Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

14 Dec at 6 PM 2018

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 her husband were being held on suspicion of drug offences and had been remanded in custody awaiting trial. Her condition isn’t yet known, as officials aren’t able to be reached for comments, and...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2018

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 an attempt to stop the recently discovered illegal payments being made to relatives of dead expats who’ve failed to inform the authority of the deaths, and is expected to claw back hundreds of...
10 Dec at 6 PM 2018

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 inflicting financial pain, and businesses are in agreement it’s doing nothing but harming their bottom lines. It’s believed a ministerial committee is considering restructuring or modifying the fees,...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Aussie expats take advantage of dollar fall to invest in upscale homes

The week Australian dollar along with the Brexit and Trump effects are being projected to merge into a perfect storm of upscale property purchases by wealthy expat Aussies. According to top-of-the-range real estate agents, the surge has already begun, with enquiries about prestige properties from Australian citizens living and working overseas now at a higher rate that at any time in the past five years. According to one, since the Oz dollar fell below 80 US cents, potential buyers are looking at an effective 30 per cent discount on...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2018

New expat arrivals urged to beware of Amsterdam property rental scams

Expatriates in the Netherlands are being warned about property scams after the arrest for fraud of an estate agent dealing in rental properties. Owner of the Fam Makelaardij and Accurakey rental housing agents Farhan Malik was arrested last month for defrauding a number of expat workers out of their deposits and advance rents paid to secure rental homes. Legal action against the fraudster is now being taken by the Amsterdam-based housing advice foundation Stiching Woon in order to help the recovery of house-hunting expats’ deposits...
4 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Saudi confused by so-called fake news

Business owners, real estate owners and expats in general are getting mixed messages about changes to the Saudi labour system. Several days ago, the kingdom’s newly appointed minister for labour and social development promised good news intended to ease the concerns of home owners, businessmen and expatriates living and working in Saudi Arabia. Subsequent leaks gave details of the upcoming announcements, including a cap on worker fees at SR400 monthly and the cancellation of the dependent fees due to increase annually for the next...
3 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Gulf States infrastructure suffering from lack of expat expertise

Recent articles in the GCC Arab media suggest a reaction against getting rid of expatriate talent in the region. In spite of the various Omanization, Kuwatization, Saudization and other such programmes intended to rid the emirates of expatriates and give their jobs to locals, it seems an increasing number of nationals believe government, institutional and other performances are in decline as a result. Arab newspapers are full of tales of woe and scandals related to the programmes, and infrastructure is failing across the region due to...
1 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Brexit causing grief to French villagers as well as Brit expats

Brexit is causing grief to the French residents of Alet les Bains, a tiny village in the south of France. The Alet les Bains British expat community may only be 60-strong out of 440 residents, but locals love the way they’ve looked after and renovated their homes, made friends with the locals and integrated into the tiny community. As Brexit looms even larger, villagers are afraid their English friends will be forced to return to the UK, leaving the place they’ve learned to love as much as do its French inhabitants. It has to...
1 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Brits expats still investing in buy-to-let

Brit expats working in Europe invest in London buy-to-lets whilst those working in the Middle East prefer North of England properties. Perhaps the aboveo is something of a generalisation, but the statistics come from a major UK buy-to-let mortgage lender dealing with British expat property investors across the world. Over the past few years, the buy-to-let boom has forced real estate prices higher across the UK and caused a price explosion in London and its suburbs, but it still shows no sign of slowing down. The survey breaks...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Expat investors shunning Saudi Arabia following Khashoggi murder

Expat as well as Arab investors are shunning Saudi Arabia after the Khashoggi murder and its world-wide condemnation Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia is lagging due to the worldwide backlash against the Khashoggi murder. The last thing wealthy investors need is a worldwide scandal suggesting it’s not just the top echelon which isn’t playing it straight but also businesses in which they’re planning to invest. General opinion now accepts that instructions as regards Khashoggi’s murder came from the all-powerful Crown Prince...