Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

25 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit father and son VAT fraudsters captured in Spain

A recently arrived British father and son have been arrested in their villa near Benidorm for a one million VAT fraud. Benidorm was the chosen expat refuge for Brian Colwell and his son Jamie, just as it has been for decades for criminals fleeing the long arm of British justice, but the unsavoury pair have now been hauled back to the UK to begin their prison sentences. The pair were finally tracked down to their villa outside the favourite Spanish beach resort by investigators from HM Revenue and Customs after they’d breached their...
24 May at 6 PM 2018

Expats love South African life but fear for their safety

In general, the majority of expats in South Africa are happy with their lives, but they don’t feel safe. The results of a recent survey reveal expats arriving from the USA, Britain and Germany are happy with their choice of destination, but day-to-day safety remains an issue for the vast majority. On the plus side, there’s a vast choice of places to spend the large chunk of cash they’re earning. The results calculated from respondents in the expat community saw the country high on the list for its ease of settling in and family...
23 May at 6 PM 2018

Expat help needed for documentary on Andalusia abandoned dogs

A British filmmaker needs help from expats in Andalusia for his documentary on abandoned dogs. London resident Paul Murphy became aware first-hand about Spain’s abandoned dogs scandal when he drove from the UK to Los Barrios to collect his newly-adopted stray dog from a local shelter. Shock and horror was his reaction when he saw the huge numbers of abandoned pets, and provided the inspiration for his documentary, Dogland. The film follows the struggles of expat volunteers who’d taken over the shelter in which dogs were summarily...
23 May at 6 PM 2018

Is Brexit responsible for reestablishing expat ghettos

Is Brexit about to be a spur for bringing together the British expat community in France? For decades, the focus of the British expat community across the channel in France seems to have been integration into the French community rather than taking an active part in both ethnic groups. Occasional articles in the English language media seem to suggest it’s the ‘done thing’ to become more French than the French and reject one’s own nationality in favour of a new model. As the cancer of racial intolerance spurred on by Brexit...
23 May at 6 PM 2018

Irish expats flocking back home to vote for safe abortions

Inspired by the hashtag ‘hometovote’, a wave of concerned Irish emigrants is arriving back in the home country to vote for safe abortions and women’s right to decide. Ireland’s abortion referendum comes after many decades of the harshest anti-abortion laws on the planet. The admittedly controversial procedure is almost non-existent in the country even if a pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, and is only permissible should the mother’s life be in danger. Every day, an average of 10 pregnant women travel to the UK to...
22 May at 6 PM 2018

Is expatriation the only answer to UK inflation and poor investment performances

Retiring overseas is a dream for increasing numbers of British workers, but what’s the financial reality necessary to make the dream come true? Many Britons approaching retirement believe their later years would be best spent in a country with warmer weather and less rain as well as a cheaper cost of living. Spain is an all-time favourite, and several Southeast Asian nations also comply with would-be UK expats’ perceptions of the ideal life. However, the financial reality of a move abroad once your working life is over can, if not...
22 May at 6 PM 2018

US businesses rejecting the Netherlands due to less competitive business environment

American companies are now shying away from opening up in the Netherlands due to its increasing lack of competitiveness. For a good while, the country was destination number one for American conglomerates wishing to open European offices, but changes to the Dutch business climate are persuading them to look elsewhere in Europe. France, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and even the UK are now considered more suitable. Projects involving US investment in the Netherlands stood at 88 in 2016, falling to 75 the following year and totalling...
21 May at 6 PM 2018

Chinese culture heads West via expat websites

For almost half a century, foreign influences crept into China’s millennia-old culture through reform–generated trade and commerce, but Chinese culture’s now heading West in a big way thanks to Western expats. Nowadays, the ancient country’s major cities are home to a hotbed of Western talent, bringing with it all the trappings of Western society. Multiple channels of change have opened due to internet access, and expats in China are sharing their impressions with the world at large via social media, forums and endless...
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...
21 May at 6 PM 2018

British in France rushing for citizenship rather than facing the unknown

With just ten short months to go before Britain leaves the EU, UK citizens in France are rushing to gain French citizenship. In a panic to ensure their futures in the land of their choice, Britons in France are deciding not to take the risk of waiting to hear the final Brexit deal before deciding whether or not to apply for French citizenship. Although the majority believe they will be able to keep living in France post-Brexit, the chaos surrounding the negotiations is unsettling enough to persuade increasing numbers to become...