Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

18 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Spanish Banco Sabadell refuses storm damage insurance payment to Brit pensioner

A British pensioner living in Malaga’s Alhaurin el Grande has been refused an insurance payment for her storm-damaged gate. British expats moving to Mediterranean retirement hubs are often concerned about the reputations of European insurance companies, whether for health, home coverage or life insurance. There’s the language problem to be dealt with, and making a claim is often a nightmare for elderly expats. Even using insurers linked to or recommended by a local bank can go wrong, as 80-year old Sylvia Rush found when her gates...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2018

UK based charities relocating to Europe to keep EU funding

Four UK-based charity organisations are moving across the English Channel to The Hague to avoid losing their EU grants after Brexit kicks in. The first charity to leave the UK, Euclid Network, has moved its entire operation to the Netherlands due to fears it will lose its European funding once Brexit is finalised, The charity’s director Stephen Barnett told the media between 70 and 80 per cent of the organisation’s funding comes from EU programmes. He added that the value of the EU contribution over a year is around €550,000,...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Canadian expat disenfranchisement trap heading for Supreme Count ruling

It may come as a surprise to affected British expats that Canadian expats are being caught in the same disenfranchisement trap as their counterparts from the UK, but after just five, not 15 years! The Canadian law which states expatriate citizens are disallowed from voting after an absence of five years was first enacted in 1993, but was more or less left on the back burner until the Harper government cracked down with its policy of rigid enforcement. For the first time, an attempt to have the law repealed is now due for a hearing in...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Indian millionaire exodus due to regulatory overkill

If you’re a multimillionaire, you can live where you please but, for the Indian mega-rich, the grass is definitely greener overseas than in the home country. Over the past four years, almost 23,000 millionaires have deserted India for fresh fields and overseas pastures new, according to research co-ordinated by an internationally famous wealth management firm. The survey took in 150,000 mega-wealthy expat Indians and analysed the reasons why a good proportion were happier elsewhere in the world. Unsurprisingly, the motivation to...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2018

EU expat exodus from UK predicted to soar during 2018

The trickle of EU expats leaving the UK is expected to become a flood during 2018. Ever since the Brexit referendum result was announced, EU member state citizens living and working in the UK have quietly been preparing to leave, either for their home countries or to start again as expats in an unknown land. As the negotiations drag on, the trickle is predicted to become a flood during 2018, whatever agreement is reached about the transition period. The effect of the Leave vote on sterling is making the exodus even harder and more...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Trump tax reform bill makes little difference to US expats

US expats who were hoping a miracle as part of the Trump tax reform would ease FATCA’s pressure on their lives are now deeply disappointed. US citizens living and working overseas were hoping against hope that continuing calls by US expat organisations representing both sides of the political divide might result in an easing of the hated FATCA disclosure laws and the USA government’s commitment to double taxation. Now that the Trump reform is out there and has been examined, tax lawyers are muttering about ‘smoke and mirrors’...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Tips for a stress free expatriation to Spain

Whether would-be expats like it or not, learning the local language is essential to making your lifestyle change successful and stress-free. Moving overseas is a massive challenge to the majority of would-be expats yearning for fresh fields and pastures new, with tackling the basics and preparing yourself for inevitable changes is the way to make your transition as stress-free as is possible. If you’re heading for Spain, learning Spanish is far easier than tackling many other tongues in expat-favoured countries, and will help you...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2018

70 per cent of failed assignments down to family problems

Recent studies have revealed more than 70 per cent of failed assignments are due to trailing spouses’ inability to adjust to their new lives. The majority of women moving overseas aren’t expatriating to further their own careers – they’re following their husbands or partners to unfamiliar lands due to an overseas position being offered to their menfolk. The ‘typical’ expat woman is many times more likely to be a ‘trailing spouse’, a description which a good number of wives find offensive. A proportion of expat wives...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Second passport schemes now popular with high net worth UAE nationals

As obtaining residency in first-world countries is getting harder, second citizenship programmes are coming to the fore in the Arab States. High-net worth UAE residents are increasingly turning to second passport applications as being granted long-stay visas in Western countries gets even tougher. Citizenship programmes are now being seen as the only way to enjoy visa-free travel in order to expand business opportunities as well as moving finances without investigation. As always, Chinese nationals are first in the queue, followed by...
28 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Expat havens for culture and lifestyle

If your top priorities as regards becoming an expat place culture and lifestyle as a must and other considerations such as cost and a high salary as optional, the cities below might be just what you need. Expats being sent overseas on a contractual assignment usually don’t need to worry too much about culture in its historic or artistic context, as they’ll almost certainly be moving on at some stage. However, for those who hopefully intend to stay for ever, the prevailing culture of their chosen country can be all-important, as...