Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

30 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat entrepreneur in China markets eco friendly trikes

A British expat entrepreneur living in Shanghai has cornered the market for environmentally friendly tricycles, but most are being exported to the West. British entrepreneur Chris Trees came to China nine years ago, having working in Paris for international advertising giant JCDecaux for almost 10 years before being sent to Shanghai as the company’s technical director. By the end of 2007, he’d left his former employer to set up his own business marketing advertising equipment. Along the way he developed a passion for an...
30 May at 4 PM 2016

Expat safety survey takes in 230 world cities

A recent survey has revealed that, although most expats believe European cities are relatively safe, the top-scoring locations are the most expensive. In spite of the recent horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, the majority of expats still believe Europe to be the safest continent for working relocations or retirement. The study took in political stability, crime in general, the effectiveness of local police forces and each country’s relationship with its bordering nations, surveying 230 popular expat...
25 May at 6 PM 2016

Disenfranchised expats lose battle to win referendum voting rights

Britain’s Supreme Court yesterday ruled that expats living outside the UK for more than 15 years must remain banned from voting in the upcoming Brexit referendum. The battle’s finally over, with those who’ve lost possibly facing an unknown future without having any say in the final decision. To those who handed out the verdict, it was simply the conclusion of a legal argument delivered by a panel of judges who could not, or would not, take into account the effect of a Brexit on millions of British citizens exercising their free...
25 May at 6 PM 2016

British expats in Dubai hold Brexit referendum debate

A heated debate on the Brexit referendum took place in Dubai’s Capital Club, attended by a good number of expats working in the kingdom. The discussion demonstrated that being thousands of miles away has no effect on the strength of feelings of those who consider the UK as their true home. Strong opinions were stated by supporters of both sides of the argument, beginning with Gulf News Editor Francis Matthew’s reminder of Britain’s long-standing connection with Europe. Referring to the descriptions ‘Norman’ and...
23 May at 6 PM 2016

Supreme Court last ditch chance for disenfranchised UK expat voters

Following a Court of Appeal rejection last Friday, disenfranchised UK expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years are pinning their fading hopes on the Supreme Court. Friday’s Court of Appeal ruling by Lady Justice King, Lord Dyson and Lord Justice Elias upheld the original decision that British voting law did not legally interfere with the EU’s right of freedom of movement. Leigh Day lawyer Richard Stein, acting for 95-year old Harry Shindler and Jacqueline MacLennan, told reporters that an emergency Supreme Court...
20 May at 6 PM 2016

Glory days over for Hong Kong expat banking and finance crowd

The fat housing allowance packages gifted to top expat banking and finance executives in Hong Kong are becoming the thing of the past. Long regarded and much envied as a golden privilege only offered to senior expat banking and finance executives, the massive housing allowances granted as a part of top-flight relocation packages are being slashed to sensible levels or, worse still, eliminated altogether. Luxury living on Hong’s exclusive Peak is being downsized to less prestigious locations and the luxury housing market is suffering...
17 May at 6 PM 2016

China cost of living killing dream for expat workers

According to a survey by a relocation company, twice the number of expats are leaving China than are arriving, due to the country’s escalating cost of living. Up until recently, a relocation to Chjna was a must-have for adventurous expat professionals, especially those seeking high-tech jobs. Since the slow-down in the Chinese economy, the gloss has faded and many are packing up and returning home. Air pollution, the soaring cost of living in major Chinese cities and decreasing benefit packages are all reasons for the sharp...
12 May at 6 PM 2016

Surprises and shocks hit newly arrived expats in New Zealand

For decades, New Zealand has been attracting UK expats to its shores, many drawn by its supposedly quintessential British feel, even although shocks as well as pleasant surprises can catch the unwary. Famed for its friendly, English-speaking peoples, its stunning scenery and its superficial similarity to the UK, New Zealand is a popular choice for working expats as well as British retirees. However, just like other emigration destinations, some aspects of Kiwi life may well baffle or even shock new arrivals. Without a doubt, New...
12 May at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats face state pension slash should Brexit succeed

UK expats settled in European hot spots could see their triple-locked state pension frozen pending negotiations with EU member states regarding the annual increase. The present system permits British retirees living in European Economic Area (EEA) countries to receive annual pension increases related to either inflation or 2.5 per cent, whichever is greater. Should the UK leave the EU, pension payments are likely to be frozen at the current level due to the necessity of negotiating new agreements with individual countries. Should...
10 May at 6 PM 2016

UK expats being frozen out by British banks

British banks are systematically freezing out UK citizens living overseas, causing major inconvenience for thousands of expats . Many UK expats living overseas have valid reasons for wanting to either open an account with a British bank or continue using an already opened facility. For example, some UK-based pensions will not pay into accounts based with foreign banks, and expats who’ve invested in rental property in the UK also find a British account convenient. Unfortunately, over the past 18 months, UK banking choices for...