Expat Canada News

Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

30 May at 4 PM 2016

Expat safety survey takes in 230 world cities

A recent survey has revealed that, although most expats believe European cities are relatively safe, the top-scoring locations are the most expensive. In spite of the recent horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, the majority of expats still believe Europe to be the safest continent for working relocations or retirement. The study took in political stability, crime in general, the effectiveness of local police forces and each country’s relationship with its bordering nations, surveying 230 popular expat...
25 May at 6 PM 2016

Disenfranchised expats lose battle to win referendum voting rights

Britain’s Supreme Court yesterday ruled that expats living outside the UK for more than 15 years must remain banned from voting in the upcoming Brexit referendum. The battle’s finally over, with those who’ve lost possibly facing an unknown future without having any say in the final decision. To those who handed out the verdict, it was simply the conclusion of a legal argument delivered by a panel of judges who could not, or would not, take into account the effect of a Brexit on millions of British citizens exercising their free...
25 May at 6 PM 2016

British expats in Dubai hold Brexit referendum debate

A heated debate on the Brexit referendum took place in Dubai’s Capital Club, attended by a good number of expats working in the kingdom. The discussion demonstrated that being thousands of miles away has no effect on the strength of feelings of those who consider the UK as their true home. Strong opinions were stated by supporters of both sides of the argument, beginning with Gulf News Editor Francis Matthew’s reminder of Britain’s long-standing connection with Europe. Referring to the descriptions ‘Norman’ and...
13 May at 6 PM 2016

Expats in newly awakened Myanmar find buying condos too expensive

As Myanmar continues to loosen its military’s grip and expats begin to arrive, construction companies are noting that newbuild condos are too expensive for most expat arrivals. After decades of military rule, Myanmar, formerly Burma, is opening up to the West and hoping to follow Thailand’s original intent as a hub for tourism, expat businesses and possibly an expat retirement hub. However, progress to date has been slow, with most new expat arrivals unable to afford new-build condos. A ground-breaking new law, enacted in...
12 May at 6 PM 2016

Surprises and shocks hit newly arrived expats in New Zealand

For decades, New Zealand has been attracting UK expats to its shores, many drawn by its supposedly quintessential British feel, even although shocks as well as pleasant surprises can catch the unwary. Famed for its friendly, English-speaking peoples, its stunning scenery and its superficial similarity to the UK, New Zealand is a popular choice for working expats as well as British retirees. However, just like other emigration destinations, some aspects of Kiwi life may well baffle or even shock new arrivals. Without a doubt, New...
5 May at 6 PM 2016

Mexico may be easy option for EU expat life

Already popular with expats from the USA and Canada, Mexico could also be a great option for retirees from European countries. Familiar Western comforts, reliable services and, most importantly, English-speaking locals have all made Mexico the destination of choice for a million Americans and half a million Canadians. For those wanting a predictable lifestyle, it’s seen as a half-way house between the first world and distant exotic destinations with almost as many negatives as positives. The country’s culture is Americanised due...
3 May at 6 PM 2016

Is corruption a disincentive to potential expats

Adjusting to a new culture is one of the trickiest tasks facing newly arrived expats although, in the long term, corruption may be the hardest issue to tackle. The vast majority of expats from the West are aware of corruption in the public sector but tolerate it as it doesn’t affect them directly. However, their opinions may change once they’ve settled overseas, dependent on the country they’ve chosen. It might take a while, but eventually the real world emerges from the dream of great weather, friendly locals and a more...
2 May at 6 PM 2016

British Ambassador visits Malaga with urgent Brexit message

During a hastily arranged visit to Malaga, British Ambassador Simon Manley urged UK expats to register to vote in June’s Brexit referendum. The visit was the result of the UK High Court’s refusal to grant expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years the right to vote in the crucial referendum. During a press conference, Manley stressed that every expat vote would count, adding that the official deadline for postal vote registration is June 7. At the present time, over one thousand expat voters are registering every...
27 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Canadian expat family torn apart by Ecuador earthquake

A Canadian family living in Ecuador lost mother and son to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake when their apartment collapsed. Pascal Laflamme. his wife Jennifer and their two children Laurie-Ann and Arthur had emigrated from Montréal to Ecuador’s coastal city of Bahia de Caraquez after travelling to Reunion Island and Mauritius to visit friends. Their globe-trotting lifestyle, a long-held dream of discovering the world, tragically turned into their worst nightmare when the earthquake struck. The family's rented apartment,...
27 Apr at 9 AM 2016

USA expats start international girls only soccer team in South Korea

Two American expats living in South Korea have initiated a girls’ only soccer programme in the hope it will encourage participation in team sports by young Koreans. John Starling and Donovan Loomis both have experience of forming and leading youth programmes for underprivileged children in their home country. Their latest and hopefully very welcome idea is to start an international girls’ only soccer programme in South Korea, as they feel strongly that most Korean public schools don’t provide enough organised team sports for...