Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

21 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat arrested in Spain for holiday rental fraud

A British expat accused of scamming a number of UK holidaymakers via a fake holiday rental site has been arrested in Northern Spain. Paula Louise Neale disappeared from her Costa del Sol home last year amidst accusations she’d cheated British holidaymakers by placing a large number of fake holiday rental advertisements on Facebook using an alias and taking advance payments through PayPal. One alleged victim of the scam told the media she’d lost $750 in a rental which didn’t exist. The fraudster’s modus operandum involved...
18 May at 6 PM 2018

Supportive expat community in Costa del Sol rewarded by Royal Wedding event

Being an expat in a strange land isn’t roses all the way, but having a supportive community on hand can save the day. The British expatriate community in Spain’s Costa del Sol have been there when they were needed endless times over the past decades, often finding out about other expats having a hard time via local English language media. Once the story has been told, an upsurge of friendly faces and supportive gestures is invariably the result. In a way, it’s a reminder of earlier days in expats’ home countries when...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Australia is still a favourite with Brit retirees but its own are leaving

Australia is still popular with UK expat retirees, but its own seniors are leaving for more affordable foreign destinations. The numbers of elderly Australians leaving their home country for a less expensive life overseas have dramatically increased over the past decade, with Oz expat communities forming in Spain, Cambodia and Thailand. In 2016, almost two thousand Australian pensioners over the age of 55 relocated to various retiree hubs in Italy and Greece as well as New Zealand, mostly due to rising property prices and the soaring...
14 May at 6 PM 2018

British expat community in Spain torn apart by Brexit

May 9 was Europe Day, a celebration of everything the European community stands for, but UK expats affected by Brexit might not have been celebrating. The general feeling across the expat community in Spain is that Brexit has fragmented the formerly cohesive, strong British presence in the country. Almost a million Britons are now living in Spain as part of what used to be a friendly, supportive environment deliberately chosen for its lifestyle by business people, retirees and families. Brexit has been the cause of gaping divisions in...
11 May at 6 PM 2018

Spain expat and tourism boom set to wane post Brexit

Increased demand due to terrorism in competitor destinations has caused a hike in Spanish property prices, but the trend is set to end. From 2015 to 2017, the surge in terrorist attacks in Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia took its toll on formerly popular holiday and retirement destinations, with Spain’s Mediterranean coastal cities the main benefactors. Retirees as well as visitors flocked to rent holiday villas, buy second homes or take up residence on a permanent basis. Tourist numbers saw double-digit growth, accounting for 11 per cent...
11 May at 6 PM 2018

Pension transfer fraudster with 800 victims convicted for second time

A previously convicted pension fraudster has been rearrested and sentenced again for running a pension transfer scam. Simon Colfer,had been convicted and jailed for theft, forgery, fraud and obtaining money by deception at an earlier date, but after his release in 2010 he fronted Fortitude Trading under the false name Simon Davies in order to cover up his past history. His previous conviction had resulted in his being declared bankrupt and subject under the Proceeds of Crime Act to a £1.7 million confiscation order. However, the...
10 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat in Spain creates Facebook page to make the world a better place

Nick Moore’s new ‘If five million people’ Facebook page has one aim – to unite followers from across the world in an effort to promote good deeds and help save Planet Earth. His own description of the site is ‘a page to encourage and inspire, with ideas aimed at making the world a better place’. He adds the page isn’t a business, there’s no profit made and says he's just using social media to share planet-friendly green ideas, videos, all good things and life hacks. Recent posts on the page have shared good works by...
7 May at 6 PM 2018

Malta tops expat favourites for the sunshine life

The historic island of Malta isn’t just a sunny Mediterranean hotspot for British retirees, it’s also a fascinating glimpse into a time long past. Malta’s latest triumph is its place as one of the top world countries for the sunshine life, displacing Costa Rica, Mexico and Bahrain and joining with Taiwan, and Ecuador as a favourite for the ‘pura vida’ – pure life. Placed seventh in the world in the latest poll, Malta was reported as having the best weather by nine out of ten expatriates living on the island. Increasingly,...
2 May at 6 PM 2018

Cryptocurrency crooks under threat of international crackdown

As reports of cryptocurrency connections to organised crime, fraud and duping of inexperienced investors begin to surface on the web, international regulators are preparing to get tough. Due to the popularity of speculating in cryptocurrencies, it’s no surprise the bad and the ugly are now taking advantage of the good and the inexperienced, with moves now underway in EU countries, the UK, USA, Japan and South Korea to drive cryptocurrency crooks off the internet. According to international financial regulators, the currencies...
1 May at 6 PM 2018

Top expat talent now reluctant to relocate to the UK

Continuing uncertainty about the direction Brexit will finally take is affecting the numbers of expat professionals applying for relocation to the UK. According to recently released research, with just under a year left before Brexit finally kicks in, human resources professionals and recruitment agencies are complaining their hiring strategies are having to be regularly revised. Some 50 per cent of firms which took part in the study envision an even more devastating effect is on the way. The research, carried out by LinkedIn,...