Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

13 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Tremlett petition may give hope to long term UK expats in Spain

Long-term British expats in Spain are watching in hope that Giles Tremlett’s efforts on their behalf will succeed. As the information-starved Brexit saga rumbles on, British expats living in Spain are stuck in no-man’s land with no-one to turn to for answers. Long-term Brit residents originally came to EU member state Spain with the assurance their rights would be guaranteed and, even though many were denied the right to vote in the referendum as they’d been outside the UK for over 15 years, are now faced with having to...
11 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Anti Brexit movement ramping up in the UK and abroad

As parliament dithers and no clarification has yet been received on the Supreme Court’s judgement, resistance to Brexit as a done deal is growing in the UK as well as in British expat communities across Europe. As protest groups continue forming in major European expat destinations, EU expats living in the UK are getting together in ever-increasing numbers to campaign against being summarily ejected from the country once Brexit is finalised. The vast majority of EU citizens in the UK, many of whom are long-stayers with jobs and...
6 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Man born in Britain to EU expat parents refused British passport

A 32-year old man born to German parents living in London has been refused a British passport and will have to take a UK citizenship test in order to stay. Given recent media revelations about Home Office chaos over EU citizens’ permanent residency applications, the present plight of Dom Wolf perhaps should not come as a surprise, even although the Passport Office is the culprit. Wolf’s parents arrived in the UK in 1974, and his mother worked as a lecturer at the University of London. His father was self-employed, and the family...
30 Dec at 6 PM 2016

EU expats in UK being refused residency

The UK Home Office is under fire from frustrated EU citizens over its draconian refusals of permanent residency permits. The permanent residency process appears to be in chaos as long-stay EU citizens and experts are being told they must leave the UK due to minor paperwork problems. As a result, a recently formed campaign group is now urging government ministers to undertake a reform of the overburdened system. According to the Guardian newspaper, the 3 Million group was founded by Frenchman Nicolas Hatton in order to fight for the...
8 Dec at 6 PM 2016

France the best place for expat home ownership

A recent and wide-ranging study on residential property across Europe gives good news to UK expats owning French homes. Eight European countries were compared for their number of home owners, costs of homes versus salaries, property price variations, sizes of homes, construction costs, mortgages and rural versus city locations. The Eurostat study covered the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Poland. France outdid the UK in several of the categories, although both countries showed the same number of...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Hangzhou get Good Neighbour awards

Two long-stay expats living in the Chinese city of Hangzhou have been given Good Neighbour awards for their service to the community. One of the traditional highlights of the annual Hangzhou Neighbour Festival is the giving of Good Neighbour awards to residents who’ve made significant contributions to their local community. This year, two foreigners were voted the awards for the first time by local residents. Australian hotelier Pater Zaunmayr arrived in China 15 years ago and has lived in Hangzhou’s Xixi community for three...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Brexit effect devastates Spanish property market

Real estate agents in the Spanish Costas are reporting British demand for homes in the sun has fallen by 50 per cent since the Brexit vote. According to local estate agents, British demand for holiday and retirement homes in the popular Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca regions has fallen by 50 per cent since the Brexit vote and subsequent sterling crash. The slump wiped out strong gains in the market during 2015, during which 10,000 homes were purchased by Britons taking advantage of the strong pound. Traditionally, British buyers...
2 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Vietnam hosts festival celebrating local friendships with expats

In a move well ahead of neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is hosting a Development and Integration Festival aimed at integrating expats into the Ho Chi Minh community. Ho Chi Minh City’s annual Development and Integration Festival kicked off yesterday for its three-day run aimed at introducing the country’s culture and history to an ever-increasing number of expat residents. Amongst its many features are the culture and arts of Vietnam, the city’s development plans and Vietnam’s delicious traditional cuisine. ...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2016

EU MEP proposes individual EU citizenship for British expats

Following a huge post-Brexit rise in applications by expat Britons for citizenship of other countries, the European parliament will review a plan for individual EU membership. If adopted, the proposal put forward by a Luxembourg liberal MEP would allow UK expats and British citizens free movement and the right to remain in EU member states. MEP Charles Goerens believes many UK citizens both overseas and at home want to stay as part of the European community. Amendment 882 has been proposed as an add-on to an EU parliament...
16 Nov at 4 PM 2016

Survey reveals the 17 best world cities for expats

The latest expat survey gives an extensive glimpse into expatriate lives and identifies the best world cities for quality of life and career success. The InterNations Expat Insider 2016 survey was based on all aspects of expat life including career prospects, lifestyle quality, friendliness of locals and even the weather. No less than 17 world cities were highly rated, giving prospective expatriates a choice of cultures, salary levels and more. Top of the range was Melbourne, Australia, with 80 per cent of expats commending the...