Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

5 May at 6 PM 2016

White Rolls Royce plays part in Dubai expat luxury car purchase scam

The Dubai car purchase scammer and his VIP Rolls Royce have found yet another victim. Known as a serial car thief, the fraudster’s convincing modus operandi has caught yet another expat looking to sell his luxury car. An unsuspecting foreign executive who offered his 2013 BMW-6 series sedan on a classified ads website is the latest to fall for the clever crook. The fraudster called the car owner pretending to be a bona fide buyer, and arranged to view the BMW immediately. He gave his wife’s immediate need for a car whilst he...
4 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat mums in Oz struggle with high childcare costs

Australia is a long-time favourite for UK expats, but how do they cope with the financial realities and lack of family support? Well over a million Brits have met the challenge of moving half-way across the world in order to achieve a better quality of life, but how do they cope in an unfamiliar country without emotional and sometimes even financial support from the family network? Many expat parents are struggling to manage financially due to the high cost of childcare as well as missing their families’ help at this crucial time....
28 Apr at 6 PM 2016

UAE visa requirement changes causing expatriate concern

From tomorrow, planning ahead for a visit to Abu Dhabi or Dubai will need to include a compulsory e-visa for citizens of certain countries. The new regulation, set to come into force tomorrow, 29th April, involves expatriates and other visitors arriving via the Oman border. The rule is due to affect over 1,500,000 expats at present living in the Sultanate and will apply to arrivals by air as well as by road. A number of nationalities including Filipinos and Indians will have to apply for e-visas whatever their jobs, as the former...
27 Apr at 9 AM 2016

UK expats down under lure traditional British stores

Expat nostalgia, at least for certain retail aspects of the home country, is alive and kicking in Australia, resulting in several traditional British favourites launching online stores. British expats, wherever in the world they settle, seem to be unable to dislodge their fond memories of traditional British retail outlets and foods. It’s not just fish ‘n chips, pints of bitter and Marks and Spencers’ underwear they’re missing, it’s the huge department stores beloved by generations of English shoppers. Since the world...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expat business in Spain fear results of Brexit yes vote

Brexit is fast becoming the topic of the decade for UK expats living in Eurozone countries. Rumours, speculation, whispers, reports, blogs and more, but no real information as to the effect on the British people and British expats living in Europe. This is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.exchangerates.org.uk/news/tag/brexit.html">Brexit</a> 2016, and the furore is expected to increase the closer it comes to June 23. As well as causing controversy within Europe’s widespread UK expat community,...
14 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Sexism alive and kicking in expat destinations

Female expats unprepared for this negative aspect of culture shock are experiencing sexism in a number of countries. Nowadays, single women are as likely to emigrate either to further their careers or to retire as are men. However clued up they are to cultural differences and diversities in their new country, they’re often unprepared for the politically incorrect male chauvinism they’ve hardly ever experienced at home. Photographer and writer Sheila Taylor left the UK for a two-year stint in Rio de Janeiro, expecting a fresh,...
14 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expat workers again under attack in Kuwait and Saudi

Kuwait municipality’s finance and administration department is looking to find reasons to lay off 60 per cent of expat workers. The municipality is preparing to scrutinise expat qualifications and contracts re their positions, with the aim of amending titles and job descriptions and reviewing salaries. It claims that many of the expats recruited are enjoying special privileges and do not hold relelvant degrees for their positions.According to deputy director of the municipality Walled Al-Jassim, it may be possible to terminate the...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expat buy to let mortgage demand still strong

In spite of new restrictions introduced by the government in March’s budget, the expat buy to let mortgage market is seeing increased demand for its products. Expats wishing to maintain a foothold in the British property market are now being offered a wider choice of buy to let mortgages. UK property prices are still climbing faster than the 2015 global average, making buy to let not only a source of regular income but also a good bet for capital increases. In order to increase their market share, new guys in the game Skipton...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2016

UK retirees still prefer European destinations for their golden years

Despite increasing fears that the upcoming Brexit referendum will wreck their long-held plans, UK retirees are still planning to head to favourite European destinations to enjoy their golden years. A recent survey showed that one in every ten respondents were intending to use their pension savings to retire overseas. The poll involved 1,000 UK citizens between the ages of 50 to 70 years, with the coastal continental European destinations topping out as the chosen favourites for 68 per cent of those who took part. The most popular...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2016

FCA pension scam crackdown relevant for expat investors

Britain’s financial regulator has announced its main priority for 2016/17 is a crackdown on pension-related investment scams. Although the Financial Conduct Agency has no jurisdiction outside the UK, its prioritising of pension scams gives valuable information both to UK citizens looking to retire overseas and those already abroad. It’s well-known that unregistered pension scammers operating illegally online from bases in the UK are targeting elderly expats overseas as well as in Britain. The FCA’s announcement of its...