Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

15 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Portugal named top of world retirement hubs

Already a favourite holiday and relocation destination for the British, Portugal has been named as the top retirement hub on the planet for three years running. Well-known expat relocation website Live and Invest Overseas considers the attractions of the country to be the perfect draw for retirees, especially single women. The Algarve is favourite for its large, long-established and welcoming expat community, and the country as a whole is the safest in Europe and one of the least dangerous in the entire world. In centuries...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Scottish government fights for rights of EU expat workers

A study on the economic benefits of migration undertaken by a Scottish parliamentary cross-party committee has determined young migrants are essential for expanding both Scotland’s work force and its population. The committee’s report has backed Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s stance on immigration, which contrasts with the UK government’s anti-immigration position as part of Brexit. In the referendum, Scots voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union, citing the fact that EU membership has been an important...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Kuwait issues visa ban on five Muslim countries

As part of a plan to tighten immigration restrictions, Kuwait has announced a ban on visas for five Muslim majority states. A week after The Donald announced a travel ban on a number of Muslim majority countries, Kuwait has announced a similar crack-down on the issuing of visas to nationals of Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Described as a blanket ban, it advises citizens of the named countries not to apply for tourist, trade or work visas as they will be refused. According to local media, Kuwaiti sources said the ban...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand is favourite for footloose US citizens

New Zealand’s spectacular natural beauty is tempting would-be expatriates to leave the USA and change their lives. Spurred on by Silicone Valley billionaire Peter Thiel’s decision to become a Kiwi citizen after purchasing a magnificent lakeside estate, Americans who dislike the way their country seems to be heading are upping sticks and journeying to the other side of the world. The World Bank rating of New Zealand above Singapore as regards ease of doing business is another reason for the increase in enquiries, and Transparency...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2017

US expats in Mexico at risk from Trump policies

American expats living in Mexico could be caught in retaliatory action by the Mexican government should Trump tax imports and remittances to pay for his wall. Three members of Mexico’s parliamentary Congress are putting forward a scheme which would result in US expat properties being confiscated or made subject to liens should Trump's tax be implemented. In an announcement on Saturday, one congressman told reporters retaliatory legislation could also be brought in if Mexicans living in the USA are harmed by new immigration policies....
27 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Myanmar draft laws covering foreigners cause concern for expats

Two new draft laws affecting foreigners living and working in Myanmar are causing fear and trepidation in the country’s growing expat community. The laws are expected to be presented as priorities by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population and the Factory and General Labour Law Department once Myanmar’s upcoming parliamentary session opens next Monday. Both the Law Concerning Foreigners and the Foreign Worker Law are being slammed by analysts and lawyers for, at best, muddying still further the country’s bureaucratic...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expat startup in China wins prize in Startup Leadership Programme contest

A new online initiative by expats in China hopes to provide classified advertisement services to the entire foreign community. Foreign startups in China are not new, neither is the increasing number of expatriates heading for the country’s untapped opportunities. Focusing on the present expat population of around 600,000 is a smart move for non-Chinese entrepreneurs, as evidenced by China Classified’s second prize in the recent Startup Leadership Programme demo last Saturday. The expat-founded, Shanghai based startup’s...
20 Jan at 6 PM 2017

EU citizens in UK to fight for post Brexit residency law

A protest group formed by French expats is preparing to campaign for a new law giving protected rights to all EU expatriates in the UK. Marketing executive Nicholas Hatton is spearheading the group’s efforts to end what he calls ‘xenophobic rhetoric’ by forcing British MPs to grant permanent residency to all EU expats settled in Britain. His 3million forum group was inspired by a Bristol meetup of 200 French EU citizens, all of whom were desperately concerned about their rights to stay and work in the UK. The group is based...
19 Jan at 6 PM 2017

UK state pensioners in France terrified over more exchange rate falls

With the pound sterling forecast to sink even lower as the triggering of Article 50 draws nearer, Brit expats in France are fearing the worst. Theresa May’s long-awaited Brexit speech on Tuesday did nothing to allay the fears of British expats living in France on their UK state pensions. The PM’s continuing emphasis on a hard Brexit is expected to do even more damage to the already threatened currency and those who rely on it. Both EU and French politicians had been hoping for meat on the bones of ‘Brexit means Brexit’,...
17 Jan at 6 PM 2017

EU expats in UK at risk of deliberate government hostility post Brexit

Leading immigration lawyers are sending a disturbing message suggesting possible deliberate governmental hostility to EU citizens living and working in Britain after Brexit. According to the Guardian, an immigration specialist lawyer with London firm Kingsley Napley is suggesting the possibility of a nightmare scenario for expats in the UK should Britain go for a hard Brexit. Andrew Tingley suggests the government might well decide those who were resident in the UK pre-referendum have no right to remain. Tingley is concerned about...