Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

11 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Millionaire expats buying into Algarve resorts

British retirees planning to emigrate to Portugal are sitting on their hands rather than snapping up properties. Real estate agents along Portugal’s Algarve coastline are losing British expat buyers due to Brexit-led uncertainty about sterling’s value. However, the lull in done deals seems only to be affecting reasonably-priced properties under 500,000 euros, whilst luxury pool villas set in small estates are still finding buyers who can afford to ignore the poor exchange rate. In spite of Brexit, Portugal in general and the...
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,...
4 Feb at 6 PM 2019

British expats’ anger and fear escalating as time runs out

Spain’s 300,000 British expatriates are still living in anger, fear and desperation just weeks before Brexit day. During the past two and half years, the focus of possible Brexit damage and destruction to expats’ lives has concentrated on retired pensioners on the Costa del Sol, but the majority of Brit expat business owners are still in an impossible situation. The problem for many of those with the most to lose is that Spain does not allow dual citizenship. In order to allay healthcare and pension worries by securing Spanish...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Hints on helpful websites for new expat arrivals in France

Becoming an expat is a challenge, especially as regards the twin hurdles of bureaucracy and total confusion as regards getting everything sorted. France has always been a favourite destination for British expats, drawn by the culture, the cuisine, the clement weather and the laid-back lifestyle, all of which combine to confuse brand new arrivals however tempting they may sound. Fortunately, especially when dealing with French bureaucracy, the internet is every newly-arrived expat’s best friend with its literally hundreds of online...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Shock horror for Brit expats as no-deal means no healthcare

A no-deal Brexit will rob British expats in EU countries of their rights to free healthcare. British expatriates living in EU member state, including France, Italy and Spain, will no longer be entitled to free heathcare in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The news is a major blow to retired British citizens living in popular destinations such as the Spanish Costas, France’s Provence region and Italy's Tuscany. It’s also bad news for the UK’s NHS, now struggling to cope after many of its EU citizen medical staff have opted to...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Eindhoven primary school innovative new nursery class for expat toddlers

Moving overseas as an expat family is a tough call, wherever the destination. Relocating as a single expat can be tricky unless it’s everything's covered by the reassignment package, but bringing the family along as well is far more complicated. Finding family-style accommodation in a safe area, arranging for childcare when necessary and finding a suitable school for the kids can cause chaos, and language difficulties often make the task worse still. International schools aren’t affordable by every emigrating family, and local...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2019

New Year resolutions for Brit expats across the world

It’s that time of year again! Every 31st December brings predictable New Year resolutions citing a determination to lose weight, live more healthily, give up alcohol and smoking and be nice to the neighbours! By the end of February at the latest, everyone’s back to sub-normal and life goes on until the next New Year. Expatriates are no exception to this rule, wherever they’re located, as literally everyone kids themselves this year will be different! Wherever on the planet you’re located and whatever the reason for your...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Settling in as an expat in Russia can be problematic

Although Russia might well be last on the vast majority of would-be expats’ list of preferred destinations, its history is as fascinating as its winter weather is appalling. Surveys take in everywhere these days, including Russia, with just under half of the replies to the latest InterNations expat study saying the welcome received by expats is as chilling as the winter snows. In addition, half of those surveyed said it was hard to settle in the country. A major problem is the complexity of the language, placed firmly at the last...
27 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Iberia at risk of losing domestic and European routes post Brexit

A no-deal Brexit could become a nightmare for domestic flights across Spain. In the event of the UK failing to ratify the Brexit withdrawal agreement, Spain could be left with no domestic flights. A no-deal break with the EU could leave the country’s national airline Iberia without an operating license for both flights within Spain and those to other European member states. The problem is that Iberia is British-owned by the London-based International Airline Group, (AIG), which also owns Vueling and British Airways. Unless emergency...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Protecting your financial freedom as a relocating expat

Expats on relocation or reassignment may well be the brightest and best as regards their jobs, but money management is another matter. yourself in a strange city along with a career boost and salary you’ve long dreamed about can be an exciting experience, but if you’re financially illiterate the glow soon wears off. Expats must make many changes in order to achieve success in their chosen sectors, but many find their money-related habits very hard to adjust. Our spending is subconsciously controlled by our behavioural patterns and...