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17 Dec at 11 AM 2014

Phuket expat accused of stealing bikes to sell via Facebook

A French expat and his Thai girlfriend have been accused of stealing motorcycles on the island of Phuket in order to rebuild them and sell them via Facebook. Twenty-seven-year-old Mathieu Alfano and Pawana Moonsatub, 21, were identified from CCTV footage and able to be traced to their residence on Phrabaramee Road in Patong – the island’s largest town. Alfano is also suspected of offering local police a 100,000 baht bribe. When police searched the apartment on Tuesday they found bike parts and accused the Frenchman of stealing a...
16 Dec at 3 PM 2014

House shortage in Doha leaves expats facing huge rent increases

A shortage of housing in the Qatari capital Doha means expats will have to pay higher rent prices than they would do in other Gulf states, according to a recent study by global real estate company Colliers International. The fact the city has such a shortage has resulted in the cost of rent soaring to unprecedented levels – a rise of 14 per cent this year alone. And things are unlikely to get better for expats on Doha any time soon as the shortage is predicted to go on for at least four years. The average expat in Doha - not...
11 Dec at 3 PM 2014

UK expats in Cyprus to campaign for fuel allowance

British expats living in Cyprus are ready to campaign against the UK government’s proposal to stop their winter fuel allowance from next year. Expats residing in the Mediterranean country have said the eligibility tests that UK citizens have to go through to see if they’re entitled to the winter fuel payments were “unfair and sneaky”. The UK government announced last year that as of 2015, winter fuel payments would no longer be made to citizens living abroad unless they lived in countries that had an average winter...
9 Dec at 2 PM 2014

Madeleine McCann: Police begin witness interviews

Police have begun the process of re-interviewing key witnesses in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Scotland Yard detectives have travelled to the Portuguese capital Lisbon to assist local officers in questioning 11 witnesses about the night the three-year-old disappeared. The UK police will sit in on interviews conducted by their Portuguese counterparts in Faro. Among those believed to being quizzed it UK-born expat businessman Robert Murat, who has said he was happy to help police with their efforts. The...
8 Dec at 2 PM 2014

British expat has missing wallet returned after 18 years

UK expat Colin Mendoza got an almighty shock when police in Switzerland contacted him to say they had his missing wallet and passport – 18 years after he lost them on a train in the country. Mendoza fell asleep on a train journey from Zurich Airport to Geneva in 1996, and didn’t realise he had left his wallet on board until after getting off. He immediately reported that it was missing to police, before having to get a new passport as well as cancelling credit cards and ordering new ones. However, nearly two decades later,...
5 Dec at 12 PM 2014

One in three UK expats want to return home

A third of UK expats would jump at the chance of moving home, while more than two thirds are unhappy where they live, revealed a survey of more than 700 British expats. The survey, conducted by Experts for Expats in October and November, quizzed British expats on where they would choose to live if there were no obstacles involved to moving. Some 43 per cent said that the reason they would prefer to move back to the UK was due to homesickness or family reasons, while just 23 per cent of those looking to return home said it was...
5 Dec at 10 AM 2014

Expats will not lose their tax breaks

Brits working abroad received some good news on Thursday after it was revealed that they would still be allowed to claim their personal tax allowance. Chancellor George Osborne said in March during his budget statement that the only people who may be able to retain their personal allowances in the future would be non-residents with strong economic ties to the UK, meaning how much income they could earn in the UK from a property or a pension before tax had to be paid. For the tax year of 2014/15, that level was at £10,000 per...
3 Dec at 4 PM 2014

New Zealand’s Kea expat network reaches 500,000

A global network designed for New Zealanders living overseas has hit the half-million-member mark. Kea, which was launched in 2001 by Professor David Teece and The Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall on the back of the Knowledge Wave conference, connects New Zealand businesses with Kiwis living around the world. Among those permitted to sign up to the network are ‘Friends of New Zealand’, people who are not from the country but have a vested interest or are connected in some way to it. The group’s global chief executive,...
3 Dec at 11 AM 2014

MP pushing Bill to allow expats to vote once more

Conservative MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown is to make one final push to abolish the 15-year voting rule imposed on British expats before the 2015 general election. The rule prevents UK nationals abroad from voting in elections if they have resided overseas for more than 15 years. Clifton-Brown is to make a speech seeking to persuade MPs that it is time to allow Brits living overseas the right to vote once more. Under the Ten Minute Rule, which allows MPs to request the leave of the house to introduce a Bill, he will ask that a Bill is...
28 Nov at 11 AM 2014

Elderly British expats shot dead in France

Police in southwestern France have launched an investigation after an elderly expat couple from the UK were found shot dead by their home cleaner. Derek and Sheila Hawkins, 98 and 86, were found dead in their home in the village of Fabas on Monday in what police believe could have been a murder-suicide. The wife had been killed by two gunshots and the husband by a single shot to the head. The village mayor Simon Bavard said that Mr Hawkins had left a number of letters for his children with the instruction for them to be opened after...