Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

28 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Eurostat survey reveals Spanish city with most expats

Statistics from a recently released Eurostat survey have confirmed Spain as the most popular of all European states for expat living. It’s old news that Spain is and always was the hottest destination for expats, especially retirees, with the results of a new Euro-survey identifying coastal Torrevieja in Alicante as holding the highest number of expats in the whole of Spain. Also known as the ‘city of salt’, the seaside town is home to 46 per cent of foreign residents, the majority of whom are retirees from the UK. Having...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in Spain sue Rothschild over mis-sold equity release schemes

According to a recent article in the Sunday Times, a group of four expats living in Spain have filed a lawsuit alleging mistreatment in the matter of an illegal equity release scheme. The lawsuit due to be heard in Britain’s High Court is being seens as a test case for more than 800 British retirees in Spain, Portugal and France who were drawn into remortgaging their homes in order to re-invest the capital in offshore funds. Representatives of the unregistered financial advice company Henry Woods, blacklisted from operating in Spain...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Post Brexit expats may need residency visas to live in Europe

According to the Home Office, Britons planning to emigrate to European Union member states may well need long-term residency visas. European countries are favourite destinations for British citizens wishing to retire overseas, with the EU freedom of movement laws allowing easy access. The Brexit vote takes away freedom of movement, potentially wrecking the plans of many thousands of UK state pensioners searching for a lower cost of living and warmer weather. Once Britain leaves the EU, freedom of movement will become a thing of...
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...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Belgium rush to claim citizenship

The demand for Belgian citizenship has exploded since the Brexit result, with UK expats desperate to stay in their jobs. At present, the small country of Belgium is home to some 24,000 British citizens, the majority of whom work in Brussels with NATO or EU institutions. Since the referendum result was announced, expats are seen standing in early morning lines outside the capital’s information offices. All are desperate to obtain Belgian citizenship. Similar offices in other Belgian cities are experiencing the same trend, with...
29 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Legal precedent may offer hope for UK expats residency rights

An Open University law lecturer has highlighted a legal case concerning citizenship rights which may open the door for UK expats to stay in Europe after Britain leaves the EU. Law lecturer Ann Wesemann believes the case, concerning an Austrian citizen who attempted to take German nationality, may seem unrelated but could well be relevant to citizenship cases caused by the UK’s decision to quit the EU. For example, she cites a British citizen living in France who, due to this test case, would be able to retain his EU citizenship...
27 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Volunteer expats help rehome Turkish street dogs

Alanya’s Animal Care House and dog shelter and its volunteer expat helpers offer rehabilitation, medical attention and rehoming overseas as well as locally to the city’s stray dog population. Many favourite expat destinations have a stray dog problem, with Turkey’s Antalya city no exception to the distressing norm. It’s something that a good number of expats find hard to accept, especially if they’re dog lovers themselves. Thanks to expat volunteers and locals, Antalya’s street dogs are luckier than most. Set on...
6 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Will Brexit scupper Waitrose British Corner Shop deal

With Brexit’s toxic tentacles invading almost all aspects of expat life in Europe, gourmet Brits hungrily awaiting Waitrose’s’ entry into the online British Corner Shop may well be in for an eventual disappointment. For UK expat foodies unable to live without such British culinary delights as digestive biscuits, Marmite, Wiltshire bacon, Cheddar cheese and sausage rolls, British Corner Shop’s online store and its Europe-wide deliveries have been a lifeline. The introduction of a deal with upmarket purveyor Waitrose was sure to...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2016

German and French ministers recommend citizenship for UK expats

Possible solutions to the plight of UK expats living and working in Europe are finally on the political agenda of several EU member states. Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel was the first top-ranking European politician to suggest that his country needs the skills offered by younger British expats already working within German companies. In a Berlin meeting with the Social Democratic Party he suggested that young British nationals living in Italy and France as well as in Germany should be offered dual...