Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

17 Feb at 6 PM 2017

UK expat frozen pensions still under fire in Australia

In spite of many legal and political knock-backs, the fight against the British government’s stance on frozen pensions is still alive and kicking in Australia. The disgrace of frozen pensions has continued over many years, with many thousands of elderly UK long-stay expats living overseas being forced into increasing poverty by the rule. Currency fluctuations make matters worse, as a heavy fall in sterling can mean the difference between just getting by and being unable to support even the most basic lifestyle. Often, UK pensioners...
16 Feb at 6 PM 2017

US citizens discover the advantages of moving abroad

With increasing numbers of disenchanted US citizens making the move to overseas locations, it’s no surprise that most find their lifestyles and living costs are far better than in the home country. Media reports of an increase in the number of Americans desperate to emigrate after the Trump inauguration are prompting stories of actual expat experiences across the globe. Canada is a favourite due to ease of access and the fact that English is the local lingo, although those heading for Quebec province will need to prove their ability...
10 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Top financial talent set to flee London for Ireland

The Republic or Ireland’s capital, Dublin, is expecting a surge in the number of wealthy expats fleeing the UK after Brexit. For those wishing to remain in an EU member state without having to learn another language, Ireland is the natural alternative and is being talked up by relocation agents as a destination for EU and UK professionals. Immediately following the announcement of the referendum result, hits on online job search sites featuring Ireland soared dramatically, with the trend still ongoing. Interest from both EU...
8 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Brexit, austerity and rising taxes likely to increase number of UK expats

Whether Britain faces a hard or soft Brexit, the consequences may drive yet more UK citizens to emigrate overseas. A recent report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts the UK’s tax burden will hit highs not seen for 30 years, causing extended austerity measures, spending cuts and punitive new tax laws. Balancing the nation’s books is likely to take the rest of the present decade and expand into the following ten years with no respite from public hardship. According to the report, balancing the budget deficit will...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2017

French expatriate numbers increase as election looms

As the French general election draws near, more and more French nationals are voting with their feet and leaving for foreign climes. Unlike the British, the French are not so well known for emigrating, with even those who do traditionally choosing known quantities in Europe where French is spoken. However, over the last several years, not only have the numbers of French émigrés increased, but more adventurous decisions as regards countries are occasionally being made. Totals of French nationals living overseas and registered with...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Disenchanted Americans head for the good life in Belize

As American interest in alternatives to continuing living in the USA continues to grow, Belize is increasingly being seen as the perfect expat destination. The Caribbean island formerly known as British Honduras is becoming even more popular with refugees from an increasingly divided America. Along with all the usual attractions including balmy weather, glorious beaches, marine and terrestrial biodiversity, friendly people and cultural diversity, it also operates an offshore tax and business haven extremely favourable to expat...
26 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Australia targets Ireland with new Working Holiday Visa package.

Australia has launched an appeal to younger Irish nationals to consider up to two years’ stay in the country on a Working Holiday visa package. Once a popular way for Irish citizens to experience Australia in the longer term, the Working Holiday Visa scheme has declined in popularity over the last few years. In 2011/12, successful applicants from the Emerald Isle totalled 2,827, but data from 2015/16 showed a drop to just 6,743, resulting in the new package now on offer to those wishing to experience the real Australia. For many...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Brit expat finds rescue dogs shot dead and horse injured in overnight attack

The British expat owner of a Spanish farm woke to find her five rescue dogs shot dead and her horse with its eye gouged out in an horrific attack. Illona Mitchell bought her Spanish estate in 2004 after emigrating to the country with her young daughter, and was using part of the land as an animal rescue centre. The 173 acre farm in the Sierra de Baza mountains soon became a refuge for horses, abandoned dogs and local wildlife. For some years Mitchell allowed locals to roam across the estate in order to shoot pheasants and rabbits,...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Huge increase in US expat destination searches since Trump election

A massive 105 per cent jump in searches for expat destinations by US citizens seems to confirm anti-Trump voters’ determination to leave the USA. InternationalLiving.com is one of the most popular websites for information about emigration, with more than a million would-be expats every month logging on to compare destinations. According to the company, demand for its services rose by an incredible 105 per cent between Trump’s election and his inauguration. A spokesperson for the website confirmed that, even prior to the...
23 Jan at 6 PM 2017

The real truth about Brit expats in France

France has long been a favourite destination for Brits looking to change their lives via emigration, but stereotyped expat communities are decidedly not the norm in the land of wine and fabulous food. Misconceptions about expatriate behaviours and perceptions are normal wherever foreign residents hang their hats, with France no exception to the rule. For example, the beautiful Dordogne region in the southwest of the country is know as ‘Dordogneshire’ for its high number of Brit residents, in spite of the fact that UK expats are...