Expat Ireland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland

30 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Ireland fear chaos over Brexit border

Expats on both sides of the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic are worried about the lack of progress on the issue in Brexit negotiations to date. According to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, the negotiations' ‘moment of truth’ is fast approaching as regards the Irish border situation once the UK leaves the EU. With agreement at least possible over Theresa May’s increased divorce bill offer, the main stumbling blocks are now Ireland and citizens’ rights, with Irish border issues the most difficult to...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2017

UK expats still taking advantage of sinking sterling to purchase UK property

Expats on assignments in the UAE are still taking advantage of the shrinking pound by investing in UK property. New research indicates both foreign nationals and UK expats working in the UAE are snapping up British real estate whilst sterling is at a low point. Outside London, its suburbs and its fashionable outer rim, property prices are falling due to low demand by British residents, leaving bargains to be had in the buy-to-let and second home markets. During 2017, the majority of buyers concentrated on properties in the...
24 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats fear rights ignored in rush for Brexit trade talks

In a meet last week with Michel Barnier, British in Europe campaigners told of expats’ fears they will be ignored in the rush to start Brexit trade talks. British lawyer and BIE chairperson Jane Golding told the EU’s chief negotiator the rights of expats must not be ‘swept under the carpet’ and ignored due to pressure from both sides to get on with trade talks. Golding told reporters she’d found Barnier to be in listening mode during the hour-long meeting. Following on from a two-hour meeting held last week with Barnier’s...
16 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Dublin disappoints due to pricey housing and cost of living

The Irish capital has now been rated as one of the world’s worst cities for expat life due to its soaring cost of living and unaffordable housing. Once famous for its traditional pubs and friendly locals, the Republic of Ireland’s capital, Dublin, is now seen as a disaster for expatriates. The survey rating’s timing may well be unfortunate, as the city’s administration is working hard to attract financial professionals and their companies forced to leave the City of London due to Brexit. Dublin was rated by expats taking part...
2 Nov at 6 PM 2017

UK businesses join with expats in Brexit panic

As the scandal of the stalled Brexit negotiations staggers on, UK businesses are feeling the panic already being felt by expats. Brexit negotiations are due to kick off again next week, with British expats in European countries only slightly pacified and EU expats in the UK now worried about the effects of the new NHS rule aimed at defeating medical tourism. A cause of concern for expats and business owners alike is the government’s refusal to release their assessment of damage to the economy likely to be done by a hard Brexit....
28 Aug at 6 PM 2017

UK expats say good weather is a first requirement

The first thing the majority of British would-be expats consider is the weather in the country of their choice. Over 60 per cent of British expats study weather reports in a variety of possible expat destinations before making their final choice. For good reason, the sun is a prime requirement for a satisfactory new life overseas after decades of making do with the downpours and dull skies of the so-called British summer. A recent Internations survey involving over 14,000 expats living across the world confirms the effect of climate...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Surge in young professionals looking to emigrate

Relocation companies are seeing a surge in the numbers of younger professionals looking to leave their countries of birth. For several decades, demographics related to expats have shown older professionals and retirees as the two main groups looking to emigrate, but a recent survey seems to have overturned the balance. The study, undertaken by a leading relocation company, indicates it’s those between the ages of 18 and 35 years who are desperate to try a new life overseas. Inquiries by young creatives and other professionals have...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2017

British expats in Europe rush for dual citizenship

Ever-increasing numbers of Britons living in Europe are rushing to obtain dual citizenship as hope fades for a good Brexit result. Media reports tell of as many as a million Britishers choosing to take dual citizenship if possible rather than having to return to a post-Brexit Britain. The rush is heating up as no good news about their rights to stay in their chosen countries is forthcoming. Many are blaming the UK government’s lack of action and understanding of their situation, saying it’s only concerned about fair treatment for...
20 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Paris preparing to poach EU expat bankers from London

Now under its new President, Paris is planning to attract EU expat bankers and financial experts from post-Brexit London. Newly elected President Macron’s previous dislike of the banking fraternity seems to have evaporated under the necessity to up Paris’s game as regards attracting the brightest and best the City of London has to offer. A former banker himself, Macron is now offering tax breaks for financial professionals from overseas, the easing of EU regulations, more international schools and rules making it easier to hire...
13 Jul at 6 PM 2017

End of Open Skies law to hit holidaymakers and UK expats

Controversial Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has informed the EU parliament that flights between Europe and the UK will stop post-Brexit unless new international agreements are struck. In his usual flamboyant manner, O’Leary warned that all Ryanair aircraft will be shifted to his bases in Europe, summer holidays for hundreds of thousands of Brits will be cancelled and Heathrow will be deserted. The current agreement, known as ‘Open Skies’ allows all EU member state airlines, including those based in the UK, to operate in and...