Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

28 Jul at 6 PM 2014

HMRC issues third highest QROPS mass suspension since April 2006

The 15 July official QROPS list published by the UK’s HMRC has suspended a total of 118 Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS). The mass cull is the third largest since the scheme itself was introduced in April 2006, and includes 99 Australian QROPS, one from Mauritius, 15 from India and two from Canada. The tax authority declines to explain the reasons for its decisions, but suspensions can be the result of pensions no longer qualifying for inclusion, tax abuse, single member schemes losing members or reviews of a...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Number of Britons living overseas soars to over five million

According to a report by the United Nations, well over five million British citizens have emigrated for reasons of work, retirement or general dissatisfaction with the state of their home country. Since 1990, the number of British-born migrants has increased by 23 per cent, with the majority of those leaving heading for sunnier climes. Australia is the all-time favourite destination, now home to some 1.27 million former British residents. America is the next most popular place for immigration, with 758,919 Brits in residence, and...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Expat medical problems made worse by language barriers

One of the major expat concerns is the adequacy of local health systems in the host country, particularly if emigration includes the children of the family. Moving abroad and settling into an unfamiliar country with a young family is a stressful experience at the best of times, made even more difficult when health problems occur. Even if comprehensive health insurance has been provided as part of a salary package, finding the right medical practitioner can be complicated by language issues. It’s easy to lose confidence in a...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2014

British exodus from Spain replaced by Russian incomers

Changes in the Spanish tax regime have sent thousands of British expats scurrying back to the UK, only to be replaced by hordes of emigrating Russians. According to the Spanish National Institute of Statistics, the total number of foreigners resident in Spain dropped by an impressive half a million last year, firmly establishing the returnee trend. The massive reduction isn’t all down to emigration, as almost half a million expats gained Spanish citizenship in 2013. However, it’s obvious to businesses serving the UK expat...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Visa application data reveals expats and their tangled love lives

The complications of cross-border relationships involving expats’ love, marriage and even divorce issues have been revealed by a study of immigration assistance patterns. Immigration assistance company Global Visa’s analysis of around 5,000 cases over the past few years has revealed the secrets of expat relationships and love lives. Apparently, almost 33 per cent of all visa applications are now rejected by immigration officers, with refusal numbers doubled since 2012 due to stricter rules in many countries. Fascinating facts...
17 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Study predicts hike in UK pensioner migrant numbers as savings dwindle

Emigration from the UK is likely to spike within the next few years as increased utility bills and other cost of living rises hit average pension returns and savings. According to a recent study, the savings rate of average UK households has shown a dramatic fall over the last four years, and is predicted to fall even further between 2014 and 2018. Conversely, the £15,800 p.a. average pension income of UK retirees, including the state pension, is some £3,000 less than in the years preceding the financnial crash and ensuing ...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Australia to tempt wealthy British immigrants with London wine festival

Oz’s new campaign to lure British millionaires to a new life will include an immigration fair in London featuring tastings of Victoria State’s best vintages. Australian wines are highly regarded worldwide, with Victoria State’s vineyards some of the country’s best known for premium vintages. The government’s campaign aims to attract millionaire investors by demonstrating Australia’s upscale lifestyle exemplified by tastings of its fine wines. An ever-popular emigration destination for British citizens, Australia...
29 May at 6 PM 2014

Fijian deportee from New Zealand dies from kidney failure

A Fijian immigrant living in Auckland, New Zealand until he was deported due to his medical condition has died in a Fiji hospital. Sanil Kumar had emigrated to New Zealand on a work visa before he fell ill with kidney failure, and had been on dialysis and awaiting a kidney transplant for some time when he was deported. A suitable family member donor had been found and the sick man’s community had been raising money to enable the transplant to take place in an Auckland hospital. Labour MP Dr Rajen Prasad, a supporter of Kumar’s...
23 May at 6 PM 2014

How to get the best overseas property bang for your buck

When you’re considering emigrating or investing your pension pot in overseas property, it’s difficult to decide which country gives the best value and the best chance of long-term returns. A recent world survey by the Organisation for Economic co-operation and Development, (OECD) offers information on property prices in most popular locations, linked to the economic prospects of your chosen country. The report also identifies regions in which real estate is overpriced. Unsurprisingly, property in the UK and the majority of EU...
23 May at 6 PM 2014

Gulf State firms refusing to sweeten top talent expat packages

In spite if a push to recruit top expat talent to the Gulf States, UAE companies are offering salaries and benefits up to 10 per cent lower than in 2013. The global war to attract fully qualified and experienced migrants to new jobs and new lives across the world is in full swing, giving top talent plenty of choice. However, recruiters in the UAE are reporting difficulty in selling their region to executive-level professionals as companies in other countries are offering better deals. The average expat package is made up of a good...