Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

7 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Immigrant born students in Canada gain more degrees than local students

Newly released data shows immigrants in Canada have high aspirations for their children’s academic success. Recently released statistical data has shown immigrants have been a strong force behind Canada’s status as one of the world’s most educated countries. It seems the vast majority of new arrivals have a degree or its equivalent in order to comply with strict immigration requirements, but immigrant-born students are far more likely to gain university education than Canadian-born young people. An access for information...
2 Feb at 6 PM 2018

China to block VPNs by end of March

The anticipated block by the Chinese government of all popular VPNs is now confirmed to begin at the end of next month. All attempts by netizens to circumvent the controversial Great Firewall of China with the use of VPNs will fail after the block is put in place, leaving almost all of the overseas services used by Chinese businesses, Chinese citizens and expats unable to be accessed. According to a spokesperson from China’s Ministry of Information and Information Technology, the government wants to regulate any type of cross-border...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Portuguese Golden Visa attracts long stay Chinese and their families

Although Portugal saw fewer Golden Visa applicants during 2017, more of those already holding the visa are bringing in their families. Portugal’s Golden Visa is an investment tool for the comparatively wealthy, with the majority of successful applicants arriving from China. Amongst other requirements, an investment of over €500,000 is mandatory, and is usually used to purchase an upscale property. According to president of the League of Chinese in Portugal Y Ping Chow, visa holders arrive first, stay alone for a while and make...
23 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Expat investors urged to buy now as Spanish property market soars

Would-be expats who’ve been sitting on the fence as regards committing themselves to a Spanish property are being urged to buy now as the market soars. Local property reports are forecasting yet another year of property price increases, with at least a six per cent rise by the end of 2018 following on the increases over the past four years. The Spanish real estate market is one of the EU’s success stories for the speed at which it recovered from the 2008 financial crash’s subsequent several years of plummeting prices. Over the...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Expats account for a quarter of all Portuguese property purchases

Portugal is as popular as ever with expats, who’ve accounted for 25 per cent of 2017 property purchases. Foreign buyers are becoming even more active in Portugal’s property market, with data showing a 30 per cent increase in 2017 sales over the same period in 2016. Some 152,000 homes found buyers from France, Brazil, the UK and China, and the figures may be even higher as the figures only show the total of properties sold via real estate agencies. According to Portugal’s realtor association, the number of sales in 2018 is...
11 Jan at 6 PM 2018

International mobility threatened by worldwide instability and tightening visa laws

A recent report is showing a strong decline in the numbers of Britons being sent overseas by their employers. The Brexit effect may well be the cause of a decline in the number of Britons being sent on secondment or assignment to worldwide destinations, according to a recent report. Just two years ago, 13 per cent of all overseas assignments were for British professionals working at UK-based companies, with the figure for 2017 falling to nine per cent. Another reason for the decline may well be the changed political climate and its...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Profits and pitfalls for expat investors in 2018

The year ahead looks promising for expat investors, but political uncertainty may well create pitfalls. Admittedly, the start of 2018 does look promising, with tax cuts in the USA, an improvement in global growth and news that central banks are loosening their monetary policies, but is this the calm before the storm? Of course, financial advisors are urging their clients to continue investing, making much of the well-worn phrase ‘history demonstrates markets only go up in the long-term’, but with increasing unrest and political...
2 Jan at 6 PM 2018

British expats in Hong Kong blamed for debauchery in former British colony

Hong Kong’s world reputation as a gateway to the treasures of the Orient was formed almost two centuries ago, but recent reports suggest it’s now dedicated to sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll due to the influence and activities of British expats. Some 30,000 Brits now call the island archipelago their home, and are being accused of bringing with them the worst, not the best of Britain. A slightly less than serious-minded British tabloid newspaper describes the British contingent as a ‘hard-partying bunch’ enjoying life to the full...
22 Dec at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand immigration demographics heading for shake up

For decades, New Zealand has been a favourite expat destination, with Britons and Australians making up a high proportion of new arrivals. New Zealand has always been a popular destination for UK citizens looking to retire, start businesses or enjoy a better quality of life, with Australian migrants making up the numbers on a regular basis. A new wave of British migrants arrived following the disastrous Christchurch earthquake after the government sent out urgent calls for construction professionals to take part in the devastated...
20 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Catalonia solidly against independence

According to a recent local survey, expats living in Catalonia are firmly opposed to independence, whatever the referendum result says. The survey, conducted by the expat owner of a Catalonian real estate company, involved almost 500 expat respondents, the vast majority of whom were firmly against the drive for independence by local separatists. In addition to the survey itself, although they weren’t included, economic migrant groups from Morocco, Pakistan, China and the Philippines were also approached for their opinions. Almost...