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Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

30 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Number of Swiss outside the country continues to rise

The number of Swiss expats increased to nearly 750,000 in 2014, an increase of two per cent from the previous year. Some 14,276 Swiss citizens left the country last year, taking the official total living abroad to 746,885, according to the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The number also includes Swiss nationals working at embassies or consulate generals overseas. A large number of the new expats have chosen to live in neighbouring countries while continuing to work in their homeland because of the lower costs of living...
27 Jan at 6 PM 2015

Expat celebrate Australia Day by becoming citizens

Almost 16,000 immigrants in Australia became citizens of the country on Australia Day, which was celebrated across the nation on 26 January. As ceremonies took place all across the nation, Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke to one group of new nationals in the capital Canberra, telling them that by moving to the country they had voted with their feet on where they felt they would enjoy a more fruitful life. He assured them that their lives would be better in Australia and that Australia would become a better country as a result of their...
23 Jan at 9 AM 2015

Singapore tops the list of best place for expats

Singapore has once again claimed top spot in the world’s most liveable city for expats in the latest list published by ECA International. ECA International’s regional director for Asia, Lee Quane, explained that among the factors that led to Singapore taking top spot were solid infrastructure, good quality air, low crime, decent medical facilities and low health risks. Meanwhile, Singapore’s main rival for first position in recent times, Hong Kong, has fallen from 17th to 33rd in the list, a fact that is likely to boost the...
22 Jan at 10 AM 2015

New Zealand expat dies on British mountain

A New Zealand expat in the UK has been found dead on a mountain after being missing for several days. Michael Flanagan, originally from Napier in New Zealand, told hotel staff in Windermere, around 130kms north of Manchester, he was going for a walk two weeks ago and never returned. Cumbria Police confirmed they had found Mr Flanagan’s body on the mountain of Helvellyn on Monday. Hotel employees said that he had spoken of his plans to climb the mountain while on holiday in the northwestern region. The New Zealander, 45, had...
19 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Iran footballers warned about posing for selfies with expatriate women in Australia

Iranian footballers have been warned about posing for selfies with female fans at the Asian Cup finals in Australia. Australia is home to around 70,000 expats from Iran, and the buzz about the three-time Asian champions playing in the country has drawn many fans, male and female, to the stadiums to cheer them on. However, in Iran, women fans are not allowed to attend men’s games because of the sex segregation regulations – laws that do not apply in other countries. This, in addition to the fact that the strict female dress code...
19 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Saudi urges authorities to allow his regnant Indonesian wife to stay

A Saudi Arabian man has pleaded with authorities to grant his pregnant Indonesian wife a residency permit rather than deport her. Amro Muhammad Kurdi wed his wife eight years ago and the couple have one daughter. The woman, who is now seven months pregnant with their second child, has never had a residency permit for the Gulf state. Kurdi, 26, said that he was very worried about the future for his daughter and baby, acknowledging that he made an error when he married the Indonesian woman by not obtaining the proper documents....
16 Jan at 12 PM 2015

Indonesia: Bahasa test to be introduced for expat workers

The Indonesian government has proposed that expatriates in the country should have to master the Bahasa language before being granted work permits. At the beginning of the year, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri announced that the Test of Indonesia as a Foreign Language exam was being drawn up and that expat workers would soon be required to pass it in order to obtain the necessary documents. The test is being developed as part of a method of determining a foreign worker’s eligibility, and was part of the Manpower Ministry’s...
9 Jan at 9 AM 2015

Indonesia union refuses to work with Saudi recruitment offices

An Indonesian expatriates union has said it will not work with Saudi Arabian recruitments offices, opting to work only with larger companies, in order to ensure expats from the Southeast Asian nation receive the rights they consider they are entitled to. The move has yet to be confirmed by the Indonesian government so, at present, it remains unofficial, but a source revealed that an expatriate union from the island nation arrived in the Kingdom and had agreed deals with two large recruitments firms. However, Saudi Arabia’s...
3 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Saudi Arabia: Expat held at hospital over failure to pay bill

An expat was temporarily detained at a Saudi Arabian hospital for failing to pay his medical bill, before being allowed to leave after the Department of Health Affairs intervened. Muddathir Ibrahim, whose total bill came to SR100,000, said he went to the private hospital in Madinah as he felt fatigued, and two days, when his condition worsened, was recommended to be transferred to an intensive care unit (ICU) at a government hospital. He spent 12 days in the ICU and 22 in total in hospital, but when was advised that he could leave...
1 Jan at 10 AM 2015

Pakistani expat beheaded in Saudi for drug trafficking

A Pakistani expat has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of heroin smuggling, announced authorities from the kingdom. Sadruddin Saeedullah Khan, who became the 13th Pakistani to be executed for drug smuggling in Saudi Arabia since mid-October, was beheaded in the province of Makkah on Wednesday. The Interior Ministry said that the prisoner was apprehended with a large amount of heroin. AFP states that there were 87 executions in total in the country in 2014. Murder, rape, armed robbery and apostasy are all also...