Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

26 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Are expat clubs out of fashion

Once upon a time, if you became an expat in any one of dozens of far-flung destinations, it was almost obligatory to join at least one local expat club. Over the years, expat clubs have been seen as a refuge for expats fresh from thier home countries. Reasons given for becoming members of an organisation run by volunteers and aimed at creating a social scene were many, including making new friends, practical help for newbies, advice on immigration and visas, interesting talks by long-term expatriates, networking and tips on how to...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2017

UK Ambassadorial letter gives Brexit updates to Britons in Spain

British expats living in Spain are finally being officially informed about the government’s intentions regarding citizens’ post-Brexit rights. More than a year after the referendum result was announced, British expats in Spain are being informed about consular efforts on their behalf and the government’s stance on their post-Brexit rights. An open letter aimed at all British residents has been released by the UK's ambassador to Spain, giving details of proposals made to date by the UK government during the Brexit negotiations....
26 Jul at 6 PM 2017

New QROPS rulings unlikely to deter many pension savers

Many expats and would-be expats are now worried that QROPS as an efficient, tax-friendly investment option may soon be dead in the water due to recent changes. QROPs experts are rushing to clarify the recent changes to QROPS rules by Britain’s HM Revenue and Customs in order to reassure investors looking to take advantage of the best way to deal with their pension pots. Several recent reports seem to indicate the popular product is stuttering, but the reality is that around one thousand offshore pensions are still available in 29...
25 Jul at 6 PM 2017

A nostalgic reminder of home for Brit expats in California

Britons yearning for a nostalgic reminder of past glories should head for Long Beach, California for a tour around an iconic creation from a British shipyard. Living and working in the USA is the dream of many British would-be expats, especially those who’re lucky enough to have the skills to work in sunny California. However, even in the ultra-modern environment of the USA’s most populous coastline, it’s still likely that nostalgia for Britain and its long, mostly proud history will kick in from time to time. For a step...
24 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Discovering Cambodia as an expat retirement hub

Cambodia is becoming increasingly popular with would-be expats from Western countries who’ve turned their backs on the chaos, confusion and political problems back home. Starting a new life in Cambodia is an adventure that’s proving more and more attractive to expats looking for a total change of scene. At the present time, visa requirements are straightforward and expats can work or volunteer without risking being deported. The country itself is a fascinating mix of modern amenities in its capital Phnom Penh and more traditional...
24 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Brexit threat to retired Briton and his Russian wife

As the Brexit negotiations to date have shed no light on the fates of British retirees living in Europe, stories of individuals and couples caught up in the mind-numbing uncertainly are increasingly being covered by the British media. The ramifications of a hard Brexit will be harsh enough on retired British couples getting by on the ungenerous UK state pension, but for Britons married to non-EU nationals they could be life-changing. One such is 81year-old Tony Stone, a retired antiques dealer married to Maryna, a Russian citizen....
21 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Bad news and worse news for relocating UK expat property owners

British expatriates at present living in Europe and planning a return to the UK may well be out of pocket due to an unexpected rise is UK property prices. As the Brexit-related uncertainty about rights to remain, healthcare and pensions drags on, many formerly settled UK expats living in EU member states may be considering a return to the UK. However, financial worries about the difference between the sales price of their homes in Europe and the rising prices of UK properties may be as stressful as the decision to wait it out for...
21 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Dubai expatriates on Palm Jumeirah needed for reality TV show

A London-based production company is seeking UK expats with homes or businesses on Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah complex to star in a new reality TV show. Arrow Media, the production company responsible for the popular Ultimate Airport Dubai show, is working with the UK’s commercial TV network ITV on what is expected to be a no-holds-barred expose of Brits living in untrammelled luxury in an exotic setting. Qualifications for applicants seem to be rather basic, as well as possibly reflecting the tone of the new show, with being...
21 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Good and bad Brexit news for UK expats in Europe

At long last, real news concerning UK expats in Europe is leaking out of the Brexit negotiations, but it isn’t all good. The almost total lack of anything resembling concrete information for expatriate Britons caught in the Brexit fiasco has caused concern and fury across Europe’s favourite expat hubs. Squabbles between parliamentary factions, a disastrous last-minute general election and ministerial incompetence have led to UK citizens living and retiring overseas believing they don't count for anything with those making...
20 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Paris preparing to poach EU expat bankers from London

Now under its new President, Paris is planning to attract EU expat bankers and financial experts from post-Brexit London. Newly elected President Macron’s previous dislike of the banking fraternity seems to have evaporated under the necessity to up Paris’s game as regards attracting the brightest and best the City of London has to offer. A former banker himself, Macron is now offering tax breaks for financial professionals from overseas, the easing of EU regulations, more international schools and rules making it easier to hire...