Expat Ireland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland

24 Feb at 6 PM 2014

Dublin ranks 34th in latest global expat living standards survey

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

Expat investors advised to proceed with caution on overseas investments

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

Expat and tourist Gulf States free travel movement visa on the cards

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

UK Electoral Commission aims to triple registrations by expat voters

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,...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2013

Irish Archbishop urges government to curb emigration in Christmas address

In his Christmas address, the Archbishop of Dublin, Irish Catholicism’s senior prelate, has urged the government to create more jobs for the young. Dr Diarmuid Martin included both coalition parties in his request, saying that job creation measures are the only way to stop the rush to emigrate amongst Ireland’s youth. Families, he said, are preparing for Christmas sadly aware that there’s an empty chair at the table. During a media interview, Dr Martin told reporters that Irish society as a whole was right to grieve for its...
2 Dec at 6 PM 2013

Irish working migrants unlikely to return home

The health sector in Ireland is in a poor state, having lost many of its professionals to the lure of emigration, and those who have left are unlikely to want to return. A recent study by researchers at University College Cork has revealed that almost half of those who have emigrated since the economic crisis hit home were in full-time employment. The results suggest that the tough budgets put in place since the crash have been as responsible as has high unemployment for the present Diaspora. Severe cutbacks in funding have made...
3 Sep at 6 PM 2013

British banks dump longterm expat customers and close offshore branches

Expats with funds in British banks or their offshore arms are facing a double whammy as banks dump non-profitable customers and close down overseas branches. In a disturbing development, thousands of longstanding, loyal customers of British banks, many of whom are now pensioners living overseas, are being dumped without explanation. At the same time, the same banks are busily closing down their offshore branches, leaving many expats with nowhere to turn. Every year, several thousand long-term customers of UK banks receive letters...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2013

Good news for Irish migrants as Supermacs plan Oz branches

A taste of home for Irish immigrants in Australia is now on the cards as Ireland’s favourite snack boxes and cheesy chips may soon be available in Sydney and Perth. Ireland’s most loved fast food outlets are much missed by immigrants to Down Under, but hopefully not for much longer. Supermacs CEO Pat McDonagh is travelling to Australia in two months’ time to investigate the possibility of franchising to Irish migrants in the Bondi Beach and Northbridge districts. According to McDonagh, there are more Irish wandering around...
31 Jul at 6 PM 2013

European Commission warns of poor 4G coverage in Europe

Expats heading for a life in the sun in Europe and expecting to make use of their tablets and smart phones are in for a shock, according to a European Commission report. The EC survey reported that three out of every four EU residents are unable to access 4G/LTE mobile connections, with those living in rural areas having less chance than those in towns and cities. The sad situation compares badly with that in the USA, where 90 per cent of the population has 4G access. According to EC vice-president Neelie Kroes, even she can only...
25 Jul at 6 PM 2013

Christchurch rebuild draws skilled workers from Ireland and the Philippines

The long-awaited rebuild of Christchurch city centre following the two devastating earthquakes is ramping up, thanks to the help of migrant workers. The South Island city of Christchurch is welcoming 22 skilled migrants every day of the year, according to figures released by Statistics New Zealand. In June, 564 overseas workers arrived in the city, the highest migrant total for 23 years. Most arrived to work on the reconstruction of the city and its infrastructure, with the majority coming from the Philippines, followed by a good...