Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

5 May at 6 PM 2017

Survey reveals the truth about expat family life in Switzerland

When Switzerland as a destination springs to mind, would-be expats tend to concentrate on its media image of massively wealthy, high-level executive professionals with kids in private schools and cash in Swiss banks. Surprisingly, the Swiss people share the same perception as many would-be expats, but a recent survey gives an interesting glimpse into the real lives of foreigners living and working in the country. Professor Tania Zittoun of Neuchatel University studied the lives of immigrant families during a three year research...
26 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Warnings about QROPS pension scammers still hitting the headlines

Due perhaps to the soaring popularity over the last decade of the Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) and its benefits for those on private pensions, the numbers of pension scammers taking advantage of financial novices have also shown a massive increase. QROPS are based outside the UK and must meet stringent conditions imposed by Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise. Should the conditions be breached, the hapless pension saver will be liable for a tax bill of 55 per cent of the full amount. However, for pensioners...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Brit expat couple lose military medals and jewellery to Costa del Sol thieves

A British expat war hero devastated by the loss of his war medals to Spanish thieves is asking local people to let the police know if they spot the medals. David Russell captained HMS Sheffield during the Gulf War, served in the Falklands War and was also active during the Northern Ireland conflict. He and his wife Sally, formerly a well-known British model, had emigrated to Manilva on the Costa del Sol to enjoy a well-deserved retirement. The couple were away from their home for just three hours, during which time burglars...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Is Canada the dream location for Brit expats

Canada’s thriving jobs market, strong economy and world-beating quality of life make it one of the most rewarding locations for relocating professionals looking for the expat dream. The contrasting beauty of Canada’s many regions has made it a hub for tourism as well as emigration from the UK for decades, but many professionals haven’t considered it seriously as a location for career advancement as well as an enjoyable lifestyle. However, those who’ve researched further have come to realise they’ve made the right choice as...
4 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Vietnam rising fast as an expat professional destination.

Results of a recent survey showed Vietnam surging ahead of previous favourites Japan, Korea and Taiwan as the best place to further expat careers. The HSBC Expat Explorer survey’s surprise result in the career opportunities sector showed Vietnam’s capital Hanoi in 28th position, well ahead of former favourites Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Four out of every five respondents working in Hanoi reported their posts were linked to employment packages with benefits, and were more than happy with other aspects pf their new lives in...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Newbie expat mistakes and how to correct them

Moving overseas is a stressful experience, whatever your reason for leaving the home country, but avoiding the headaches caused by obvious mistakes isn’t as hard as it may seem. In the rush to make sure you, your family if applicable and even the dog arrive safely in your new country, it’s easy to put off or even forget essential tasks which will make your life easier after you arrive and even ensure your eventual return will be trouble-free. Most of the tips here involve money and the ease of your access to it, a subject which...
22 Mar at 6 PM 2017

21st century technology helps expat retirees stay in touch with family

Most retired expatriates take the huge step of moving overseas in order to live in a location which is more affordable, more relaxed, warmer and more fun than their home country. After years of being stuck in one, however pleasant, place due to the demands of career and family, the freedom to emigrate gives the heady possibility of a perfect lifestyle in a perfect location. As long as there are few financial constraints, the entire world is open to expat retirees at the end of their conventional careers. Less than generous monthly...
14 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Favourite expat hubs for nursing professionals

Nursing is a specialisation always in demand, as qualified nursing professionals can work anywhere in the world they wish provided they’ve obtained the relevant certifications in their chosen country. Mobility as a qualified, experienced nurse is normally far more straightforward than in many other professions, meaning the world is wide open for heathcare professionals seeking a change of lifestyle. Five countries stand out as best for salary levels, ease of finding a suitable position and comparative ease of obtaining permission...
2 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Brexit and falling pound not affecting number of emigrants from the UK

In spite of Brexit and the sterling crash, the numbers of UK citizens opting to leave has remained the same for the past two years. Immediate reactions to the Leave campaign’s Brexit referendum victory had been expected to result in increased numbers of Brits fleeing from the effects of leaving the EU. However, the exodus hasn’t materialised as yet, with the latest data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggesting the numbers have remained static for the two years ending in September 2016. Some 128,000 Britons...
27 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Expat adjustments after moving back home

Relocating to the UK after years in expatriate mode can be tricky but, whatever the reasons for returning, adjustment is no fun. Whether you’re returning to the UK at the end of a contract, giving up your expat lifestyle for family reasons or just missing the familiar, it’s essential to take steps to mitigate the shock of changes, both in yourself and in the home country. The remembered advantages of being on totally familiar ground are just that, memories, and much may have changed since you stepped on the plane on your way out....