Expat Thailand News
Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand
5 Mar at 6 PM 2014
UK expats who met and married their partners whilst working overseas are having their lives torn apart by new financially-based spousal UK immigration rules.
The minimum income requirement now mandatory for migrants from outside EU member states was introduced to limit the numbers entering Britain. However, the net result has been that UK citizens wishing to return home together with their foreign wives and families have only two options - get a well-paying job or leave them behind.
One such expat, born in the UK and privately...
27 Feb at 4 PM 2014
Endless online warnings about buying condos in Thailand
off-plan have been based on Pattaya’s Emerald Palace property scam, but the tables would now seem to have been turned in favour of the actual owners.
Promoted by Brit developer Richard Haughton, firstly through Harlequin Thailand
and later through Haughton’s Thailand
Property, Media and Exhibition Company (TMPE), the condo units were sold off-plan. Buyers remitted the purchase prices to Harlequin and TMPE, with many paying up whilst still in the UK.
What buyers didn’t...
10 Feb at 6 PM 2014
With UK interest rates still at a miserable level and US stocks struggling since the start of 2014, investments in emerging markets may be tempting may expat investors.
Investing in overseas emerging markets was expected to increase after the turn of the year, but the sector has taken a beating for a number of good reasons. Tepid economies, inflation, high debt to GDB ratios and increasing political turmoil have all taken their toll on formerly optimistic projections.
China, the new power behind the global economy, has reported a...
17 Dec at 6 PM 2013
Expats in most popular destinations are having to pay ever-increasing premiums for private heathcare due to local private hospitals' over-treatment and even fraudulent billing.
Foreign nationals everywhere, especially in southeast Asian medical hubs such as Thailand
, have seen their health insurance premiums soar over the last several years at a far higher rate than medical inflation alone would suggest. A large number of expats abroad are younger staff on assignment and with international cover, suggesting that increases in claims...
25 Nov at 6 PM 2013
The Thai widow of a deceased Danish man who was deported with her daughter after his death will now be able to return due to a changed law created jointly by the country’s political parties.
Suthida and Im Nielsen were deported back to Thailand
by the Danish Immigration Services on the pretext that they had more ties there than in Denmark. The child and her mother had arrived with Danish husband and stepfather Johnny Nielsen and had settled in for four years.
When the news of the imminent deportation broke following Mr Neilsen’s...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Five Asian destinations swept the board to take top ratings for quality of expat life in the 2013 Expat Explorer survey.
The results of the 2013 version of HSBC International’s well-known Expat Explorer survey celebrated no less than five Asian destinations as tops for expat quality of life, integration and ease of setting up. Thailand
ranked as number one, with China, Singapore, India and Taiwan taking third, sixth, seventh and eighth positions in that order.
According to respondents resident in the Asian countries, it’s...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2013
One of the reasons often quoted by expats when asked why they left their home countries is the expense, difficulty and traffic snarl-ups involved in driving in large cities.
However, the lure of the open road in far-flung, less than first world countries such as Thailand
has its distinct and possibly fatal downsides, as many expats have found to their dismay. A perennial expat destination for its great weather and inexpensive lifestyle, Thailand
and its driving habits are hitting the news more and more frequently nowadays.
16 Oct at 6 PM 2013
A Canadian engineer living in Thailand’s Phuket Town is claiming on YouTube that his embassy and Thai officials are refusing assitance and leaving him to die.
Tim Rooney, resident in Thailand
for some 13 years, was involved in an altercation with a German expat during an attempt in 2011 to sell his computer via an online site. The advert stated no offers would be accepted and, when the German replied with an offer, the resulting emails became heated.
Words were exchanged online, with the result that Rooney was arrested under...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Continuing reports of investment mis-selling in many expat world destinations is forcing not only action by government regulators but also by financial advisory firms themselves in seeking legal registration with local financial authorities.
Recent media reports have identified countries as far apart as Hong Kong, the UAE, Spain, the UK and several Southeast Asian states including Thailand
as being hotbeds of unqualified, unregistered salesmen persuading unsophisticated expat investors to take on unsuitable funds, bonds and property...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2013
New Zealand’s new law allowing same-sex marriage came into force in August, with its supporters expecting the country’s tourism sector to benefit.
The first two gay couples who’d arranged to get married under the new law arrived from Thailand
last week, but were met by immigration officers who grilled both couples about the gap in their ages and at first refused them entry to the country. Forced to fight for their visitor permits, they had to provide bank books, support letters, photographic proof of genuine relationships and...