Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

5 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Good news for expats as Spanish property market stabilises

After a wild ride down, up and down again during the past decade, the Spanish property market is now stable. Over the past five years, the real estate market in Spain has undergone a remarkable transformation resulting in its becoming attractive to a far wider range of buyers. Whether purchases are made by newly arrived expats, Brits fleeing Brexit, second home buyers or investors, the rush to buy has seen prices increase substantially, especially in the country’s most popular tourism and expatriate destinations. Marbella,...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Portuguese government to tax expat retiree pensions

Portugal’s foreign retiree community’s pension payments are about to become taxable, according to the country’s Finance Minister. The introduction in 2009 of a special tax break for ‘non-habitual residents’ has seen an increase in Portugal’s popularity as an international expat retirement hub, but confirmation that the government is now planning to introduce a new income tax regime is certain to cause concern in the expat community. When quizzed by journalists, the Finance Minister stated the necessary amendment would be...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Brit expats in UAE appalled and angry over tube train bomb

British expat professionals living and working in the UAE are furious and appalled at the explosion in a London tube train. The failed major terrorist attack on a London commuter tube train last Friday has resulted in anger amongst the many British professionals working in the UAE. Although the device itself was flawed and its explosive content did not ignite, the flash when the detonator blew up was enough to injure 20 commuters and cause panic across the capital. One Britisher working in the UAE told local reporters the train...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Post Brexit chaos threatens UK expats with private pensions

British expat retirees with private UK pensions are being warned their regular payments may be at risk post-Brexit. Chairperson of the parliamentary Treasury Committee Nicky Morgan is calling for immediate action over the risk to UK expat private pension holders that their regular payments may be blocked after Brexit takes effect. Morgan is attempting to draw attention to the possible problem by writing to the UK chancellor to ask whether the issue will be discussed during the next round of UK/EU negotiations. The problem is...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Thai brides offered one day free government course in interracial marriage

The Thai Social Development Ministry is now offering Thai women a free one-day course in interracial marriage and moving overseas. Thailand is a favourite destination for romance and marriage between older Western expats and younger Thai women, but cultural differences are often ignored. According to the country’s Social Development Ministry, many see marrying a foreigner as the best way to enhance their economic statuses, but most don’t appreciate the rifts cultural differences can cause. The course is based on an understanding...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2017

British expat at war with neighbours over quirky British tribute

A British expat in Germany is causing uproar amongst his neighbours with his quirky ideas on garden design. Tree surgeon Gary Blackburn lives in the German town of Kretzhurst and obviously misses his homeland very much – or at least the artefacts he believes define British culture. His German neighbours, however, don’t share his tastes, beginning with the huge 52-ton Centurion tank he’s parked on his front lawn. Other remnants of old-style England include a red telephone box, a Royal Mail post box and a model of a propeller...
4 Sep at 6 PM 2017

British high street banks still closing UK expats accounts

Over the past 18 months, UK expats living overseas have seen British banks clamping down on accounts held by expatriates. Traditionally, Britons who chose to emigrate to warmer and often cheaper climes were able to maintain their UK bank accounts in order to receive pensions and other regular payments. Nowadays it’s almost impossible for expats to either continue an existing account or open a new one, as British banks are now insisting their services are only available to customers domiciled in the UK. No major high street building...
31 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Protesting Trump by getting a job in Moscow

Rejecting Trump presidency by emigrating to Moscow Protesting Trump by inding a job in Moscow Could the ultimate personal rejection of the Trump presidency persuade prospective expats to seek work in Moscow? Recent articles charting a rise in enquiries from USA citizens wanting to emigrate since Trump was elected don’t mention Moscow as a favourite destination, but for those who truly hate the man, finding a job in Moscow would seem to be the ultimate in protest techniques. However, it’s not the cheapest world city...
31 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Britons still rushing to buy European real estate

Although there’s still no certainty about UK expats’ rights post-Brexit, increasing numbers of disenchanted Brits are opting to leave now and take their chances in Europe. Rather than the expected post-referendum fall in the numbers of Brits moving to European Union member states, there’s a rush to emigrate before the UK leaves the EU. It’s a ‘it’s now or never’ moment, based on hopes that their new country of residence will take pity on its expats and allow them at least to stay where they are rather than being forced...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand tops Australia as Brit expat favourite

A recent report has confirmed British expats’ long-time favourite New Zealand is now number one again, beating out Australia for the top spot. Enquiries from Britons wishing to emigrate to New Zealand have increased by a massive 83 per cent during the first six months of 2017, whilst enquiries about Australia have fallen by five per cent. It’s not just the British who are queuing up to move to the country made famous by the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, it’s American citizens fleeing the country since Donald Trump become its...