Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

15 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Bringing your dog to France from the USA

France’s appeal is now even more international, as an increasing number of US citizens are giving up on the home country and moving to France along with their pets. Emigrating across continents with your beloved pet dog or cat is a stressful experience at best as well as being an expensive undertaking. Although things rarely go wrong, it’s just the thought that they might which causes sleepless nights prior to departure day. At present, bringing a dog to France from the UK is straightforward due to the EU’s Pet Passport scheme,...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Affordable Dutch universities make top 100 list in annual survey

Expatriates with families including older children will be happy to hear three of the Netherlands’ universities are ranked in the top 100 of the World University Rankings, reckoned as one of the world’s most important education-related surveys. Delft University of Technology came in on 52nd place, two places higher than in 2017, and is now ranked as the best university in the country. The University of Amsterdam took 57th place overall, one place higher than last year, and also beat Delft University on academic reputation....
28 May at 6 PM 2018

British expats protest funding of bullfight with taxpayers money

British expats in Malaga took part in an anti-bullfighting protest after they’d discovered the event had been funded by taxpayers’ money. Organised by the Malaga Animal Save group, the matador training event took place last Saturday at Coin’s Plaza de Toros. At the same time, a 1,300 strong petition was set up by a local Spanish resident, demanding Coin town hall reimburse the cash spent on financing the event. Just five expats joined the demonstration, but feeling amongst local expat residents is running high as several...
25 May at 6 PM 2018

US warns its expats over unidentified Chinese sonic influence

An American expat working at one of the USA’s consulates in China has been diagnosed with a minor brain injury caused by strange sounds and air pressure. America’s Embassy in Beijing has issued a warning to US expats living and working in China to be aware of possible health problems being caused by abnormal noises and air pressures. The original reports suggested similarities with the 2016 news that a number of US diplomatic staff in Cuba were suffering health problems due to ‘abnormal noises’ in their workplaces. However,...
21 May at 6 PM 2018

Chinese culture heads West via expat websites

For almost half a century, foreign influences crept into China’s millennia-old culture through reform–generated trade and commerce, but Chinese culture’s now heading West in a big way thanks to Western expats. Nowadays, the ancient country’s major cities are home to a hotbed of Western talent, bringing with it all the trappings of Western society. Multiple channels of change have opened due to internet access, and expats in China are sharing their impressions with the world at large via social media, forums and endless...
17 May at 6 PM 2018

Adopting a rescued dog can transform expat lives

One question common to many newly settled expat arrivals in France is ‘what do I do in my spare time?’ Moving to a new land is an adventure in itself, especially if a relaxed retirement is the goal, but pottering around the garden, discovering the best places to eat, exploring the locale, walking the dog and other similar activities may still leave time to be filled, especially if there’s no dog to be walked. For those who’ve always been too busy at work to even consider getting a pet, perhaps now’s the time to become a dog...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Australia is still a favourite with Brit retirees but its own are leaving

Australia is still popular with UK expat retirees, but its own seniors are leaving for more affordable foreign destinations. The numbers of elderly Australians leaving their home country for a less expensive life overseas have dramatically increased over the past decade, with Oz expat communities forming in Spain, Cambodia and Thailand. In 2016, almost two thousand Australian pensioners over the age of 55 relocated to various retiree hubs in Italy and Greece as well as New Zealand, mostly due to rising property prices and the soaring...
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...