Expat Caribbean News

Latest 10 news items tagged Caribbean

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...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2016

How will Brexit affect UK expat state pensioners

European Union membership has ensured that retired UK citizens living in member states have their pensions annually updated, but Brexit is expected to change the rules. The situation is now unclear, but one thing is certain in that, when the UK leaves the EU, all rights to updated pensions will be lost unless new agreements take place with each individual country. Over a million Britons who chose to leave the home country are now in limbo as regards their future state pension income. Emigrating to an EU / EEA member state ensured...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Unconventional destinations for adventurous British expats

If the usual expat destinations have lost their appeal for the more adventurous British would-be emigrant, these five countries are well worth considering. Over 5.5 million Britons are believed to be living, working or retiring overseas, with the most popular destinations being Spain, Australia, Ireland, Canada and the USA. Great weather and cultural similarities are attractions in themselves, but for those who don’t want to be encased in a Little Britain scenario, there are other interesting choices out there. Provided the...
20 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Survey suggests ten best comfort zones for overseas retirement

Retirement overseas means different things for different people, but the essentials remain the same when searching for an affordable comfort zone. Given the political chaos spreading across the Western world, it’s no surprise that more and more people are looking for an escape hatch to exotic climes. Essentials aren’t likely to be as they were in the home country, but neither are the stresses of living in uncertain times. Affordability as regards cost of living and real estate, acceptable, accessible health care, low crime...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expat favourites in this global migration century

With global migration now at an all-time high and involving huge numbers of international professionals as well as retirees, where do they come from and where do they go? Professional expats have many reasons for leaving the home country, with career prospects, increased salaries, an improvement in the work/life balance and the excitement of a new challenge some of the most important. A new report from the United Nations tracks the most popular destination countries and maps the home countries of the international diaspora. The...
12 May at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats face state pension slash should Brexit succeed

UK expats settled in European hot spots could see their triple-locked state pension frozen pending negotiations with EU member states regarding the annual increase. The present system permits British retirees living in European Economic Area (EEA) countries to receive annual pension increases related to either inflation or 2.5 per cent, whichever is greater. Should the UK leave the EU, pension payments are likely to be frozen at the current level due to the necessity of negotiating new agreements with individual countries. Should...
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...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Currency exchange roller coaster hitting Brit expats in Europe

British pensioners who’ve moved to other EU member states over the past ten years have seen currency rates shave 11 per cent off their income. Fluctuating exchange rates since 2006 have reduced the actual value in euros of British pensions by 11 per cent, according to pension provider companies. Combined with a rise in the cost of living across the Eurozone and a major fall in property values, it’s bad news for expats who planned a comfortable retirement overseas. The latest fall in the value of the British pound is the result...
11 Jul at 2 PM 2015

Spain-based expat publishes book about doing business with Fidel Castro

An expat author in the southern Spanish province of Granada has published his memoires about doing business in Cuba at a time when he was working alongside Fidel Castro. French-born Michel Villand revealed that the pair were so close that Castro was even a guest of honour when he opened his bakery chain – Pain de Paris – after arriving in the Cuban capital Havana in 1994. Villand, 74, said power politics, economics, revolution, black magic and eroticism all featured in My Partner Fidel Castro, with the book providing a...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2015

US expat missing in Costa Rica

Police in Costa Rica have launched an investigation into the disappearance of a Californian man who is thought to have gone missing in the Caribbean coast province of Limon. Sixty-four-year old Brian Lynn Hogue was last seen in the capital San Jose on 1 June before leaving the city to drive home to the farm where he lives in the slope town of Gaupiles with his wife and son, according to a family statement. However, when he failed to arrive home, a neighbor contacted the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) to file a missing persons...