Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

30 Aug at 6 PM 2016

France rates high on happiness in worldwide expat satisfaction survey

Viewed from overseas by would-be expats looking for the perfect destination, France may not quite fit the bill, but expats already settled in the country rate their quality of life as more than satisfactory. According to the latest Expat Insider survey, France’s recent turmoil including the devastating terrorist attacks and poisonous political debates isn’t seriously affecting current expats’ lives. The survey placed the country at 41st in the top expats’ destinations listings, a rise since last year’s result of 47, and its...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Abu Dhabi falling rents good news for upgrading expats

Expat workers in Abu Dhabi are taking advantage of falling rentals by upgrading to larger apartments. The emirate’s shrinking economy due to the massive fall in oil prices is causing layoffs in the expat workplace, thus reducing demand for rented apartments in several popular districts. Expats with ongoing contracts are now taking full advantage of landlords’ willingness to charge less rent and accept deposits in stage payments in order to get tenants. Middle class expats are upgrading from single bedroomed apartments to two-...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expat volunteers in Shanghai help their community understand Chinese laws

Ten expat volunteers in Shanghai’s Chengjiaqioa district are helping their compatriots to understand Chinese culture and laws. A dedicated team of long-term foreign residents are working with local police in Chengjiqioa to spread awareness amongst fellow expats and newcomers to China of the country’s social rules and laws. The group, part of the district’s 30 per cent foreign residents, includes students, business people and artists from France, the Netherlands, Italy and Argentina. One of their most important tasks is to make...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2016

EU based retirees fear loss of UK state pension increases

Many thousands of UK state pensioners living in the EU fear losing their rights to regular pension increases due to the post Brexit fallout. The expat communities of Spain and, to some extent, France, are crammed with UK citizens who’d made the choice between poverty in Britain and comparative comfort abroad. Many sold their UK homes in order to buy an apartment in one of the Andalusian coastal resorts, and have been living within their means on just their UK state pension. With the advent of Brexit, their financial security may...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows Switzerland is best choice for expat careers

HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey gives one of the best comparisons of locations suitable for career development, with Switzerland placed high on the list. Selecting the right relocation destination for a move to expat life isn’t easy, as it depends as much on personal preference as it does on salary and perks. However, for career development, Europe is still a great choice, with Switzerland considered by expats to be the best for salaries, job security, working conditions and lifestyle. Over 66 per cent of expat professionals working...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in Lauzun add fuel to Brexit legal challenge fires

The latest of the French protest groups begun by UK expats post-Brexit is determined to launch a legal challenge against the use of the Royal Prerogative. Fair Deal for Expats is based in the French town of Lauzun, home to a good number of British citizens who’ve spent their savings renovating historic French homes as part of their retirement plans.They strongly believe the possible plight of expats living in EU member states wasn’t even on the agenda when the referendum was conceived. The group’s founder, former solicitor...
4 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Citizenship and financial tips for UK expats in France

Although the final impact of Brexit on UK expats in France is not yet clear, it’s best to take all the precautions you can to ensure your right to remain. Preparing well in advance for the worst scenario whilst hoping for the best is simply common sense, given the uncharted post-Brexit waters. The first step in ensuring you are able to stay in France is to apply for French citizenship, as there’s no indication as yet of any firm plan to extend the right to remain to British citizens, however long they’ve lived in France. French...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Oz expats returning home face property purchase problems

Post-Brexit blues and other European negatives are encouraging Aussie expats to go home, but increased property purchase red tape is blighting many plans. Traditionally, Australian expats working for companies in the UK and Europe are most likely to return home permanently during the last quarter of the year. Upheaval in the UK, Turkey’s instability and terrorist attacks in France have all combined to make thoughts of home irresistible, but Australian property enquiries have declined rather than accelerated. Brokers working for...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Irish eyes are smiling at British expats

Southern Ireland’s house prices, friendly locals and natural beauty make it a great choice for UK expats forced to leave European countries. For Brit expats unwilling to wait and see as regards their post-Brexit right to remain and even more unwilling to darken England’s door again, the Republic of Ireland may well be the answer. One British couple who’d lived in France for 19 years decided to give Ireland a try, and haven’t regretted their decision for a minute. Having at first decided to return to the UK, they...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Survey reveals cost of expat packages to employers

A recent survey taking in the 40 top financial hubs across the world has revealed the UK is the most expensive relocation destination for employers. The survey, carried out by ECA International, shows the UK as top of the most expensive cities list for the second year running. For example, the cost of a salary and relocation package at middle manager level comes out at $390,000 annually. Japan is the runner up at $328,000, a drop from last year’s totals due to the weakening yen. Factors taken into account included salaries, taxes,...