in their villa near Benidorm for a one million VAT fraud. Benidorm was the chosen expat refuge for Brian Colwell and his son Jamie, just as it has been for decades for criminals fleeing the long arm of British justice, but the unsavoury pair have now been hauled back to the UK to begin their prison sentences. The pair were finally tracked down to their villa outside the favourite Spanish beach resort by investigators from HM Revenue and Customs after they’d breached their...