Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

22 May at 6 PM 2018

Is expatriation the only answer to UK inflation and poor investment performances

Retiring overseas is a dream for increasing numbers of British workers, but what’s the financial reality necessary to make the dream come true? Many Britons approaching retirement believe their later years would be best spent in a country with warmer weather and less rain as well as a cheaper cost of living. Spain is an all-time favourite, and several Southeast Asian nations also comply with would-be UK expats’ perceptions of the ideal life. However, the financial reality of a move abroad once your working life is over can, if not...
18 May at 6 PM 2018

Avoiding scams whilst checking out popular expat destinations

Would-be expats spending time off in their chosen destination before the actual move should watch out for the tourist traps they’ll encounter regularly once they’re residents in the region. Unless you’re relocating due to your job, visiting your chosen destination several times before you leave your home country and dive into expat life is an essential part of the emigration process. It enables you to view the region as a resident rather than just a tourist as well as familiarising yourself with what to avoid as well as what to...
14 May at 6 PM 2018

French government announces end to taxe d’habitation by 2021

Expats living permanently in France will be happy to hear the government is getting rid of the taxe d’habitation in its entirety by 2021. The timescale is now set for the tax’s total removal with 2021 the latest date. The corresponding loss of revenue is expected to be offset by budgetary savings, thus preventing it having an effect on targets for public deficits. The first stage is already under way and will abolish the tax for around 80 per cent of all households, starting with properties owned by the least well-off. By the end...
7 May at 6 PM 2018

Malta tops expat favourites for the sunshine life

The historic island of Malta isn’t just a sunny Mediterranean hotspot for British retirees, it’s also a fascinating glimpse into a time long past. Malta’s latest triumph is its place as one of the top world countries for the sunshine life, displacing Costa Rica, Mexico and Bahrain and joining with Taiwan, and Ecuador as a favourite for the ‘pura vida’ – pure life. Placed seventh in the world in the latest poll, Malta was reported as having the best weather by nine out of ten expatriates living on the island. Increasingly,...
4 May at 6 PM 2018

Finding the best options for renting overseas accommodation

Whatever the reasons behind your emigration, finding and renting the best property for your needs is a priority. Choosing a location is the first move towards finding a suitable home, whether you’re relocating for work reasons, retiring, studying abroad or simply unhappy with what’s going down in your home country. Thanks to the internet, familiarising yourself with a choice of locations and their proximity to your work or other needs is fairly straightforward, as is checking what’s available in the local rental market. Whether...
19 Apr at 6 PM 2018

How to avoid the pitfalls of emigration from the UK

British expats often leave the homeland for locations worldwide without calculating the emotional cost of adjustment and the financial cost of settling in an unfamiliar country. Falling in love with a country whilst on holiday is a major reason for many Brits’ decisions to up sticks and emigrate before they’ve any idea of the reality of living overseas. Considerations such as ease of travel back to the home country if necessary, local schooling for the kids, local shops and transport options and much more simply don’t figure in...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Data debunks myth of Spain as elderly expat retirement haven

Contrary to the widely-held belief that Brit expat communities in Europe mostly contain retirees, statistics suggest two-thirds of UK expatriates are below retirement age. Recently-released data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics shows 66 per cent of the estimated 784,900 Britons living in Europe are between the ages of 64 and 15, with more living in Spain than in any other EU member state. In addition, the data shows Spain is home to 293,500 long-term British expatriates, and the UK has fewer emigrants living In Europe...
26 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Broken Britain the cause of UK expat exodus

Broken Britain is one reason why UK nationals are rushing to move to Europe before Brexit officially kicks in. It seems the EU referendum has sparked an increasing exodus of angry and disappointed Britons looking to create a better lifestyle for themselves and their families. Some are setting up new businesses, others have successfully applied for better jobs and others are bringing forwards their retirement to coincide with 29 March next year. Most seem happy to embrace their new communities and avoid established expat enclaves....
19 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Taxation without representation for long term British expats overseas

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

Scots expat in Portugal fined for burying dead husband in garden

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...