Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

10 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Harsh new UK rules for incomers may spell problems for Brit expats overseas

Brits desperate to depart their home country for friendlier, cheaper climes overseas might well spare a thought for their foreign counterparts attempting to enter the UK under its new rules. Britons who’re now rearranging their lives in order to emigrate before the Brexit debacle hits home are being urged to stand up for their European counterparts living and working in the UK. Even before Brexit, would-be expats flocked to the UK to take advantage of better jobs, better university education and the experience of making their way in...
4 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in Europe angry over the Johnson letter to Harry Shindler

The Johnson letter to Harry Schindler is causing expat anger. Over a million British expats living all across Europe and thousands more across the world could well be forgiven for expressing their fury at Boris Johnson’s too little, too late letter to Harry Schindler, the founder of the unsuccessful until now campaign to allow long-stay British expats the right to vote to preserve their chosen lifestyles. Those affected had been resident outside the UK for over 15 years and were callously refused the vote in order to improve the...
24 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Homeless expats in Spain start petition for universal payments

Homeless expats in Spain use their experience to help others. Retirees heading for a new life in Spain after selling their UK home may believe they’re set up for the rest of their lives, but experience shows disaster can strike through no fault of their own. One expat couple who’d emigrated from the UK lived the dream for a full 17 years before it crashed in ruins, leaving them homeless and desperate. Recently, Vivian and John had planned to move house after selecting a new rental property but, after they’d given up their...
18 Feb at 6 PM 2020

How does the Brexit transition period affect the QROPS overseas transfer tax?

Britons planning to emigrate and use an offshore QROPs transfer for their retirement savings could be forgiven for feeling confused. The prospect of Brexit has made expat retirement a far more complicated process than previously, especially where financial matters are concerned. However, until the end of the transition period on December 31 this year, there’s no reason to fear the hefty QROPS overseas transfer tax. The confusing nature of the charge itself is another issue, but is basically straightforward in that 25 per cent of the...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Iceland dumps gender gap pay rates

How does the gender gap affect female expat pay scales? The gender gap as regards average pay and benefits for male as against female employees is a present-day scandal unlikely to be solved soon, but how does it affect expat women looking to further their careers overseas? Relocating abroad to an unfamiliar country is a huge decision on its own merit, without having to consider affordability on a salary that’s lower than its male equivalent. One major expat survey recently released its findings on this thorny question, stating that...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Yet another expat survey focuses on high life destinations

Switzerland is now the world’s most expensive destination for expat professionals. For the majority of expats in all popular destinations worldwide, the latest survey result listing Switzerland as the most expensive world country won’t come as a surprise. The small, snowy country has owned the title in most if not all expat survey results ever since emigration became the norm amongst career-hungry professionals. However, as a destination for mid-financial level retirees, SME owners and suchlike, the Alpine state is as closed as is...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Does Brexit mean an expat buy-to-let free for all?

Will Brexit lead to even cheaper buy-to-let bargains for expats? British estate agents specialising in buy-to-let properties in the UK believe Brexit will lead to cheaper house prices and more expat investment opportunities. Now that Brexit is finally a reality, this year’s negotiations may exacerbate Britain’s already stalling property price growth. According to realtors specialising in investor buy-to-let homes, growth at present is just 1.3 per cent with the exception of Edinburgh and Manchester, having fallen from its rate of...
27 Jan at 6 PM 2020

New OZ app aims to make finding love as an expat far easier

One aspect of emigration is the chance to meet the love of your life in a strange land, but meeting up by chance doesn’t always work! Finding a soulmate as the direct result of leaving the home country for a new life in another land is the dream of many would-be expats, but making it happen can be a tough call for those who’re not good at turning chance meetups into long-term relationships. For British and Irish expats, a recently uploaded and exclusive first ever dating app may be the answer which helps make the dream come true....
21 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Massive storm devastates Spain and Mallorca

Spanish storm Gloria has caused freezing temperatures, snow, flooding, huge waves and three deaths. For British expats who emigrated to Spain in order to get away from the UK’s generally miserable weather patterns, Storm Gloria’s sweep across 30 Spanish provinces is a dread reminder that global warming isn’t country-specific. The mega-storm put more than 30 regions on high alert, sweeping in with unexpected fury and causing three deaths to date. Freezing temperatures and heavy inland snowfalls saw citizens and expats alike...
21 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Portuguese property price rises shutting out British expat retirees

Golden Visa investors are being blamed for soaring property price hikes. For a number of years, Portugal has been a favourite with British expats seeking sunshine and an affordable, less stressful lifestyle in a location without the rowdy reputation of many Spanish resort towns. The Algarve has been a favourite region for UK retirees on the none-too generous state pension, with many buying homes ahead of retirement and using them for their annual holidays. Sadly, Brexit has left the Algarve’s expat communities fearful about its long...