Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

16 May at 6 PM 2019

Saudi Green Card attracts expat compliments and criticism

Whilst Saudi Arabia’s launch of the Green Card-style visa is being welcomed, expats’ questions need answers. The new Privileged Iqama residency scheme, now colloquially known as the Green Card, has been welcomed by the majority of expats as it allows permanent residency, property ownership and investment opportunities. A number of expats believe the new visa will prove a major attraction for the brightest and best, but others see flaws in its design. For example, one young software technician believes qualifiying candidates should...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

Famed Buddhist scholar turned politician gives talk to expats’ club in Thailand

Members of the popular Pattaya resort’s Expat Club were treated to a fascinating talk on Thailand’s political and cultural history as well as the country’s possible future. Presented by Mano Laohavanich MD PhD, the speaker at last Sunday’s Expats’ Club meeting, the talk centred on the country’s political history from 1238 a.d. to the present day, including the recent election. He also offered his personal insight into the country’s direction in the future, touching on its effect on tourism, expat life and the Thai people...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

What do UK expats from Yorkshire miss the most?

Depending on their original location in the UK, British expats miss certain home comforts more than most other nationalities seem to. The lure of living overseas in a permanently hot climate is strong for many Brits who’re simply fed up with rain, extended cold winters and parliamentary chaos. Waking up every morning for the rest of their lives to sunshine, birdsong, a gently breeze and a view over the ocean can be had, but once the gloss of new arrival has melted away, missing certain home comforts can become problematic. In...
13 May at 6 PM 2019

Cambodian craft beers delight expats and tourists alike

Expats in Cambodia are now enjoying locally-brewed craft beers. Would-be expats who see Cambodia as a totally unfamiliar slice of Southeast Asia might be amazed to know its market for locally-produced craft beers is growing fast. The craving for alternatives to the easily obtained local beers has produced an entirely new market for the real thing, carefully created by enthusiasts and now becoming the latest and hopefully long-lasting fad. Tourists as well as an increasing community of Western expats first created the demand for...
9 May at 6 PM 2019

Oz is all-time favourite for high net worth expats

Australia is migrating millionaires’ number one destination. If there was ever any doubt that the past several years saw more people deserting their countries of birth than ever before, the latest figures on millionaire migration prove it’s all about the money, one way or the other. High net worth individuals can go where they please, as can the top talents in tech and other 21st century sectors, with destination cities all resembling each other in the race to attract mega-wealthy incomers. Over the past year, 12,000 or so...
2 May at 6 PM 2019

UK expats in Costa del Sol urged to audition for British TV show

Brit expats on the Costa del Sol are needed for the new Bargain Loving Brits series. Theatrically-inclined Brits living and loving their lives in Spain’s Costa del Sol are being urged to audition for Channel Five’s upcoming Bargain Loving Brits show, the fifth in the series. Auditions will be taking place during May, with the team hoping to hear from expats who’d love to get involved and who’ve interesting stories to tell. The casting process is now underway and it’s hoped this run of the popular TV show will feature new...
30 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Concern rises with demand as questions asked about the risks of second passports

As the expat world becomes more unstable, passports for sale are now a global business worth in excess of $2 billion. First punted as a way to purchase citizenship of a second country, the so-called expat investments soon acquired the nickname ‘Golden Visas’, as well as an as yet unproven reputation for being used as a money-laundering or tax avoidance scheme for the mega-rich. As more and more smaller, less prosperous countries realised the value to their economies of selling citizenship or simply visas and second passports, the...
24 Apr at 6 PM 2019

At least 31 expats killed during Easter Sunday terror bombing

As the Sri Lanka death toll continues to rise, the number of expatriates who died in the terror attack is becoming clearer. The majority of victims killed or injured in the devastating Easter Sunday terrorist attack were Sri Lankan members of the country’s Christian minority, but it’s now becoming clear at least 31 expatriates lost their lives. Information is slow in coming out as the Sri Lankan authorities have blocked the use of social media in order to prevent the possibility of revenge attacks on local Muslim communities. The...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2019

San Miguel financial fraud loses expats up to a million dollars

Yet another sad tale of expats being scammed out of their retirement funds shows the issue is still a problem worldwide. The expat community in Mexico’s San Miguel retirement hub is seething with fury as the story of how they were scammed by a well-known personal banking representative breaks. Representative Marcela Zavala Taylor, well known and liked in the community, was the local agent for Grupo Financiero Monex Bank in the region, with her clients trusting her with their pension pots and savings due to her promised high...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Tracking the millionaire expat migration pattern

Of all the expat diasporas going on at the moment, perhaps that of the ‘filthy rich’ tells the most tales. Much is written and read about the reasons behind the ever-increasing expat diasporas, with reasons given including a cheaper cost of living, better weather, more career opportunities, a comfortable retirement or just a wish to see the world. A recent survey focused on the preferences of the one group which rarely gets a mention – the planet’s 14 million high net worth individuals often referred to as the ‘filthy...