Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

22 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Massive increase in immigrants to New Zealand

New Zealand’s net immigration figures have hit an all-time high as 73,000 more arrive than leave. According to figures for the month of May 2017, immigrants are still flooding to New Zealand in increasing numbers, led by would-be expats from the UK and Australia as well as migrants from China. Las month's net migration figures show an increase on last year of 3,600, with 75 per cent of the 130,400 arrivals non- Kiwis looking to settle in the country. The rush to become part of the country’s growing economy happened at the same...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Hong Kong expat exodus opens doors for Chinese investment bankers

Two decades after the Hong Kong archipelago was given back to China, investment bankers and financiers from the mainland are taking over as Western expats leave. Following an exodus of Western expat bankers, Hong Kong’s elite financial ranks are now being swollen by an influx of professionals from the Chinese mainland. Western banks’ lay-offs of expensive professionals in the sector has created opportunities for equally talented incomers from mainland China eager to create their own brand of financial prowess. The influx is...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2017

End of open skies agreement could hit British expats and the economy

British expats living in popular Mediterranean destinations are at risk of being stranded if flights to Europe are affected by Brexit. One Brexit issue which hasn’t had much publicity is the loss of the EU’s ‘open skies’ policy, which allows airlines operating from EU member states the right to fly over and to any other EU country without administrative problems. If a hard Brexit results from the negotiations, it’s possible UK-based low-cost airlines will no longer be able to operate. Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2017

More postal vote chaos disenfranchises UK expats again

British expatriates across the world have again been denied the chance to have their say by voting in last Thursday’s snap General Election. Thousands of Britons living overseas have lost their right to vote due to the chaos caused by international delivery logistics and tardy responses by local authorities. Many of those affected will have experienced the same lack of preparedness prior to the Brexit referendum in which they had a considerable stake. Councils across the UK were left to fall behind schedule as regards the...
9 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Study shows UK expat professionals happy to stay overseas

A recent study has revealed only one in every 10 British expats living overseas has any serious intention of returning to the home country. The survey’s results showed the majority of expatriate Britons had made the decision to leave due to relocation by their company or the desire to start a business overseas. No mention was made of the hundreds of thousands of retirees who left for a better quality of life in a warmer country, very few of whom, it would seem, have any intention of returning to a post-Brexit world. Respondents...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Cyprus Golden Visas popular with wealthy Chinese and Russians

Whilst its everyday expat community fears the effects of Brexit on their lives, Cyprus is raking in billions by selling Golden Visas to wealthy Chinese and Russians. Cyprus is just one of the 27 EU member states offering visas for cash to wealthy investors from across the world whilst its established expat community fears for its fate post-Brexit. Last year, the Golden Visa scheme enriched the government’s coffers by no less than four billion dollars, a huge 25 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product. The Cyprus...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2017

UK expat shows solidarity with Dubai Muslims by baking and distributing cupcakes

A UK expat is determined to show solidarity with Dubai’s Moslem community by the simple act of baking cupcakes for them. It may sound crazy, but Nicola Donal and her husband Brendon’s unique initiative is making friends and bringing a spirit of community to Dubai. When Nicola, a Mancunian herself, heard about the Manchester tragedy and read reports about increasing levels of hate crimes against Muslims, she determined to express solidarity with local people by baking cupcakes and distributing them around her district. The...
31 May at 6 PM 2017

Expat jobseekers dump UK and USA for less politically uncertain locations

Expats looking to find the perfect job are now shunning the UK and USA in favour of less politically uncertain destinations. Asia, Canada and Australia are now the preferred locations for job-seeking expats looking for a new place to hang their hats. The UK is out of favour due to the massive uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and the threat to the USA’s economy from the Trump presidency is causing many expat minds to change, helped along by the White House’s new immigrant policies. Data shows a first-quarter 30 per cent increase...
26 May at 6 PM 2017

UK and USA uncertainties spur expat interest in Australian job market

Aspiring expat jobseekers are turning their attention to Australia due to Brexit uncertainty and the political and economic effects of the Trump presidency. A 30 per cent surge in the numbers of job seekers from overseas hit Australia’s recruiters at the beginning of April and shows no signs of slowing down. The biggest increases in applications came from India, up by 55 per cent on last year’s totals, with Japan at 49 per cent, Ireland at 11 per cent, the UAE at 26 per cent and South Africa at 22 per cent. The rise came in spite...
24 May at 6 PM 2017

UK expats in UAE speak out on Manchester terrorist bombing

British expats living and working in the Gulf States are appalled and saddened by the news of the devastating Manchester terrorism attack. The suicide bomb attack is being considered by many to be the worst of the many terror attacks in the UK, simply because of the number of deaths and the fact that the British-born bomber deliberately aimed at a venue packed with children and youngsters aged between five and 18 years of age, many of whom were attending the pop concert with their parents or grandparents. Police reports have confirmed...