Expat Usa News

Latest 10 news items tagged Usa

3 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Century-old tapas bar to shut down in Almeira

After more than 100 years of service, the ‘most famous tapas bar in Almeria’ has been forced to close. Case Puga, which is run by brothers Jose and Leonardo Lopez, has fallen foul of rental laws that have recently been enforced. Over 2,00 people have been campaigning to save the bar which is popular amongst the expat community in Almeria however the owners were enable to afford the increased rental prices. The tapas bar could reopen with new owners within a month if negotiations prove to be successful. Leonardo Lopez said...
1 Apr at 12 PM 2015

“Full English’ breakfast to be banned in Benidorm

Measures such as clamping down on what type of food can be served and licensing hours are being taken by the town council to improve the reputation of the bargain package holiday resort. Traditional Spanish fare will replace typical British dishes under the new bylaw which is expected to be passed today by the council, the effects of which will not come into fruition until next month. The councillor responsible for changes in tourism and culture, Enrique Broma, said that they wanted to see tourists eating local cuisine such a...
28 Mar at 11 AM 2015

The number of Spaniards living abroad doubles

From the year 2009 and 2015, the amount of Spanish people living abroad grew by 48 per cent. Recent figures show that as of the 1st January there were 2,183,043 Spaniards registered on consular lists compared with 1,471,691 six years ago. The data, which was released by the National Institute of Statistics of Madrid, must not indicate that the main reason is the Iberian Peninsula’s mass exodus according to experts. It was found that the increase in the amount of Spanish people moving abroad was due to the search of a better...
25 Mar at 3 PM 2015

Dual citizenship to be granted to Sri Lankan expatriates

A minister from the government said that, from Monday 23rd March, expatriate Sri Lankans would be able gain dual citizenship due to a new administrative procedure. Those able to take advantage of the new procedure will be those who have emigrated to Canada, the UK, the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, France and Switzerland. On Monday, John Amaratunga , the Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs, said there would be a Rs. 50,000 – 250,000 fee for the application procedure. Those wanting to be...
8 Mar at 4 PM 2015

Mexico near the top of expat happiness list

A recent survey carried out by InterNations has found one of the happiest place in the world for expats is Mexico, with 91 per cent of respondents saying they were content in their new lives. Some 14,000 expats in 160 countries were questioned about their lives overseas, with factors such as family, work, personal finance and ease of settling in all considered. When it came down to feeling at home, Mexico City ranked number one with expats, while the country as a whole came third in that particular list. Meanwhile, 91 per cent of...
5 Mar at 9 AM 2015

Costa Rica increases in popularity among retirees

More and more people are looking to emigrate to Costa Rica after retiring with factors such as low cost of living and beautiful surroundings proving major draws among expats. Four out of the top five destinations for retirement are in either South or Central America, according to the International Living’s 2015 Retirement Index. This year Costa Rica has entered in at number five on the list, behind Ecuador, Panama, Mexico and Malaysia respectively. The report described Costa Rica as a “nature-lover’s dream”, adding that the...
26 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Saudi Arabia approves Chile as domestic helper source

Domestic helpers from Chile will now be allowed to apply for work in Saudi Arabia, announced the country’s Labour Ministry. The workers from the South American country will have seven different roles to choose from – four for men and three for women. The jobs males will be able to apply for are drivers, nurses, housekeepers and helpers, while females can take on work as nurses, housekeepers and nannies. Chile is the first country from Latin America to be added to the 14-strong list, which includes seven from Asia (the...
26 Feb at 2 PM 2015

French expat kidnapped in Yemen was due to leave

A French expat abducted in the Yemeni capital Sanaa was scheduled to leave the country just days later, revealed her employer. Development worker Isabelle Prime, 30, had been working for Ayala Consulting in the Middle Eastern country on a World Bank-funded initiative advising the government on its social welfare programme. The firm’s president, Francisco Ayala, said that all the other expat employees had left and Isabelle was the only one remaining but she was due to leave any day. The French woman was kidnapped along with her...
16 Feb at 2 PM 2015

Fewer Indonesian maids to work in Malaysia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said he wants to cut the number of domestic workers travelling overseas and instead provide employment for them at home. President Widodo has told the Manpower Ministry to look into the current situation regarding domestic helpers and come up with ways of providing job opportunities for them in Indonesia rather than sending them abroad to work. However, such a move could develop into a problem for Malaysia, where 60 per cent of domestic workers are from Indonesia. Nevertheless, the Malaysian...
12 Feb at 9 AM 2015

Bahrain plans to remove illegal expat workers

Bahraini officials are to launch a crackdown on what they believe is tens of thousands of illegal foreign workers in the Gulf country. A key reason there are so many illegal foreign workers in Bahrain is because of visa rules that allow foreigners to buy two-year visas for around US$4,000 and enter the country without the guarantee of employment. Once in, they often accept whatever is offered to them, regardless of whether working visas are provided. The latest crackdown is also set to involve officials targeting the firms that sell...