Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

15 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Advantages for expat professionals working in Kuwait

Kuwait has lately been getting a seriously negative image as a destination for expat professionals, but a recent article in the Kuwait Times puts it in a far brighter perspective. Kuwatization, restrictions and extra charges, prejudiced lawmakers and blame for all Kuwait’s woes including its demographic makeup seem to be the norm nowadays, with expats who’ve spent some years giving of their best to help the emirate grow not at all pleased at the unwelcome developments. However, a recent article published in the English language...
14 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Kuwait reverses repeal of vehicle impounding for driving offences

Kuwait’s Ministry of the Interior has reversed its recent decision to repeal a new law which impounds the cars of drivers committing motoring offences. When the penalty was originally introduced, it drew strong protests from both the National Assembly and motorists, causing it to be rescinded shortly after it was brought in. However, the ministry has abruptly reversed its decision, with many motorists believing its action is down to revenge on the initial citizen and expat protestors. Sources report Kuwait’s traffic police are now...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Which US cities are the most expat-friendly

If you’re dreaming of the perfect job somewhere in America, researching for the most expat-friendly destination is a good start. As with every world country's major conurbations, USA cities may or may not be especially expat-friendly, but feeling welcome is an essential if you’re going to succeed in a challenging new job as well as settling into a new life. Usually, expat-friendliness is found in cities with multi-cultural populations and a wide range of diverse work opportunities, with five USA cities identified as being the...
11 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Gibraltar excluded as expat campaign groups reject Friday agreement

In spite of the EU and UK seemingly reaching agreement over the fate of EU and UK expats, it seems the Rock may be excluded from any deal and its British residents left to face post-Brexit life without a transition period. Brussels bureaucrats appeared to state Gibraltar would need an agreement with Spain over the Rock’s future in order to prevent its crashing out of the customs union and the single market on March 29, 2019. The protection afforded last Friday to expats living in EU states and EU expats in Britain will, it seems,...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Thousands of expat government jobs should be filled by Emiratis

During a meeting last Wednesday, Abu Dhabi’s Federal National Council members were told that 8,000 government admin public sector jobs at present done by expats should be given over to Emirati citizens. Council members expressed their concerns over the high rate of unemployment in the country to Minister of State for Higher Education and chair of the Federal Authority for Human Resources Dr Ahmad al Qubaisi. Several other council members told the meeting they knew of thousands of Emiratis who wish to work but are unable to find jobs...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Amsterdam locals angry over influx of expat professionals

Amsterdam media outlets are reporting local residents' anger over the influx of expat professionals arriving as a result of Brexit. Dutch lawmakers were over the moon last month when Amsterdam became the destination of choice for the relocation from the UK of the European Medicines Agency, Amsterdam residents, however, were far less than pleased with the reality of yet another influx of foreign professionals into their already crowded city. Dutch media and Dutch citizens are sick to death of expats arriving, forcing up already soaring...
1 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Reactions of Brit expats in France to Brexit threat

All 150,000 British expatriates living in France will ultimately be affected by Brexit, but the community as a whole is reacting in three specific ways. Rather than taking the same stance over the Brexit threat to their lives, the UK expat community across the channel has divided into three very different sectors – those actively campaigning, those who are increasingly beset by worry and those who simply ‘keep calm and carry on’. The sectors themselves have split in to a total of six separate sets of reactions to the...
30 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Ireland fear chaos over Brexit border

Expats on both sides of the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic are worried about the lack of progress on the issue in Brexit negotiations to date. According to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, the negotiations' ‘moment of truth’ is fast approaching as regards the Irish border situation once the UK leaves the EU. With agreement at least possible over Theresa May’s increased divorce bill offer, the main stumbling blocks are now Ireland and citizens’ rights, with Irish border issues the most difficult to...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2017

EU expats in UK off the hook as regards rights to remain

The British government has finally outlined the measures by which EU expats may apply for settled status when Brexit is finalised. The statement from the government went as far as to promise expats will not be rejected due to minor technicalities and even said the vast majority of EU expats who wish to stay in the UK will be granted leave to do so. The announcement comes after many months of rumours, denials and flat-out refusals to keep EU expats informed of their rights, and the deal also includes statutory rights of appeal for all...
24 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats fear rights ignored in rush for Brexit trade talks

In a meet last week with Michel Barnier, British in Europe campaigners told of expats’ fears they will be ignored in the rush to start Brexit trade talks. British lawyer and BIE chairperson Jane Golding told the EU’s chief negotiator the rights of expats must not be ‘swept under the carpet’ and ignored due to pressure from both sides to get on with trade talks. Golding told reporters she’d found Barnier to be in listening mode during the hour-long meeting. Following on from a two-hour meeting held last week with Barnier’s...