Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

23 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expat retirees backtracking as more young people leave

A recent survey has revealed an increase in younger people becoming expats whilst more retirees are returning to the UK due to financial woes. In 2015, more than 121,000 UK citizens left the UK and headed for expat destinations across the world, according to the Office for National Statistics. At the same time, a NatWest International survey indicated that almost half the total left to work overseas, and around 6 per cent left to study at overseas universities. Taking the two studies into account, it seems that expats are becoming...
23 Jun at 4 PM 2016

Expat healthcare services in the Philippines

Retiring to a tropical paradise is a favourite dream for older would-be expats, but what if unexpected health issues are the reality? Emigrating overseas outside North America and Europe undoubtedly has its plus points, with the fascination of a totally unfamiliar culture, the challenge of an obscure language and the possibility of a far cheaper cost of living all attractions in themselves. However, one item of concern is true for all less familiar expat destinations – the state of the local heathcare service. For decades the...
22 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Where best to live for UK expat Francophiles

France has long been the choice for Brits looking for great weather, superb cuisine, fine wines and a huge variety of history and culture, but where’s the best region and town to settle? A recent survey revealed a surprising first choice for overall quality of life linked with easy access to international air links, the coast, stunning countryside and even Paris. For all this and more, the Breton city of Rennes won out. Taking into account its 200,000 friendly residents, charming historic architecture and buzzing local markets, the...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expat first steps for your Spanish dream lifestyle

The dream of a Spanish lifestyle has seduced UK would-be expats for decades, but peace of mind and a lack of hassle depends on getting it right from the moment you arrive. Emigrating overseas is an increasingly attractive option for British citizens approaching retirement. thinking of setting up a small business in a warm, friendly environment or simply searching for a change to a less stressful lifestyle. Spain’s Mediterranean coastline has long been a favourite destination for its combination of great weather, established expat...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2016

EU states no longer attracting the brightest and best expat talent

A recently released OECD report points out that legal labour regulation has resulted in a decline in the European Union’s share of the global talent pool. According to the respected think tank, the European community is now facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis requiring member states to come up with coordinated, bold solutions in order to preserve long-term competitiveness. Reforming its legal labor migration laws is essential to getting the region back at the top of the sustainable growth game. Those emigrating to European...
28 May at 10 AM 2016

Staying safe in your new expat haven

Emigrating can be an exciting lifestyle challenge for expats, but it pays to check out hidden hazards before you arrive. Whether you’re moving overseas as part of a long-held retirement plan or taking on a new job in a challenging location, it’s best to research what’s out there as regards threats to your future or even your life. Wherever you’re going, hidden hazards unmentioned in the tourism literature can wreck even the most carefully-constructed relocation plan. Perhaps the most important aspect of researching a new...
17 May at 6 PM 2016

UK expat contractors with own companies face tax shock

New Inland Revenue regulations governing personal service companies may cause increased tax burdens for expat single owner businesses. The new tax laws, brought in on 6 April this year, will affect oil workers on contracts as well as other single-owner businesses.The focus of the changes is on the individual whose right it is to ‘supervise, control and direct’ (SDC) the contractor on-site, even if the right is not used. Should a third party have an SDC right, a raft of new tax measures will apply. Firstly, contractors working...
12 May at 6 PM 2016

Surprises and shocks hit newly arrived expats in New Zealand

For decades, New Zealand has been attracting UK expats to its shores, many drawn by its supposedly quintessential British feel, even although shocks as well as pleasant surprises can catch the unwary. Famed for its friendly, English-speaking peoples, its stunning scenery and its superficial similarity to the UK, New Zealand is a popular choice for working expats as well as British retirees. However, just like other emigration destinations, some aspects of Kiwi life may well baffle or even shock new arrivals. Without a doubt, New...
3 May at 6 PM 2016

Is corruption a disincentive to potential expats

Adjusting to a new culture is one of the trickiest tasks facing newly arrived expats although, in the long term, corruption may be the hardest issue to tackle. The vast majority of expats from the West are aware of corruption in the public sector but tolerate it as it doesn’t affect them directly. However, their opinions may change once they’ve settled overseas, dependent on the country they’ve chosen. It might take a while, but eventually the real world emerges from the dream of great weather, friendly locals and a more...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2016

High Court Brexit vote judgment ignores and insults UK expats

The judgment handed down by the High Court regarding the right to vote in the upcoming Brexit referendum both ignores and insults British citizens who have chosen to exercise their entitlement to free movement within the EU. Although the case will now go directly to appeal at the Supreme Court, yesterday’s decision simply fuels the fires of uncertainty and fear across expat communities in Eu member states. Comments made by the judges disregarded the possible plight of expats, with those still unable to cast their votes the worst...