Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

23 Aug at 6 PM 2017

No relief as yet for UK expats in limbo

The upcoming talks in Brussels over the fate of millions of expats are expected to centre on reciprocal rights acceptable to both sides. Brexit negotiations are due to begin again in Brussels in September, leaving the lives of the four million and more expats affected by last year’s referendum in limbo, along with the huge number of British businesses dependent on EU expat labour. The controversy is based on reciprocal rights for Britishers in Europe and EU citizens living and working in the UK, with neither side seeming willing to...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2017

EU and UK negotiators poles apart on UK and EU expats fates

As British parliamentarians shrug off the holiday spirit and reluctantly turn their thoughts to getting on with their jobs, what’s in the upcoming session for Brexpats? Reports that both sides’ projections about the post-Brexit fates of UK and EU expats are becoming clearer are filtering in from the two opposing teams of negotiators, but nothing is, as yet, set in tablets of stone. PM Theresa May’s recently published policy paper finally refers to Brits living across Europe, and Guy Verhofstadt is suggesting they are granted...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Sudden rise in British deaths in Thailand gives cause for concern

A British Foreign and Commonwealth Office report has shown the 2016 death rate figures of British citizens in Thailand increased by 27 per cent over the 2015 total. The FCO report, issued after the granting of a Freedom of Information request, showed the total number of deaths of British citizens in Thailand had jumped by over a quarter in 2016, and included a dramatic rise occurring in expats and tourists over 50 years of age. In this group, the increase over the 2015 figure of 281 deaths was 35 per cent, bringing the 2016 total to...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2017

UK expats warned sterling to fall below euro by 2018

Worse is yet to come for British state pensioner expats as a major investment bank warns the value of sterling will have crashed to below that of the euro by early 2018. In an FX Overview note sent out to clients last Friday, analysts at Morgan Stanley predicted the value of the pound sterling is due to fall to below the value of the euro for the first time ever. As a result, the euro will become the strongest of a basket of major currencies, and UK expat pensioners living in Europe will find themselves between the proverbial rock and...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Qatar fights back with 80 country visa free scheme

As the Gulf State diplomatic boycott of Qatar drags on with no apparent solution, the wealthy little emirate is fighting back. Qatar’s latest weapon against the economic damage being caused by the June 5 boycott is a new law granting visa-free entry to citizens of no less than 80 world countries. According to the head of Qatar’s Tourism Authority Hassan al Ibrahim, the scheme will place Qatar as the region’s most open country for visitors. The move, approved by citizens and expats alike, is part of an effort to build up trade...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2017

The Saudi take on the expected expat exodus

Will Saudi Arabia’s commanding position as a hub for highly-paid expat professionals end due to oil price falls and wars? As with the rest of the Gulf States, expat workers at all levels make up the majority of Saudi Arabia’s total population. Increasing financial pressures and restrictive laws are expected to eventually cause the exodus of the expat community to more welcoming destinations, but will Saudization be the cause of a negative change in the untried national society? Right now, economic experts are warning the decline...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Brit expatriates in Guam stay cool over North Korean threats

Britons living and working on Guam are determined to keep cool and keep drinking in spite of North Korea’s threat. Guam is a tropical paradise for expats living and working on the island, as well as a favourite destination for large number of tourists every year. Both sectors, along with the island’s indigenous population, will be in the firing line if Kim Jong Um carries out his threatened missile attack on the surrounding seas. No-one is certain about the ability of the rogue state to control the weapons through re-entry into...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2017

British expats in Europe rush for dual citizenship

Ever-increasing numbers of Britons living in Europe are rushing to obtain dual citizenship as hope fades for a good Brexit result. Media reports tell of as many as a million Britishers choosing to take dual citizenship if possible rather than having to return to a post-Brexit Britain. The rush is heating up as no good news about their rights to stay in their chosen countries is forthcoming. Many are blaming the UK government’s lack of action and understanding of their situation, saying it’s only concerned about fair treatment for...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2017

EU to restrict UK expats residency rights post Brexit

According to David Davis, the European Union is planning to restrict residency rights for British expats living in European member states once the Brexit divorce is finalised. In a report issued by the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Davis, the EU’s stance on Britons living in Europe will only allow the right to remain if expat Brits are already living in Europe by March 2019, the official date of Britain’s leaving the EU. Davis’s report was presented to the House of Lords’ EU committee last Wednesday, and will do little...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Stay or Go is UK retiree dilemma

EU member states and Spain in particular are still on the retirement agenda for UK would-be expats. Britons coming up on retirement are still favouring European destinations in spite of the uncertainty surrounding the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations. A recent survey has revealed one in every 10 UK citizens over 50 years of age is still considering retiring abroad, with Spain topping the favourites list again. As usual, reasons for leaving include the British weather, a more relaxed lifestyle and cheaper costs of living....