Expat Hong Kong News
Latest 10 news items tagged Hong Kong
21 Oct at 6 PM 2014
As conflicts erupt in European as well as the Middle East and Asia, the UK Foreign Office has stepped up its travel warnings to both tourists and expats.
France is the number one target for the latest British authority warnings to UK residents as well as visitors to the popular tourism and expat hub. A triple warning has been issued, with the expected terrorist backlash against France’s military intervention in the war between the Kurds and ISIS at the top of the list.
According to the French government, security measures have...
15 Oct at 10 AM 2014
Expats in Hong Kong
are now living through an unprecedented level of protests against China’s Communist rulers, but how is the seemingly unresolvable drama affecting the expat community?
Started, as are many similar events worldwide, by local students and now spread to hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong
citizens who value their island’s democratic basis, the protests are certainly making everyday life difficult for the city’s large expat community. Few Westerners are seen in the morass of people, but many are forming their own...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2014
As Northern Europe’s chilling winter months draw nearer and the results of seasonal surveys of the perfect expat destination hit forums and advice websites, potential migrants could be forgiven for an excess of confusion over which destination is best.
The NatWest Quality of Life Survey, one of the better indications of migration preferences, produced a surprise this year with its conclusion that the West as a preferred expat destination is being overtaken by Eastern delights. Even so, Australia still tops the chart as UK expats’...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2014
As lawyers in the UK and Australia prepare court cases on behalf of victims of the largest financial scandal to hit Australia in decades, many are accusing life companies of a lack of due diligence.
The failure of LMIM and its Managed Performance Fund (MPF) has devastated savers and investors in expat locations such as Hong Kong
, the UAE, Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia as well as many in the UK, Europe and Australia. Total losses are running at around AU$369 million, and investors have been warned to expect no more than five...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2014
The number of Britons living or visiting overseas who needed passport help during 2013 rose by around eight per cent, not taking into account the huge number of people affected by the massive passport processing backlog.
The passport backlog itself caused the worst crisis for the British passport office in decades, with hundreds of thousands of unfulfilled applications stacked in boxes awaiting processing. Waiting times of up to and over four months caused ruined holidays, missed family occasions and disrupted business trips....
29 Jul at 6 PM 2014
As complaints against the mis-selling of financial products soars across European states, a UK Parliamentary enquiry has been advised that an EU-wide mechanism for consumer redress is badly needed.
Although EU law on consumer protection has been updated since the 2008 crash, redress for consumers with mis-sold financial products has remained the responsibility of separate member states. At the present time, the UK Financial Ombudsman is handling a massive number of claims relating to both banks and FA firms accused of ignoring due...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2014
The two masterminds behind one of the biggest ever boiler room scams have been jailed for ripping off £millions from unwary investors. Jeffrey Revell-Reade and Anthony May were found guilty in a London court of conspiracy to defraud over a thousand investors.
The total sum lost was estimated at around 70 million sterling, and sentences of eight and seven years respectively were handed down by the judge. The pair, based in Spain, ran a team of telephone salesmen targeting British pensioners using high-pressure sales techniques....
3 Jun at 6 PM 2014
Delays of up to three months are being experienced by British expats attempting to renew their passport under the recently adopted new scheme.
Her Majesty’s Passport Office is warning that renewal and issuance of replacement passports will take far longer than under the old scheme. Formerly, passport renewals and replacements were handled by seven international processing centres, with waiting times of up to three weeks.
The new rules state that all British passport renewals and replacements must be handled by the UK-based HM...
23 May at 6 PM 2014
In spite if a push to recruit top expat talent to the Gulf States, UAE companies are offering salaries and benefits up to 10 per cent lower than in 2013.
The global war to attract fully qualified and experienced migrants to new jobs and new lives across the world is in full swing, giving top talent plenty of choice. However, recruiters in the UAE are reporting difficulty in selling their region to executive-level professionals as companies in other countries are offering better deals.
The average expat package is made up of a good...
19 May at 6 PM 2014
A recent survey has shown that a majority of British expats working and living overseas take full advantage of modern technology to improve their work/life balance.
NatWest Bank’s Quality of Life survey included UK expats in a number of countries such as the USA, Hong Kong
, Canada, the Antipodes, China, South Africa and the UAE. Of those surveyed, 94 per cent confirmed that their workplace efficiency had been improved by recent technological advances.
Increased mobility in their working lives as a result of improved IT was...