Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

20 Feb at 6 PM 2017

EU expats in UK without private health insurance denied residence permits

As if getting residency in the UK post-referendum wasn’t tricky and time-consuming enough, EU expats desperate to stay in the UK post-Brexit are now being told they’ve been refused because they haven’t bought private health insurance. A little-known piece of legislation requiring EU citizens to purchase private health insurance is now being used to deny legitimate claims for permanent residency. The mostly ignored law applies to EU citizens living in the UK who are either looking for work or not in work, with residency only...
16 Feb at 6 PM 2017

US citizens discover the advantages of moving abroad

With increasing numbers of disenchanted US citizens making the move to overseas locations, it’s no surprise that most find their lifestyles and living costs are far better than in the home country. Media reports of an increase in the number of Americans desperate to emigrate after the Trump inauguration are prompting stories of actual expat experiences across the globe. Canada is a favourite due to ease of access and the fact that English is the local lingo, although those heading for Quebec province will need to prove their ability...
15 Feb at 6 PM 2017

New poll shows four out of five UK expats live in fear of Brexit effect

Survey shows 80 per cent of respondents fear for their post Brexit lives. A survey initiated by the Brussels and Europe Lib Dem group reveals that the vast majority of respondents are living in fear of the devastating effect of Brexit on their families and their lives. The survey, taken by 5,170 Britons living in EU member states, took place following last week’s Commons vote which opened the door for Theresa May to activate Article 50 next month. Asked about their main concern about Brexit, 25 per cent of respondents, most of...
14 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Best Chinese cities for expat alternatives to Beijing

Expats wishing to settle themselves in China but who don’t like the idea of Beijing’s smog, crowds and fast, expensive pace of living might like to consider a few smaller, more laid back Chinese cities. Whilst Beijing is China’s expat hub for foreign starts-ups and lifestyles, not every new arrival in this ancient land wants to experience its high cost of accommodation and living, the lack of pure air and the massive crowds. For those considering a move to China, Beijing isn’t the only option, and there are many advantages in...
9 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Finland tops survey for expat kids education

One of the most important aspects of moving overseas en famille is the childrens’ safety, education and quality of life. Expat parents looking to settle in an unfamiliar country in order to take up a new job or start a small business need to put their childrens’ welfare high on the list of preferences. Finding a good, affordable international school, discovering what leisure activities are available, finding housing amongst other friendly families and, most importantly, ensuring the location is good for all-round health and safety...
8 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Paris pushing its claim to City bankers

Just as the strong possibility of a hard Brexit looms closer, a French charm offensive has arrived in London to woo financial professionals and bankers. It’s no surprise Paris is putting itself forward as an alternative hub to London for financial services once Brexit severs the passporting ties which come with European Union membership. Germany and the Netherlands have also indicated a willingness to welcome bankers and the like, but the Paris team may have stolen their thunder by being the first to arrive. The French team,...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2017

French expatriate numbers increase as election looms

As the French general election draws near, more and more French nationals are voting with their feet and leaving for foreign climes. Unlike the British, the French are not so well known for emigrating, with even those who do traditionally choosing known quantities in Europe where French is spoken. However, over the last several years, not only have the numbers of French émigrés increased, but more adventurous decisions as regards countries are occasionally being made. Totals of French nationals living overseas and registered with...
27 Jan at 6 PM 2017

EU taskforce to investigate plight of EU expats applying for UK residency

Following media coverage of bureaucratic nightmares caused to EU citizens applying for UK residency, the issue will come under investigation by a European Union cross-party taskforce. The move, by the EU parliament’s liberal group deputy leader Sophie in’t Veld, will examine harsh treatment by the British authorities of EU expats living long-term in the UK and wishing to gain permanent residency or citizenship. The Dutch Euro MEP took up the cause after hearing concerns from a number of EU citizens including Monique Hawkins, a UK...
26 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Spanish PM cites financial disaster of Brexit linked expat and tourism losses

The reality of Brexit is hitting hard on the Spanish prime minister as he foresees the massive financial loss to the country should expats leave and tourists stay at home. Speaking to the media at a news conference in Madrid, PM Mariano Rajoy stated Brexit is a critical threat to Spain, as its impact on the 17 million British tourists and more than 300,000 officially registered British residents could mean a huge loss to the country’s GDP. Rajoy is a hardliner as regards Brexit, having made it clear recently that he rejected...
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...