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21 Aug at 6 PM

Expats five-year nightmare now over as violent squatters evicted from luxury complex

Expat pensioners living in a Spanish apartment complex taken over by a gang of gypsies and squatters are overjoyed with their court victory. The five-year violent occupation of vacant apartments in a luxury Denia complex by drug addicts and a gypsy gang is now over, with the few remaining expat owners delighted to hear the court verdict...
21 Aug at 6 PM

Are Brits in Europe immigrants or expats?

British expats in France are being asked to define themselves as either immigrants or expatriates. In reports, news items and blogs, the descriptions ‘expat’ or ‘expatriate’ is the norm, with Western professionals rarely described as immigrants but, in many world countries including the USA and UK, the semi-official term is...
21 Aug at 6 PM

Expats and visitors alike will love Shanghai's annual tourist festival

This year’s Shanghai Tourist Festival is geared as much towards the city’s expanding expat community as it is to temporary visitors. A good number of the 100 events listed for this year’s popular festival are aimed at expatriate residents and include a tour of Jing’an District’s traditional ‘longtang’ back alleys as well as...
20 Aug at 6 PM

Leaked report quantifies major post-Brexit hassles for UK expats

The leaked Yellowhammer report is warning UK citizens and expats attempting to travel to or in the EU will face maximum stays of just 90 days and stricter passport checks on arrival. The British Embassy in Spain is expected to be overrun with consular enquiries from devastated and angry Brits as well as having to deal with consular...
20 Aug at 6 PM

Online racist group in Kuwait causing Amnesty International condemnation

Amnesty International is hitting out at a Kuwaiti online group attempting to foster hatred and cause disputes between nationals and expats. The group, at present calling itself ‘Kuwait Movement against the Marginalisation of Competent Kuwaitis’, is being strongly criticised by Khalil al-Shamroukh, Amnesty International’s member...
20 Aug at 6 PM

Crackdown on Thai private hospital price gouging set to continue

Speaking to the media after Thai private hospitals’ price lists were received, a spokesperson from the Department of Internal Trade insisted the crackdown on price gouging would continue. Since the price-gouging scandal operated by Thailand’s private hospital chains was revealed online, government action has focused on the cost of...
19 Aug at 6 PM

British expat single mother abused and intimidated by Cymergest administrators

A British single mother is now fighting to stay in her Costa del Sol home despite being harassed by lawyers. In the second case of this nature within several months, a single mother and her son are now suffering ongoing abuse by administrators of the development where she's living because she won her court cast against their sale of her...
19 Aug at 6 PM

British expats in France advised on ensuring their rights to stay

As the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit creeps ever closer, British expats in France are being encouraged to prepare for the worst whilst hoping for the best. The citizens’ rights campaign group Remain in France Together has issued a checklist aimed at helping those likely to be affected make preparations against the wider implications of...
19 Aug at 6 PM

Expat conservationist voices grave concerns over massive power line installation in Albujarras

Expats and local protestors are still fighting over a power company’s plans to erect 362 massive pylons in one of France’s most spectacular areas of natural beauty. A local expat newspaper was the first to alert conservationists and nature-lovers to the threat of damage to the precious environment as well as to the protected species...
16 Aug at 6 PM

Kuwait lawmaker hits out at overlarge expatriate communities

Expatriates in Kuwait are in the firing line again as MP hits out at the size of expat communities. This week it was Kuwati lawmaker Ahmad al-Fadhi’s turn to slam the emirate’s expat community, claiming it was far too large and therefore poses a security threat to the country. As a sideline, he also mentioned the vast majority had...
16 Aug at 6 PM

IRS gets tough with US expats over unpaid tax by threatening passport revocation

Defaulting US expat taxpayers are at risk of having their passports cancelled. Expat American citizens who’ve fallen behind on their taxes have been aware for a while of the risk of having their passports revoked, but many have adopted the head-in-the-sand defence of not believing the threat would ever become reality. Unfortunately,...
16 Aug at 6 PM

EU expats in Britain to be forced to pay for NHS treatment after no-deal Brexit

UK hospital managements have been told EU expats must prove their right to free treatment should a no-deal Brexit be the final result. Warnings have now been sent out to hospital managers to prepare to charge EU expats for formerly free medical and surgical procedures immediately after exit day. With only one million EU expats out of the...
16 Aug at 6 PM

Is expat sexism alive and kicking in the Czech Republic?

Expats are taking sides over controversy concerning female-only parking spaces in Prague. Whilst parking spaces reserved for women drivers are commonplace in German and Austrian restaurants, outside motorway restrooms and in shopping mall basements, it’s not usual to find the facility in the Czech Republic’s capital of Prague....
16 Aug at 6 PM

Will expat Spanish property mortgages still be available post-Brexit?

In spite of the looming threat of a no-deal Brexit, Spain is still a favourite for second home purchases, with expat mortgages hopefully still available after October 31. Many British expats now permanently living in Spain bought a second home in the hope they could move permanently when retirement finally kicked in. Reasons included the...
16 Aug at 6 PM

Hong Kong expats now heading home in a hurry after travel warnings

As the protests continue and the risk of Chinese military action increases, expats in Hong Kong are looking for an exit strategy. Political turmoil resulting in safety concerns is spurring expatriate professionals to consider finding safer havens for their talent. Earlier this week the Canadian government issued a travel warning for those...
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  • "The law has been passed this week and Spain offers arguably the most attractive "Golden Visa" option in Europe. We should not expect this to move the market in Spain. We are talking about investment over €500,000, the luxury end. And nationwide we would expect no more than a few hundred transactions in the first year. But it is a positive..." left by La Vida Spain on New Spanish property investment visa draws Chinese and Russians
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