Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

5 Mar at 9 AM 2015

Costa Rica increases in popularity among retirees

More and more people are looking to emigrate to Costa Rica after retiring with factors such as low cost of living and beautiful surroundings proving major draws among expats. Four out of the top five destinations for retirement are in either South or Central America, according to the International Living’s 2015 Retirement Index. This year Costa Rica has entered in at number five on the list, behind Ecuador, Panama, Mexico and Malaysia respectively. The report described Costa Rica as a “nature-lover’s dream”, adding that the...
4 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Brits over 50 seeking more adventurous lifestyle abroad

A large number of Brits over the age of 50 are looking to travel for at least part of the year after regretting not doing so when they were younger. One in four UK citizens say they would like to live overseas for part of the year, particularly during the cold winter months, while three in four admit that travelling is now top of their ‘to do’ list. Meanwhile, nine in 10 people describe the fact they did not travel in their younger years as a regret. The research, carried out by insurance company Staysure, shows that more and...
10 Feb at 2 PM 2015

Twice the number of Chinese people leaving the country than arriving

Two times as many Chinese people are quitting the country and heading for pastures new than the number of expats returning home, according to a recent survey. Moving firm UniGroup Relocation revealed that the US topped the list of preferred countries among Chinese expats, while Germany, Singapore and France completed the top four. The Wall Street Journal reports that UniGroup’s data showed that two times as many people left China than returned to the country last year; however, the company did not state whether the Chinese...
8 Feb at 2 PM 2015

Expats make up 78% of Saudi workforce

Saudi Arabia’s 11 million-strong workforce consists of 78 per cent foreign workers and just 22 per cent locals, according to recent data. Economic analyst Ihsan Buhulaiga explained that many Saudis work in public sector positions because of the careers on offer and the various privileges associated with such jobs, while others take on temporary jobs with private firms while applying for government jobs. Despite the figures, the kingdom’s unemployment rate is falling, with 651,300 out of work at the end of 2014 compared to...
7 Feb at 12 PM 2015

UK: Electoral Commission urges expats to register to vote

Britain’s Electoral Commission has launched a campaign to urge citizens living overseas to register to vote in time for the general election on 7 May. The UK High Commission in the Cypriot capital Nicosia noted that it was the first British election in which people could register online to cast their votes, adding that it hoped the initiative would lead to more expats taking part. According to recent estimates, around 5.5 million British nationals live abroad, but less than 20,000 are on the electoral registers. In order to...
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...
29 Jan at 9 AM 2015

Myanmar to publish expat census in March

Myanmar is due to release a census of the number of citizens living abroad in March, announced the Ministry of Immigration and Population’s Myint Kyaing. Kyaing, the director-general of the ministry’s Population Department, revealed that they had completed the census in Myanmar and were now carrying out a study on the number of citizens living outside the country. He added that after that was finished, they would do a census on the areas they had not covered including Kayin, Rakhine and Kachin states. Immigration and Population...
27 Jan at 6 PM 2015

Expat celebrate Australia Day by becoming citizens

Almost 16,000 immigrants in Australia became citizens of the country on Australia Day, which was celebrated across the nation on 26 January. As ceremonies took place all across the nation, Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke to one group of new nationals in the capital Canberra, telling them that by moving to the country they had voted with their feet on where they felt they would enjoy a more fruitful life. He assured them that their lives would be better in Australia and that Australia would become a better country as a result of their...
23 Jan at 12 PM 2015

Greek expats angered at voting exclusion

Greeks abroad have admitted their frustration at not being allowed to vote as the southern European nation gears up for its general elections. Electoral regulations state that expats can only cast their ballots if they return home to do so, which for many is not possible. In the Belgian capital, Brussels, there are an estimated 20,000 Greek citizens, many of whom are becoming increasingly angry by the situation. One such person, 29-year-old economics and international relations graduate Nick, quit Greece in 2011 amid the...
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...