Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

29 May at 9 AM 2015

Expats lose £850m worth of pensions

Roughly 250,000 British expat pensioners have lost out on pensions benefits worth in the region of £850m due to the fact that UK pension scheme trustees have lost trace of them since they emigrated. The estimate arrives after data gathered by FindMyLostPension.com showed that expats in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and other regions across the world have pension pots that remain unclaimed. The average pensioner is owed anything between £2,000 and £30,000 per year, while tax-free...
21 May at 6 PM 2015

Saudi family shocked by daughter’s relationship with Indian

A Saudi Arabian family received the shock of their lives when their daughter informed them that she had fallen in love with an Indian labourer and wanted to wed him. A report in the Gulf state said that the angry girl’s father went straight to the Indian’s employer in an attempt to get him to deport him but was unsuccessful. The Saudi woman, 23, informed her parents that she was intent on marrying her lover, who works in the capital, Riyadh, as a delivery driver for a store in a shopping centre. She told them she first met him...
20 May at 11 AM 2015

Expat Australian teacher fighting for life in Phuket after motorbike accident

An English teacher in the Thai resort island of Phuket is in a coma after being involved in a motorbike accident in Patong on Friday night. Australian Louise Warren, who has been working at Patong Language School, was transferred to Bangkok Phuket Hospital on Monday for further treatment, announced a nurse at Vachira Hospitla where she had been being cared for. The nurse said that her heart stopped twice but they managed to restart it and she was, at the time of speaking, in a stable condition. The accident involving a 10-wheeled...
13 May at 4 PM 2015

Indonesian expats banned form working in 21 Middle East countries

Due to claims of legal and human rights violations, Indonesia has placed a ban on new maids from moving to and working in 21 countries in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia and UAE in protest against working conditions. When Saudi Arabia executed two Indonesian maids with no warning, it angered the world’s largest Muslim country. Hanif Dhakiri, the Minister of Manpower, told the media that this decision was made in line with the order made in February from President Joko Widodo to try to eventually stop letting Indonesian women...
11 May at 6 PM 2015

Asia’s Highest Expatriate Packages Offered in Japan

A recent survey from ECA International has revealed that expatriates living in Japan earn the highest pay and receive the best benefit packages in the whole of Asia, with expat managers generally expecting to receive a package totalling nearly US$375,000. The MyExpatriate Market Pay Survey which was carried out by ECA looked at expatriate pay levels across the globe and also included information regarding tax treatments, benefits, salary calculation methods and allowances. The survey ranked Japan top amongst the 14 countries in the...
27 Apr at 4 PM 2015

New Zealand issues increasing number of visas

New Zealand is becoming more and more popular with expats from all over the world, with the most recent data showing a rise in the number of work, visitor and student visas issued. Visitor arrivals to the country hit a record high for March, a rise of 15 per cent on the same month last year and eight per cent greater than in 2013, according to the statistics. The Cricket World Cup coupled with an earlier Easter were the main reasons for such a large increase, noted the manager of New Zealand Statistics, Vina Cullum. The yearly net...
25 Apr at 9 AM 2015

World Bank reveals top migrant locations

The US, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Russia are the five most popular countries for expat workers, according to the latest data from the World Bank. The bank’s Migration and Development Brief also showed that the top five nations in terms of the amount of remittance received were India, China, Philippines, Mexico and Nigeria. More and five million Indians are said to be working in the Gulf states, making them the largest group of migrant workers in a region that is home to in excess of 20 million workers...
11 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Expat ATM scammers arrested in Phuket

Yesterday, Thai Immigration said that an Australian man and British man on the popular holiday island of Phuket worked together in order to skim cash from ATMs. At the immigration media conference, it was reported that Jamie Steven McKee, aged 31 and from the UK planned with his Australian friend, Darrin John Williams, 48, to defraud bank customers in Phuket. There have been multiple skimming attacks on ATMs by expats in Phuket and Thai banks are now improving the security of the machines. On Wednesday, the pair were arrested...
10 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Maids in Saudi Arabia working illegally in small businesses

It has been discovered that some Saudi women are illegally employing their domestic workers to go and work in their small businesses such as cooking sales and other long working hour positions. Many experts and businesspeople think that women are forced to do this as getting the correct visas for expatriates is becoming increasingly difficult and many Saudis refuse to undertake these types of jobs. Umm Ali, a shop owner, said that her domestic worker helps makes popular Saudi meals and deserts which she then sells onto food stands...
7 Apr at 10 AM 2015

Family murder in Gibraltar thought to be due to mother’s post natal depression

A Spanish women who was found dead with her British partner and two children is though to have taken her own life after killing her family. It is believed that the 37 year old Spanish woman, Anarda de la Cardiac Perez Friman, was suffering from post-natal depression during the period in which she and her family were found dead in their apartment in Gibraltar. It is thought that she killed her partner, John Shannon from Liverpool, and her two young children after she suffered a ‘psychotic incident’. One of her girls was aged...