Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

19 May at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti lawmaker calls for mass sacking of expatriate teachers

In yet another attack on Kuwait’s expatriate community, a local lawmaker is calling for all foreign teachers to be sacked and replaced with Kuwaiti nationals. MP Osama al Shaheen believes there is now an urgent need to address the emirate’s demographic imbalance, suggesting that removing all foreign teachers would contribute strongly to the Kuwatization programme. He also suggested that reducing the numbers of non-Kuwaiti students enrolled in public schools could free up a great deal of money which could be used for other...
17 May at 6 PM 2017

Can watching British TV ease expat homesickness

Moving overseas and living in an unfamiliar country can cause attacks of homesickness, depression and stress-related anxiety, but accessing the home country’s TV channels can help ease the strain. Wherever in the world expats are located, there’s no avoiding the occasional twinge of regret for leaving the comforts of home and immersing oneself in a totally unfamiliar culture. Accessing the familiar through its TV channels has become increasingly popular since the arrival of android boxes and streaming but, for those of us who...
17 May at 6 PM 2017

Fast deal needed to protect rights of UK and EU expats

In spite of prevarications by EU negotiators and the meaningless soundbites emitting from the British PM, the mainstream belief that nothing is more urgent than the need to regularise the post-Brexit status of 4.2 million expats is growing fast. Brussel’s latest statement stresses how complicated the issue could be but, in theory, the issue is straightforward in that expats on both sides made their life-changing decisions whilst Britain was still firmly ensconced within the EU. Moving the goalposts in manner which would invalidate...
12 May at 6 PM 2017

Expat tips for saving money whilst working overseas

Many would-be expats accept overseas positions as it gives a sufficiently increased salary to be able to save money during the term of the contract. One of the best reasons for moving to an overseas job on a fixed term contract is the opportunity to save a good deal of money due to an increased salary and benefits such as paid accommodation and schooling for your children. Many expat professionals return home with a substantial increase in their bank balance, but many more get caught up in a lavishly luxurious lifestyle, thus wasting...
10 May at 6 PM 2017

Survey reveals majority of Brit expats determined to stay put

As the UK digs itself ever deeper into the hole of a hard Brexit, a small survey by a financial services company has revealed a distinct lack of British expat enthusiasm for ever returning to the home country. The survey, although clearly initiated for marketing purposes, stated that out of the small number of 808 expat respondents, 70 per cent said they had no intention of ever com9ng back to Britain, whilst 21 per cent said they might consider the possibility and just 10 per cent said they would return eventually. Another result...
9 May at 6 PM 2017

Dubai expat scandal of discarded dogs

Dubai’s unique, luxurious expat lifestyle is being blamed for the large number of abandoned pet dogs being housed in the Stray Dogs Centre an hour’s drive from the city and its gated communities. The Stray Dogs Centre is found deep in the desert surrounding Dubai, with its rudimentary facilities home to 123 dogs. At least 25 per cent of the abandoned pets are believed to have been simply discarded by their expat owners when they leave the emirate for jobs elsewhere on the planet. Shelter volunteer Fiona Myers Watson believes the...
5 May at 6 PM 2017

Survey reveals the truth about expat family life in Switzerland

When Switzerland as a destination springs to mind, would-be expats tend to concentrate on its media image of massively wealthy, high-level executive professionals with kids in private schools and cash in Swiss banks. Surprisingly, the Swiss people share the same perception as many would-be expats, but a recent survey gives an interesting glimpse into the real lives of foreigners living and working in the country. Professor Tania Zittoun of Neuchatel University studied the lives of immigrant families during a three year research...
2 May at 6 PM 2017

Paris using Brexit blues to lure London’s brightest and best

The French capital is taking full advantage of talented Londoners’ Brexit blues by inviting them to become expats in the City of Love. As the reality of a hard Brexit’s impact on London’s economy and ongoing job prospects begins to dawn, the city’s brightest and best could well be forgiven for getting out before it’s far too late. Paris seems to be taking full advantage of their fears by focusing on its traditional and modern attractions, all guaranteed to make British expats’ lives a lot more fun. For those who...
28 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Trump presidency causes huge rise in Americans renouncing citizenship

Trump’s first 100 days as President has, according to official figures, caused a massive rise in the number of Americans renouncing their citizenship and becoming permanent expats. As the Trump administration struggles to find anything to celebrate about The Donald’s first 100 days as US president, the thousands of Americans who’ve now deserted the sinking ship are enjoying their new lives overseas. Even before last year’s Presidential election, high-profile individuals as well as everyday Americans stated their determination...
26 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Warnings about QROPS pension scammers still hitting the headlines

Due perhaps to the soaring popularity over the last decade of the Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) and its benefits for those on private pensions, the numbers of pension scammers taking advantage of financial novices have also shown a massive increase. QROPS are based outside the UK and must meet stringent conditions imposed by Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise. Should the conditions be breached, the hapless pension saver will be liable for a tax bill of 55 per cent of the full amount. However, for pensioners...