Expat Ireland News
Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland
24 Oct at 6 PM 2014
One of the most trying aspects of living overseas is currency transfer between your home country or offshore bank account and your account in your host country.
Whether you’re retiring overseas, working for a company which pays salaries from the UK, freelancing, or just touring around the places you’ve always wanted to see before you make a decision about permanent residence, the stress and expense of currency transactions is often a negative experience. However, new technologies and several innovative start-ups are about to...
23 Oct at 6 PM 2014
The UAE’s new unified professional qualification requirement scheme came into force earlier this month, and has resulted in a larger pool of qualified medical professionals in Emirati hospitals.
The new requirements now recognise international medical degrees from a number of countries worldwide, and are attracting experienced expat healthcare workers at all levels to UAE hospitals and clinics. Senior healthcare officials have announced that the UAE-wide laws are aimed at increasing the quality standards of those working in...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2014
The international real estate sector has traditionally been a favourite with expat property investors, but it’s anyone’s guess which locations will perform best over the long term.
Over the past year, the UK housing market has seen soaring gains, with many expat investors eager to cash in on buy-to-let opportunities before they are priced out of the market. As the year draws to a close, many are finding they can’t afford properties in areas already saturated with foreign buyers, and are looking overseas to find the next hotspot....
2 Sep at 6 PM 2014
Offshore bank accounts give convenient access to regular or emergency cash, but how many depositors know how much of their savings are protected?
Migration planning for would-be expats often includes opening an offshore bank account for access to pension payments transferred from onshore accounts. The option may become even more popular due to recent UK high street bank crackdowns on accounts held by UK citizens living permanently overseas.
However, given the ongoing instability in the financial world, just how safe is your money...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2014
According to a report by the United Nations, well over five million British citizens have emigrated for reasons of work, retirement or general dissatisfaction with the state of their home country.
Since 1990, the number of British-born migrants has increased by 23 per cent, with the majority of those leaving heading for sunnier climes. Australia is the all-time favourite destination, now home to some 1.27 million former British residents.
America is the next most popular place for immigration, with 758,919 Brits in residence, and...
23 May at 6 PM 2014
When you’re considering emigrating or investing your pension pot in overseas property, it’s difficult to decide which country gives the best value and the best chance of long-term returns.
A recent world survey by the Organisation for Economic co-operation and Development, (OECD) offers information on property prices in most popular locations, linked to the economic prospects of your chosen country. The report also identifies regions in which real estate is overpriced.
Unsurprisingly, property in the UK and the majority of EU...
24 Feb at 6 PM 2014
A recent league table rating 223 global cities for their expat quality of life has placed Dublin at no. 34, with European cities continuing to dominate the ratings.
Unsurprisingly, the result of the survey, carried out by international consultancy firm Mercers, showed European world cities at the top of the list, with Vienna coming in at first place. Zurich, Munich, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf all made it into the top ten.
The report was the result of an analysis of 39 factors deemed essential by expats, ranking the cities based on the...
10 Feb at 6 PM 2014
With UK interest rates still at a miserable level and US stocks struggling since the start of 2014, investments in emerging markets may be tempting may expat investors.
Investing in overseas emerging markets was expected to increase after the turn of the year, but the sector has taken a beating for a number of good reasons. Tepid economies, inflation, high debt to GDB ratios and increasing political turmoil have all taken their toll on formerly optimistic projections.
China, the new power behind the global economy, has reported a...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2014
A free movement visa valid for travel between all six Gulf states is expected to be rolled out by the middle of 2014.
The Gulf Co-operation Council is ironing out details of the visa, based on the European Union Schengen scheme which allows holders of its visa free movement across all member states except Ireland
and the UK. The aim of the visa is to make travel between Saudi, the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman far easier by cutting out unnecessary red tape.
The visa will be available to expat business people and tourists...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2014
The European Parliament elections in the UK are due to take place on 22 May 2014, with the Electoral Commission campaign aimed at encouraging expats in Europe to vote.
Provided they are registered as overseas voters, have not been out of the UK for more than 15 years and are not registered to vote in the member state where they are domiciled, expats are entitled to vote. However, only a relatively small percentage are actually registered to do so in the UK.
According to Rosemary Davenport, speaking for the Electoral Commission,...