Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

28 May at 10 AM 2016

Staying safe in your new expat haven

Emigrating can be an exciting lifestyle challenge for expats, but it pays to check out hidden hazards before you arrive. Whether you’re moving overseas as part of a long-held retirement plan or taking on a new job in a challenging location, it’s best to research what’s out there as regards threats to your future or even your life. Wherever you’re going, hidden hazards unmentioned in the tourism literature can wreck even the most carefully-constructed relocation plan. Perhaps the most important aspect of researching a new...
17 May at 6 PM 2016

UK expat contractors with own companies face tax shock

New Inland Revenue regulations governing personal service companies may cause increased tax burdens for expat single owner businesses. The new tax laws, brought in on 6 April this year, will affect oil workers on contracts as well as other single-owner businesses.The focus of the changes is on the individual whose right it is to ‘supervise, control and direct’ (SDC) the contractor on-site, even if the right is not used. Should a third party have an SDC right, a raft of new tax measures will apply. Firstly, contractors working...
12 May at 6 PM 2016

Surprises and shocks hit newly arrived expats in New Zealand

For decades, New Zealand has been attracting UK expats to its shores, many drawn by its supposedly quintessential British feel, even although shocks as well as pleasant surprises can catch the unwary. Famed for its friendly, English-speaking peoples, its stunning scenery and its superficial similarity to the UK, New Zealand is a popular choice for working expats as well as British retirees. However, just like other emigration destinations, some aspects of Kiwi life may well baffle or even shock new arrivals. Without a doubt, New...
3 May at 6 PM 2016

Is corruption a disincentive to potential expats

Adjusting to a new culture is one of the trickiest tasks facing newly arrived expats although, in the long term, corruption may be the hardest issue to tackle. The vast majority of expats from the West are aware of corruption in the public sector but tolerate it as it doesn’t affect them directly. However, their opinions may change once they’ve settled overseas, dependent on the country they’ve chosen. It might take a while, but eventually the real world emerges from the dream of great weather, friendly locals and a more...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2016

High Court Brexit vote judgment ignores and insults UK expats

The judgment handed down by the High Court regarding the right to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum both ignores and insults British citizens who have chosen to exercise their entitlement to free movement within the EU. Although the case will now go directly to appeal at the Supreme Court, yesterday’s decision simply fuels the fires of uncertainty and fear across expat communities in Eu member states. Comments made by the judges disregarded the possible plight of expats, with those still unable to cast their votes the worst...
27 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Canadian expat family torn apart by Ecuador earthquake

A Canadian family living in Ecuador lost mother and son to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake when their apartment collapsed. Pascal Laflamme. his wife Jennifer and their two children Laurie-Ann and Arthur had emigrated from Montréal to Ecuador’s coastal city of Bahia de Caraquez after travelling to Reunion Island and Mauritius to visit friends. Their globe-trotting lifestyle, a long-held dream of discovering the world, tragically turned into their worst nightmare when the earthquake struck. The family's rented apartment,...
25 Apr at 6 PM 2016

British teachers flock overseas for international school jobs

Schools in the UK are battling against a brain drain of experienced teachers heading overseas to teach at at international schools. Following the boom in the numbers of elite British schools opening overseas campuses, more and more international schools are appearing in expat-friendly countries worldwide. As a result, lucrative relocation packages are encouraging British teachers to take the opportunities of a lifetime and leave the UK. With Britain’s schools already experiencing a recruitment famine, the brain drain effect of...
14 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Sexism alive and kicking in expat destinations

Female expats unprepared for this negative aspect of culture shock are experiencing sexism in a number of countries. Nowadays, single women are as likely to emigrate either to further their careers or to retire as are men. However clued up they are to cultural differences and diversities in their new country, they’re often unprepared for the politically incorrect male chauvinism they’ve hardly ever experienced at home. Photographer and writer Sheila Taylor left the UK for a two-year stint in Rio de Janeiro, expecting a fresh,...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2016

FCA pension scam crackdown relevant for expat investors

Britain’s financial regulator has announced its main priority for 2016/17 is a crackdown on pension-related investment scams. Although the Financial Conduct Agency has no jurisdiction outside the UK, its prioritising of pension scams gives valuable information both to UK citizens looking to retire overseas and those already abroad. It’s well-known that unregistered pension scammers operating illegally online from bases in the UK are targeting elderly expats overseas as well as in Britain. The FCA’s announcement of its...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Wealthy UK expat bankrolls defunct Scottish League football team

A wealthy Scottish expat living in Canada is determined to ensure his childhood favourite football club hits the big time again after decades in the doldrums. Players at Glasgow’s Third Lanark Football Club were John Sweeney’s boyhood heroes whilst he was growing up close by their Cathkin Park stadium. Sadly, the club became bankrupt in 1967, mostly due to a long period of mismanagement. John’s never forgotten the players and is determined to get the club up and running again. As a young man, John emigrated to Canada and...