Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

13 Dec at 6 PM 2019

British expats in Spain crushed by shock general election result

British expats living all across Spain as well as the leader of the Bremain in Spain campaign are calling out today’s General Election result as ‘mass suicide’. Sue Wilson, leader of the Bremain in Spain group, told the English language media Johnson’s victory was a shock, saying she can’t believe what the electorate have done and comparing it to mass suicide. The Labour Party hasn’t had such a devastating election result since the 1980s, with leaders of Europe’s British expat communities and campaign groups now in a...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Will Brexit affect expat British state pensioners’ winter fuel allowances?

Now that Brexit in one form or another seems certain, what will be the fate of the UK’s winter fuel payment? Given that the winter fuel payment made to British expats living in some EU member states is possibly the least of British expat concerns at this moment, for those intending to stay in Europe and who are receiving the payment it’s yet another problem. Winter is already here and forecasts suggest it will be severe all across the continent, with British retirees on the UK’s ungenerous state pension rightly concerned that...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2019

UK and EU expats’ treatment is shameful history for Britain

As the UK’s General Election gets underway, civil society activists are launching a manifesto for citizens’ rights to apply to EU expats living and working in the UK. Named the Citizens’ Rights Manifesto for the 5 million, the document is calling for the new government to allow EU expats to be given UK rights in primary law via the issuance of an EU Green Card as proof of their status within the UK. Included are UK expats living, working and retiring in EU member states, all of whom should also be given a Green Card guaranteeing...
10 Dec at 6 PM 2019

British citizens in EU now demanding a UK Minister for Expats

British expats in Spain are now calling for a UK Minister for Expats. As a result of losing their voting rights after 15 years as expats, many Britons in Spain are calling for the cancellation of the hated 15 year disenfranchisement ruling. Just a small percentage of Britons who chose either to live their retirement years or start their own businesses in Spain will be able to vote on the 12th of this month, although the likely result of the General Election will destroy their security and wreck their lifestyles. Should Brexit go...
10 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Shanghai hold debate over election and Brexit

A debate held by a group of British expatriates living and working in Shanghai reinforced the strength of feeling held by UK citizens overseas. Brexit is still of critical importance to British expats in China, even although they’re many thousands of miles away from home. Last Sunday’s debate in Shanghai was dominated by this week’s election and its possible effect should Johnson remain as Prime Minister and Brexit become a reality. The debate took place at one of British expats’ favourite bars, with five speakers...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats fearing further sterling falls if election brings hung parliament

British expats living overseas could see yet another sterling crash if a hung parliament is the result of the upcoming general election. UK expats living on their state pensions in Europe and other favourite retirement destinations are having a tough time since the pound fell against a basket of other currencies including the Euro, the US dollar and several Asian currencies such as the Thai baht. Any further devaluation of sterling could mean elderly expats are forced to choose between paying rentals, service bills and medical costs...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Oz property prices bad news for incoming expat professionals

Would-be expats are in favour of both Melbourne and Sydney, but soaring house prices are causing financial issues. Now that just about anywhere on the planet can turn into a favourite expat destination almost overnight, would-be career boosters and upscale digital nomads are making their choices on the basis of property prices. Australian expats overseas are claiming they’re there due to the expense of staying in the home country, and would-be expats from overseas are now bypassing any city experiencing house price bubbles. In...
27 Nov at 6 PM 2019

FATCA still treating US expats like criminals

For every British expat complaining about the UK taxman taking more than his due, there are literally millions of US expats wishing they’d been born somewhere else! Some nine million Americans living overseas face an unimaginable tax nightmare every year of their professional or retirement lives. The USA is almost unique in its taxing of its overseas citizens, with Eritrea the only other world country which does so. The horrendous reality is that US expats overseas who don’t even earn anything still have to make tax returns based...
27 Nov at 6 PM 2019

UK expats in EU now at risk due to British mishandling of EU residents.

A recently-released report on Britain’s poor handing of the EU Settlement Scheme risks leaving UK expats living and working in EU member states in an even worse position. If just one important issue has been made brutally clear by EU member states as regards UK expats living in Europe, it’s that of reciprocity – meaning that if EU citizens get shafted, so will their UK equivalents living in Europe. The survey undertaken by Migrant Voice has revealed a significant minority of EU citizens resident in the UK are having serious...
26 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Diabetic expatriate professionals no longer welcome in Kuwait

Kuwait’s Ministry of Health has announced a new ruling naming a number of non-infectious diseases now to be added to the existing list of conditions which prevent expatriates from getting permission to live and work in the emirate. At present, HIV/Aids, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis and several other highly contagious diseases prevent those affected from entering Kuwait, but the new list will include diabetes and other non-infectious illnesses. According to a spokesperson for the ministry, the extending of the list has much to do...