Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

17 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Germany a favourite for long stay British expats

Over 100,000 UK expats are settled in Germany, with their numbers steadily increasing since 2011. A report by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed a total of 107,000 Britons living in Germany, a 10 per cent increase over the last six years. The data was collected and analysed from an EU report of the latest numbers, and gives an interesting take on British expats’ habits and lifestyles. It seems the British expat community is settled on a longer-term basis than its equivalents in the majority of other European...
2 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Home Office under harsh criticism at European Commission for its unjust deportations

The increasing number of embarrassing reports of Home Office blunders potentially or actually resulting in the detention and deportation of legally resident EU citizens has resulted in an EU investigation. Actual enforced removals and detentions of EU citizens living and working in the UK have increased considerably since the June 2016 Brexit referendum, along with the number of deportation orders issued in error, many of which have been publicised in the British mainstream media. Critics are claiming deliberate targeting of EU expats...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2017

US expats in Cambodia concerned over anti US threats

American expatriates living and working in Cambodia are growing more concerned about the seemingly anti-US stance of the ruling military government. After the recent closure of independent English language media outlets and radio stations and the arrest of the country’s opposition leader, Phnom Penh officials have focused their rhetoric on the USA. Government critics and media professionals are increasingly concerned about the reasons behind the rising antipathy, especially after Friday’s announcement that senior military officers...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Expat mom legally in UK gets deportation and child removal threats

A Japanese expat mom living legally with her Polish husband in London has endured a life-changing two-year fight with the Home Office. Another Home Office scandal hit the media today, describing the two years of hell endured by Japanese national Haruka Tomioka, who’d been living legally in London with her Polish husband, an EU citizen working in the film industry, for ten years. Over the past two years, in spite of the fact that EU law on freedom of movement includes the spouses and children of EU citizens, she was threatened with...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows older expats in Thailand fear for their futures

Expat pensioners living in Thailand are becoming concerned over the ever increasing cost of private heathcare and the reliability of the Thai retirement visa system. Long considered an exotic but stable expat retirement destination, Thailand is home to expat communities in many provincial cities and large towns as well as in Bangkok and the beachside towns along the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea coastline. Although no official figures are available, it’s possible the majority of long-stay expats in the Kingdom are over...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand tops Australia as Brit expat favourite

A recent report has confirmed British expats’ long-time favourite New Zealand is now number one again, beating out Australia for the top spot. Enquiries from Britons wishing to emigrate to New Zealand have increased by a massive 83 per cent during the first six months of 2017, whilst enquiries about Australia have fallen by five per cent. It’s not just the British who are queuing up to move to the country made famous by the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, it’s American citizens fleeing the country since Donald Trump become its...
24 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Home Office error sees 100 EU expats threatened with deportation

In the latest Brexit-related scandal, the British Home Office sent 100 deportation notices to EU expats, threatening removal if recipients didn’t leave voluntarily. In a move indicating its inability to deal correctly with EU expats living and working in the UK, the Home Office mistakenly sent letters to 100 European nationals ordering them to leave the country or face forced removal. One expat, married to a Briton and resident in the UK for most of the past decade, was told she must leave within a month as she was ‘a person...
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...