Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

27 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Postal voting scandal ignites worldwide expat fury

Following a report in the Independent newspaper last Thursday, an increasing number of British expats involved in the postal votes scandal are calling for a second referendum. Expats living in EU member states, the USA, Australia and across the world now have the most to lose due to the Leave campaign’s success in the ballot. The majority of those affected did not receive their postal voting forms after they’d registered, with others receiving them as late as 23 June. Full numbers affected are as yet not known, but the...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Anti Brexit online petition response crashes website

An online parliamentary petition set up by furious Remain voters has proved so popular that its site has crashed. The online petition calls for the UK government to implement a rule relating to the percentage of votes and turnout. It states that in the case of a turnout of less than 75 per cent with either Leave or Remain votes totalling less than 60 per cent, a second referendum should be triggered. Uploaded online this morning, the 'petition.parliament.uk' site was initially difficult to access due to the huge response from...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in Spain shock horror reaction to Brexit win

UK expats living and retiring in Spain are in a state of shock as their worst fears about Brexit are confirmed. Brits living the good life in Spain woke this morning to their worst nightmare – the decision of a majority of eligible referendum voters to leave the UK. Immediately, sterling plummeted against a basket of currencies and world stock markets braced themselves for a replay of the financial crash of 2008. The immediate fall in the value of sterling will affect the lifestyles of UK state pensioners across Spain, causing...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expat first steps for your Spanish dream lifestyle

The dream of a Spanish lifestyle has seduced UK would-be expats for decades, but peace of mind and a lack of hassle depends on getting it right from the moment you arrive. Emigrating overseas is an increasingly attractive option for British citizens approaching retirement. thinking of setting up a small business in a warm, friendly environment or simply searching for a change to a less stressful lifestyle. Spain’s Mediterranean coastline has long been a favourite destination for its combination of great weather, established expat...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Spanish lawyer gives hope to thousands over lost dream home deposits

Knowing your legal rights as an expat in Spain, it seems, is the first step in winning back your life savings form property scammers. Adolfo Martos, a long-standing lawyer with offices in Malaga and Marbella as well as a dedication to help scammed expats, has the core advice of how to beat the snails-paced Spanish courts. Hanging on in there and insisting on your rights, no matter how long it takes, he says, will win every time. Now the chair of the international legal group ‘TEN, The European Network’, has started a new...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expat favourites in this global migration century

With global migration now at an all-time high and involving huge numbers of international professionals as well as retirees, where do they come from and where do they go? Professional expats have many reasons for leaving the home country, with career prospects, increased salaries, an improvement in the work/life balance and the excitement of a new challenge some of the most important. A new report from the United Nations tracks the most popular destination countries and maps the home countries of the international diaspora. The...
8 Jun at 6 PM 2016

German Post Office refuses thousands of British expat referendum postal votes

Prepaid envelopes provided for expat Brexit referendum postal votes are being refused by German post office workers as they are the wrong size! Around 100,000 British expats are believed to be living in Germany, with a good number registering for postal votes in the Brexit referendum. Although the prepaid envelopes provided with the voting forms comply with the Internal Business Reply Service scheme, they’re the wrong size as regards standard German envelopes. As a result, numerous expat voters are being told that they must...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2016

EU expats desert Spain due to overseas assets tax changes

Whilst many British expats living in Spain are experiencing nervous breakdowns over the possibility of a Brexit, others who’ve already left are overjoyed they don’t have to deal with Spain’s new tax laws covering overseas assets. Estimates of the number of EU and British expats who took their money elsewhere rather than be taxed on their overseas assets are now in the high thousands. The tax changes in 2015 have also resulted in a strong decline in the number of new expat arrivals. The new rules, originally aimed at Spanish...
2 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Spanish PM cites Brexit as highly negative for British citizens

In an interview with a Spanish international news agency, the Spanish prime minister suggested that a Brexit would signal major problems with the right of free movement for UK expats living in his country. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy told international news agency EFE that Britain’s leaving the EU would be very negative for Spain, the UK and the EU itself, as British citizens would lose their right to free movement within the European community. The principles of the EU, he said, were based on the principle of free movement of goods,...
31 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat entrepreneur offers one stop shop for expat moves to Spain

A formerly successful businessman who’s been there and done it all is now the proud owner of a one-stop-shop advice and help centre for Brits moving to Spain. Moving overseas can be the most stressful experience ever, with local bureaucracy causing mini-nervous breakdowns in even the calmest new arrivals in a foreign land. Many Brits heading for Spain to retire have visited the country on annual holidays, but living there is a whole new ball game with rules based on a foreign culture and language. Leon Cohen’s background in...