Expat South America News

Latest 10 news items tagged South America

25 Mar at 6 PM 2014

British international schools abroad overrun by local students

International schools across the world, started for the purpose of teaching expat children a British curriculum, are now being overrun by local students. A recent study has revealed that some 80 per cent of places in overseas international schools are being grabbed by wealthy local people for their children. Expat families living and working overseas are gradually losing out on the chance to standardise their kids’ education in preparation for their return to UK schooling. Increasing growth in the market is noted in the Middle...
23 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Son of Harlequin Property CEO denies Ponzi scam

As the result of an investigation by the UK Financial Conduct Authority and fraud investigators, Michael Ames found himself in a London court today on charges of running a Ponzi scheme. Ames, the son of Harlequin Properties CEO, David Ames, was charged with fraud in December 2012. The charges related to a £1.6 million Ponzi scheme involving two green investment schemes, the Investor Club and Forestry for Life. Investors were snared by glossy brochures containing quotes from Prince Charles along with references to the Kyoto...
14 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Expat oil and gas workers heading home in dramatic industry turnaround

Cross-border travel has been the norm for oil and gas workers looking for lucrative expat assignments overseas, but many are now returning to their home countries. Although high salaries and acceptable working conditions are still the norm in the worldwide industry, many Australian, American and Brazilian expats are giving up overseas work and heading home. Specialist recruiters say that visa restrictions are the main reason for the exodus. Now that oil and gas workers with on-the-job experience in overseas locations such as the...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2014

UK Electoral Commission aims to triple registrations by expat voters

The European Parliament elections in the UK are due to take place on 22 May 2014, with the Electoral Commission campaign aimed at encouraging expats in Europe to vote. Provided they are registered as overseas voters, have not been out of the UK for more than 15 years and are not registered to vote in the member state where they are domiciled, expats are entitled to vote. However, only a relatively small percentage are actually registered to do so in the UK. According to Rosemary Davenport, speaking for the Electoral Commission,...
7 Oct at 6 PM 2013

Expat property purchase patterns changed by residency visa offers

Since Spain introduced its offer of a residency visa for non-EU citizens dependent on a property purchase of over €500,000, real estate professionals have seen a change in expat buying habits. Buyers from the UK still make up a good proportion of property purchases in France, accounting for 20 per cent of real estate deals. Brittany, Normandy, Midi-Pyrenees and Aquitaine are favourites, with Italian buyers concentrating on Paris and Provence. Real estate prices are still falling in France, giving a good choice of properties and...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2013

Canadian visa processing delays exacerbated by strike action

The delays in processing Canadian visa applications at present being experienced by would-be migrants in many world countries are likely to increase due to strike action by immigration officers. Strike action is being taken by members of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers at offices in Japan, China, the UK, Brazil, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, the USA, Columbia and Indonesia. Immigration officers are advising applicants in these countries to anticipate further delays as a result. All the offices concerned are...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2013

Australia best expat jobs in the world contest winners announced

Australia’s Best Expat Jobs in the World competition results have been announced, with six contestants now heading for the best few months of their travelling lives. The contest, run by the Australian Tourist Board, attracted no less than 330,000 competitors hailing from 196 countries across the world, with all the applicants whittled down to a finalist list. The lucky 18 finalists spent a week in the country taking part in challenges and assignments in fields including photography, social media reports, culinary experiences,...
29 May at 6 PM 2013

Report shows Switzerland still top of international salary league table

In spite of major worldwide adjustments in executive and higher-level pay structures, Switzerland still tops the international pay league. The International Geographic Salary Differentials report, conducted by Mercers’, noted that several Latin American countries have crept up the scale whilst Eastern European states have seen the sharpest falls in managerial pay. Switzerland, traditionally at or near the top of the table, scored again at number one in this latest survey. A total of 75 countries were covered, with six career...
14 May at 6 PM 2013

Survey data highlights effects of immigration in Canada

Data culled from the newly released 2011 National Household Survey points to major changes in Canadian society as a result of mass immigration. The national survey revealed that modern-day Canada holds 200 separate ethnicities and 100 diverse religions, and one in every five residents is foreign-born, the highest proportion of all the G8 countries. The greater Toronto region is becoming increasingly multi-national and is now home to many unfamiliar religious practices and languages. According to Tina Chui, Statistics Canada’s...
1 May at 6 PM 2013

Expats flee Spain as unemployment soars and property prices crash

According to figures issued by Spain’s National Statistics Institute, the total population of the country has fallen for the first time in 150 years. As Spanish unemployment soars to over 26 per cent and the country’s economy staggers, a total of 206,000 residents have given up and left. According to the figures, the entire drop represents foreign residents leaving the country. From the year 2000, Spain experienced a rapid rise in its immigrant population, mostly fuelled by migrants from Spanish-speaking countries in South...