Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

17 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Dubai population explosion down to expats

Already one of the world’s fastest growing conurbations, Dubai’s population is expected to double by 2027. Researchers at UAE University have released the results of a study claiming the population of Dubai will double over the next 10 years, with the soaring numbers due to an ever-increasing number of expatriates. Expats have already been implicated in the 1,000 per cent growth in the emirate’s total population over the past 40 years. According to Dr Fayez Elessawy, leader of the research team, the study also revealed...
1 Aug at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand on the up as a preferred expat destination

Traditionally, New Zealand has always welcomed large numbers of expats looking to start a new life, with British expats making up a strong percentage of its annual arrival statistics. A recent analysis of the country’s immigration data has revealed a five per cent increase in arrivals for the 12 months from June 2016. Out of the total of 131,400, leaving aside the 25 per cent comprising New Zealand citizens returning from overseas, the trend in immigration is still on the up. Australia continued to be the largest source of arrivals,...
31 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Brexit can be cancelled if enough Brits and expats agree

As the Brexit negotiations stumble from pillar to post, France and Germany offer to cancel Britain’s EU divorce if it’s a majority decision. The two leading EU nations stressed recently the historic relationship between the UK and the EU is in everyone’s best interest, hinting Brexit could become null and void if enough Britons desired such an outcome. At present, any progress seems to be dependent on Britain’s acceptance of a massive divorce payment calculated as more than the originally quoted £50 billion, with leaked...
31 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Amsterdam sets up as a refuge for finance professionals

Whilst it’s probably impossible to replace London as a world financial hub, it’s obvious that its post-Brexit clout will be much diminished. No single EU capital city can absorb the entire financial services industry now resident in London, but firms unable or unwilling to attempt to remain in post-Brexit Britain could do worse than consider a move to Amsterdam. The Dutch city is well placed as a gateway to the rest of the EU, with a number of banks and other multinational giants already established, including Japan’s massive...
27 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Adventurous expat professionals should consider Japan

Adventurous expat professionals looking for a rewarding new experience in a fascinatingly different location should head for Japan. If the traditional benefits of the majority of popular international relocation destinations are losing their appeal, there’s one somewhat overlooked country that’s up and coming for those with an adventurous nature and an open mind. Nowadays, due to its demographics, Japan is opening up as never before and welcoming younger, highly skilled expat professionals into its unique culture. Tokyo is the...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Are expat clubs out of fashion

Once upon a time, if you became an expat in any one of dozens of far-flung destinations, it was almost obligatory to join at least one local expat club. Over the years, expat clubs have been seen as a refuge for expats fresh from thier home countries. Reasons given for becoming members of an organisation run by volunteers and aimed at creating a social scene were many, including making new friends, practical help for newbies, advice on immigration and visas, interesting talks by long-term expatriates, networking and tips on how to...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2017

US retirees in Mexico may be illegal immigrants

Mexico’s recently revealed position as US expats’ favourite retirement hub may have concealed the fact that the majority are illegal immigrants. After some 20 years lurking in the lower listings, Mexico’s now topping the charts of International Living’s best places for American retirees. In addition, the sheer numbers of US expats south of the border is increasing, as is the average age of the group. What isn’t being reported is that the majority of happily-settled elderly US citizens may actually be classified as illegal...
18 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti female MP takes aim at expats again

Kuwait’s anti-expat parliamentarian hits out again at foreigners working in the emirate. Expats living and working in Kuwait could have been forgiven for hoping MP Safa al Hashem would find another cause to sensationalise after her initial anti-expat rants in the country’s parliament. Unfortunately, foreign professionals and other expat workers are in her sights again, as she’s now demanding a 10-year cap on expats’ stays in the emirate as well as a ban on dependent visas with the exception of parents and a doubling of charges...
14 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Becoming localised as an expat in Thailand

Thailand may not be top of the tree for expat professionals looking for the ideal assignment, but it can be a fascinating experience for those seeking something different. Southeast Asia is crammed with countries once considered to be either third world or remnants of the British Empire, but much has changed over the past several decades. Vietnam is growing fast, and hubs such as Singapore and Malaysia are well ahead on points as regards economic growth and international-style amenities. Thailand, however, seems to live in its own,...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2017

USA deportations of Europeans and Britons on the increase

Irish, British and other European expatriate communities in the USA are worried over the Trump crackdown on illegal immigration. Traditionally, illegal immigrants and overstayers from Europe hid in plain sight whilst Asians, Latin Americans and others were sent packing, but the new order in the White House is causing concern amongst the country’s foreign communities. This fiscal year, the total number of Europeans cited for deportation is set to surpass last year’s total, according to figures released by the USA Immigration and...