Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

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...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Support for Royal Family wanes amongst UK expats in Spain

UK expats in Spain are calling for a referendum vote on the British monarchy. Even although they’re no longer living in the UK, British expats all along the Spanish coastline are dismayed and angry about the current state of the British monarchy. Headline, online and TV media news items have captured expats’ attention ever since the recent sex scandal involving Prince Andrew’s connection with convicted paedophile Geoffrey Epstein. Both supporters of the monarchy and those who deride the institution well remember the bad...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2020

British expats in Australia terrified by devastating wildfires

Long-stay British expats in Australia are revealing their fears and experiences of the devastating wildfires. As Australia continues to burn in spite of heroic firefighting, British expatriates who’ve lived long-term in the affected areas are telling of their experiences and the terror they’re living through. Expats from the UK are used to the Australian cycle of floods, drought and wildfires on a regular basis, but the huge conflagrations are the worst in living memory. One Briton from Herefordshire who emigrated to the...
31 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Purchasing your expat dream home can be a nightmare

If you’ve had enough of Brexit, the weather, floods, rising prices and the UK government’s antics over the past three years, buying a property overseas might well be the answer. For the vast majority of non-working expats, two issues form the spur for leaving the UK on a permanent basis – the rising cost of living and the fall in an acceptable lifestyle. Moving overseas isn’t a panacea for curing all ills, but it can provide a bolt-hole for those who get it right. Given that Brits are, reputably, a nation of homeowners, it’s...