Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

9 Apr at 6 PM 2014

New Zealand emigration spurred by feelings of inequality

The high rate of migration amongst New Zealand citizens is now being put down to a feeling of inequality due to financial insecurity. The need to start again in another country may well be driven by a lack of opportunity at home, but is also the result of a feeling of inequality and exclusion caused by comparative poverty. The OECD recently issued an alarming warning to governments, urging them to take immediate action to control social divisions and inequality. Emigration from New Zealand, often to Australia, has historically...
8 Apr at 3 PM 2014

Expat Media Request: Are you a Geordie Abroad?

PRESS RELEASE: The Chronicle in Newcastle upon Tyne is keen to hear from ex-pats who would like to be featured in a new weekly Geordies Abroad column. The paper, and its website www.chroniclelive.co.uk, is looking for people all over the world who have emigrated or who are living temporarily in another country and may be writing a blog about their experiences. Communities editor Lesley Oldfield said: "We want to give our readers a taste of life in different countries and see what experiences ex-pats are having. "We are...
4 Apr at 6 PM 2014

Osborne to go ahead with taxing expat pensions

After a brief mention in George Osborne’s recent 2014 Budget speech of a plan to tax expat pensions spurred concerns in many migration destinations, it seems taxing those not considered resident or domiciled in the UK is on the cards. The Chancellor is now making it clear that expats must decide whether they are out or in the UK’s tax systems. They cannot, he said, expect to rely on the British government for favours concerning financial matters. A consultation aimed at examining the possibility of scrapping personal tax...
2 Apr at 6 PM 2014

UK Budget may cause problems for expat savers and QROPS industry

The rewriting of many pension rules unveiled in the UK’s recent budget could result in troubled times for QROPS providers as well as expat savers. Experts are stating that the Budget pension reforms may well threaten the future of the profitable QROPS industry, with reduced tax restrictions likely to dilute the appeal of the product. QROPS have been seen as especially useful for expats wishing to transfer their pensions to their new countries of residence. Interestingly, a little-noted new restriction announced by the chancellor...
21 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Free EU medical care for expats to end soon

Britons under the UK’s official retirement ages looking to emigrate to European sunshine destinations are about to lose their entitlement to free health care subsidised by the NHS. At present, UK migrants under the age of 65 or 60 for women who're migrating to popular destinations in Europe are allowed two and a half years of free treatment at overseas hospitals courtesy of the National Health Service. To obtain the privilege, UK residents are obliged to complete the S1 form guaranteeing them and their families access to free health...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Carefree expat retirees on spending sprees

A recent survey has revealed a similarity between teenagers in their first jobs and expat pensioners on a spending spree during their first few years of freedom from the daily grind. Whether expats or pensioners still resident in the UK, the story’s the same, with up to £33,000 wasted during the first five years since employees finally finished work.The survey, by a leading financial firm, revealed that most of the money was spent on luxuries such as travel, eating out in fine dining restaurants, cars, the latest in tech gadgets,...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Homesick Spanish migrants looking to return one day

Many thousands of Spaniards are now expats in foreign lands, having left to find work during the years since the economic crisis kicked in, but most are hoping for a swift return to their beloved country. Results of a recent survey have shown that a massive 82 per cent of Spaniards working overseas since 2008 are planning to return home within at least the next five years. Less than one in five of those polled have decided to stay in their host country. The Hay’s Guide to the Labour Market survey has revealed a direct link...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Prenups a good move for expats and those planning to emigrate

Proposed changes to the law regarding pre-nuptial agreements, once the sole province of the filthy rich or titled, may benefit everyday expats and those planning to emigrate. Many expats finding themselves in a new country also find themselves with an exotic new wife, but what happens when the marriage begun in heaven descends to hell and divorce looms? For the wealthy, prenups have always been the answer to losing the family silver to a grasping ex-spouse, but it’s not been a consideration for ordinary folks. Recent...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Ensuring your company provides a comprehensive expat healthcare package

With emigration for work purposes becoming even more common, it’s important for expats to ensure their company provides adequate healthcare packages. Most international companies include quality healthcare insurance as an incentive to lure the best of the rest to offshore positions across the world. Would-be expat workers need to make certain the insurance package offered covers healthcare for themselves and their families relevant to their new location. Company-based private health cover should take care of long-term treatments...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Expat retirees forced back to UK by frozen pension scandal

British pensioners who emigrated to be with grandchildren or for health reasons are being forced to return to the UK because their pensions are frozen in their host countries. An example of the desperate decisions being taken by many elderly Brits who moved abroad to be with loved ones or to take advantage of warmer weather for their healths’ sake is a 90-year old grandmother who moved to Canada in 2001. An IT lecturer during her working life, she made the move to be close to her daughter and grandchildren who’d emigrated a few...