Expat Cyprus News

Latest 10 news items tagged Cyprus

26 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Best locations for expats from entrepreneurs to retirees

A new survey has identified the best places for expats dependent on their reasons for emigrating. Expats leave their home countries for a variety of reasons, including the need to take their careers further, the wish to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit or a wish to find the most suitable place to retire. The one thing they all have in common is that they feel stuck and unfulfilled in their present situations, but finding the best place settle can be a challenge, even in these technological days. The survey analysed no fewer...
25 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Turkey may be evacuated amid fears of second coup

Fears that Turkish rebels may stage a second military coup have led to SAS troops preparing for the possible evacuation of British expat residents and tourists. Rumours of a second military coup in troubled Turkey have resulted in evacuation plans involving many thousands of British residents as well as tourists. Should the government fall due to a second coup, civil war in the country is inevitable, according to defence chiefs. SAS troop units are now established on Cyprus in order to rescue stranded Brits should the need arise....
22 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Cyprus ombudsman supports expat complaints over burials

Following reports in local and online media that expats living in Cyprus were still waiting for their own cemetery and crematorium, the island’s ombudsman has called for an end to discriminatory burial practices. Recently, media articles have highlighted long, inexplicable delays in the agreed provision of a cemetery and crematorium for the Cyprus expat community. Also mentioned was expat anger at existing cemeteries’ practices of denying non-Cypriots access as well as charging those lucky enough to be able to obtain plots double...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2016

British expats on Cyprus still waiting for their own cemetery

For years and in spite of an agreement, British expats living in Cyprus have been waiting for a dedicated cemetery and crematorium. Following endless debates involving the Cypriot government and Cyprus’s branch of the Greek Orthodox religion, an agreement was finally made, but no implementation has yet taken place. The reason behind the mysterious delay is anyone’s guess, but is believed to be connected with certain local influences, a loss of revenue to existing facilities and a clash with local cultural beliefs. Even more...
12 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Better Brexit news for UK expats in Cyprus

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is calling for an informal meeting with his EU counterparts to attempt to guarantee rights of residency for UK citizens living in EU member states. Hammond is, at present, the only senior member of government who has expressed any concern for the plight of British expats living and working in EU member states. His request for a meeting to determine a way which ensures fair treatment for over a million British citizens requires a u-turn in the ban on negotiations before Article 50 is triggered....
1 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Buying residency in popular EU countries restricted to wealthy expats

Securing an idyllic expat life post-Brexit as a resident in favourite European destinations is proving to be only an option for the wealthy. The rush for European passports is gathering steam as the full implications of Brexit hit home, but unless applicants are long-stay or have nationals of that country in their ancestry, there’s no chance unless big money is handed over. Various countries are now offering citizenship to Britishers affected by Brexit – but only at a staggering price. The vast majority of the 1.2 million...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Cyprus government running scared of the Brexit effect

In spite of appeals from British expats, the Cypriot government is keeping its cards very close to its chest as regards the possibly devastating effects of a Brexit on the local economy. Reports of a probable collapse of tourism to the island plus the loss of a large number of British expats now in residence have been circulating for several weeks. However, if the government has any contingency plans, it’s in no hurry at all to divulge them to either the expat community or its own population, the majority of whom are involved in the...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Brexit currency fluctuation scares dont work on expats in Cyprus

With the remain/leave debate accelerating by the hour, the latest attempt by the Remain campaign has been to focus on the falling value of post Brexit sterling. Whichever group is putting itself forward at any one point in time, one thing they both agree on is that the value of sterling will take a significant hit should the UK vote to leave the EU. Expats living across most of the 28 EU member states also realise this, and are able to work out the ramifications themselves. Let’s face it, they’ve been through enough exchange rate...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Cyprus president upsets UK expats during London Greek Radio interview

During his visit to the UK, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades managed to alienate UK expats living in Cyprus with his lack of concern for their plight should Brexit become a reality. The interview on London Greek Radio was set up to encourage the high number of Cypriot expats living and working in the UK to vote ‘Remain’ in order to strengthen their positions as UK residents. Due to Cyprus’s history as part of the Commonwealth, Cypriot expats are allowed to vote in all UK elections including the Brexit referendum, unlike...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in Cyprus fear post Brexit loss of bank savings

Amongst the endless debates about the ramifications of a Leave vote, British expats living in Cyprus now have a new concern about the possible fate of their bank deposits. In spite of the thousands of media pages both on and offline devoted to examining and re-examining the plight of British expats in Europe in the event of a Brexit, one topic has been ignored. Expats in Cyprus, however, still remember the 2013 bail-in which resulted in the confiscation of legally held bank deposits totalling over $100,000. In addition, over the years...