Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

17 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Raging wildfires in Portugal and northern Spain threaten expat lives and properties

Massive wildfires raging in northern Spain and Portugal may have been started by human intervention, according to investigators. Up to 40 people are believed to have died in the blazes, with dozens more injured and hundreds losing their homes. Over 140 separate fires are being fought in Portugal, with firefighters struggling against high winds caused by Hurricane Ophelia fanning the flames. In the northern Spain region of Galicia, blazes are approaching heavily inhabited districts and thousands of residents are being evacuated....
16 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Bremain in Spain condemns government attitude towards Brexit negotiations

Major expat rights campaign group Bremain in Spain is less than impressed by the current progress of Brexit negotiations. Chairperson of Bremain in Spain Sue Wilson’s opinions on the fifth Brexit negotiation talks and related government action are less than positive, and with good reason. Last week’s lively general news scene meant there was little coverage in the UK media of what turned out to be largely a non-event, with the UK team and David Davis not even bothering to turn up on two occasions. Theresa May’s interview...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2017

British expats in Catalonia fear outcome of independence referendum

British expats living in the Spanish province of Catalonia are dismayed at the chaos and political tension following last week’s independence referendum. British expats living and working in Barcelona and the rest of the province are shocked and unhappy over the botched referendum and its ensuing violent response, with many considering Madrid’s actions inevitable. Expat business owners are worried about the situation’s effect on commerce and tourism, and fear a possible backlash from the polling day violence between voters and...
5 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Good news for expats as Spanish property market stabilises

After a wild ride down, up and down again during the past decade, the Spanish property market is now stable. Over the past five years, the real estate market in Spain has undergone a remarkable transformation resulting in its becoming attractive to a far wider range of buyers. Whether purchases are made by newly arrived expats, Brits fleeing Brexit, second home buyers or investors, the rush to buy has seen prices increase substantially, especially in the country’s most popular tourism and expatriate destinations. Marbella,...
3 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Police violence in Catalonian referendum condemned by locals and expats alike

Expats living in Catalonia are as shocked and unhappy as are locals over the violent police reaction to the independence referendum. Last weekend’s turbulent events during the referendum for Catalonia’s independence weren’t exactly unexpected, but the shock caused by police violence is reverberating across both expat and local communities. For decades, Catalonians and their politicians have been demanding independence form the rest of Spain, with the referendum seen as a chance to express their feelings in an unmissable manner....
2 Oct at 6 PM 2017

UK banks discrimination against expat Britons is now illegal

UK expats living overseas will be happy to hear British banks’ discrimination against those wishing to retain or open accounts with high street banks is now against UK law. Over the past few years, British banks have been operating an almost total ban on non-resident, non-domiciled, UK expats wishing to open bank accounts in their home country. Worse still, the majority of high-street banks have been busily closing existing expat accounts, often with very little notice, thus causing huge problems for British citizens living...
30 Sep at 3 PM 2017

British expats in Spain urged to respond to citizenship survey

Brexpats in Spain citizenship survey to be presented to both governments Britons living in Spain are being urged to take part in a citizenship poll organised by Brexpats in Spain Co-founder of Brexpats in Spain Anne Hernandez organised the survey after Theresa May’s disappointingly vacuous speech in Florence, and is urging all Brits wishing to stay in the country to participate. The results of the poll will be presented to both the British and Spanish governments, with voters able to access it Brexpats in Spain’s Facebook page....
25 Sep at 6 PM 2017

PM speech in Florence ignores UK expats whilst aiding EU citizens in Britain

Theresa May’s speech in Florence was seen as a possible opportunity for clarity on the Brexit negotiations chaos, but is being denigrated by UK expat protest groups as containing less substance, more soundbites. The volunteer group Remain in Spain was the first to voice its disappointment, with chairwoman Sue Wilson commenting the speech could not be seen as facilitating progress in the stalled negotiations. The EU27, she added, were unlikely to find anything in it which suggests a move forward at this time, as little progress has...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2017

UK expat pensioners flock to Spain over last decade

Official statistics have revealed the number of British retirees in Spain has doubled since 2007. According to the Office for National Statistics, the total number of British pensioners choosing to spend their retirement years in Spain is now 121,000. The majority of new expat arrivals in the country are over 65 years of age, with official figures showing a corresponding increase in the number of British state pensions being paid to banks in Spain. In spite of the threat of a hard Brexit, the exodus of the UK’s elderly looks as...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Post Brexit chaos threatens UK expats with private pensions

British expat retirees with private UK pensions are being warned their regular payments may be at risk post-Brexit. Chairperson of the parliamentary Treasury Committee Nicky Morgan is calling for immediate action over the risk to UK expat private pension holders that their regular payments may be blocked after Brexit takes effect. Morgan is attempting to draw attention to the possible problem by writing to the UK chancellor to ask whether the issue will be discussed during the next round of UK/EU negotiations. The problem is...