Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

13 May at 4 PM 2015

Indonesian expats banned form working in 21 Middle East countries

Due to claims of legal and human rights violations, Indonesia has placed a ban on new maids from moving to and working in 21 countries in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia and UAE in protest against working conditions. When Saudi Arabia executed two Indonesian maids with no warning, it angered the world’s largest Muslim country. Hanif Dhakiri, the Minister of Manpower, told the media that this decision was made in line with the order made in February from President Joko Widodo to try to eventually stop letting Indonesian women...
25 Apr at 9 AM 2015

World Bank reveals top migrant locations

The US, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Russia are the five most popular countries for expat workers, according to the latest data from the World Bank. The bank’s Migration and Development Brief also showed that the top five nations in terms of the amount of remittance received were India, China, Philippines, Mexico and Nigeria. More and five million Indians are said to be working in the Gulf states, making them the largest group of migrant workers in a region that is home to in excess of 20 million workers...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2015

Finnish expat in Spain loses lengthy loft conversion battle

A Finnish expat living in the Spanish town of Estepona has lost a six-year legal fight to keep her loft conversion after being told it had to be demolished. Terttu Balson, 70, was instructed to begin work on removing the loft, despite the fact her neighbour has one. Furthermore, the grandmother has also been handed a 24,300 euro fine for building the extension a number of years ago without first obtaining planning permission from the local council. As if to rub salt into her wounds, her neighbour, as well as many other people in...
9 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Two Brits named in relation to missing expatriate Agnese Klavina

Names of the two British men who were questioned over the disappearance of the Latvian expatriate Agnese Klavina have now been released. Craig Porter and George Wesley Capper were in court on Monday facing questioning over the incident. Their names have been released after a gagging order regarding the case was lifted. The two men were seen driving away with Agnese in a car on the same night she went missing in photos taken outside at Puerto Banus’s Aqwa Mist nightclub. These photos were shown to the court. George Wesley Capper...
28 Mar at 11 AM 2015

The number of Spaniards living abroad doubles

From the year 2009 and 2015, the amount of Spanish people living abroad grew by 48 per cent. Recent figures show that as of the 1st January there were 2,183,043 Spaniards registered on consular lists compared with 1,471,691 six years ago. The data, which was released by the National Institute of Statistics of Madrid, must not indicate that the main reason is the Iberian Peninsula’s mass exodus according to experts. It was found that the increase in the amount of Spanish people moving abroad was due to the search of a better...
8 Mar at 4 PM 2015

New Zealand expat dies diving in Australia

A 19-year-old New Zealand man has died while diving in Australia after attempting a 30-metre free dive off Queensland’s Moreton Island. The man, who has been identified as Sam Brown, had been on a diving trip with three friends when the accident occurred at around 7:30am on Saturday morning. It has been reported that he left New Zealand for Australia’s Gold Coast with his parents and two brothers in 2007. His mother, Maree Hutton, said that he had developed a passion for free diving and spear fishing since moving to Australia,...
8 Mar at 3 PM 2015

A third of migrant wives in Korea plan to return home

Thirty-five per cent of migrant wives from Southeast Asia and China living in South Korea have admitted that they eventually plan to return to their home countries. The Korean Women’s Development Institute surveyed a total of 534 migrant wives from China, Vietnam and the Philippines last year and found that 34.5 per cent said they had thought about returning home. Some 45 per cent of wives from the Philippines said that they had considered moving home – the highest proportion among the women. Around 33 per cent who have thought...
25 Feb at 6 PM 2015

UK: Changes to pension tax to affect expats

British retirees looking to cash in their pensions could benefit because of changes to the rules regarding withdrawing lump sums that will be introduced in April. The new regulations do not require a person to buy an annuity, while an added bonus for those wanting to take out large amounts before moving overseas is that there will be a reduction to the tax charge imposed – which currently stands at 55 per cent – when withdrawing cash from a pension pot. As of April this year, anybody aged 55 or above will have more freedom to...
10 Feb at 2 PM 2015

Twice the number of Chinese people leaving the country than arriving

Two times as many Chinese people are quitting the country and heading for pastures new than the number of expats returning home, according to a recent survey. Moving firm UniGroup Relocation revealed that the US topped the list of preferred countries among Chinese expats, while Germany, Singapore and France completed the top four. The Wall Street Journal reports that UniGroup’s data showed that two times as many people left China than returned to the country last year; however, the company did not state whether the Chinese...
7 Feb at 9 AM 2015

UK expats in California flocking to buy Cadbury’s products

British nationals in San Francisco are panic-buying boxfuls of Cadbury’s chocolate products amid fears that supplies will run out. Briton David Kidd, owner of the city’s You Say Tomato import store, noted that there were empty boxes on the shelves as people were coming in and buying in bulk of late. He said that in the past week customers had been in and purchased whole boxes of both Dairy Milk and Flakes. The reason for the mad rush to buy Cadbury’s products is down to a recent lawsuit brought by US confectionary company...