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Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

16 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Southwestern France hit by devastating floods as storm batters Carcassone

Devastating floods in France’s southwestern corner have resulted in destruction and death. Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate, roads were washed away, hospitals were flooded and at least 13 people are known to have died after several months’ worth of rain fell in France’s Aude region during just a few hours overnight. This southwestern corner of France is popular with British expatriates as well as owners of holiday homes, many of which are in the rural areas surrounding Carcassonne. Rivers overflowed across the...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Is Vision 2030 the end for expat professionals in Saudi

Is Vision 2030 the death knell for expatriate professionals in Saudi Arabia? Launched in 2016 by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Vision 2030 is intended to diversify the Kingdom’s economy away from its traditional dependency on oil revenues. For decades, the Gulf State has been a haven for expat professionals earning salaries and living luxury lifestyles unimaginable in their home countries. Nowadays, the introduction of Saudization is gradually decreasing opportunities and discouraging top talent from risking their careers in what...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Saudization sackings resulting in abandoned pets

Animal welfare workers in Saudi are being swamped with unwanted dogs and cats as locals and expats abandon their pets. Dog and cat dumping in the Kingdom is now at record levels, exacerbated by expats returning to their home countries and rising costs making keeping and feeding pets an impossibility. Other reasons include noise complaints from neighbours, health problems needing expensive veterinary visits and new allergies. Other dog owners simply didn’t realise keeping a pet is a responsibility, giving up at the first sign of...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Stricter Oz immigration policies causing skills shortages as fewer expats arrive

For many decades, Australia has been a top choice for expats, but the dream now seems to be fading. A recent statement by Australia’s immigration minister Peter Dutton revealed immigrant numbers in 2018 are now at a ten-year low, having dropped by a further 10 per cent over last year’s figures. According to those in the know, the stricter visas regime is the main reason for the drop, with skilled as well as family visas the worst affected. Since Dutton was appointed, 21,000 fewer expats have been admitted and a 46 per cent refusal...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2018

New Zealand Weetabix Wars break out again in court

For the second time, a Kiwi store selling Britain’s favourite breakfast cereal is being attacked by a New Zealand company which makes a similar product. In the main, British expats in New Zealand live a peaceful existence amongst some of the world’s most spectacular natural beauty, but are more than willing to get seriously riled up when their favourite British foods are unavailable. For the customers of Christchurch-based store ‘A Little Bit of Britain’, a Weetabix breakfast is a reminder of the long-gone good old days in the...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats and citizens in Spain warned over deadly bed bug infection

A distant relative of the common bed bug is on the rise in the USA and Europe and is transmitting a killer disease through its saliva. Known in Spain as the ‘chinches del beso’ (kiss bug), the insect bites its human victims around their mouths or on their facial skin, defecating adjacent to the bite and infecting the bite with a deadly disease formerly confined to South America. Chagas disease, as it’s known, causes severe intestinal and cardiac complications, with most of the bug’s victims not even aware they’ve contracted...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat social security cheats nabbed by international team

Thousands of Brit expats living and working overseas have been caught illegally claiming British social security benefits. Millions of pounds’ worth of social security benefits have been fraudulently claimed by British expats living and working overseas, according to the Department for Work and Pensions. An investigation by the department along with international fraud specialists has resulted in a record amount of £1.1 billion being reclaimed, with expats living and working in Alicante and Madrid featuring strongly amongst the...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2018

China opens up Chinese stock trading to expats

China is to allow expats to trade in Chinese stocks from Saturday 15th, but it seems very few are in a rush to buy. From Saturday, most expats living and working across China will be permitted to open brokerage accounts for trades in yuan-denominated A shares, but many are in wait-and-see mode, quoting China’s reputation of rushing in where only fools dare to tread. One expatriate pointed out the volatility of the market, adding there will be mistakes needing to be corrected by brokerages and regulators before he’ll take the...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expat in Saudi arrested for breakfasting with female co-worker

An Egyptian expat working in a Jeddah hotel was arrested after he videoed and uploaded his breakfast meeting with a female Saudi co-worker. Although the woman was fully covered by a black Islamic niqab, the uploaded video caused outrage amongst ultra-conservative Arab Muslims, especially as the last few frames showed the female co-worker apparently feeding the expat. As a result, the Egyptian national has been arrested, with police citing a law which forces strict segregation in the workplace as well as in restaurants, coffee shops...
6 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Saudi shops closing down ahead of Saudization deadline

As Saudi retail outlets shut down due to the Saudization deadline next Tuesday, how will the kingdom’s expat professional community be affected? By 11th of September a huge number of retail stores and service providers in Saudi Arabia must be able to prove that 70 per cent of their employees are Saudi nationals. Retail sectors affected include motorbike and automobile supplies, men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, office and home furnishing and household goods. Already, stores unable to meet the strict Saudization...