Expat Canada News
Latest 10 news items tagged Canada
6 Dec at 6 PM 2013
Migrants leaving the UK for overseas jobs many never intend to return, but the final decision to stay or go may depend on whether they have a pension in their host country.
It seems that deciding to make a permanent commitment to your host county at the end of a career is easier if you have opted into a pension scheme in your overseas home. Taking this step tends to indicate that there’s enough which is good to encourage staying for the rest of your life.
The latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey indicated that, for UK citizens,...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2013
For newly arrived expat employees, the most tricky part of moving to a new country is learning the language and finding a home without the assistance of their new employer.
A recent survey conducted by Lloyds Bank International has revealed that many overseas employers fail to give new expat staff any help in settling in to their new host country. As many as 25 per cent of those surveyed were given no payment towards the cost of moving nor any help in finding suitable long-term accommodation, and 68 per cent had no help in finding...
4 Dec at 6 PM 2013
Both expats with children and their Saudi equivalents are searching for alternative leisure venues for days out following a spate of accidents in commercial arcades.
Local family entertainment centres are found in malls and other commercial centres, but are often poorly maintained and with few health and safety measures on children’s rides. In the latest incident last summer, a group of youngsters received head injuries when safety belts on a waterfall ride failed while the ride was in motion.
Local media is reporting calls for...
2 Dec at 6 PM 2013
The health sector in Ireland is in a poor state, having lost many of its professionals to the lure of emigration, and those who have left are unlikely to want to return.
A recent study by researchers at University College Cork has revealed that almost half of those who have emigrated since the economic crisis hit home were in full-time employment. The results suggest that the tough budgets put in place since the crash have been as responsible as has high unemployment for the present Diaspora.
Severe cutbacks in funding have made...
22 Nov at 6 PM 2013
The boom in expat retirees over the past decade has led to real estate prices in a number of world expat hot-spots to soar, with many new arrivals now deciding to rent rather than buy.
Homes in developing nations deemed suitable for expats have increased considerably in value, with many reaching prices seen in the USA and even the UK. With investments underperforming and the cost of living a vital consideration, renting a home in the sunshine is becoming more popular.
Real estate specialists are in agreement, saying that renting...
18 Nov at 6 PM 2013
Maltese passports will become available shortly for a fee of €650,000, and will allow the holder to move to and live in Malta or in any other country which is part of the Schengen visa zone.
The Maltese parliament voted in the new law last week, with its inception expected by the end of this month. Purchasers will not have to live on the island unless they wish to, nor are they required to invest in the country.
The minimum age for a passport purchase is 18 years, and applicants’ criminal records will be checked. In addition,...
14 Nov at 6 PM 2013
The crackdown on undocumented expats in Saudi is spooking the regularised expat community into panic at the thought of another Saudization drive, but does the country need more expat-friendly policies?
To many analysts and long-term expat residents, the Saudization scheme seems to be totally unrealistic given the vast size of the kingdom and its massive natural resources, tapped and untapped. Oddly, there seems to be a push to emulate the UAE countries, Oman and Bahrain with their fewer resources and much smaller size.
13 Nov at 6 PM 2013
According to a major investment bank, the traditional expat life for senior executives abroad is shrinking fast as assignment become shorter and perks are cut.
Investment experts at Coutts Asia and Middle East are having to deal with executive-level clients’ complicated tax planning as assignments diminish from decades to a few years and rewards are slashed. Shorter contracts are now the norm, with countries such as Singapore now preferring to employ domestic staff.
Expats working abroad are increasingly unable to commit to a...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2013
Currency fluctuations since the 2008 financial crisis have hit British expats all over the world, but retirees in Canada
have been the worst sufferers from the falling pound sterling.
Taking the UK state pension as it was in April 2007 as a benchmark, foreign exchange expert have calculated the losses to British pensioners in a number of worldwide destinations. At that point in time, sterling was strong against a range of currencies, and bought 2.29 Canadian
Six years later, the exchange rate has fallen to 1.65 CA$ to the...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2013
In a victory for common sense and fair treatment, the Ottawa federal government has waived immigration’s demand for full repayment of the Benhmuda family’s deportation charges and is issuing visas for their return.
Adel Benhmuda and his family were rejected as refugees after fleeing persecution in Libya in 2000 and arriving in Mississuaga where they began their new life. In 2008, their claim for refugee status was rejected by immigration and they were deported back to Libya, where Adel was arrested and tortured by the police for...