Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

23 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Qatar see leave cancelled and travel restrictions imposed

Expats living and working in Qatar are being banned form leaving the country after their agreed holiday periods were cancelled. According to expat engineers and executives working at Qatar Petroleum, the ban and cancellations began just one day after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed all links with the emirate due to its supposed support for militant groups. One British expat working at a subsidiary of state-owned Qatar Petroleum reported that he'd been told his exit permit and agreed holiday leave were...
22 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Massive increase in immigrants to New Zealand

New Zealand’s net immigration figures have hit an all-time high as 73,000 more arrive than leave. According to figures for the month of May 2017, immigrants are still flooding to New Zealand in increasing numbers, led by would-be expats from the UK and Australia as well as migrants from China. Las month's net migration figures show an increase on last year of 3,600, with 75 per cent of the 130,400 arrivals non- Kiwis looking to settle in the country. The rush to become part of the country’s growing economy happened at the same...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Choosing the right country for career advancement

There are many reasons for packing up and moving to a strange country, but one of the most persuasive is the chance to advance your career at the same time as experiencing a more enjoyable lifestyle. A recent survey by InterNations found that one in every three expats who’d taken the plunge had done so for career reasons, whether they’d been sent overseas by their home country employer or had found a great opportunity themselves. A few of those who took the survey had been recruited by a local company, and a small number had moved...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Heroic Aussie expat entered tower block inferno to help residents

An Australian expat living and working in London disregarded his own safety in an attempt to rescue residents trapped inside the inferno of Grenfell Tower. London-based Jody Martin left his apartment in a block adjacent to the ill-fated Grenfell Tower when he heard sirens and realised something was very wrong. At that point, the fire brigade had already arrived and firemen were trying to access the burning building. Seeing they had problems, he grabbed an axe and attempted to enter the building on the ground floor. On finding...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Saudi to face levy charges

The Saudi Arabian government has announced it will put in place a monthly expatriate levy of 100 riyals, starting on July 1 and increasing year by year until 2020. The move is said to have been sparked by Saudization plans to encourage local companies to employ nationals rather than expats, and the levy is expected to be deducted from foreign workers’ salaries by employers. Companies continuing to employ more expatriates than Saudi nationals will be forced to pay 400 riyals a month for each expat worker, with the amount due to...
9 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Study shows UK expat professionals happy to stay overseas

A recent study has revealed only one in every 10 British expats living overseas has any serious intention of returning to the home country. The survey’s results showed the majority of expatriate Britons had made the decision to leave due to relocation by their company or the desire to start a business overseas. No mention was made of the hundreds of thousands of retirees who left for a better quality of life in a warmer country, very few of whom, it would seem, have any intention of returning to a post-Brexit world. Respondents...
8 Jun at 6 PM 2017

UAE ban hits expats with Qatari residence visas

As the Gulf States crisis hots up, the ban on Qatari nationals entering UAE states has been widened to include all expats holding Qatari residence visas. The new ban applies to all passengers on airlines flying to UAE airports, and is set to cause extreme difficulties for expat professionals who travel the region regularly a part of their jobs. In addition, Qatari nationals living and working in other Gulf States have been given just two weeks to pack up and return home. The small country holds 2.3 million people, most of whom are...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Qatar now refused visas on arrival at UAE airports.

As the snap diplomatic rift launched by Saudi Arabia and the UAE emirates on Qatar continues, its effect of expats’ lives is becoming clearer. For expats living and working in Qatar, the rift is likely to make their jobs harder, with the latest news stating expats who reside in Qatar will no longer be granted visas on arrival in the UAE. This latest ban is part of a Saudi plan to isolate Qatar from the rest of Gulf States, and comes in addition to another announcement stating Qataris are now forbidden from landing or transiting to...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expat retirement haven options shrink due to Brexit

Although the looming shadow of Brexit may well have killed retirement dreams of Mediterranean sunsets, there are still value for money destinations overseas. One thing Brexit hasn’t destroyed is adventurous British would-be expats’ dream of a retirement overseas, it’s just meant their choices of destinations may have to change. A slower pace of life combined with better weather and a reasonable cost of living can still be found, even in non-EU countries. A new study reveals the most common reason for retiring outside the UK...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats and Qataris panic buying in fear of food shortages

Following the news that Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, the country’s supermarket and food shop shelves were emptied by Qataris and expats fearing imminent food shortages. Qatar grows very few food crops, importing 90 per cent of its needs mainly from its neighbour Saudi Arabia via daily truck runs across the border between the two countries. Saudi Arabia’s decision to close its land border crossing with Qatar has caused panic in Doha's streets, with supermarkets and smaller shops already...