Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

22 May at 6 PM 2017

British retirees in Spain face crisis over bad Brexit deal

An increasing number of elderly British retirees living along the Spanish coastline are already feeling the pinch and are terrified of a hard Brexit. For several decades, Spain’s Costa del Sol has been a favourite retirement hub for British state pensioners. Many chose the warm, inexpensive lifestyle over having to decide between heating and eating in the UK, but are now in crisis mode over the Brexit threat to their rights, pensions and healthcare. An article in a popular UK newspaper has revealed Brit retirees are already...
19 May at 6 PM 2017

Buying your expat dream home in Canada

Canada is a popular choice for expats from across the world, with many deciding to buy a home rather than rent. For new expat arrivals in Canada, buying a home is a long-term, cost effective option to renting. The purchase programme is reasonably straightforward, and there’s a great choice of varying locations with properties costing less than might be imagined. Non-residents as well as expatriates are allowed to purchase homes, making planning for retirement easier than in many other countries. Even so, house purchase doesn’t...
18 May at 6 PM 2017

Japanese bank beefs up English language services for expats

Major Japanese banks are responding to an increase in incoming expat professionals by providing more English language services. One of the biggest problems for expats taking up positions in non-English speaking countries is dealing with the need for a local bank account. Not only is it rare to find English-speaking staff, the banking systems and services are mostly very different than those in the home country. Even in European countries, setting up a new bank account can be tricky, but for newly arrived expatriates in Asia it’s a...
18 May at 6 PM 2017

How Brexit will affect finances for Brits overseas

With so much uncertainty as regards the Brexit effect on freedom to live and work in the EU, a shift of expat focus to the financial consequences of a hard deal can at least help with contingency plans. Basically, the major effect on expat finances is certain to be the fate of sterling once Brexit becomes an uncomfortable reality. If you’re planning to return to the UK, exchange rates will make no difference to your monthly state pension, but if you’re determined to stick it out in Europe by whatever means necessary or are...
17 May at 6 PM 2017

Spain talks tough on expat Brexit

Spain’s foreign minister is hitting out at Britain’s stance on expats. The argument on expat rights between Theresa May and European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofsdadt seems to be getting nastier as time passes, with neither able to get their human rights priorities in order. In addition, a recent statement from the Madrid government indicated Spain wants to retain the bulk of the EU’s freedom of movement laws with the UK. It’s referring to the principle of the right of free movement for EU citizens across the entire...
17 May at 6 PM 2017

Can watching British TV ease expat homesickness

Moving overseas and living in an unfamiliar country can cause attacks of homesickness, depression and stress-related anxiety, but accessing the home country’s TV channels can help ease the strain. Wherever in the world expats are located, there’s no avoiding the occasional twinge of regret for leaving the comforts of home and immersing oneself in a totally unfamiliar culture. Accessing the familiar through its TV channels has become increasingly popular since the arrival of android boxes and streaming but, for those of us who...
17 May at 6 PM 2017

Fast deal needed to protect rights of UK and EU expats

In spite of prevarications by EU negotiators and the meaningless soundbites emitting from the British PM, the mainstream belief that nothing is more urgent than the need to regularise the post-Brexit status of 4.2 million expats is growing fast. Brussel’s latest statement stresses how complicated the issue could be but, in theory, the issue is straightforward in that expats on both sides made their life-changing decisions whilst Britain was still firmly ensconced within the EU. Moving the goalposts in manner which would invalidate...
12 May at 6 PM 2017

British expat parents in Spain appeal for O negative blood

A British expat family living in Mallorca are appealing for O negative expats to donate blood to save their daughter’s life. Originally from Yorkshire and now living in Valldemossa, John Chappell and his wife Sarah have appealed through the local English language newspaper Olive Press for expats with O negative blood to come forward and donate. Their Mallorca-born daughter Serena was diagnosed with leukaemia after a random test last month, and is now seriously ill in hospital. 11 year-old Serena, trilingual and a keen dancer,...
11 May at 6 PM 2017

Anti Brexit group tells EU MEPs expat lives matter

At a recent meeting, the 3million group, one of the major anti-Brexit expat groups, presented a briefing paper detailing its pre-Brexit demands to members of the European parliament and its Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt. Before the meeting, co-chair of the group Anne-Laure Donskoy told the media they are pressing for an early, legally binding agreement which is totally separate from the mainstream Brexit negotiations. The agreement should contain guarantees of voting and citizens’ rights as well as registration. Donsky made it...
11 May at 6 PM 2017

Brexit trap stalks Brit expats in Europe

As the Europe-based clamour for fair treatment for EU expats in the UK accelerates, UK citizens at present living in EU member states are being left out in the cold. Analysts are saying the Brexit negotiations will result in disaster for Britons living in Europe, whilst EU expats in the UK are likely to get a far better deal. Last Monday, a group of long-term expat professional Britons who’ve made their homes in Germany met to discuss serious concerns regarding the lack of understanding of their plight by both the UK government and...