Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

26 Aug at 6 PM 2016

What to expect from the Thailand expat community

Whatever the reasons for leaving one’s country of birth to become a stranger in a strange land, the reasons behind choosing one special country must include the chance to make new friends. Contrary to popular misconceptions, expats aren’t the same the world over. Fitting in isn’t as simple as behaving like a missing jigsaw puzzle piece, due to the fact that different destinations attract different types of expat, all of whom are searching for a place to belong according to their own preferences. For decades, Thailand has...
24 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Uncovered data reveals top world locations for financial scams

As the UK’s Financial Conduct Agency continues to warn retirees of pension transfer frauds, recently uncovered data reveals the worst world-wide locations for expat financial scams. The data shows UK retiree pension savers are now at even more risk of being scammed out of their savings by unscrupulous, often illegally working financial advised lurking in favourite expat destinations. Global scams are now big business for fraudsters, egged on by pension liberation and even by Brexit’s predicted financial uncertainties. One...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Kuwait new DNA testing mandatory for all residents, expats and visitors

The Kuwaiti government now has ultra-modern DNA sampling and testing technology and will require everyone in the emirate to be tested. Saliva will be collected from Kuwaiti nationals, expat workers and Bedouin tribes before the requirement is rolled out to include all visitors to the emirate. According to the ministry involved, the results of the samples will only be available to police, public prosecutors and the judiciary if requested. According to the emirate’s Ministry of the Interior, it’s expected that many thousands of...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Innocent expats forfeit passports in Spanish car import scam case.

Almost 100 expats in Spain are still fighting to have their passports returned after they were unwittingly involved in a car import scam. The unfortunate expats used British-owned Car Import Spain to transport their vehicles from their home countries, and are now being investigated for fraud and suspicion of involvement in the scam. Even although CEO Chris Dann has reportedly accepted blame for the scam, the expats involved have not yet received their confiscated passports and are still having to make fortnightly reports to the Spanish...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expat volunteers in Shanghai help their community understand Chinese laws

Ten expat volunteers in Shanghai’s Chengjiaqioa district are helping their compatriots to understand Chinese culture and laws. A dedicated team of long-term foreign residents are working with local police in Chengjiqioa to spread awareness amongst fellow expats and newcomers to China of the country’s social rules and laws. The group, part of the district’s 30 per cent foreign residents, includes students, business people and artists from France, the Netherlands, Italy and Argentina. One of their most important tasks is to make...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2016

EU based retirees fear loss of UK state pension increases

Many thousands of UK state pensioners living in the EU fear losing their rights to regular pension increases due to the post Brexit fallout. The expat communities of Spain and, to some extent, France, are crammed with UK citizens who’d made the choice between poverty in Britain and comparative comfort abroad. Many sold their UK homes in order to buy an apartment in one of the Andalusian coastal resorts, and have been living within their means on just their UK state pension. With the advent of Brexit, their financial security may...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2016

UK expats lose a billion in fraudulent investment scam

In spite of multiple warnings from the UK Financial Conduct Agency and other concerned financial experts, pension liberation has proved to be a pot of gold for scammers. Expat advocacy group Pension Life has announced that increasing numbers of FCA-regulated financial advisers are endorsing pension liberation products which are clearly scams. British expats living in Dubai and Spain are estimated to have lost a total of at least one billion pounds sterling to fraudulent investment schemes. Yet another FCA warning issued in early...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Hong Kong expat exodus led by Americans and Brits

Hong Kong Immigration Department figures suggest the numbers of British, American and Australian expats has fallen considerably since the beginning of 2015. During the last six months, the total number of British expats living and working in Hong Kong has fallen by just over 10 per cent, together with eight per cent of US expats and five per cent of Australians packing up and moving on. The majority aren’t heading back to their home countries, but are relocating to North America, Africa and Singapore. In addition, numbers of...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expats and tourists aghast at proposed Indonesia booze ban

Shock-horror and incomprehension amongst expats and tourists is greeting the news that the Indonesian parliament is debating a total ban on drinks containing more than one per cent alcohol. The shocking annoucement has caused world media headlines as well as panic amongst local bar owners, distributors and manufacturers of alcoholic drinks. The thought of Balinese sunsets without sundowners isn’t at all appealing to tourists and the country’s expat communities, even although alcohol is already banned in Papua and Java’s port city...
12 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Spain still hub for expat financial fraud

Despite all the recent publicity about unlicensed, unqualified IFAs scamming expats out of their savings, fraudsters are still targeting Brit retirees in Spain. A warning from Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority about the growing trend of pension scamming by unqualified IFAs overseas has highlighted a number of incidents in Spain. The danger of losing a lifetime's worth of savings has escalated since the change in UK law made it possible for savers to access their pension pots at age 55. Expats in popular Spanish retirement...