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16 Aug at 6 PM

How to get a quick sale for your home in Europe

If you’ve given up on any positive Brexit news for UK expats and need to sell your home in Europe prior to returning to Britain, showing your property at its best isn’t difficult. As March next year creeps closer with no sensible solution for UK expats anywhere in sight, for some the only way forward is to sell their property and...
16 Aug at 6 PM

Is The Rock at risk due to Brexit?

British long-stay expatriates in Gibraltar are concerned no-one’s listening to them about the Brexit effect on their unique location. Nowadays, Gibraltar is more British than Britain, having belonged to the UK for 300 years and still displaying red phone boxes, letter boxes and Union Jacks. It’s a mini version of the best of Little...
16 Aug at 6 PM

Expats arriving at UAE airports warned about immigration scam

Expats arriving back in the UAE after holidaying overseas are being warned not to fall for a recently discovered immigration fraud. Scammers are targeting expatriate holidaymakers returning to the emirates through Dubai airport, using Caller ID Spoofing to convince victims they’re genuine immigration officers. At present, scores of...
15 Aug at 6 PM

Expat Brits in France urged to join two Brexit-linked surveys

British expatriates living in France are being asked to take part in two surveys aimed at helping the French Interior Ministry and the British Embassy understand the expat community’s needs re Brexit. The two short online surveys are part of efforts by campaign group Remain in France Together (RIFT) and the British Embassy, and both are...
15 Aug at 6 PM

Wealthy expats in UAE join in Golden Visa rush

Demand for foreign citizenship by ultra-wealthy expats in the UAE has soared by 67 per cent over last year’s totals. Statistics compiled by a Dubai-based immigration firm show a rush to hedge their bets by wealthy expats in the UAE, with the GCC as a whole also seeing increased demand by around 30 per cent. The research seems to confirm...
15 Aug at 6 PM

Anti Brexit campaign group sets legal challenge against 2016 referendum

The pro-EU campaign group UK in EU Challenge has launched a legal fight claiming the Leave campaign breached electoral laws by spending over its limit by almost £700,000. Recently, the UK’s Electoral Commission found ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that Vote Leave had cheated on the spending limit and attempted to hide its overspend....
14 Aug at 6 PM

Saudi Arabian officials deny expat fee rumours

Social media rumours that expat fees paid by companies would be fixed at their present level are now being categorically denied by officials. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour and Social development has issued a strong denial about the possibility of companies’ expat fees being pegged at their present, initial level. The fees,...
14 Aug at 6 PM

Will expats in Paris pee in public

Doing everything the French way is the norm for many long-term expats living and working in Paris, but a recent addition to the city’s street scene may prove a step too far. For Parisian men and maybe a few expats, peeing discreetly in the street is the normal thing to do, although it’s illegal and can result in a hefty fine if caught....
14 Aug at 6 PM

How the rest of the world sees expats

Are expats mostly too busy seeing the world through new eyes to be concerned about how the world sees them? The focus of a recent survey was somewhat different from the usual run of annual online expat questionnaires about living costs, liveability, salaries and suchlike as it measured expats’ beliefs of how their new communities feel...
13 Aug at 6 PM

Surviving the deadly Andalusian heatwave

As the scorching temperatures continue across Spain, what can expats and tourists do to survive the experience? It may well be the hottest ever summer along Andalusia’s Costa del Sol coastline, but travelling to its interior isn’t recommended as an escape. The little town of Ecija is famous for just one thing – it’s called the...
13 Aug at 6 PM

Brexit negotiations still ignoring UK pensions passporting plight

Tens of thousands of retired British expats living in Europe could lose access to their pensions should a hard Brexit result. According to experts working in the financial service industry, the possibility of being denied access to regular private pension payments isn’t fake news as it’s perfectly possible. Director General of the...
13 Aug at 6 PM

Expat dreams die as Portuguese wildfire destroys everything

British expats in Portugal are heartbroken as their dreams are shattered by the massive Monchique wildfire. The huge wildfire which broke out close by the village of Monchique and raged for seven full days has shattered the lives of expats living in the region. Around 300 residents were evacuated and 42 were injured as the flames...
11 Aug at 6 PM

Summer in the UAE means death for abandoned pets

Animal activists in the UAE are attempting to cope with the largest number of abandoned pets ever. Summer in the UAE sees expats and citizens heading off for their holidays, but an ever increasing number are leaving their pets on the streets to fend for themselves. Animal activists do their best, but are presently overwhelmed by the sheer...
11 Aug at 6 PM

Is Dubai the new crime hub for tax fraud

Expat tax fraudsters are flooding to Costa del Dubai The futuristic desert city of Dubai is being used as a refuge by fraudulent tax evaders from the UK. Loved by the ultra-wealthy and famous, Dubai is now being nicknamed ‘ the World’s new Costa del Crime’ in a reference to the Southern Spain region formerly a refuge for UK...
11 Aug at 6 PM

Swedish mother arrested with her daughter on arrival in Dubai

A Swedish national mother of three travelling with her four-year old daughter was jailed in Dubai for drinking one glass of wine during her flight. Dentist Ellie Holman had arrived in Dubai from London, along with her four-year old daughter Bibi, and was pulled up at immigration as her visa from a previous visit had only been issued for a...
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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