Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

13 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Tremlett petition may give hope to long term UK expats in Spain

Long-term British expats in Spain are watching in hope that Giles Tremlett’s efforts on their behalf will succeed. As the information-starved Brexit saga rumbles on, British expats living in Spain are stuck in no-man’s land with no-one to turn to for answers. Long-term Brit residents originally came to EU member state Spain with the assurance their rights would be guaranteed and, even though many were denied the right to vote in the referendum as they’d been outside the UK for over 15 years, are now faced with having to...
12 Jan at 6 PM 2017

British expat retirees not responsible for failing NHS

In spite of the perceived wisdom that elderly Brit expats are wrecking the NHS, aided and abetted by EU pensioners living in the UK, figures show the vast majority use heathcare provided by their countries of residence. Using numbers provided via a freedom of information request, the BBC has published an article with figures proving that the vast majority of UK expat retirees use local services under the EEA health card agreement. In Spain, 70,000 British retirees are registered to use the Spanish healthcare system, whilst in the UK...
11 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Anti Brexit movement ramping up in the UK and abroad

As parliament dithers and no clarification has yet been received on the Supreme Court’s judgement, resistance to Brexit as a done deal is growing in the UK as well as in British expat communities across Europe. As protest groups continue forming in major European expat destinations, EU expats living in the UK are getting together in ever-increasing numbers to campaign against being summarily ejected from the country once Brexit is finalised. The vast majority of EU citizens in the UK, many of whom are long-stayers with jobs and...
11 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Exiting EU Committee to hear rights retention arguments from expat group

January 18 will see the formal recognition of a group fighting for Brit expats’ rights after Brexit when their evidence is given to the Exiting EU Committee. The committee, chaired by MP Hilary Benn, will hear that UK expats in Spain are living in fear of Brexit’s effects on their lives. According to the Olive Press, the Madrid-based Guardian journalist Giles Tremlett is expected to speak for the group, emphasising his belief that both EU citizens in the UK and UK expats across the EU should be allowed to retain their rights...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti MP hits out at expat right to change employers

Expat professionals working in Kuwait are under attack again regarding their right to change employers and residence permits. Kuwaiti MP Mubarak al Hajraf is being quoted in the Arab Times as attacking his government for not nationalising the jobs market as a tool to assist Kuwaitization of the workforce. Other oil-producing states are, he says, reorganising their labour markets to reduce dependence on foreign workers, whilst Kuwait is encouraging the continuance of the status quo. Al Hjraf is also up in arms over so-called...
6 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Man born in Britain to EU expat parents refused British passport

A 32-year old man born to German parents living in London has been refused a British passport and will have to take a UK citizenship test in order to stay. Given recent media revelations about Home Office chaos over EU citizens’ permanent residency applications, the present plight of Dom Wolf perhaps should not come as a surprise, even although the Passport Office is the culprit. Wolf’s parents arrived in the UK in 1974, and his mother worked as a lecturer at the University of London. His father was self-employed, and the family...
5 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats providing UK temporary care defend their rights and motivations

Following reports in the UK media that unqualified British expats are taking on highly paid temp jobs in UK care homes, long-term expats in the programme are denying there’s any scandal. Expats who’ve been involved in the scheme are fighting back against what they claim is unfair misrepresentation a regards their previous experience as well as a reported lack of pre-job training. Others are vigorously maintaining their rights as UK citizens to work in the home country on a temporary basis. One Malaga-based expat who’s taken...
5 Jan at 6 PM 2017

US expats in Mexico fear anti-American sentiment

The Trump campaign’s concentration on offensive anti-Mexican rhetoric is causing long-stay US expats in the country to reconsider their futures. Around a million US citizens live south of their home country’s borders in Mexico, making up the largest concentration of American expats anywhere in the world. Many are long-stayers, many run successful businesses, many are retirees and many more have Mexican partners and children. A good number are now scared that growing anti-American sentiment will wreck their lives and force them to...
3 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Turkey fear growing anti-Westerner sentiment

Following the latest terror attack in Istanbul, many expats in Turkey are beginning to be afraid that anti-westerner sentiment is escalating. Many foreigners living in Turkey are now checking online every time an attack is reported to see if expats have been injured or killed. Last year, terror attacks across the country by extremist groups totalled 21, with several bombings deliberately aimed at tourists. UK government travel advice notes a high threat from terrorism, especially against British nationals and UK interests. It’s...
30 Dec at 6 PM 2016

EU expats in UK being refused residency

The UK Home Office is under fire from frustrated EU citizens over its draconian refusals of permanent residency permits. The permanent residency process appears to be in chaos as long-stay EU citizens and experts are being told they must leave the UK due to minor paperwork problems. As a result, a recently formed campaign group is now urging government ministers to undertake a reform of the overburdened system. According to the Guardian newspaper, the 3 Million group was founded by Frenchman Nicolas Hatton in order to fight for the...