Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

28 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Are UK expats protected from Brexit effects by an EU directive

In a surprising article published on the eve of Therese May’s invoking of Article 50, its author states her insistence of using EU expats in the UK as bargaining chips for UK expats in Europe is invalidated by an existing EU law. The article’s author claims he published an open letter to the British PM at the beginning of this month, to which he has not as yet received a reply. A personal email attempting to alert Brexiteers to the law was sent to Brexit Secretary David Davis and has also been ignored, but members of the Commons...
28 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Survey notes depression and stress amongst UK and EU expats alike

Tomorrow is the point of no return for the UK in Europe, as Theresa May activates Article 50 and effectively ends decades of being part of a Greater Europe. Since the referendum result was announced last June, concerns about many aspects of the divorce from the EU have been raised, especially by those most affected by Brexit. Today, the results of two parallel polls were revealed, confirming that both EU and UK expatriates in equal measure fear their lives are being threatened. More than 80 per cent of the 1900 respondents who took...
28 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Letter to EU Facebook page tells it like it is for UK residents and expats

Following last Saturday’s Unite for Europe anti-Brexit protest march in London, a UK expat living in Greece has started a Facebook page showing a letter she wrote to all EU member states’ officials setting out the facts about the UK’s support for Brexit. Alison Cuff’s letter ‘tells it like it is’ as regards the untruths and exaggerations made by pro-Brexit lawmakers in the UK, and asks the EU to understand that a majority of voters in the UK did not vite for Britain’s leaving the European Union. She is asking those who...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Newbie expat mistakes and how to correct them

Moving overseas is a stressful experience, whatever your reason for leaving the home country, but avoiding the headaches caused by obvious mistakes isn’t as hard as it may seem. In the rush to make sure you, your family if applicable and even the dog arrive safely in your new country, it’s easy to put off or even forget essential tasks which will make your life easier after you arrive and even ensure your eventual return will be trouble-free. Most of the tips here involve money and the ease of your access to it, a subject which...
23 Mar at 6 PM 2017

UK expats in America devastated by London terror attack

British expatriates living in the USA are devastated by yesterday’s terrorist attack in Westminster. British expats across the USA reported shock and horror as the as–it-happens details of the fatal terrorist attack were broadcast on CNN and the BBC. The USA is no stranger to terror, but British citizens living across the pond were especially hard hit by the fact the attack took place at the site of the world’s oldest parliament in spite of the heavy security in the area. One couple who used to run a restaurant in London and...
23 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Expats arriving in the UK now being advised to take out private health insurance

In spite of the looming effects of Brexit, the UK is still a popular destination for expat professionals from outside the European Union. Although the number of EU nationals headingto the UK to further their careers may soon reverse itself as most are forced to pack up and leave post-Brexit, the country is expected to still be open to workers from across the world, provided they qualify for visas. However, one common misconception about Britain is that heathcare is free and amongst the best in the world, thus voiding the need for...
23 Mar at 6 PM 2017

EU expats in UK may be protected by human rights laws

According to a report by a group of Spanish lawyers, the European Convention on Human Rights may give EU expats in the UK freedom to remain. In an address to the EU parliament, legal experts from Spain said Brexit might result in EU citizens making use of existing human rights laws to gain the right to remain in the UK. Spanish professors at law believe that property rights and the right to family life enshrined in the ECHR may be the get-out clause which prevents the UK from forcing expatriation after Brexit. The Convention’s...
21 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Saudi to open entrepreneurship to expat investors

After years of denial and restrictions on expat investment, the Saudi government is now considering allowing expat entrepreneurs to be their own sponsors. Previously, participation in the sector had been confined to Saudi nationals and had resulted in commercial cover-ups costing the kingdom’s economy billions of riyals. The new rules, at present under discussion, are expected to allow expat investors to start their own businesses and be their own sponsors once an investment license has been granted. However, the sting in the...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Hope for UK citizens in Spain as government supports expat rights

Around a million UK expats living in Spain were given a gleam of hope by the Spanish government’s announcement in favour of a Brexit deal including Brits’ rights to remain. In an interview with the Times newspaper, leading Spanish negotiator for Brexit and EU Spanish secretary Jorge Toledo confirmed his country’s stance on the rights of Britons after the EU/UK divorce is finalised. Madrid, he said, is prepared to favour in principle an agreement which guarantees Brit expatriates the right to remain. In addition, he believes the...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Parliamentary pressure mounts on May regarding EU and UK expats rights to remain

As the chaos around the triggering of Article 50 deepens, British MPs are pleading with Theresa May to ease up on EU expats and give them the right to remain in the UK. During the past few days, members of both the lower and upper houses in government have ganged up on the PM, hoping to persuade her to make a unilateral decision about the plight of EU citizens living and working in Britain. Those still in politics who remember Thatcher’s famous ‘the lady’s not for turning’ speech may see the present situation as horrifyingly...