Expat Canada News

Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

15 Jul at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Spain warned to watch out for financial fraudsters

In spite of frequent warnings, tales of financial fraud and endless on- and offline articles, rogue pension and investment FAs are still rife in British retirement destinations. For decades, Spain has been a favourite with British retirees who’ve had enough of the UK’s dreary weather and escalating cost of living. Around 300,000 escapees from the UK are living a new life in the sun and stretching their state pensions to cover expenses. Sadly, this happy band of expats is as much at risk of being cheated out of their life savings as...
8 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Expat salaries and packages in Asia declining in value

Once the darling of expat professionals, Asia is losing its shine as the value of Singapore and Hong Kong rewards decline. The latest survey of expat salaries worldwide has revealed that, although Hong Kong is still top of the tree for expats wanting to advance their careers, Singapore wins out as regards lifestyle. Middle management positions in Hong Kong command pay packages of around HK$2,070,000, a drop in real terms from 2015 even although the city’s ranking moved up from 5th to 4th. The reason for the decline in monetary...
8 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Is Brexit the downmarket UK version of House of Cards

As the ramifications of the Brexit referendum descend further into farce, those affected could be forgiven for seeing its induced political chaos as a downmarket version of the popular US political drama 'House of Cards’. A famous Chinese curse. ‘may you live in interesting times’ applies not only to the millions of UK and EU expats frightened for their futures, but also includes the back-stabbing British political elite responsible for the chaos of the last two weeks.The ‘advisory’ referendum itself is now spawning...
4 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Is this the way out of Brexit

A legal firm acting on behalf of a group of academics and business people is taking action to ensure Article 50 is not activated without an Act of Parliament. According to legal eagles Mishcon de Reya, triggering Article, 50 and officially starting the process of leaving Europe, would be unlawful unless a full parliamentary debate had taken place and led to voting on an Act of Parliament. The legal argument is simple in that the UK constitution states the decision to trigger Article 50 rests not with the Prime Minister but with...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Veteran Harry Shindler asks Human Rights Commission to cancel referendum result

Famous for his long term attempts to regain the vote for UK expats who’ve lived abroad for more than 15 years, Harry Shindler is appealing to the Human Rights Commission to void the referendum result. Harry’s fight to allow long-stay UK expats to vote has taken at least a decade, and is highly personal for him as he first arrived in Italy as a soldier during WW2. He met and later married his Italian sweetheart, and has lived in Italy ever since without losing his affection for the land of his birth. His first attempt involved...
28 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Is citizenship or permanent residency the expat answer to Brexit

Ever since last Thursday’s shocking referendum result, social media has been buzzing with EU-based expat suggestions of how to avoid being forced back to the UK. Prior to the vote, expat media outlets in several EU member states carried reports that long-term British expats were hedging their bets by applying for citizenship of their countries of residency. Now that scary suspicions have been replaced by awful realities, many more are deciding to become French, Spanish or even Bulgarian rather than resume living in the UK....
27 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Thailand worried about Brexit reverberations

As the value of sterling shrinks due to the disastrous and unexpected result of the Brexit referendum, expats living in the southeast Asian retirement hub as well as visitors are expressing their concern. According to Thailand’s popular English language newspaper Bangkok Post, it’s not just British expats living, retiring and working in Thailand who are concerned about the effects of the Leave win. British tourists are also worried about the increased cost of holidays and the economic instability caused by the exchange rate. At...
23 Jun at 4 PM 2016

Expat healthcare services in the Philippines

Retiring to a tropical paradise is a favourite dream for older would-be expats, but what if unexpected health issues are the reality? Emigrating overseas outside North America and Europe undoubtedly has its plus points, with the fascination of a totally unfamiliar culture, the challenge of an obscure language and the possibility of a far cheaper cost of living all attractions in themselves. However, one item of concern is true for all less familiar expat destinations – the state of the local heathcare service. For decades the...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expat first steps for your Spanish dream lifestyle

The dream of a Spanish lifestyle has seduced UK would-be expats for decades, but peace of mind and a lack of hassle depends on getting it right from the moment you arrive. Emigrating overseas is an increasingly attractive option for British citizens approaching retirement. thinking of setting up a small business in a warm, friendly environment or simply searching for a change to a less stressful lifestyle. Spain’s Mediterranean coastline has long been a favourite destination for its combination of great weather, established expat...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expats buying homes in Vietnam despite legal issues

After decades of semi-closure, Vietnam is opening up to expats and allowing house purchase under certain circumstances. For years, Vietnam’s real estate market has been considered risky for investors and expats due to legal restrictions on long-term stays and house purchases. Recently, it seems that strengthening demand from South Korean and Japanese buyers has resulted in an easing of restrictions for property investment in Vietnam. As the country attracts more expat businesses and expat workers, condo blocks in Hoh Chi Minh...