Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

13 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Homesick Spanish migrants looking to return one day

Many thousands of Spaniards are now expats in foreign lands, having left to find work during the years since the economic crisis kicked in, but most are hoping for a swift return to their beloved country. Results of a recent survey have shown that a massive 82 per cent of Spaniards working overseas since 2008 are planning to return home within at least the next five years. Less than one in five of those polled have decided to stay in their host country. The Hay’s Guide to the Labour Market survey has revealed a direct link...
16 Dec at 6 PM 2013

Canadian 65 year immigrant refused pension without proof of immigration

A 65-year-old woman who arrived in 1949 as a three-month old babe in arms with her parents has been refused her pension unless she can provide her immigration documents. Bureaucracy run riot is alive and kicking in Canada, especially in the case of Martha Kozub, whose parents brought her from Germany to Canada after WWII. When she was 13 years old, she became a Canadian citizen and continued her education up to university level before teaching for 35 years in Canadian schools. The crunch came when she applied for her Old Age...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2013

Temporary or permanent emigration may depend on pension provision

Migrants leaving the UK for overseas jobs many never intend to return, but the final decision to stay or go may depend on whether they have a pension in their host country. It seems that deciding to make a permanent commitment to your host county at the end of a career is easier if you have opted into a pension scheme in your overseas home. Taking this step tends to indicate that there’s enough which is good to encourage staying for the rest of your life. The latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey indicated that, for UK citizens,...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2013

Asia tops the world in 2013 survey for best expat destinations

Five Asian destinations swept the board to take top ratings for quality of expat life in the 2013 Expat Explorer survey. The results of the 2013 version of HSBC International’s well-known Expat Explorer survey celebrated no less than five Asian destinations as tops for expat quality of life, integration and ease of setting up. Thailand ranked as number one, with China, Singapore, India and Taiwan taking third, sixth, seventh and eighth positions in that order. According to respondents resident in the Asian countries, it’s...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2013

Canadian expat in Thailand claims embassy has left him to die

A Canadian engineer living in Thailand’s Phuket Town is claiming on YouTube that his embassy and Thai officials are refusing assitance and leaving him to die. Tim Rooney, resident in Thailand for some 13 years, was involved in an altercation with a German expat during an attempt in 2011 to sell his computer via an online site. The advert stated no offers would be accepted and, when the German replied with an offer, the resulting emails became heated. Words were exchanged online, with the result that Rooney was arrested under...
15 Oct at 6 PM 2013

Longterm Canadian resident expat hits brick wall over citizenship

A British Columbia expat who has lived in the province for 48 years has gone public over his difficulties in obtaining Canadian citizenship and a passport. Former bank manager Gerd Nitzek, now retired, was born in Germany and now wants to travel as part of his retirement plans, but is still not able to get his wish to become a Canadian citizen due to bureaucratic red tape. His application as a permanent resident is caught up in a massive backlog of applications for citizenship. Nitzek worked at the Vancouver branch of the Bank of...
7 Oct at 6 PM 2013

Expat property purchase patterns changed by residency visa offers

Since Spain introduced its offer of a residency visa for non-EU citizens dependent on a property purchase of over €500,000, real estate professionals have seen a change in expat buying habits. Buyers from the UK still make up a good proportion of property purchases in France, accounting for 20 per cent of real estate deals. Brittany, Normandy, Midi-Pyrenees and Aquitaine are favourites, with Italian buyers concentrating on Paris and Provence. Real estate prices are still falling in France, giving a good choice of properties and...
2 Oct at 6 PM 2013

British expats shun UK investments and prefer local opportunities

Britons living overseas are fighting shy of investment opportunities in th8ier country of origin, preferring to invest their money in their countries of residence. Domestic stock markets in a number of popular expat destinations are being favoured over and above the FTSE by almost a third of British investors living overseas, according to a new study. A Lloyds Bank International survey found that Britons in the USA, Germany and Canada had more confidence in the outlook for the local economy than in that for the UK and are betting on...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2013

Expat funds in EU banks may be risking Cyprus style grab

A new EU law quietly passed on 1 August may lead the way to a Cyprus-style grab of expat funds in Eurozone bank accounts. The new law, apparently sneaked through whilst most EU citizens were on holiday, is intended to deal with the inevitability of bank failures in Eurozone countries. Many expect it to spread to non-Eurozone EU member states, with the result that no depositors will have protection from a similar percentage grab to that which recently decimated Cyprus expats’ savings. According to the International Business...
3 Jun at 6 PM 2013

Swiss real estate prices to drop after immigration restrictions

Following the limitations on new migrant numbers introduced by the Swiss Government last month, the country’s booming house price index is expected to slow. According to Zuercher Kantonalbank, as immigration slows due to the reduction in permitted numbers, the pressure on the booming property market is expected to ease. High levels of immigration and the availability of cheap credit have fuelled the sharpest surge in house prices in the last 20 years. Strong economic growth coupled with a relaxation in immigration laws between...