Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

17 Dec at 9 AM 2014

Auckland among most expensive Asia Pacific cities for expats to live

New Zealand’s biggest city Auckland has moved ahead of the Australian cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to become the Asia Pacific region’s 16th most expensive city to live in, revealed an ECA International Survey. The city moved up from last year’s position of 54th most expensive city in the world to live in to 36th this time out. The South Korean capital Seoul moved above Tokyo to become the region’s most expensive and is now the 10th costliest globally. The authors of the report explained that cots in New Zealand...
16 Dec at 6 PM 2014

Australian expat slapped by Buddhist monk in Thailand

An expat English teacher received a nasty slap from a Buddhist monk in Thailand after he generously offered two women a double seat on the train he was travelling on. The incident occurred after the Australian, Jeff, offered two women the double seat he was sitting on from Bangkok to Phitsakulok when they got on the train. After the two women accepted the offer, Jeff moved over to sit on the single seat available next to the monk, but when he asked if it was “fine” to sit there, the monk took offence and slapped him across the...
16 Dec at 3 PM 2014

House shortage in Doha leaves expats facing huge rent increases

A shortage of housing in the Qatari capital Doha means expats will have to pay higher rent prices than they would do in other Gulf states, according to a recent study by global real estate company Colliers International. The fact the city has such a shortage has resulted in the cost of rent soaring to unprecedented levels – a rise of 14 per cent this year alone. And things are unlikely to get better for expats on Doha any time soon as the shortage is predicted to go on for at least four years. The average expat in Doha - not...
15 Dec at 11 AM 2014

Activists criticise Philippines over beheading of expat in Saudi Arabia

Activists have condemned the government of the Philippines for failing to do more to save a national who was executed in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of murder. Carletto Lana was beheaded in the capital Riyadh on Friday after being found guilty of shooting a Saudi man before running him over in a car. However, advocacy group Migrante International, has insisted President Benigno Aquino’s government should have done much more to defend their citizen. The group, which supports the millions of Filipinos working abroad, said that...
15 Dec at 9 AM 2014

Saudi Arabia: 3,000 expat professors seek move to Western countries

Three thousand expat professors in Saudi Arabian universities are trying to find work in Western countries, revealed an official at an international immigration centre. The figures come after Saudi’s Ministry of Higher Education recently told universities across the country that they should not renew expatriate workers’ contracts if they were older than 60. Lebanese lawyer Nader Eyad confirmed that 3,000 expat professors had already filed applications for working visas in Western countries. He added that the professors in...
12 Dec at 11 AM 2014

Kuwait: Skilled expats unaffected by visa crackdown

Skilled expats in Kuwait will not be affected by a proposed five-year residency cap on foreigners working in the Gulf state. At present the number of expats in the country, which has a population of around 1.25 million, is in the region of 2.5 million, but the new proposal wants that figure brought down to just 10 per cent of the population. Currently expats with residency visas have a right to return within six months after leaving the country, but that privilege is also set to be scrapped. However, the new guidelines will allow...
12 Dec at 9 AM 2014

Bangladeshi shot dead in Saudi Arabia for prayer call no-show

A Bangladeshi expatriate worker in Saudi Arabia has been shot dead by a muezzin, reportedly because he failed to attend a prayer call on his behalf. The murder of 36-year-old Mohammed Rafiqul Islam occurred at Ortawwiyah in the Majmaah district, around 30kms for Riyadh, on Sunday. According to his brother, Kamal Uddin, he worked for a date company and had a part-time job as a car driver. Meanwhile, the Bangladeshi embassy’s labour councillor Mohamed Sarwar Alam revealed that Islam would occasionally call for prayers at the...
4 Dec at 2 PM 2014

Saudi Arabia: Firms that deny expats medical insurance will not be granted visas

Saudi Arabian companies that refuse to pay for the health insurance of their employees and their families will not be granted recruitment visas, the secretary-general of the Health Insurance Council has revealed. Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Sharief said that the regulations in the Gulf nation state that an employer is obliged to pay for the insurance premium of its expatriate employees and their families. He warned that if they refuse to do this and are found out, they will be made to pay every installment as well as a fine for each...
28 Nov at 3 PM 2014

Job prospects in Australia fading for Kiwis

The number of New Zealanders heading to Australia in the search of work before heading home unsuccessful is on the rise. The Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett said hundreds of expat Kiwis have made the journey but returned to their homeland upon discovering that the prospect of work has faded dramatically in recent times. Barnett, who was in the Western Australia city of Perth at the weekend to attend its first jobs fair, said that thousands of people visited his stall to enquire about employment...
14 Nov at 9 AM 2014

Brit expat in Portugal gets 12 months for benefit fraud

A British woman living in Portugal has been handed a 12-month prison sentence after falsely claiming the benefits of her deceased mother. Maria Joao Ferreira Lucas claimed more than £73,500 by posing as her mother, who died in January 2008. Instead of informing the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that her mother had passed away, she claimed all the benefits before transferring them into their own account. The British Embassy in Lisbon issued a statement saying that Ms Lucas contacted the DWP in June 2008, posing as her deceased...