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Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

17 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Tragic murder of MP Jo Cox puts hold on Brexit campaigning

Yesterday’s shocking news of the murder of Batley MP Jo Cox resulted in both the Remain and Leave camps suspending their campaigning until at least Saturday out of respect for the popular parliamentarian. As the appalling news broke that one of politics’ brightest young stars had been stabbed and shot to death outside her constituency centre in Birstall, Yorkshire, the entire nation reacted with horror and grief. Since then, condolences and tributes have been arriving from her constituents, her parliamentary colleagues, British...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2016

EU states no longer attracting the brightest and best expat talent

A recently released OECD report points out that legal labour regulation has resulted in a decline in the European Union’s share of the global talent pool. According to the respected think tank, the European community is now facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis requiring member states to come up with coordinated, bold solutions in order to preserve long-term competitiveness. Reforming its legal labor migration laws is essential to getting the region back at the top of the sustainable growth game. Those emigrating to European...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK citizens at home and abroad let down by both Brexit campaigns

Given that the Brexit referendum is the most important issue to hit the UK in many decades, the total chaos of both the Remain and Leave campaigns may be disastrous for the millions ultimately affected by the result. As it’s generally now understood that a Brexit win would unleash political and financial repercussions extending far beyond the UK and the EU itself, making sure the British public had the information necessary to make objective decisions should have been a priority. Instead, UK citizens, wherever they live, are faced...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Surveys and polls create even more confusion over Brexit

In spite of the fact that polls taken during the run-up to the UK’s last general election were proved totally wrong, the never-ending release of Brexit surveys and polls are now simply muddying the waters. The results of two polls were announced yesterday, heightening Remain voters’ fears that their campaign is stalling. In contrast, the second survey appears to show the British public in general is ignorant about the real issues in the Brexit referendum. The decision, it seems, comes down to the economy versus immigration. The...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2016

The facts about Brexit effects on the European Health Insurance Card

A major Brexit concern for British expats living in European Union member states has been the security of reciprocal health care should the UK leave the EU. Travellers around Europe as well as British expats took to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in a big way as it guaranteed heathcare in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries. Its welcome provision of essential heathcare in the host country did away with the need for comprehensive health-related travel insurance as well as the problems of dealing with recalcitrant...
2 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Polling cards issued to non British nationals compromise referendum integrity

The integrity of the Brexit referendum is at risk due to non-British citizen UK-based EU nationals receiving voting cards. After reports that non-British citizens living and working in the UK are being sent voting cards for the Brexit referendum, urgent enquiries are being called for.The news broke after a Polish national living in Surrey made it known via social media that he had been wrongly registered by his local authority as a British citizen. Subsequently, a journalist confirmed he was aware that other Polish nationals as...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in New Zealand split over referendum

As Brexit’s day of reckoning inches ever closer, British expats in New Zealand are still split on how to vote. Always a favourite with Britons looking for the perfect retirement home or a more rewarding life-work balance, New Zealand’s welcome to UK citizens is as warm as ever. Although a Brexit wouldn’t threaten UK expats’ right to remain in the country, it would certainly make it harder for New Zealanders to work in Europe. Traditionally, British citizens who’ve made New Zealand their home are still strongly attached...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Thailand find greener grass in Cambodia

For decades, Thailand has drawn expats from all over Europe and America to its stunningly beautiful islands, its raunchy mainland beach retorts and its surprisingly low cost of living, but many are now considering a move to Cambodia. Reasons given for abandoning Thailand in favour of its next-door neighbour may seem trivial to those who’ve recently arrived in the Land of Smiles, but for many expat long-stayers the famous smile seems to have lost its charm. The daily routine, once so pleasing and relaxed, now includes a sizeable...
19 May at 6 PM 2016

UK budget airline offers ultra cheap UK returns for expat Brexit voters

The very special offer by controversial British low-cost carrier Ryanair is aimed at encouraging expats living in Europe to fly home to vote in the June 23 Brexit referendum. Mega-discounted seats costing from as low as £15.40 are on offer, but those wanting to book will have to be quick as the offer ends tonight – 19th May. The sale is based on Ryanair boss’s repeated warnings that Britain’s leaving the EU would result in far fewer low-cost flights to Europe as well as fare increases across the board. Ryanair’s chief...
18 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat workers in the Netherlands hit by phone scammers

A reappearance of a telephone scam is now targeting working expats in the Netherlands. Expats working in the Netherlands have fallen foul of a re-jig of a telephone scam involving their work and residency visas. Fraudulent callers pretending to be officials from the Dutch immigration service are demanding money on the basis that expat work and residency visas will be revoked if payment is not made. Frighteningly, the fraudulent callers seem to have obtained their potential victims’ personal and private information, including...