Expat Emigration News
Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration
6 Mar at 6 PM 2014
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
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...
28 Feb at 6 PM 2014
Tradtionally, embracing the expat life was more likely to involve a better job with a higher salary than a lifestyle choice, but two recent surveys indicate a major change in the motivation to move overseas.
The first online poll was undertaken on behalf of an international insurance company and surveyed 1,000 expats in various overseas location as well as its customers living abroad. Although the majority of respondents had left Britain to take up new career opportunities, the spur for their decisions to leave was dissatisfaction with...
21 Feb at 6 PM 2014
Less than three months from now, Britons will vote in the European Parliament elections, with the 5.5 million British expats living overseas urged to register and make their views known.
At present, a tiny minority of overseas British citizens are registered to vote, according to the UK’s Electoral Commission, which has launched an online social media campaign to encourage more to sign up. It’s hoped that next Wednesday’s overseas registration day will result in at lest 25,000 downloads of the registration forms available at...
29 Jan at 6 PM 2014
Wealthy Chinese, Singaporean and Russian property investors are beating expat investors to the best buys in major world capitals.
With more millionaires than in any country except the USA, and a rapidly expanding number of would-be migrants, it’s no surprise that nowadays the Chinese are the most sought-out property investors in the world. Around 50 million Chinese are estimated to be living outside the country, and those still in China are looking at the big picture as regards investments.
Foreign investors are being offered...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2014
Put simply, living abroad may be great for health, social life and a comfortable retirement, but it’s a minefield as regards financial pitfalls, even if expats manage to avoid the menacing packs of commission-hungry salesmen peddling too-good-to-be-true returns.
More often than not, the reason behind failed expats’ return to their country of origin is financial disaster. Learning to recognise the warning signs in time to sidestep almost inevitable disasters is the only way to ensure your new life continues as you’d planned....
15 Jan at 6 PM 2014
As the UK government tries every trick in the book to improve its vast deficit, its latest hit on expats is to attempt to charge income tax on UK rental properties, no matter where the owner lives.
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs department (HMRC) are proceeding on the premise that every expat with rented-out property in the UK is a resident for tax purposes. The department is not using the statutory residence test: rather, it’s basing its judgment on ‘usual place of abode’.
If an expat landlord lives overseas permanently,...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2014
British women emigrating
to Spain aren’t just sitting in the sunshine enjoying their retirements or breaks from the world of work, they’re out there making their mark in communities and online.
The role of women in Spain’s traditionally male-dominated society has undergone massive changes over the last half-century, with the female workforce now standing at 40 per cent of the total of those employed. Globalisation has resulted in women’s empowerment in the largely Roman Catholic state, with expat entrepreneurs networking with...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2014
Although divorce may be the last thing on the minds of most expat couples, it’s wise to check out spousal money and property held abroad.
Divorce is one of the most stressful procedures you’ll ever encounter, but it can be made far worse if you’re both expats and the assets to be divided are overseas. Not only will the court proceedings take far more time to conclude, but tracing and establishing ownerships of overseas property, cash, bank deposits and suchlike can be your worst nightmares come true.
A recent case in which...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2014
The European Parliament elections in the UK are due to take place on 22 May 2014, with the Electoral Commission campaign aimed at encouraging expats in Europe to vote.
Provided they are registered as overseas voters, have not been out of the UK for more than 15 years and are not registered to vote in the member state where they are domiciled, expats are entitled to vote. However, only a relatively small percentage are actually registered to do so in the UK.
According to Rosemary Davenport, speaking for the Electoral Commission,...