Expat Emigration News
Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration
19 Mar at 6 PM 2018
According to British lawmakers in favour of the private members’ bill, long-stay UK expats are now the ‘great disenfranchised’.
Expats from any world country except the UK who’ve settled down elsewhere on the planet bring with them the right to vote in elections and referendums back home, and the majority still have family and friends with whom they stay in touch. Expat Brits, however strong their attachment to the UK may be, are disallowed from making their voices heard after they’ve been away for 15 years. Anger over the...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2018
A Scots widow living in Portugal has been let off with a fine after burying her late husband in their garden.
Edinburgh-born Louise Khan and her husband Alyn had emigrated to Portugal from Fife some four years ago, hoping to enjoy a long and happy retirement in the warm Portuguese sunshine. Sadly, Alyn was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour at a Manchester hospital and decided to return to Portugal and die rather than undergo treatment. After he’d passed away, Louise obeyed his last instructions and buried him in their...
26 Feb at 6 PM 2018
The private members’ bill aimed at reversing the hated 15-year disenfranchisement of British expat voters has passed its first hurdle.
Friday’s debate saw the bill debated as required, with Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale suggesting it should be known as ‘Shindlers Bill’, in honour of the Italy-based, now 96-year old WWII veteran who has campaigned for decades to get the law reversed. Only 20 MPs turned up for the debate, but the low turn-out was enough to ensure the bill was passed through to the committee stage for detailed...
26 Feb at 6 PM 2018
Leaving your beloved dog behind when emigrating
overseas simply isn’t an option for almost every would-be expat, but owners frequently worry their best friends will hate air travel.
Travelling internationally with your dog is far easier than it used to be, perhaps because far more pet owners are relocating overseas and wouldn’t think of leaving without them. Dogs in particular adapt well to the majority of expat destinations, but the point of concern for their owners is the flight itself. In the UK, most vets are familiar with...
23 Feb at 6 PM 2018
Doctors in the UK are retiring early due to strict pension savings rules and an overload of work.
As thousands of EU nationals leave their NHS jobs for fear of their post-Brexit status, the worse news is that increasing numbers of their colleagues are retiring early and emigrating
. Some 5,000 experienced medical practitioners a year are now heading to an expatriate life, whether for retirement or to take on new positions in a less challenging and more rewarding heathcare environment overseas.
The current state of the NHS and the...
15 Feb at 6 PM 2018
Long-suffering British retirees who emigrated to Australia many years ago are urging PM Malcolm Turnbull to confront the UK government over the issue of the frozen UK state pension.
Vice-chairman of the British Pensions in Australia group Jim Tilley has requested Mr Turnbull raises the issue of the ‘grossly unfair’ law with the British PM during the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference this April. In spite of the many other expat destinations where frozen UK pensions are the law, Tilley sees the fight as a Commonwealth...
26 Jan at 6 PM 2018
Retiring overseas rather than fighting inflation in the home country is now a practical financial option for many pensioners living in first world countries.
Even if there’s no gold-plated pension waiting at the end of your working life, it’s still possible to enjoy a much more satisfying retirement lifestyle by emigrating
to a less expensive location overseas. Your choice of destination may well be dependent on your country of origin’s state pension, but choosing carefully will allow you to eke out your monthly cheque without...
25 Jan at 6 PM 2018
Packing up and becoming an expat in a faraway land is a dream for many, but does reality kick in once you’ve returned to the home country?
Nowadays, becoming an expat is somewhat of a commonplace development in many peoples’ lives, tinged with the excitement of new experiences, new jobs or the long-awaited freedom of retirement. However, not every expat stays overseas for ever, with reality likely to overtake the expected familiarity of returning home.
Jeremy and Deidre Youell and their four children emigrated to Qatar from...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2018
These days, migrating to Mexico isn’t just for American citizens disenchanted by the way things are going in the US of A, as the country is becoming increasingly popular with retirees from Europe.
The reasons why emigrants settle on Mexico aren’t much different than the priorities given for moves to popular expat destinations in Europe and Southeast Asia – great weather and a far lower cost of living. Digging deeper, one recent survey examined other convincing reasons as to why Mexico is now attracting expatriates from all over...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2018
British expats at present living in France and considering returning to the UK because of Brexit should take reverse culture shock into consideration before making up their minds.
The internet holds a huge number of pages describing expats’ experiences of culture shock once they’ve emigrated overseas, but there’s not much outside expat forums on reverse culture shock. Given that the French lifestyle is a major reason for Brits leaving the UK, how will returnees react to the present-day UK, especially if they’ve been away for...