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14 Dec at 6 PM

Retired Brit expat drug smuggler rushed from Portuguese prison to hospital

The British retired expat arrested for cocaine smuggling along with her husband has been rushed from jail to a nearby Portuguese hospital. Sue Clarke has been rushed from Lisbon’s Tires women’s prison to hospital after she suffered a hypertension crisis feared to have caused organ damage due to abnormally high blood pressure. She and...
14 Dec at 6 PM

Dubai-based expatriate eco-warrior lives life without plastic

Expat eco-warrior Nila lives in Dubai and is getting by very well without using plastic or any of its derivatives. Nila is committed to proving plastic isn’t necessary for life a we know it, and she’s a magnificent example of the way to lead a totally sustainable lifestyle in the midst of Dubai’s luxurious ambience. As a child...
14 Dec at 6 PM

Brit expat community in Mijas forms Brexpat association

British expatriates living in Mijas, Spain, have started a Brexpats group with regular meetings aimed at discussing their concerns and fears. In the Spanish Costa del Sol town of Mijas, almost 20 per cent of residents are British expats, drawn to the region by the sunshine and the dream of a peaceful retirement – at least until the...
13 Dec at 6 PM

Retired Brit expat couple caught with £2 millions’ worth of cocaine

An unsuspecting retired British expat couple in Spain were almost coerced into becoming part of a drug-smuggling plot by the promise of a free cruise. British expats Paul and Pauline Craven were living in retirement on the Costa Blanca when they were offered a free Caribbean cruise by Susan and Roger Clarke. Pauline was working as a...
13 Dec at 6 PM

Oz expat retirees on state pensions will need to prove they’re alive

Australian expat pensioners will be forced to prove they’re alive to stop the claiming by relatives of government pensions after their deaths. Oz pensioners living overseas will now have to provide certificates proving they’re still alive every two years, according to the Australian Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher. The move is...
13 Dec at 6 PM

Expats in UAE taking advantage of sterling falls

It seems Brexit isn’t bad news for everyone, as expat professionals in the UAE are repatriating cash at great rates. As the pound sterling continues its path downwards, expatriates working in the UAE are laughing all the way to their UK banks as they remit currency at the best rates seen since the 2008 financial crash. Even so,...
12 Dec at 6 PM

Would-be expat couple lose everything due to minor mistake

One easily-made financial error has wrecked a retired would-be expat couple’s dream. Even with warnings plastered across expat-aimed online media sites about the risk of losing pension pots to financial scammers, it seems it’s also far too easy to lose a lifetime’s savings to a company fully registered with the UK’s Financial...
12 Dec at 6 PM

Where to go to make your expat New Year resolutions succeed

As the old year staggers to a close, where are the best destinations for fulfilling your New Year resolutions? New Year resolutions almost always mirror deficiencies in the previous year’s performance, whether in health, love, money, business, social life and relationships or the lack of them. From expat professionals through retirees...
12 Dec at 6 PM

Brit expats in France warned about festive season burglaries

British expats living in France are warned to make sure their homes are secure due to the increased risk of burglaries over the Christmas and New Year period. Expat residents and homeowners are being advised to take special care over the festive season as regards protecting their homes against burglaries. Traditionally, most people spend...
11 Dec at 6 PM

Expat and British top talent leaving the UK in droves due to Brexit concerns

In spite of May’s rights guarantee to EU expats in the UK, record numbers are exiting Britain due to the continuing uncertainty. Expat workers in the UK are giving up on hoping for a miracle and voting with their feet by quitting their jobs and leaving. Many came to the UK hoping to settle down and progress in their careers, but are now...
11 Dec at 6 PM

High Court judge dumps UK expats’ case for annulling the referendum result

Remain campaigners are devastated at the failure of their High Court challenge aimed at annulling the Brexit referendum result. This week may be the worst ever for the UK expats whose crowdfunding brought the case to Britain’s High Court only to see it thrown out before even a full hearing by a judge who deemed it ‘wanting in merit’....
11 Dec at 6 PM

Kuwait lawmakers approve draft law forcing expats to buy health insurance

Kuwait’s National Assembly legislative committee has approved a draft law forcing expatriates in the emirate to pay mandatory health insurance. The new bill comes as the Assembly and the Kuwaiti government approved a law establishing expatriate-only hospitals. Along with the compulsory private healthcare insurance, charges for...
10 Dec at 6 PM

Saudi expat fees to be reviewed as economy tanks

According to leaks, the Saudi government is discussing changes to its expat fee scheme as the charges have hit hard on businesses. It seems the controversial expat fee policy is now under review as businesses are feeling the financial strain and the expected cut in unemployment isn’t happening. Rising costs and an expat exodus are...
10 Dec at 6 PM

Irish expats and tourists hit by car rental scams at Dublin airport

Irish expats coming home for Christmas are being warned over car rental insurance scams. Tourists as well as expats returning to the Emerald Isle to spend Christmas and the New Year with their families are being warned to watch out for insurance issues with rental cars. According to victims, their ‘super cover’ insurance doesn’t...
10 Dec at 6 PM

British expats in Europe given new hope by EU court decision

The decision rendered Monday by the European Court of Justice states unequivocally that the UK can unilaterally end the formal process leading to Britain’s exiting the EU. The ECJ sided with advice given by its leading legal officer, who told the media late last week he believes Britain has the right to stop Brexit without referring to...
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