Expat Canada News

Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

26 Aug at 6 PM 2016

What to expect from the Thailand expat community

Whatever the reasons for leaving one’s country of birth to become a stranger in a strange land, the reasons behind choosing one special country must include the chance to make new friends. Contrary to popular misconceptions, expats aren’t the same the world over. Fitting in isn’t as simple as behaving like a missing jigsaw puzzle piece, due to the fact that different destinations attract different types of expat, all of whom are searching for a place to belong according to their own preferences. For decades, Thailand has...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expat private healthcare costs soaring beyond affordable levels

Insurers offering private healthcare policies are sitting pretty as regards revenue, whilst expats living overseas are struggling to find funds for the swingeing annual increases imposed. As with just about everything else in the 21st century, the cost of private healthcare has more to do with profits than with service. Providing a safety net for unexpected illnesses or accidents is especially important for expats, many of whom are retired and don’t have a relocation package covering the ever-rising costs of private heathcare....
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016

New Zealand sees post Brexit rush for immigration info

Since Brexit, the New Zealand media ihas been awash with warnings of a ‘British invasion’, following a huge spike in the number of British applicants. In an average month, New Zealand’s immigration department gets around 3,000 registrations for information on investing, working in and relocating to its spectacularly beautiful islands. On the day the Brexit result was announced, almost 1000 would-be migrants applied and are now being sent detailed information and updates on immigration requirements. By the 50th day after...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Swiss expat in Chiang Mai victim of brutal murder

A retired expat living in Chiang Mai was found stabbed and strangled to death, and tied up to the stair rails in his rented house. Daniel Straub’s body was found a week ago in his rented house in Soi 6 off Suan Dok Road. He’d rented the house for six years and was well-known to his landlord, who found his body after he’d not seen him around for a day or so. The dead man’s motorcycle was missing from its usual parking spot, and belongings were stolen from the house. As is commonplace with expat deaths in Thailand, local...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2016

EU based retirees fear loss of UK state pension increases

Many thousands of UK state pensioners living in the EU fear losing their rights to regular pension increases due to the post Brexit fallout. The expat communities of Spain and, to some extent, France, are crammed with UK citizens who’d made the choice between poverty in Britain and comparative comfort abroad. Many sold their UK homes in order to buy an apartment in one of the Andalusian coastal resorts, and have been living within their means on just their UK state pension. With the advent of Brexit, their financial security may...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2016

15 year expat voting rule promise trashed again by Whitehall

Despite the British government’s pre- and post-Brexit assurances that expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years will finally get the right to continue to vote, civil servants are claiming the plan is too complex to administer. The British government’s refusal to allow long-term expats living overseas to vote in the Brexit referendum caused massive resentment in expat retiree communities, especially after the result was declared. Long-stayers rightly feared their lifestyles, businesses and properties would be at risk if...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Hong Kong expat exodus led by Americans and Brits

Hong Kong Immigration Department figures suggest the numbers of British, American and Australian expats has fallen considerably since the beginning of 2015. During the last six months, the total number of British expats living and working in Hong Kong has fallen by just over 10 per cent, together with eight per cent of US expats and five per cent of Australians packing up and moving on. The majority aren’t heading back to their home countries, but are relocating to North America, Africa and Singapore. In addition, numbers of...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2016

The adventurous expats guide to dangerous countries

As a welcome change from surveys listing the most expensive, cheapest, prettiest, friendliest and safest of the world’s expat destinations, here’s a list of the most dangerous places to visit. The plethora of expat surveys come in all shapes and sizes and often contradict each other in the same week, giving would-be expats a confusing picture of options rather than helping them make a decision which might affect the rest of their lives. However, the latest survey to emerge should appeal to adventurous expats, as it lists the most...
12 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expats in UAE face stay or go decision

Soaring living costs, the nationalisation of the local workforce and the dramatic and sustained fall in oil prices are forcing expats to rethink their career plans. For decades, the UAE’s comparative stability and liberal attitude has lured millions of expats hoping to make their fortunes as well as enjoying a luxurious lifestyle. Expats working in the UAE range from upper echelon professionals to construction workers and taxi drivers, all of whom earn higher wages than would be possible in their home countries. Many Western...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Is Mexico the answer to the post Brexit blues

Expats facing up to the post-Brexit possibility they may not be able to stay in their chosen EU member state havens should consider alternatives such as Mexico, a favourite with US retirees for decades. Once you’ve examined and disregarded the popular misconception that this laid-back chunk of the planet set south of the border with the USA is the most dangerous destination on earth, there’s a lot to recommend Mexico, especially if you’re about to be kicked out of Spain. English, of course, is spoken, even if it’s only the...