Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

17 May at 6 PM 2017

Spain talks tough on expat Brexit

Spain’s foreign minister is hitting out at Britain’s stance on expats. The argument on expat rights between Theresa May and European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofsdadt seems to be getting nastier as time passes, with neither able to get their human rights priorities in order. In addition, a recent statement from the Madrid government indicated Spain wants to retain the bulk of the EU’s freedom of movement laws with the UK. It’s referring to the principle of the right of free movement for EU citizens across the entire...
17 May at 6 PM 2017

Fast deal needed to protect rights of UK and EU expats

In spite of prevarications by EU negotiators and the meaningless soundbites emitting from the British PM, the mainstream belief that nothing is more urgent than the need to regularise the post-Brexit status of 4.2 million expats is growing fast. Brussel’s latest statement stresses how complicated the issue could be but, in theory, the issue is straightforward in that expats on both sides made their life-changing decisions whilst Britain was still firmly ensconced within the EU. Moving the goalposts in manner which would invalidate...
11 May at 6 PM 2017

Anti Brexit group tells EU MEPs expat lives matter

At a recent meeting, the 3million group, one of the major anti-Brexit expat groups, presented a briefing paper detailing its pre-Brexit demands to members of the European parliament and its Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt. Before the meeting, co-chair of the group Anne-Laure Donskoy told the media they are pressing for an early, legally binding agreement which is totally separate from the mainstream Brexit negotiations. The agreement should contain guarantees of voting and citizens’ rights as well as registration. Donsky made it...
11 May at 6 PM 2017

Brexit trap stalks Brit expats in Europe

As the Europe-based clamour for fair treatment for EU expats in the UK accelerates, UK citizens at present living in EU member states are being left out in the cold. Analysts are saying the Brexit negotiations will result in disaster for Britons living in Europe, whilst EU expats in the UK are likely to get a far better deal. Last Monday, a group of long-term expat professional Britons who’ve made their homes in Germany met to discuss serious concerns regarding the lack of understanding of their plight by both the UK government and...
8 May at 6 PM 2017

EU negotiator blames Britain for expats predicament

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator is blaming Britain’s hardline stance for the uncertainty surrounding the rights of millions of UK and EU expats. Former French minister Michel Barnier put the blame for the continued uncertainty facing both EU and UK expats squarely on the shoulders of the British government, adding that Brussels will demand lifetime citizens’ rights guarantees as a condition of the UK divorce settlement. Speaking at a conference in Florence, Barnier stated the true cause of uncertainty is the Brexit result...
4 May at 6 PM 2017

Hopes dwindle over continuing healthcare for UK expats

Predicting any Brexit outcome this early in the game is impossible, but UK negotiator David Davis is already indicating the European Health Card as it applies to Brit expats won’t survive the divorce negotiations. Until now, the EHIC has been a literal lifeline for older Brits living in the warmer climes of Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal. Many thousands of British pensioners chose to leave the UK in order to be able to stretch their state pension further, secure in the knowledge that their NHS contributions over a lifetime’s...
3 May at 6 PM 2017

Wealthy Brit expats can buy out of Brexit uncertainty

As the chance of finding a fair and just solution for UK expats in EU member states recedes still further, those with enough spare cash can make sure they're sitting pretty via a Golden Visa. As with much in the UK, Golden Visas are for the wealthy and are unobtainable due to their cost for the average British state pensioner who’s chosen to live abroad for economic reasons. As the reality of Brexit begins to dawn, those with gold-plated pensions and money in the bank will be able to choose between five already popular expat...
2 May at 6 PM 2017

Expat fury over Junckers refusal of reciprocal deal

Reports following the disastrous meeting between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker are suggesting a European Commission plot to thwart May’s efforts to get a reciprocal deal giving security to both UK and EU expats by the end of June. The reports, carried by major media outlets in the UK, have sparked fury amongst Britons living in European member states as well as impacting on EU citizens living and working in the UK. Juncker had been reported as being ‘astonished’ by May’s demand, but leaked documents have revealed she made...
28 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Trump presidency causes huge rise in Americans renouncing citizenship

Trump’s first 100 days as President has, according to official figures, caused a massive rise in the number of Americans renouncing their citizenship and becoming permanent expats. As the Trump administration struggles to find anything to celebrate about The Donald’s first 100 days as US president, the thousands of Americans who’ve now deserted the sinking ship are enjoying their new lives overseas. Even before last year’s Presidential election, high-profile individuals as well as everyday Americans stated their determination...
27 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Panama tightens immigration rules for expats

The popular retirement destination of Panama may not be so welcoming in the future, as its government has tightened immigration rules in order to control foreign access to the country. According to local media reports, the Panamanian immigration authority is tightening a number of rules and bringing in new laws relating to foreigners who are not legal residents in the country. According to the Servicio Nacional de Migracion (SNM), foreigners on tourist visas have been abusing the privilege by leaving the country for a few days and...