Expat Canada News

Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Brexit chaos ruining would-be British expat retirement plans

A recent survey suggests Brexit is wrecking overseas retirement plans for British citizens. The survey was carried out by Canada Life and involved 1,006 Britons over the age of 50 who were considering moving overseas after retirement. The results weren’t encouraging, as almost half of respondents who’d been planning to retire overseas were now reconsidering and resigning themselves to staying in the UK. Others believe the threat of Brexit and the difficulties of retiring in Europe without freedom of movement is causing them to...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Hong Kong expats now heading home in a hurry after travel warnings

As the protests continue and the risk of Chinese military action increases, expats in Hong Kong are looking for an exit strategy. Political turmoil resulting in safety concerns is spurring expatriate professionals to consider finding safer havens for their talent. Earlier this week the Canadian government issued a travel warning for those thinking about visiting the beleaguered city, with Canadian nationals already living and working on its main island seriously considering moving on before the seemingly-inevitable arrival of the...
13 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expats in UAE considering online gaming as an alternative career

As the UAE jobs market shrinks due to nationalisation, expats wanting to stay in the region are considering online gaming as a full-time job. Esports are the latest fad as well as a potential money-maker due to the esports tournaments paying out as much as millions of dirhams in prize money to successful players. The industry is now flourishing in the Gulf States, attracting a growing number of events as a result. One organisor, YaLaEsports, has garnered a massive amount of funding from investors and now has 50 players taking part in...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Boris plans new immigration rules for brightest and best science talents

If you’re one of the world’s brightest and best expat scientists, Boris Johnson wants you! As a counter-measure to a post-Brexit cut-off of EU research funding and the loss of European researchers, Boris Johnson is planning a new visa aimed at encouraging the brightest and best expat brains in the tech, engineering and general science sectors to up sticks and migrate to the UK. The new visa won’t depend on an existing job offer and will also allow applicants’ dependents to seek work. The availability of the so-called ‘Tier 1...
2 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Hong Kong join anti-government protests

Expats are now joining Hong Kong protestors in a fight to save the special administrative region’s autonomy. Originally intended as a protest against new and now suspended litigation to allow extradition to China, demonstrations are now in the eighth week and Hong Kong residents aren’t showing any sign of giving up. For decades, the city has been an all-time favourite for expat professionals, many of whom are now concerned about their and the former British colony’s futures. Over the past two months, the issue has broadened to...
31 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in UAE taking advantage of sterling crash to repatriate savings

Due to the unprecedented fall in the sterling exchange rate, a good number of UAE-based Brit expats are sending money back to the UK. British expats living and working in the UAE are now moving savings and spare cash back to the UK, thus taking advantage of the worst exchange rate in a decade or more. As sterling sinks ever lower on the threat of a broken economy due to a no-deal exit from the EU, increasing numbers of British expatriates are cashing in on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For British professionals who arrived in...
30 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Brit expat woes increase as sterling dives again

The battered pound is now causing genuine hardship for British expats living in Europe and across the world, with gloomy predictions of further falls in the event of a Johnson-engineered no deal Brexit. Over the past several years, the referendum itself, Brexit predictions and parliamentary chaos had already caused a drop in sterling versus the euro and other world currencies, but the selection of Boris Johnson as Britain’s prime minister has forced the currency to a two-year low due to his focus on a no deal Brexit. At this point...
29 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Brexit not responsible for Spain’s decline as an expat destination

Are British expats no longer heading for Spain? For some decades, Spain was the chosen destination for Britons fed up with the home country’s weather, politics and soaring cost of living, but figures show the trend has been reversing since 2012. It’s much the same with expat arrivals from northern Europe, with numbers having declined by 25 per cent since 2011, and the fall in both sectors has had a negative effect both on Spain’s coastal region property market and its general economy. In addition, the drop in British interest...
29 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Saudi hotel sector jobs to be closed to expats by year end

According to a recent Saudi Gazette announcement, the vast majority of jobs in the hospitality sector will be closed to expatriates by the end of this year.. The new rule will apply to hotels with three-star or higher ratings, villas listed as four-star or higher, hotel suites and resorts, and includes almost every position with the exception of drivers, bellboys, parking attendants and doormen. The move will Saudizise the entire upper, middle and lower employment tiers of the sector and will come into force on 28th December this...
24 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Numbers of expat professional jobs in Kuwait fading fast

Expats living and working in Kuwait whose contracts are ending are now taking up to six months to land another position. It’s bad news for expats who’ve invested their working lives in Kuwait and don’t want to relocate, as it’s now taking six months or more to find another job. Declining oil revenues and increasing running costs are forcing companies to either shed the numbers of expat employees or close down entirely and, even if a second job is found, the pay and conditions don’t often match up to those of the first job....