Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

16 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Bremain in Spain condemns government attitude towards Brexit negotiations

Major expat rights campaign group Bremain in Spain is less than impressed by the current progress of Brexit negotiations. Chairperson of Bremain in Spain Sue Wilson’s opinions on the fifth Brexit negotiation talks and related government action are less than positive, and with good reason. Last week’s lively general news scene meant there was little coverage in the UK media of what turned out to be largely a non-event, with the UK team and David Davis not even bothering to turn up on two occasions. Theresa May’s interview...
13 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expat dog rescue charity in Spain finds homes for abandoned pets

A group of female expats in Alhama de Granada are working hard to find new homes for abandoned dogs in their area. One shock for dog-loving expats is to find the citizens of their new country don’t exactly mirror the attachment Brits have for their furry family members. Caring for dogs as an important part of our lives is the norm in the UK, whereas in Europe and especially in Asia the issue can be controversial, to say the least. It’s not easy to ignore the fact that dogs’ lives aren’t considered important, that they can be...
12 Oct at 6 PM 2017

EU expats in UK to get free NHS treatment whilst UK expats must pay

British expats living and working in EU member states post-Brexit could be faced with expensive healthcare bills whilst EU nationals still living in the UK will get free NHS treatment. In yet another blow to UK citizens now living within the European Union, it seems a no-deal Brexit would mean they would be forced to pay for healthcare whilst EU nationals remaining in the UK would receive NHS treatment for free. Over a million Britons, many of whom are pensioners with existing health problems, are living in EU member states. The...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2017

British expats in Catalonia fear outcome of independence referendum

British expats living in the Spanish province of Catalonia are dismayed at the chaos and political tension following last week’s independence referendum. British expats living and working in Barcelona and the rest of the province are shocked and unhappy over the botched referendum and its ensuing violent response, with many considering Madrid’s actions inevitable. Expat business owners are worried about the situation’s effect on commerce and tourism, and fear a possible backlash from the polling day violence between voters and...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2017

EU expat rights and UK expat pensions confirmed by British Brexit secretary

Brexit minister David Davies has confirmed the post-Brexit rights of EU citizens in the UK and British expats’ pension rights are secure. In a briefing session with UK parliamentarians, Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator said the EU had agreed on the two principles, although he gave no details of the exact contents of the agreements. He also told MPs he believes the EU negotiators needed to be more flexible in their attitudes to the UK’s proposals, adding that differences still existed on the issues of voting rights for UK expats...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2017

UK expat dreams of France can turn into nightmares

France is a favourite destination for UK citizens mesmerised by the dream of great food, cheap wine and a romantic rural haven, but the Gallic lifestyle can cause problems. The majority of British expats who leave the UK for a new life in France settle in without much in the way of problems, but for a few the initial experience is much more than they bargained for. At that point, the French dream becomes a nightmare, with disillusion and regret the order of the day. SOSHelp, an organisation set up to help newbie expats struggling with...
6 Oct at 6 PM 2017

What to do when a UK expats dies abroad

With retiring outside the home country becoming ever more popular, it’s common sense to be aware of protocols needing to be followed when a UK citizen dies abroad. Death isn’t considered a suitable topic of conversation for many, including elderly expats, but according to the old saying it’s as inevitable and unavoidable as income tax. At least for the sake of their friends and families, older expats should at least leave a list of must-dos in the event of their demise. After all, there are only two options to be decided,...
5 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti lawyer demands court repeal expat heathcare cost increases

Kuwait’s Administrative Court is expected to give a ruling on the legality of the recent expat health charges increase by 25 October. Kuwaiti attorney Hishim al Refai recently filed a case for consideration by the Administrative Court against the swinging increases in expat healthcare charges, citing illegality and unconstitutional amending of a law already in force. The charges have already caused many lower-paid expats working in the emirate to send their families back to their home countries, as well as decreasing the number of...
5 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Israel based US expats clamour for citizen based taxation reform

Regardless of whether they voted for Trump or not, the majority of US expats resident in Israel are hoping and praying the upcoming tax reform bill will end their unfair tax burdens. American Israelis, including the ‘Accidental Americans’ who inherited US citizenship, are full on in the fight to repeal Citizenship-Based Taxation and bring in Territory Based Taxation for Individuals. It’s the one ‘repeal and replace’ issue involving the Trump presidency they’d love to see come true. Overseas global advocate Keith...
3 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Police violence in Catalonian referendum condemned by locals and expats alike

Expats living in Catalonia are as shocked and unhappy as are locals over the violent police reaction to the independence referendum. Last weekend’s turbulent events during the referendum for Catalonia’s independence weren’t exactly unexpected, but the shock caused by police violence is reverberating across both expat and local communities. For decades, Catalonians and their politicians have been demanding independence form the rest of Spain, with the referendum seen as a chance to express their feelings in an unmissable manner....