Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

24 May at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows favourite countries for expat professionals

Uncertainly about where to relocate is beginning to haunt expats’ lives, but some countries are still attractive for professionals determined to make the move. Immigration issues are causing uncertainty in many former expat hubs including the USA and UK, but determined expat professionals can still find a home for their talents and aspirations. A recent InterNations study identifies those countries which still welcome the best and the brightest by offering them great salaries and benefits as well as comfortable, well-balanced...
22 May at 6 PM 2017

British retirees in Spain face crisis over bad Brexit deal

An increasing number of elderly British retirees living along the Spanish coastline are already feeling the pinch and are terrified of a hard Brexit. For several decades, Spain’s Costa del Sol has been a favourite retirement hub for British state pensioners. Many chose the warm, inexpensive lifestyle over having to decide between heating and eating in the UK, but are now in crisis mode over the Brexit threat to their rights, pensions and healthcare. An article in a popular UK newspaper has revealed Brit retirees are already...
17 May at 6 PM 2017

Spain talks tough on expat Brexit

Spain’s foreign minister is hitting out at Britain’s stance on expats. The argument on expat rights between Theresa May and European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofsdadt seems to be getting nastier as time passes, with neither able to get their human rights priorities in order. In addition, a recent statement from the Madrid government indicated Spain wants to retain the bulk of the EU’s freedom of movement laws with the UK. It’s referring to the principle of the right of free movement for EU citizens across the entire...
12 May at 6 PM 2017

British expat parents in Spain appeal for O negative blood

A British expat family living in Mallorca are appealing for O negative expats to donate blood to save their daughter’s life. Originally from Yorkshire and now living in Valldemossa, John Chappell and his wife Sarah have appealed through the local English language newspaper Olive Press for expats with O negative blood to come forward and donate. Their Mallorca-born daughter Serena was diagnosed with leukaemia after a random test last month, and is now seriously ill in hospital. 11 year-old Serena, trilingual and a keen dancer,...
8 May at 6 PM 2017

EU negotiator blames Britain for expats predicament

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator is blaming Britain’s hardline stance for the uncertainty surrounding the rights of millions of UK and EU expats. Former French minister Michel Barnier put the blame for the continued uncertainty facing both EU and UK expats squarely on the shoulders of the British government, adding that Brussels will demand lifetime citizens’ rights guarantees as a condition of the UK divorce settlement. Speaking at a conference in Florence, Barnier stated the true cause of uncertainty is the Brexit result...
5 May at 6 PM 2017

UK tax reforms affecting expats put on hold until after election

Changes to the UK’s domicile laws about to take place have now been shelved until after the snap general election. The move to temporarily axe several clauses in the 2017 Finance Bill took place at the end of last month, by which time the new rules should have already been activated. Key clauses affecting British expatriates resident in Spain and other EU destinations were deleted from the 760-page bill, the longest Finance bill produced by any UK government. The domicile rules put on hold deal with income tax, capital gains tax and...
4 May at 6 PM 2017

Hopes dwindle over continuing healthcare for UK expats

Predicting any Brexit outcome this early in the game is impossible, but UK negotiator David Davis is already indicating the European Health Card as it applies to Brit expats won’t survive the divorce negotiations. Until now, the EHIC has been a literal lifeline for older Brits living in the warmer climes of Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal. Many thousands of British pensioners chose to leave the UK in order to be able to stretch their state pension further, secure in the knowledge that their NHS contributions over a lifetime’s...
3 May at 6 PM 2017

Wealthy Brit expats can buy out of Brexit uncertainty

As the chance of finding a fair and just solution for UK expats in EU member states recedes still further, those with enough spare cash can make sure they're sitting pretty via a Golden Visa. As with much in the UK, Golden Visas are for the wealthy and are unobtainable due to their cost for the average British state pensioner who’s chosen to live abroad for economic reasons. As the reality of Brexit begins to dawn, those with gold-plated pensions and money in the bank will be able to choose between five already popular expat...
1 May at 6 PM 2017

Entrepreneurial expats turn wrecked Spanish shop units into trading hub

A British couple with an eye to the community’s needs have breathed new life into a derelict row of shops and made it a hub for local expats. Entrepreneur couple Chug and Karen, as they’re known in the expat community in Spain’s La Cala hills, saw the sadly neglected row of shops two years ago and decided to open a store selling second-hand goodies for the home. Two years later, Aladin La Cala is THE place in the region for furniture, lighting, kitchen equipment, art, rugs, bric-a-brac and collectibles and is hugely popular with...
1 May at 6 PM 2017

Bremain in Spain founder urges expats to use tactical votes

Bremain in Spain’s John Moffet is urging all expat voters to realise they have the power to strongly influence the EU Brexit negotiations by giving their mandate to pro-EU candidates. Grenada resident Moffet is encouraging expat voters to choose candidates in favour of either a soft Brexit or some kind of associate EU membership, irrespective of their party loyalties. In an interview with local English language media, he said it’s time to focus on the positive aspects of fighting back against May’s stance as regards a hard...