Expat Canada News

Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

24 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Brit expat loses mementos of dead daughter in supermarket robbery

A British expat too scared to reveal her identity to the media is considering abandoning her Costa del Sol home after being robbed twice in 10 days in the same Mercadona supermarket. The 55-year old British expatriate arrived in Spain after living in the South African capital of Cape Town, taking up residence on the Costa del Sol. Originally from Portsmouth, she settled in her new La Cala de Mijas home and was enjoying her new life. Shopping in her local supermarket was no problem, until she was robbed twice in 10 days within the...
24 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Spanish supermarket chain refuses security upgrade after multiple in-store robberies

Spain’s largest supermarket chain is refusing to update its security procedures following a rash of in-store thefts involving expat victims. In a surprising update to a report that a British expat was robbed twice within ten days by thieves in the store posing as shoppers, a spokesperson for the Mercadona supermarket chain told the media there will be no shopper security upgrades. The initial report describing how one British expat was robbed twice in a ten-day period by thieves posing as shoppers was carried by The Olive Press...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Brit expat earnings overseas attract HMRC attention

British expats with offshore investments and bank accounts need to ensure HMRC is aware of them. All financial advisors who’ve referred clients to offshore advice, offshore services or an overseas financial institution are required to inform HM Revenue and Customs before the end of this month. Also, all IFAs who’ve pointed expat clients towards offshore services or advice since the year 2015 must warn them the UK taxman now has new powers to investigate information concerning overseas investments and cash. According to the...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Drinking during office hours now acceptable in Prague

If lunch isn’t lunch without a few beers or glasses of wine, the Czech Republic is the perfect destination for that new expat job. Although Czech employers have the right to fire employees who’re intoxicated in the workplace without even a written warning, in practice this drastic solution to the problem very rarely happens. The reason is that firing an employee involves finding a suitable replacement, something of a tricky task in these times of record low unemployment figures. It seems a significant shortage of suitable...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expats and locals desperate for Chiang Mai smog remedy

Air pollution in Chiang Mai as a result of crop burning is an annual dry season problem affecting Thais and the sizeable expat community alike. When King Mengrai founded Lanna’s capital city of Chiang Mai some 700 years ago, he set it with the Ping River as its heart in a valley surrounded on three sides by mountains. Were he alive today, he might well regret his decision, as the city’s geographic location is the main reason it suffers the most due to the dry season’s polluted air. It’s not just local crop and forest burning...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2019

EU expats prepared to leave UK due to British domestic policy

It’s not just UK expats in Europe who fear the effects of Brexit, as expatriates living and working in the UK are concerned about the country’s domestic politics. As the Brexit conundrum drags on and on, new research has revealed some 14 per cent of expatriates living and working in the UK would be prepared to return to their home countries solely for political reasons. Around one third of Britain’s expat community expressed serious concerns over the state of Britain’s domestic policies and their potential effect on expatriate...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2019

British expat pensioners in Europe need relief from sterling devaluation

One of the worst aspects of Brexit for British expats living in the EU is the devaluation of sterling. Expatriate Brits living on the measly UK state pension in European Union member states haven’t just had to deal with the fear and uncertainty of losing their chosen lifestyles due to Brexit, they’ve also had to scrimp even more due to the referendum’s effect on sterling’s value against the euro. Europe’s forcing Theresa May to accept a longer delay may cause a relief rally for the pound, but how long this will continue is...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Kuwaiti lawmaker accuses government of importing unnecessary expats

Controversial Kuwaiti politician Safa al Hashem’s latest soapbox centres on the government’s so-called importation of expatriates to fill local admin jobs. Well-known in Kuwait for her anti-expat stance, Al Hashem can be relied upon for speechifying on just about every aspect of the employment of foreigners anywhere in the emirate. Her latest rant accuses the emirate’s leaders of deliberately ‘importing’ expatriates to fill government positions rather than giving the jobs to Kuwaiti nationals. The move, she says, has caused...
9 Apr at 6 PM 2019

New votes for all campaign hits out at politics and disenfranchisement

With a possible second Brexit referendum in the offing, a new campaign for votes for all is ramping up. The newly formed ‘Let Us Vote’ campaign is intensifying the call for all British expats living overseas as well as all citizens resident in the UK to be free to vote in general elections and, most importantly, in referendums. At present, European citizens in the UK can only vote in European or local elections, and UK expats who’ve lived abroad for more than 15 years are excluded from casting their votes, however strongly they...
8 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Cyprus joins Ireland in Brexit conundrum

Ireland isn’t the only island being threatened by the worsening Brexit situation. The need for an Irish backstop as part of the Brexit agreement could also be applied to another, similar island set in slightly warmer climes – Cyprus. As in Ireland, the former British dependency is split into two halves and is home to a good proportion of the British military, although revolution isn’t the issue as yet in either case. The Greek half of Cyprus holds a large contingent of British military, set in Sovereign Base Areas containing...