Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

23 Jun at 6 PM 2017

May offers EU citizens in UK chance to build up citizenship rights

Billed as a ‘generous offer’, Theresa May’s Brexit statement on EU nationals in the UK gives those arriving lawfully before June 2019 the chance to build up similar rights to British citizens. The right to work and the right to claim healthcare and benefits will be offered to EU expats already in the UK and those who arrive before the Brexit divorce is final, provided they have built up five years of UK residence. , According to Theresa May’s speech at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels, arrivals during a subsequent grace...
22 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Massive increase in immigrants to New Zealand

New Zealand’s net immigration figures have hit an all-time high as 73,000 more arrive than leave. According to figures for the month of May 2017, immigrants are still flooding to New Zealand in increasing numbers, led by would-be expats from the UK and Australia as well as migrants from China. Las month's net migration figures show an increase on last year of 3,600, with 75 per cent of the 130,400 arrivals non- Kiwis looking to settle in the country. The rush to become part of the country’s growing economy happened at the same...
22 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expat fury as votes for life left out of Queens Speech

Despite its being a Tory party promise in the last two UK elections, the long-awaited expat ‘votes for life’ was not included in the Queen’s Speech at the opening of the present parliament. The traditional Queen’s Speech, read out by the monarch at the opening of each new UK parliament, is somewhat of a misnomer as it’s written by the majority party election winners and simply handed to Her Majesty to read out during the ceremony. The document outlines the new parliament’s legislative priorities during the upcoming...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows advantages of expat life in Vietnam

Would-be expats keen to experience the road less travelled could find Vietnam is the answer to their dreams of a totally different lifestyle. Known as the ‘Land of the Rising Dragon’ and Southeast Asia’s only Communist state, Vietnam doesn’t immediately spring to mind as a haven for Western expats and entrepreneurs. However, a more in-depth examination of the country will reveal a welcoming, hard-working population and a fascinating mix of tradition and contemporary life. There’s no state religion, allowing the major...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Mass exodus of Brits from Valencia as Brexit negotiations start

Around 20 per cent of the British expat community in the Spanish city of Valencia have already returned to the UK rather than wait to hear the results of the Brexit negotiations. The exodus has mostly taken place over the year following the Brexit referendum, headed up by a number of British expats who’d already decided to return home should the Leave vote triumph rather than endure several years of uncertainty. January 2015 figures from Britain’s National Institute of Statistics showed some 96,115 UK expats living in the Spanish...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Brexit impact on expat property owners

Brexit negotiations are now underway, but a lack of first-hand information on the UK government’s position is weighing heavily on UK expat property owners in EU member states. Divorce talks between the UK and the EU are now ongoing, with Brexit Secretary David Davis stating the UK is seeking a ‘deal like no other in history’ – whatever that may mean. The plight of EU and UK expats is expected to be top of the agenda, but the effect of Brexit, whether hard, soft or somewhere in between is anyone’s guess. Fear of the unknown...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats plight high on the agenda as Brexit talks kick in

EU expats in the UK and British expats living in EU member states are seeing their plight set at the top of the Brexit agenda. Britain’s EU divorce negotiations began Monday in Brussels, with both sides stating a reciprocal rights deal should be finalised as soon as is practicable. According to the UK’s Department for Exiting the European Union, securing the rights of both groups of expats is the country’s first aim. A spokesperson for the department told the media that ending the anxiety of four million citizens has always been...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Chaos for expats departing Qatar due to shipping ban

Qatar’s ongoing sea blockade is making things difficult for expats leaving the emirate. As a result of the UAE ban on Qatari vessels, expats who’ve planned to leave the emirate this summer are now unable to transport their possessions either by sea or by land. Many are trapped, with no option but to sell off their household goods and vehicles at cheap prices as the cost of storage for an indefinite time is prohibitive. Prior to the June 5 blockade, the majority of shipping from outside the emirate came via the UAE port of Jebel...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Choosing the right country for career advancement

There are many reasons for packing up and moving to a strange country, but one of the most persuasive is the chance to advance your career at the same time as experiencing a more enjoyable lifestyle. A recent survey by InterNations found that one in every three expats who’d taken the plunge had done so for career reasons, whether they’d been sent overseas by their home country employer or had found a great opportunity themselves. A few of those who took the survey had been recruited by a local company, and a small number had moved...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2017

End of open skies agreement could hit British expats and the economy

British expats living in popular Mediterranean destinations are at risk of being stranded if flights to Europe are affected by Brexit. One Brexit issue which hasn’t had much publicity is the loss of the EU’s ‘open skies’ policy, which allows airlines operating from EU member states the right to fly over and to any other EU country without administrative problems. If a hard Brexit results from the negotiations, it’s possible UK-based low-cost airlines will no longer be able to operate. Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny...