Expat Canada News

Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

15 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Expats fuelling population growth in New Zealand

New Zealand’s population is set to hit five million by 2020, and it’s mostly down to increasing numbers of expat arrivals. The total population of New Zealand reached 4.9 million by the end of September 2018, with the upswing continuing at the rate of one person every five minutes! According to data released by Statistics New Zealand, in the year from September 2017 to September 2018, 66 per cent of the 90,000 population increase was via migration to the country. Over the past five years, the dominant driver of population growth...
15 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Expats in UAE queuing up for second passports and permanent residency visas

As expatriate professionals’ stability and security in the Arab States become more fragile, those with spare funds are rushing to get second passports. A major reason for choosing one expat relocation destination over others is the stability of the country and the security of the job itself as well as the required work visa. Even the most optimistic foreign workers in the UAE would now have to admit the current concentration on dramatically reducing the numbers of expats employed doesn’t represent security and stability. As a...
14 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Cyprus to protect British expats’ rights in case of no-deal Brexit

Cyprus has assured its UK expat residents their rights will remain should a no-deal Brexit be the final result. The former British colony of Cyprus prior to the island’s independence in 1960 has now reassured its British expat community their rights will be protected in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The island has joined a number of other EU member states in giving at least some security to British expatriates living, working or retiring in popular expat regions. The message was sent to the UK government’s Foreign Secretary...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Irish expats could find repatriation is an expensive luxury

Many Irish expats returning to their home country after years away will face a massive hike in their cost of living as well as having financial hurdles to jump. In addition to having to find a suitable property to call home during one of the country’s worse housing crises for decades, Irish returnees are likely to also have to battle to get any kind of social welfare. In addition, those wishing to take out private health insurance will need to do so within nine months of their repatriation or be prepared to pay far more than they...
4 Feb at 6 PM 2019

94-year old British expat reignites her campaign to end frozen pensions

94-year old WW11 veteran Anne Puckridge is reigniting her long-standing attempt to get justice for Brit expats with frozen pensions. Puckridge has sent a open letter to Theresa May asking for a brief, five-minute meeting during which she will make clear the devastating effects of the policy on 550,000 British expat pensioners. The vintage campaigner will return to the UK this spring in the hope the PM will agree to her request for a meeting. The 94-year old Briton moved to Canada 17 years ago in order to be close to her daughter,...
25 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Straw poll predicts the demise of Thailand as an expat destination

As the air in Bangkok get even more polluted, a survey by a well-known expat forum tells it like its members see it.. For decades, Thailand has been a favourite expat destination for its weather, its very low cost of living and its reputation as an easy-going place to work or retire. However, over the past several years, increasingly restrictive visa regulations and a feeling that expats weren’t as welcome as in the past have soured the dream, with many Westerners leaving for Cambodia, Vietnam and other more promising and permissive...
23 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Expat campaign groups highlight plight of ‘accidental Americans’

Last week, European lawmakers stepped into the fight by a US expat campaign group against the hated FATCA law which forces them to be taxed as US residents as well as in their chosen countries of residence. Founded in Canada by Fabien Lehagre, the Association des Americains Accidentels along with several other protest groups aim to force the US government to allow renunciation of their unwanted American citizenship more cheaply and more easily than is legally possible at present. Accidental Americans include dual-nationals who’ve...
21 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Portuguese PM reassures Brit expats over rights to remain

The Portuguese Prime Minister has unveiled a plan to safeguard the post-Brexit rights of UK expatriates living in the country. As part of a plan to mitigate negative Brexit effects, the Portuguese PM has included a guarantee that British expats living in the popular retirement destination will be able to retain their residential and other rights. Between 40,000 and 50,000 expatriate Brits are believed to be living in Portugal, although just 23,000 have registered with their local authorities. Along with residential rights, Brits...
17 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait mulls cancellation of sponsorship system

After endless calls by Kuwaiti rights groups, the emirate is considering the cancellation of the sponsorship system. According to sources within the Kuwaiti government, Kuwait’s long-established sponsorship system is looking to be in its last days. For decades, the expat-aimed system has been criticised by rights groups and outside organisations for being a form of bonded labour, with the government now seemingly in agreement about its cancellation. It would seem lawmakers are finally aware that ending the system would be much...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Young Brit expats in Europe crave more Brexit certainty

It’s as yet unknown exactly how many young British expatriates are living and working in EU member states. Although exact statistics are not yet available, research suggests there are significant numbers, none of whom have been given any answers as regards their long term status in their present country of residence. With Brexit looming on the non-too-distant horizon, none are as yet able to make an informed decision as to whether to stay or go. Research carried out at Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, suggests...