Expat Citizenship News
Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship
15 Mar at 6 PM 2018
The trickle of EU expats leaving the UK is expected to become a flood during 2018.
Ever since the Brexit referendum result was announced, EU member state citizens living and working in the UK have quietly been preparing to leave, either for their home countries or to start again as expats in an unknown land. As the negotiations drag on, the trickle is predicted to become a flood during 2018, whatever agreement is reached about the transition period.
The effect of the Leave vote on sterling is making the exodus even harder and more...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2018
US expats who were hoping a miracle as part of the Trump tax reform would ease FATCA’s pressure on their lives are now deeply disappointed.
US citizens living and working overseas were hoping against hope that continuing calls by US expat organisations representing both sides of the political divide might result in an easing of the hated FATCA disclosure laws and the USA government’s commitment to double taxation. Now that the Trump reform is out there and has been examined, tax lawyers are muttering about ‘smoke and mirrors’...
14 Mar at 6 PM 2018
Recent reports suggest British would-be expats are continuing to buy Spanish properties, but the actual number of UK citizens in the country is in sharp decline.
Official figures from the last quarter of 2017 show more British buyers are busily buying Spanish homes than are investors from other world countries, but the total number of Britons actually living in Spain is shrinking fast. Some 2,348 homes were sold to Brits who’ve presumably brushed aside Brexit fears, according to Spain’s Land Registry Office. The French and Germans...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2018
The result of last week’s House of Commons parliamentary debate on EU citizenship
along with news of a European parliament draft resolution could be a lifeline for UK expats in Europe.
Last week, the British House of Commons passed a motion urging the government to ensure Britons could keep their EU citizenship
post-Brexit. The proposal, submitted by Welsh MP Hywel Williams, also urged the UK government to allow Britain to stay in the EU single market. Although the result of the debate isn’t legally binding on government it does...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2018
Following a call from Plaid Cymru, Britain’s Welsh nationalist party, a parliamentary debate on EU citizenship
for UK expats is taking place.
The minority political party believes the UK’s Brexit negotiators should include the proposal in future talks, thus allowing Britons living in EU member states to have at least a chance of retaining their European citizenship
and its associated rights. Plaid Cymru has also launched a petition on the topic which explains the reasons why their demand is relevant to expats’ futures in their...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2018
Controversial Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary is threatening to ground all his planes after Brexit kicks in to force the UK to think again about leaving the EU.
Committed Remain supporter O’Leary made the announcement last Tuesday, saying he’s considering the move in order to show referendum voters they’ve been lied to as regards the effects of Brexit on their lives. Brexit, he believes, will mark the end of inexpensive holidays to continental sea, sun and sand destinations along the Mediterranean coast.
Given the fact that...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2018
An American expatriate group protesting over USA lawmakers’ lack of interest in gun control made their voices heard in Zurich during Steve Bannon’s visit.
As if the visit by the ultra-right wing ex-White House chief strategist wasn’t controversial enough, the small but effective expat demonstration outside the venue for his speech made it clear his views on gun control weren’t welcome in Switzerland. Bannon has traditionally taken a stand against any form of gun control, even after the latest murder of 17 students at a Florida...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2018
The lawyer working with British expats in their court battle to preserve their rights has raised over 67,000 euros via a crowdfunding campaign.
London-based lawyer Jolyon Maugham launched his crowdfunding campaign last Thursday, and was amazed when it reached its target of 60,000 euros by Sunday. The fund now stands at 67,000 euros and will be used to help the expat group advance their case against Dutch authorities attempting to block its progress to the European Court of Justice for final judgement.
Two expat campaign groups and...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2018
As obtaining residency in first-world countries is getting harder, second citizenship
programmes are coming to the fore in the Arab States.
High-net worth UAE residents are increasingly turning to second passport applications as being granted long-stay visas in Western countries gets even tougher. Citizenship
programmes are now being seen as the only way to enjoy visa-free travel in order to expand business opportunities as well as moving finances without investigation. As always, Chinese nationals are first in the queue, followed by...
5 Mar at 6 PM 2018
Dubai’s controversial plan to DNA test all its residents inclduing expats is being seen as an invasion of privacy likely to result in discrimination.
The idea of creating the largest DNA database in the world is being justified as a scheme aimed at identifying dangerous diseases before they take hold, but is causing widespread concern amongst the sprawling city’s millions of expats. Privacy campaigners are warning about possible violations of personal privacy once the database is complete. According to Big Brother Watch director...