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20 Jul at 6 PM

Brit expats in France banned from signing European Citizens Initiative

A new bid to ensure lifetime retention of European Union citizenship will go live next Monday, but Brits in the EU are excluded from the vote. The new European Citizens Initiative will be introduced on July 23, with the aim of ensuring that when European citizenship with all its rights is granted, it cannot be lost. The initiative's...
20 Jul at 6 PM

Expat owned dog shelter eviction puts abandoned dogs lives at risk

An expat-run dog shelter in Spain is desperate for help after being served an eviction notice by their landlord. The APA Nerja dog shelter was started three years ago by British expat Laura Downes, and has successfully rehomed 800 abandoned adult dogs and puppies to date. Soon after its inception it was overwhelmed by the number of...
20 Jul at 6 PM

Real estate purchase rules in China discouraging expat investors

Foreigners wishing to buy an apartment in Beijing or other major Chinese cities are being warned the process is anything but straightforward. For expats who’ve arrived in Beijing, found a job or started a business and are now thinking of buying an apartment, the process is tricky, complicated and takes a very long time, even although...
19 Jul at 6 PM

Reports suggest London now a cheaper expat destination

Traditionally, London has been seen by relocating expat professionals as one of the world’s most expensive places to live and work. As relocation packages shrink and popular reassignment destinations get more expensive, the comparative cost of living become a crucial calculation for potential expats. Online surveys play an increasing...
19 Jul at 6 PM

Buy to let curse hits Amsterdam property market

Along with a number of other global cities, Amsterdam is asking the UN to help with the issue of investor purchases of local properties. With the Dutch housing market at its highest level ever and demand exceeding supply, the Amsterdam authorities, together with New York, London, Barcelona and Paris, is begging the UN to help deal with...
19 Jul at 6 PM

Nicaragua political violence sees US expats heading home

Once seen as one of the top ten expat hubs for American expatriates, Nicaragua’s escalating political violence is resulting in a mass exodus of US nationals back to the home country. As the death toll resulting from Nicaragua’s political protests mounts and violence spreads from Managua to the expatriate havens of Leon and Granada,...
18 Jul at 6 PM

Brexit job losses may result in soaring emigration

Will Brexit see increased numbers of Brit moving overseas for work? As next March creeps closer and governmental chaos ramps up still further, an increasing number of industries are now planning their exit strategies. Sadly, the ‘green’ sector is one which is convinced leaving the UK is the only way forward in spite of the spectre of...
18 Jul at 6 PM

Brit expat arrested at airport for 2004 burglary

A Brit expat convicted of burglary 14 years ago was arrested on his return to the UK for his uncle’s birthday bash. Some 14 years after the burglary and now married with a child as well as his own construction business in Australia, Lloyde Walmsley decided to fly back to the UK to attend a surprise birthday party given for his uncle. On...
18 Jul at 6 PM

Saudization versus statistics confuses Saudi jobs market

Saudi lawmakers’ attempts to strengthen and streamline the labour market are failing. New rules and regulations have failed to solve problems and are unsupportive of the much-publicised drive towards full Saudization, with different measures required if new job opportunities are to be created for local workers. A new approach is needed,...
17 Jul at 6 PM

Global expatriate totals to hit at least 87 million by 2021

By 2021, the total number of expatriates scattered across the world is expected to reach over 85 million. Expatriation in the present day is a far cry from its 19th century origins, when various wealthy empires sent their representatives to keep the natives down whilst plundering the resources of their lands. Huge numbers of present day...
17 Jul at 6 PM

Steps expats in the UAE need to take following bereavement

For expats living and working in the UAE, losing a loved one is confusing as well as heartbreaking. For expatriates living overseas, dealing with the loss of a family member or dear friend is bad enough, without having to take on unfamiliar paperwork and bureaucracy in order to ensure authorities, next of kin and immigration offices are...
17 Jul at 6 PM

Dutch property prices now at record high

House prices across the Netherlands are now at record levels, with the boom expected to continue. Long-stay expats who had the foresight to purchase a home several years ago are more than pleased with the house price rises over the last year or so. Figures for this year’s second quarter revealed a 10.4 per cent increase over the same...
16 Jul at 6 PM

Brit expat jailed in UAE for social media comment now released

A British expat jailed in the UAE for sending an electronic insult has now been released and is in a desperate state of health. Christian Wilke was accused of sending an ‘electronic insult’ via Facebook and was jailed as a result, but no-one seems to know why he was arrested in the first place and what Facebook post contained the...
16 Jul at 6 PM

White paper loses some 800000 Brit expats in EU

The mystery loss of some 800,000 UK expats formerly listed as living in EU member states is confusing, to say the least. Until the publication of Theresa May’s white paper on Brexit, an estimate of around 1.2 million British expats was considered accurate by government spokespersons and the media alike, and is still used as a total by...
16 Jul at 6 PM

Theresa May crackdown on UK Golden Visas not working

Applications for the UK’s extremely expensive Golden Visa have increased by 46 per cent since the UK government’s crackdown. In spite of a UK government crackdown aimed at rooting out corrupt, illicit money-laundered cash flowing to the UK via the Golden Visa scheme, applications from the global super-rich are still pouring in. Some...
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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
  • "After reading about the expats survey in our local freebie paper and deciding to take part, logging on to this left me quite bamboozled as to where the survey is, there seems to be no sign of it. I suggest if a survey is being conducted under whatever guise a list of questions be published for expats to answer. Otherwise this survey is..." left by Brian Milnes on Massive new independent expat survey now live online
  • "The article is quite clear and as usual in this country ( spain) because I live in a remote area I only find things out accidently or by being surprised and fined. I don't understand how the European parliament does not act against this type of 'robo'. It is so frustrating to see a corrupt and authoritarian Spanish government get away with..." left by john porro on Spain to apply stealth tax to residents with solar power
  • "Absolutely right - already we have been receiving requests from cliets based in Italy to look at how they can 'avoid' the new regime. The Italian government is shooting itself in the foot on this one - people will relocate!" left by TaxTeddy on Changes to Italian tax regime to hit hard on expats
  • "Although there are a large number of British curriculum school in Dubai it's not easy to get into one. The waiting lists are long to start with, sometimes artificially long. People move away and don't remove their name from lists, and fearing the long lists parents put their children's names down on several lists. It's also an expensive..." left by Expat Explorers on British curriculum international schools popular in UAE and Asia