Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

17 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Oz coastline popular with Brit expats may be hit by massive tsunami

Brit expats warned global warming could trigger a massive tsunami along the east coast of Australia. The east coast of the continent of Australia has always been a major destination for expats, with a good percentage of the hundreds of thousands of Britons in Oz happily settled in Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. A recent study of the effects of global warming on sea levels and weather has revealed the entire region is at risk of a massive tsunami capable of wiping out the coastal communities and killing some...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2017

EU court blindsides UK Home Office in landmark ruling

In a significant judgement, the EU Court of Justice has ruled the UK cannot prevent a woman with dual Spanish/British citizenship from living with her Algerian husband in the UK. The ruling may well have significant effects on the Brexit negotiations, as it enshrines the rights to live in the UK of EU citizens married to non-British nationals. Following the judgement, the UK is disallowed from removing citizens' rights such as the freedom to live with a non-UK spouse. UK expats in similar situations in EU member states will be...
13 Nov at 6 PM 2017

EU leader promises expat her rights will be protected

European Union leader Tono Lopez-Isturiz has promised the rights of a female expat who sent am appeal to the European Peoples’ Party will be protected. The Spanish European Parliament Member had been approached by a female expat via a letter telling of her concerns about losing her rights once Brexit is finalised. Speaking directly to her on Armistice Day, the Spanish lawmaker made it clear he was committed to fight for all UK expats’ rights, especially as he honoured the UK’s contribution to his country during World War II. He...
20 Oct at 6 PM 2017

State pensions not enough for comfortable expat retirement

New research reveals state pensions worldwide don’t provide enough for a comfortable retirement in any country. A study by the Swiss bank UBS has made it crystal clear that relying on a state pension anywhere in the world makes no sense, as all pay the minimum amount necessary to cover basic expenses. The bank’s research identified a pension gap in all major world countries’ state pensions large enough to make even the necessities of life difficult to cover. The widest gap is found in Hong Kong, one of the world’s most...
29 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Expats on Bali urge tourists to heed volcano warnings

As Mount Agung continues to spew smoke and ash, expats living on Bali are concerned tourists are not taking notice of international travel warnings. Even although some 144,000 residents have been evacuated from locations close to Mount Agung, tourists are still arriving in droves, causing real concern amongst expats that they’re simply not aware of the increasing danger. The Bali government’s tourism office as well as the Australian authorities have been issuing warnings since last week with, it seems, little effect on tourists...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Thai brides offered one day free government course in interracial marriage

The Thai Social Development Ministry is now offering Thai women a free one-day course in interracial marriage and moving overseas. Thailand is a favourite destination for romance and marriage between older Western expats and younger Thai women, but cultural differences are often ignored. According to the country’s Social Development Ministry, many see marrying a foreigner as the best way to enhance their economic statuses, but most don’t appreciate the rifts cultural differences can cause. The course is based on an understanding...
1 Sep at 6 PM 2017

IRS admits its website is confusing US expats

For US expat taxpayers, it’s essential to have the knowledge necessary to avoid mistakes, but the IRS’s website is often less than helpful. Especially since the introduction of FATCA, US taxpayers living overseas have a special responsibility to get everything right on their returns. Most refer to the IRS’s website for the latest info, but many may not realise some of its pages are simply informational rather than authoritative. A blog post by the authority’s National Taxpayer Advocate has shown that over-reliance on some of...
31 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Britons still rushing to buy European real estate

Although there’s still no certainty about UK expats’ rights post-Brexit, increasing numbers of disenchanted Brits are opting to leave now and take their chances in Europe. Rather than the expected post-referendum fall in the numbers of Brits moving to European Union member states, there’s a rush to emigrate before the UK leaves the EU. It’s a ‘it’s now or never’ moment, based on hopes that their new country of residence will take pity on its expats and allow them at least to stay where they are rather than being forced...
25 Aug at 6 PM 2017

QROPS not to blame for pension transfer problems

Overseas pensions are more about investment quality than volumes of cash moving overseas, with problems down to dodgy advisors rather than the schemes themselves. Following the UK government’s published concerns on rogue financial advisors targeting expats overseas as well as retirees in the UK, critics of QROPs are inferring a reduction of the numbers of jurisdictions implies a fall of interest in the schemes. Relevant articles by respectable providers on financial websites, however, seem to be confusing the issue as regards the...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Spanish economic revival tempts expat investors

Ten years ago, Spain was in crisis, but now its economy is soaring to new heights. I n 2008, the main topic of expat conversation in bars and restaurants was ‘la crisis’, and with very good reason. Bad debts due to the credit-fuelled construction boom had caused a spectacular fall in real estate prices, the global financial crisis was destroying small businesses and banks were collapsing under the pressure of one of the worst downturns in European financial history. Desperate expat property owners were simply handing their banks...