Expat Italy News

Latest 10 news items tagged Italy

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...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Sterling crash crushes retirement dreams for thousands of British expats

The dramatic decline in the value of sterling is causing misery for a huge number of British expats living in EU member states and other world countries. British retirees in Spain, France and Italy are not only facing an uncertain future as regards their rights to stay in their chosen countries, they’re also seeing their spending power eroded at an unprecedented rate. A majority of UK expats living in other EU states are the worst off, as they rely on UK state pensions, private pensions or company schemes, with the pound now...
7 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Harry Shindler welcomes UK government scrapping of 15 year expat voting ban

Expat campaigner Harry Shindler MBE has applauded the UK government’s now published ‘votes for life’ proposals. 95-year old Harry has been campaigning for 16 years against the controversial UK government ruling which disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of expats who’d lived overseas for 15 years or more. The World War 11 veteran has lived in Italy since 1982 and has never let up on his campaign, even presenting his case unsuccessfully to the European Court of Human Rights in 2009. Harry’s case for scrapping the highly...
30 Sep at 6 PM 2016

New UK law forces British banks to allow expat accounts

Discrimination by British banks against UK expats with no ties to the country wishing to open accounts is now against the law. For some years, British banks have refused to open accounts for UK expats living overseas, and have even closed existing accounts. The reason behind the discrimination seems to be that not having a UK address stops financial companies from monitoring customers’ credit history in order to underwrite borrowing. Whatever the reason, the banks’ unacceptable behaviour has caused major problems for many...