Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

22 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brexit puts a damper on Britons retirement plans

Brexit’s shock result has all but wrecked the retirement plans of many Brits due to freedom of movement insecurity and possible financial planning chaos. The biggest question mark threatening the retirement plans of a fair proportion of older Brits is the ability to settle legally in one of the many European expat destinations. Although, just a month after the referendum took place, there seems to be a slight easing of doom and gloom as regards freedom of movement, the risk of losing everything is still there. Even more of a risk...
21 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Expats dual nationality petition calls for Spanish peoples support

A petition calling for access to joint nationality for Brits living in Spain is now calling for Spaniards to sign in support of the initiative. In yet another attempt to regularise their post-Brexit situation, Britons living, working and retiring in Spain are asking the Spanish people to join with them to ensure a future for both expats and the businesses supplying them. Over 15,000 expats have signed in the two weeks since the Olive Press English language newspaper publicised and sponsored the move. It’s clear to most of the...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Spain warned to watch out for financial fraudsters

In spite of frequent warnings, tales of financial fraud and endless on- and offline articles, rogue pension and investment FAs are still rife in British retirement destinations. For decades, Spain has been a favourite with British retirees who’ve had enough of the UK’s dreary weather and escalating cost of living. Around 300,000 escapees from the UK are living a new life in the sun and stretching their state pensions to cover expenses. Sadly, this happy band of expats is as much at risk of being cheated out of their life savings as...
14 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Irish expat in Spain awarded MBE for her expat property rights campaign

Maura Hillen is a heroine to over 500 British expats whose properties were demolished after being declared illegal during the infamous Spanish property scandal. As leader of the Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora NO! (AUAN) campaign, Maura fought at national, regional and local levels for the rights of those who’d purchased Almanzora Valley homes in good faith. The majority of home-buyers in Almeria province were British retirees who’d made the decision to sell their British homes and relocate to Spain. The buyers later discovered...
13 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Government opens Brexit expat help webpage whilst France entices bankers

As the UK government launches a webpage aimed at clarifying expats’ Brexit issues, France pledges to offer generous tax and other relocation perks to UK-based banks and financial institutions. Unsurprisingly, the UK government website offers little that isn’t known already to even the least enthusiastic followers of British media reports. In the real world, Spain as well as France is re-jigging its tax laws in an attempt to entice bankers and multinationals to their shores. Spain was the first to announce a review of its...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Dutch expat con man reputedly linked to major Netherlands crime family

Expat havens the world over have their share of dodgy characters ready and willing to defraud other expats of their hard-earned savings, but this Costa del Sol con man may be unique. Exposed recently by Spain’s leading expat newspaper, Jan Brinkman has been busy ripping off fellow expats as well as locals with tall tales of ultra-rewarding investments. One such, Marbella-based movie stuntman Peter Wicke, was targeted by Brinkman as he searched for investors in his new Movie Television Productions International company. Brinkman...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Spain submit petition for UK parliamentary representation

Businesses, the media and campaigners are uniting in protest following Theresa May’s shocking statement during which she refused to give any guarantees over expat rights within EU member states. May, at present the UK government’s Home Secretary and tipped to become the next PM, was slammed in print and online for her lack of concern for the lives of UK citizens at present in Europe and EU citizens at present in the UK. It’s suspected that the over four million expats in total are destined only to be used as weapons in Brexit...
6 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats petition points the need for Spanish dual citizenship

A petition urging the Spanish government to allow UK expats to apply for dual nationality was launched on Monday. Well-known journalist Giles Tremlett together with fellow journalist William Chislett started the petition as an attempt to alert the Spanish government to the dramatic situation faced by Brits in Spain. Tremlett, known for his work with the Economist and the Guardian, has been resident in Spain for 25 years and was unable to vote Remain due to the 15-year disenfranchisement imposed by the UK government. Tremlett told...
1 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Buying residency in popular EU countries restricted to wealthy expats

Securing an idyllic expat life post-Brexit as a resident in favourite European destinations is proving to be only an option for the wealthy. The rush for European passports is gathering steam as the full implications of Brexit hit home, but unless applicants are long-stay or have nationals of that country in their ancestry, there’s no chance unless big money is handed over. Various countries are now offering citizenship to Britishers affected by Brexit – but only at a staggering price. The vast majority of the 1.2 million...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Romantic expats propose to counter Brexit effect

One certain strategy to avoid being caught up in disastrous Brexit side-effects is to get married very quickly to your chosen Spanish partner Brits in long-term partnership with Spanish nationals are queuing up to pop the question in order to ensure their rights to stay in Spain after the UK finally leaves the EU. ‘Marry me so that I can stay here’ isn’t the most romantic of proposals but, provided the answer is ‘Yes’, it’s the fastest and most sure way to secure a happy future in the sun. Google searches on the subject of...