Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

18 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Surge in young professionals looking to emigrate

Relocation companies are seeing a surge in the numbers of younger professionals looking to leave their countries of birth. For several decades, demographics related to expats have shown older professionals and retirees as the two main groups looking to emigrate, but a recent survey seems to have overturned the balance. The study, undertaken by a leading relocation company, indicates it’s those between the ages of 18 and 35 years who are desperate to try a new life overseas. Inquiries by young creatives and other professionals have...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Brit expats in Spain warned about killer drug

A toxic painkiller banned in the USA and most of Europe is being pushed by Spanish doctors over safer drugs in spite of protests from informed expat patients. The dangerous painkiller, known as Nolotil or Metamizole, has been banned in Europe and the USA but is a favourite with Spanish GPs who prescribe it for a variety of painful ailments ranging from headaches through stomach pains to fevers. Doctors all over Spain are telling their patients it’s Nolitil or nothing, even when they’re told of the numerous deaths proven to have...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Brit retirees gearing up to emigrate before Brexit

In spite of the uncertainty of expat rights post-Brexit, UK retirees are queuing up to emigrate, with Spain, France and Portugal all favourite destinations. Financial advisers whose businesses serve would-be expats relocating to destinations within the European Union have seen a doubling of enquiries from British retirees over the past year and the number of those who went ahead with their emigration plans has increased by 25 per cent. The motivation behind the rush to leave would seem to be that, whatever the final Brexit deal contains,...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2017

EU to restrict UK expats residency rights post Brexit

According to David Davis, the European Union is planning to restrict residency rights for British expats living in European member states once the Brexit divorce is finalised. In a report issued by the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Davis, the EU’s stance on Britons living in Europe will only allow the right to remain if expat Brits are already living in Europe by March 2019, the official date of Britain’s leaving the EU. Davis’s report was presented to the House of Lords’ EU committee last Wednesday, and will do little...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Stay or Go is UK retiree dilemma

EU member states and Spain in particular are still on the retirement agenda for UK would-be expats. Britons coming up on retirement are still favouring European destinations in spite of the uncertainty surrounding the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations. A recent survey has revealed one in every 10 UK citizens over 50 years of age is still considering retiring abroad, with Spain topping the favourites list again. As usual, reasons for leaving include the British weather, a more relaxed lifestyle and cheaper costs of living....
9 Aug at 6 PM 2017

UK expat retirees urged to do homework before emigrating

Spain’s position as an all-time favourite retirement haven for older Brits seeking sunshine and sangria is still unrivalled, but France, Italy, Portugal and Far East destinations such as the Philippines and Thailand are still getting attention. A recent survey of Britons approaching retirement has revealed the main attractions of quitting the UK are better weather, a cheaper cost of living and a more relaxed lifestyle. In the initial excitement of planning a new life in an unfamiliar new country, it’s easy to forget realties such...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Brit expat entertainers in Spain wooed by Britain’s Got Talent

Talent-spotting bosses from the popular TV show are scouring Spain for British entertainers to fill the audition listings. Less than two months after the 2017 Britain’s Got Talent contest ended, its talent-spotters were on a plane headed for Benidorm in an effort to recruit new talent able to halt the show’s declining viewer ratings. Series 11, whilst not a total flop, failed to inspire its core audience due to a conspicuous lack of serious talent in the artistes chosen from a smaller than usual pool of auditionees. Simon...
2 Aug at 6 PM 2017

British Brexpat returnees to face UK shock horror property prices

Britons living in Europe and considering returning home due to Brexit uncertainties may be forced to think again due to UK property price increases since 2010. Recent research has shown average prices in the UK’s real estate market have increased by 12 per cent over the past seven years, whilst house prices in Europe’s most popular expat destinations have been falling fast. British expats, particularly retirees, who are thinking about returning to the UK due to the continuing uncertainty over their post-Brexit rights may well be...
28 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Is UK expatriation becoming less popular

If media coverage is to be believed, the UK would seem to be emptying fast, but new research by one of Britain’s high street banks seems to show the opposite. According to a study by Lloyds Bank’s private banking arm, 1.6 million Britons have deserted their homeland for overseas climes since 2006. Given the 2008 financial crisis and its effect on British small businesses plus the ongoing political chaos leading to the Brexit referendum and its result, most people would believe the exodus is still gathering momentum, but the survey...
27 Jul at 6 PM 2017

UK retirees in France plead for return of winter fuel allowance

British expatriates living in France are considering asking the UK government to repeal its withdrawal of the winter fuel allowance given to retired UK citizens to help with their fuel bills. Brits living in France’s mountainous regions as well as in the areas fronting the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel have been the worst affected since the payment to all expats in France was discontinued in 2015. Entitlement to the allowance was calculated by the British government by means of averaging temperatures in France, Cyprus,...