Expat Cyprus News
Latest 10 news items tagged Cyprus
31 Jan at 6 PM 2017
Recently released research by the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows the number of British citizens living in Europe has been overestimated.
A total of 890,000 Brits are at present living in other European Union member states as against a former estimate by the United Nations of around 1.2 million. At the same time, nationals from EU states living and working in Britain total 3,150,000. The figures from the ONS are taken from Eurostat data compiled from the 2010-2011 national censuses, and include expats resident across the...
25 Jan at 6 PM 2017
Despite fashionable media claims that EU expats are clogging up the NHS, recent research has proved the opposite is true.
It seems ‘fake news’ is as rampant in the UK as it’s claimed to be in the USA. British readers of the populist right-wing media have long been treated to scare stories about EU expats’ burden on the overstretched NHS, but a BBC Freedom of Information request tells a very different story.
Figures provided by the Ministry of Health reveal 70,000 retired UK citizens use the Spanish heathcare system, whereas...
12 Jan at 6 PM 2017
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...
16 Dec at 6 PM 2016
Kenneth Lincoln and his wife Linda, both long-term British expat residents in Cyprus
, were found unconscious in their gas-filled apartment after Linda failed to turn up to her job.
After emigrating to the holiday island in 2005, the couple were living their dream of retiring to a stress-free location and simply enjoying life in Kapparis, but the dream turned into a nightmare when an undisclosed fault in their gas heater supply killed them both. They were discovered sitting unconscious on their sofa by a friend who’d called after...
1 Nov at 6 PM 2016
Out of around 80,000 British expats living in Cyprus
, a good percentage work in the finance industry and are now uncertain about possible Brexit changes in their roles.
Concern over Brexit’s future effect on the hundreds of thousands of British expats living, retiring or working in EU member states has mostly focused on the right to remain, healthcare issues and the falling pound. However, Cyprus
’s offshore banking industry, its two British Army bases and the island’s tourism sector will also feel its effects.
25 Oct at 6 PM 2016
The European Parliament is furious with Cyprus
for offering wealthy expats and their families fast-tracked European Union passports.
government has just changed the requirements for their ‘citizenship by investment’ scheme, allowing wealthy expats to purchase EU passports and the right to remain for a sum of around 2.5 million euros. After just three months as part of the revised programme, expat investors are granted an EU passport, residency in Cyprus
and free access to the Shengen zone. The island’s governing body...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Having the courage to quit your job and become and self-employed in your county of birth is scary enough, but for many the thought of doing it as an expat can be terrifying.
Working for oneself in an unfamiliar foreign location may seem like an impossible dream, but for those with entrepreneurial spirits it can become reality, especially in Europe. A few European countries even encourage expat talent by offering help such as tax breaks and set-up assistance.
Montenegro in the Balkans isn’t exactly a dream location for tech...
27 Sep at 6 PM 2016
property market’s surprise recovery is being led by foreign buyers and is showing a significant increase in sales over the past months.
Although interest from Cypriot
buyers is still at an all-time low due to difficulties in getting loans, foreign buyers have stepped in and are behind a huge improvement in the island’s real estate market. Local estate agents believe the present time is the best for those investing in property, as prices are still comparatively stable and there’s a good choice of homes available....
22 Sep at 4 PM 2016
The recent crackdown on payment of winter fuel allowances to UK expat pensioners living overseas has resulted in the total cost of providing the benefit falling by two-thirds.
The British government’s bill for winter fuel payments to pensioners living outside the UK has fallen dramatically since new rules for its entitlement were brought in. The winter of 2015/2016 saw just 42,015 pensioners resident in EU member states receiving the benefit, a striking contrast to the 2014/2015 payments to 137,845 expat retirees.
Former work and...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2016
Popular with tourists and a smaller number of expat residents than in the southern part of the island, North Cyprus
was a desert last year as regards evening fun due to restrictions on visiting entertainers.
Many Brits considering emigrating to Cyprus
after their retirement kicks in may not even be aware that North Cyprus
is also a residential option as well as a popular tourist destination. However, for several years, the number of expatriate entertainers working in local pubs and clubs has been severely curtailed due to difficulties...