Expat Italy News

Latest 10 news items tagged Italy

14 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Spain concentrating on wealthy investors to replace UK expats

Serious concerns about their post-Brexit positions in Spain are forcing an increasing number of UK expats to sell their homes and relocate. The double whammy of Brexit and the falling sterling exchange rate is resulting in many UK expats being forced to give up their chosen lifestyles and sell their Spanish homes. Since the referendum result was announced, rreal estate agents have enjoyed a bonanza, with sales in Malaga up by 16.5 per cent and record numbers of completed transactions on the Costa del Sol. Driving the rush to...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Italy opens doors to wealthy post Brexit expats

In a response to the probable realities of Britain’s exit from the EU, Italy is offering hi-so Britishers tax-free status as residents. Soon after Portugal put in a claim as a haven for wealthy Brit professionals and loadsamoneyed retirees, Italy has joined the rush to provide tax-friendly destinations for disenchanted Britons fleeing a post-Brexit disaster zone. Italy’s offer only applies to the few who can meet its strict criteria, but includes Italians as well as nationals of any foreign country. Candidates must have lived...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Huge increase in US expat destination searches since Trump election

A massive 105 per cent jump in searches for expat destinations by US citizens seems to confirm anti-Trump voters’ determination to leave the USA. InternationalLiving.com is one of the most popular websites for information about emigration, with more than a million would-be expats every month logging on to compare destinations. According to the company, demand for its services rose by an incredible 105 per cent between Trump’s election and his inauguration. A spokesperson for the website confirmed that, even prior to the...
18 Jan at 6 PM 2017

US expats across Europe to hold Womens Marches against Trump

Inspired by the upcoming massive Womens’ March in Washington scheduled for the day after the inauguration, expat US citizens across Europe are holding their own versions. Spanish marches are being held in Madrid, Barcelona, Grenada and Valencia, beginning with Inauguration Day protests in Valencia and Madrid. Barcelona and Grenada’s Womens’ Marches will take place a day later, with all the protests forming part of almost 400 ‘Sister Marches’ happening across the globe. The Valencia expat community are also calling for a...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Lifestyle changes for expats in Italy

Italy’s ancient culture is one of the many reasons why it’s popular with long-stay expats, but living the Italian dream can result in serious lifestyle changes. Italy is a draw for many would-be expats disenchanted with their countries of origin, with its milder weather, ancient history, wealth of delicious foods and laidback lifestyle all contributing to its appeal. Tuscany is a favourite for UK nationals, although many other regions including Sicily have their fair share of expatriate residents. One thing’s certain, expats...
21 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Four expat destinations best avoided

Would-be expats face a huge choice of places to hang their hats but, in some, all is not as it seems. Getting away from the familiar and embracing the new is a challenge familiar to hundreds of thousands of expats from many Western countries, but how does the average expat make sure what they’re seeing on their reconnaissance trip is what they’ll actually get? Retiring overseas isn’t for fun, it’s for life, and checking the bad before embracing the good is essential. It’s true to say that every country has its darker...
18 Dec at 6 PM 2016

EU expats in UK face HMRC pension transfer block

In a surprise move by HMRC, French and Italian expats working in Britain are to be blocked from transferring their pensions to their home countries should Brexit force them to leave the UK. All French and Italian pension schemes on HM Revenue and Customs’ list of permitted international schemes have been removed in an unexpected move by the UK’s financial watchdog. Last month’s HMRC list of accepted overseas pension scheme showed 19 Italian and seven French pensions, all of which had disappeared from December’s updated list....
8 Dec at 6 PM 2016

France the best place for expat home ownership

A recent and wide-ranging study on residential property across Europe gives good news to UK expats owning French homes. Eight European countries were compared for their number of home owners, costs of homes versus salaries, property price variations, sizes of homes, construction costs, mortgages and rural versus city locations. The Eurostat study covered the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Poland. France outdid the UK in several of the categories, although both countries showed the same number of...
30 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows Thailand losing popularity as an expat destination

Thailand’s overall position in the well-known HSBC Expat Insider survey has dropped in one year from seventh position to 18th, with its positions in several sub-sections of the poll dropping still further. Once a dream destination for expats, whether working or retiring, Thailand’s reputation now seems to be on the line as regards personal happiness, quality of life, travel and transport, friendliness, settling in and safety and security. The only categories still in positive territory seem to be leisure options and healthcare,...
17 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Best overseas locations for single expats

Expat surveys suggest a good proportion of those looking to emigrate are single, but few articles give advice on the best locations for a successful singles lifestyle. More often than not, articles giving advice to potential expats concentrate on relocation packages, jobs, best international schools and private heathcare facilities. As a result, even although as many as half of the total number of expats living overseas are single, it’s rare to find pages of advice about the best places to enjoy the single life. A recent survey...