Expat Canada News

Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

30 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Number of Swiss outside the country continues to rise

The number of Swiss expats increased to nearly 750,000 in 2014, an increase of two per cent from the previous year. Some 14,276 Swiss citizens left the country last year, taking the official total living abroad to 746,885, according to the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The number also includes Swiss nationals working at embassies or consulate generals overseas. A large number of the new expats have chosen to live in neighbouring countries while continuing to work in their homeland because of the lower costs of living...
22 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Canadian expat missing ‘under strange circumstances’ in Costa Rica

Police in Costa Rica are investigating the disappearance of a missing Canadian native, announced the Canadian embassy and Central American country’s Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). Police discovered an abandoned vehicle with its roadside doors left open along Route 32 on Tuesday evening. Upon further investigation, they found that the car was registered to one Ryan Piercy, a Canadian man who was last seen earlier in the day. Piercy’s wife told OIJ director Francisco Seguro that her husband had left for work on Tuesday...
13 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Spain: British expats wanted for ‘underpaid’ property tax

British expats who have purchased property in Spain at reduced prices in recent years may be told they have to make back payments on tax bills. Authorities in the Iberian country are currently looking thousands of property sales from the past four years and working out whether the costs were knocked down in order to make the sales. However, authorities in Spain can review sales prices years after properties are bought and decide whether or not they agree with the price. The Impuesto de Transmisiones Patrimoniales (ITP), known as...
5 Jan at 9 AM 2015

PNG: Expat businessman found dead in Lae

An expatriate businessman in Papua New Guinea’s industrial city of Lae has been found dead in his home, and an investigation into a possible murder is underway. The Singaporean man, who owned the Morobe Stationary Company and has been identified only as Tan, was discovered at his home in the suburb of Eriku on Saturday morning. He had been working in the northeastern province of Morobe for more than two decades. Police announced that the deceased resided in a high security area on Hibiscus Avenue and had been at home alone when...
30 Dec at 4 PM 2014

Kampala popularity rising among expats

The Ugandan capital Kampala is becoming more and more popular among expatriates, largely due to its booming oil and gas industries. The East African country was named the happiest in the region, according to the 2013 UN World Happiness Report, which seems another reason foreigners are flocking to this scenic city built on seven hills. Kampala is developing and doing so at a rapid rate, boasting state-of-the-art malls in the bustling CBD, but it still has the congested roads and chaotic vibe of the average third world capital city,...
19 Dec at 9 AM 2014

North American expats in Belize reveal its draws

North American expats living in Belize have revealed the reasons why they chose the picturesque Caribbean nation as their new home. In addition to the pristine beaches and rolling mountains, they say they only need between US$2,000 and US$3,000 a month to give them a comfortable lifestyle. Another reason is that it is closer to home than many of the other countries and islands in the Central American/Caribbean region. Located beneath Mexico’s Tucatan peninsula, Belize has a population of 330,000 and boasts a rich heritage such as...
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...
8 Dec at 2 PM 2014

British expat has missing wallet returned after 18 years

UK expat Colin Mendoza got an almighty shock when police in Switzerland contacted him to say they had his missing wallet and passport – 18 years after he lost them on a train in the country. Mendoza fell asleep on a train journey from Zurich Airport to Geneva in 1996, and didn’t realise he had left his wallet on board until after getting off. He immediately reported that it was missing to police, before having to get a new passport as well as cancelling credit cards and ordering new ones. However, nearly two decades later,...
13 Nov at 9 AM 2014

British expats described as unsociable

British expats do not properly integrate after emigrating, according to a new survey, which says they prefer to stick to their own social groups. British expats living in United Arab Emirates and African countries are the least integrated, said the study, which was conducted by global relocation specialist Robinsons. The survey showed that almost a third of respondents, 27 per cent, said that their friends were “mainly British”, while 10 per cent described their social group as “exclusively British”. At the opposite end of the...
10 Nov at 6 PM 2014

UK mafia gangs investing in property purchase scams in Thailand

For decades, tropical Thailand has been a retirement haven for UK expats for its cheap cost of living and year-round sunshine, but buying a condo has always been a risky business. It’s not just the government rules on the purchase of property by foreigners which can ruin the dream, it’s the continuing off-plan property scams perpetrated by dishonest expat developers. The latest to emerge involves a condo block in Pattaya’s Jomtien district – or it would be in Jomtien if it had been built! More than 100 would-be expats have...