Expat Euro News

Latest 10 news items tagged Euro

21 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Fears grow for expat insurances and pension as passporting rights issue ignored

The threat of losing access to pension payments and insurance coverage for UK expats in Europe is creeping ever closer as the crucial issue of ‘passporting rights’ continues to be ignored by the UK negotiating team. British expats resident in European member state countries have long been aware of the possible personal financial consequences of a hard Brexit, but as March 2019 creeps closer it’s obvious that Brits in the home country may also be affected. A number of insurers have already transferred their operations from the UK...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Tips on selling your Spanish home if relocation is your answer to Brexit worries

For expats giving up and returning to the UK before Brexit, selling your Spanish home isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Selling a property in Spain is tougher as regards bureaucracy than the process of purchasing. The easy part is finding a buyer, especially nowadays as the number of Brits buying property and emigrating before Brexit kicks in ensures a steady flow of interest usually leading to a quick sale. It’s essential for sellers to have the help of experts in the legal process, but there are several ways in which the...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats landmark Brexit appeal rejected by Amsterdam court

An Amsterdam court has thrown out a landmark case brought by British expats which demanded their post-Brexit rights as European citizens should be recognised by the EU. The case was the first of a number awaiting hearings and was brought by five British expats in the Netherlands and two anti-Brexit campaign groups. It was ruled against in its first hearing last January and was sent on appeal to the Amsterdam court. The court rejected the appeal and found in favour of the Dutch government, quoting expats’ claims were ‘too vague’...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Portuguese Golden Visa suspected as money laundering tool

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme is being condemned as a vehicle for money laundering via real estate purchases. NGO Transparency International is taking up on last year’s warning by Portuguese government allies by declaring the country’s Golden Visa scheme is simply a form of money laundering.The programme, introduced six years ago, grants Portuguese passports and citizenship as well as EU passports and member state privileges to wealthy individuals in exchange for hefty cash investments, usually through the purchase of upscale...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2018

UK to relax immigration rules for non EU expat medical professionals

The British government is planning exemptions of non EU doctors and nurses from the annual immigration numbers cap. According to UK immigration lawyers, the British government is about to exempt doctors and nurses from non- European Union countries from the annual cap on expat professionals. The cap, at present at 20,700, was divided into monthly allocations following its inception in 2011 and covers non-EU skilled workers applying for Tier 2 visas. Until late last year, the cap had been exceeded just once in June 2015. Subsequently,...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Shanghai animal shelter seeks expat volunteers and fosterers for abandoned pets

Chinese locals and expats in Shanghai are working together to save abandoned pets. People for Pets was started in 2015 by Samantha and Ann, two expat ladies distressed by the number of abandoned pets in the giant city. Three years in, it’s a group of experienced rescuers bridging the gap between animal protection and animal welfare in Shanghai. Every dog and cat saved has either been born on the streets or abused and abandoned by their former owners, and is treated by vets for both physical and mental problems before settling down...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Bringing your dog to France from the USA

France’s appeal is now even more international, as an increasing number of US citizens are giving up on the home country and moving to France along with their pets. Emigrating across continents with your beloved pet dog or cat is a stressful experience at best as well as being an expensive undertaking. Although things rarely go wrong, it’s just the thought that they might which causes sleepless nights prior to departure day. At present, bringing a dog to France from the UK is straightforward due to the EU’s Pet Passport scheme,...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2018

UK expat parents in EU fear for their childrens educational freedom

The swathe of English language curriculum international schools across the expat world has helped relocating parents provide a steady stream of quality education for their offspring for decades. One of the most important aspects of relocation for British parents is the availability of international-standard education from primary to university level. The advent of Brexit isn’t just threatening Britons’ right to stay in their chosen EU country, it’s also threatening the continuation of parental choice as regards a structured...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2018

First two Western expat women get Saudi driving licenses

Finally, Western women as well as their Saudi equivalents can now get their driving licenses. June 24 is a day Saudi women and their Western female friends thought they’d never, ever see – the day those who’ve received their driving licenses can hit the road! Two expat women friends, one from Finland and the other from the USA, were first in the queue to receive the precious driving permits. They’d both applied right after the news broke and were thrilled to get two of the first licenses issued to Western women. Laura Alho...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Peaceful Portugal triumphs again in Global Peace Index

The recently published Global Peace Index 2018 again rates Portugal as one of the planet’s most peaceful countries. In an increasingly troubled world, finding a peaceful place to live seems like a challenge at best and impossible at worst. The Global Peace Index covers almost all the entire world population, and uses 23 quantitative and qualitative indexes to calculate its results based on Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict, Societal Safety and Security and Militarisation. Whilst the results of the 2018 study show world...