Expat Italy News

Latest 10 news items tagged Italy

17 Apr at 6 PM 2014

Former Dubai expats plan trip down memory lane

Expats who helped build the businesses which brought Dubai from a desert oasis to its present cosmopolitan luxury and wealth are hoping to revisit the city by invitation. Those working in Dubai during its transformation still hold fond memories of simpler times including romantic camping trips into the desert, and have formed a Facebook group to share their memories. The group, The Good Old Days, now numbers over 5,000 retirees, all of whom were living in the emirate in 1980s and having the time of their lives. The forerunners of...
1 Apr at 6 PM 2014

Britons make up one in every 20 Australians

According to the latest Australian census, the country hasn’t lost its popularity as an expat destination for disenchanted UK citizens, as 5 per cent of Oz’s total population are Britons by birth. A total of 1.1 million Brits are now living in Australia, according to the survey ,and outnumber New Zealanders, the second largest group, by more than double. The census also pinpoints immigration trends as regards location and marital status. Melbourne and Sydney are the most popular destinations for migrants, home to almost half the...
21 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Free EU medical care for expats to end soon

Britons under the UK’s official retirement ages looking to emigrate to European sunshine destinations are about to lose their entitlement to free health care subsidised by the NHS. At present, UK migrants under the age of 65 or 60 for women who're migrating to popular destinations in Europe are allowed two and a half years of free treatment at overseas hospitals courtesy of the National Health Service. To obtain the privilege, UK residents are obliged to complete the S1 form guaranteeing them and their families access to free health...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Expat Brits caught out by UK war on health tourism

A major crackdown on so-called health tourism announced yesterday by the UK government is likely to severely affect British expats who need to return to the UK for urgent medical care. Under the new rules, anyone who arrives in the UK for NHS treatment will be required to pay at a commercial rate yet to be decided. The ban, which will affect both asylum seekers and all visitors, is slated to come into force in April 2015. According to health minister John Hutton, the NHS is losing a great deal of money treating health tourists in...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Expat retirees forced back to UK by frozen pension scandal

British pensioners who emigrated to be with grandchildren or for health reasons are being forced to return to the UK because their pensions are frozen in their host countries. An example of the desperate decisions being taken by many elderly Brits who moved abroad to be with loved ones or to take advantage of warmer weather for their healths’ sake is a 90-year old grandmother who moved to Canada in 2001. An IT lecturer during her working life, she made the move to be close to her daughter and grandchildren who’d emigrated a few...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2014

BBC satellite switch worst news for Costa del Sol expat viewers

The long awaited BBC switch to its new satellite was expected to improve UK channels and possibly affect overseas viewers, but Costa del Sol expats didn’t expect to lose the free service entirely and are making their views known. The migration of the service to the Astra 2E satellite is expected to be followed by Channel 4 and ITV as early as tonight, and Sky and Fox have already moved, possibly leaving tens of thousands of expat subscribers without any English language TV channels. The BBC switch took place yesterday, with the...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2014

Brit expats pensioners in Europe lose out on winter fuel allowance

The UK government will scrap winter fuel allowances at present received by 92,983 British pensioners living across Europe, thus saving almost £17 million. The controversial plan is the brainchild of Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith, and is causing anger across Europe’s retirement communities for its unjust application. In his latest announcement, Duncan Smith reiterated that the rule will apply to countries with average annual temperatures higher than 5.6 degrees centigrade. Duncan Smith is blaming a recent change...
3 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Pensioner expat right to vote campaigner awarded MBE

A long-term campaigner against the disenfranchisement of expats living overseas for more than 15 years, Harry Shindler has been recognised for his work to find British servicemen’s WWII graves. Now in his early 90’s, Mr Shindler is a veteran of the WWII liberation of Rome and the Battle of Anzio, and has long been active in tracing the graves of British soldiers killed or registered as missing in action. He has been living in Italy with his Italian wife since just after WWII ended. A long-term campaigner for the reversal of the...
2 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Expats cool on petition against end of winter fuel allowance

A petition by lobbyists attempting to reverse the withdrawal of winter fuel allowances for expat pensioners is getting the cold shoulder from the majority of retirees overseas. With over 200,000 British pensioners living overseas in European states due to lose their winter fuel allowance, it’s a surprise that the petition has so far attracted just 15,000 signatures. Many of the thousands of retirees living abroad are located in regions with colder, if shorter, winters than those in the more southerly regions of England....
13 Dec at 6 PM 2013

UAE expats enjoy Christmas with all the usual homestyle treats

Whilst expats the world over look forward to Christmas as a time to relax and have fun with friends, those lucky enough to live the UAE can source all the usual Christmas treats right on their doorsteps. Entrepreneurs in the Emirates are now setting up shop to make and deliver traditional festive foods using recipes from Scotland, the UK and other European countries. The expat daily, Gulf News, has printed a list of Christmas delicacies and where to get them, thus solving many expat dilemmas about spending the holiday away from home....