Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

22 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Massive increase in immigrants to New Zealand

New Zealand’s net immigration figures have hit an all-time high as 73,000 more arrive than leave. According to figures for the month of May 2017, immigrants are still flooding to New Zealand in increasing numbers, led by would-be expats from the UK and Australia as well as migrants from China. Las month's net migration figures show an increase on last year of 3,600, with 75 per cent of the 130,400 arrivals non- Kiwis looking to settle in the country. The rush to become part of the country’s growing economy happened at the same...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expat brain drain robbing British universities of top talent

Theresa May’s refusal to guarantee the right to remain for EU citizens has sparked an expat exodus from the field of education, including Britain’s top universities. Now being referred to as the ‘expat brain drain’, top talent reaction to the threat of compulsory post-Brexit rehabilitation to the home country is to leave on its own terms rather than wait for the seemingly inevitable. Whilst experts are predicting the IT, engineering and financial services sectors will be worst affected, a number of the UK’s premier education...
9 Jun at 6 PM 2017

UK expats and visitors pack Manhattan British pub on election night

Manhattan’s favourite British pub hosted crowds of expat Britons as well as visitors from the UK on Thursday night for its big-screen showing of Theresa May’s snap election. The Churchill Tavern’s TV screens got the attention of over a hundred fascinated Britons as the drama unfolded, resulting in a hung parliament and all the chaos that will cause. Americans in attendance had spent most of the day equally fascinated by the unfolding of James Comey’s anti-Trump testimony before Congress. Numbers at the pub picked up...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expat retirement haven options shrink due to Brexit

Although the looming shadow of Brexit may well have killed retirement dreams of Mediterranean sunsets, there are still value for money destinations overseas. One thing Brexit hasn’t destroyed is adventurous British would-be expats’ dream of a retirement overseas, it’s just meant their choices of destinations may have to change. A slower pace of life combined with better weather and a reasonable cost of living can still be found, even in non-EU countries. A new study reveals the most common reason for retiring outside the UK...
5 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Brain drain feared as EU academics quit British universities

Academics at leading British universities are fearing a Brexit brain drain as EU expats leave their jobs to return home. Academics are voicing their concerns that Brexit will result in a top talent decline due to the British government’s failure to guarantee the rights to remain for foreign students and staff alike. According to Cambridge University, the brain drain is already happening, with 184 EU citizen staff leaving during the past year. In total, some 1,300 academics from EU member states have already left, showing a 30 per...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Why Chiang Mai for expat retirees

In a recent survey, the Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai was listed as one of the best retirement destinations for expats, but is it all it seems? Chiang Mai lies in the province of the same name in the far north of Thailand, bisected by the Ping River and boasting a moated, walled Old City. It’s the capital of its province, set in a valley surrounded by mountains reputed to be the foothills of the distant Himalayas. Founded in 1296, the city is culturally and historically of interest due to its being the capital of the former Lanna...
24 May at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows favourite countries for expat professionals

Uncertainly about where to relocate is beginning to haunt expats’ lives, but some countries are still attractive for professionals determined to make the move. Immigration issues are causing uncertainty in many former expat hubs including the USA and UK, but determined expat professionals can still find a home for their talents and aspirations. A recent InterNations study identifies those countries which still welcome the best and the brightest by offering them great salaries and benefits as well as comfortable, well-balanced...
19 May at 6 PM 2017

Buying your expat dream home in Canada

Canada is a popular choice for expats from across the world, with many deciding to buy a home rather than rent. For new expat arrivals in Canada, buying a home is a long-term, cost effective option to renting. The purchase programme is reasonably straightforward, and there’s a great choice of varying locations with properties costing less than might be imagined. Non-residents as well as expatriates are allowed to purchase homes, making planning for retirement easier than in many other countries. Even so, house purchase doesn’t...
27 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Panama tightens immigration rules for expats

The popular retirement destination of Panama may not be so welcoming in the future, as its government has tightened immigration rules in order to control foreign access to the country. According to local media reports, the Panamanian immigration authority is tightening a number of rules and bringing in new laws relating to foreigners who are not legal residents in the country. According to the Servicio Nacional de Migracion (SNM), foreigners on tourist visas have been abusing the privilege by leaving the country for a few days and...
26 Apr at 6 PM 2017

British Home Office tells EU expatriates not to apply for permanent residence

EU citizens desperate to retain a legal foothold in post-Brexit Britain have been told by the Home Office to forget about trying for permanent residency as it’s been ‘overwhelmed' by the number of applications received to date. The huge number of applications made by EU nationals wanting to continue working and living in the UK has caused chaos at the Home Office, resulting in a plea to would-be applicants not to bother, as they’ll be kept informed by email news alerts about any action they should take in the future. Basically,...