Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

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...
21 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Are Brits in Europe immigrants or expats?

British expats in France are being asked to define themselves as either immigrants or expatriates. In reports, news items and blogs, the descriptions ‘expat’ or ‘expatriate’ is the norm, with Western professionals rarely described as immigrants but, in many world countries including the USA and UK, the semi-official term is ‘immigrant’, no matter whether the person referred to is maintaining a long- or short-term presence in a foreign country. Recently, a survey by a well-known Europe-based English language online...
20 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Leaked report quantifies major post-Brexit hassles for UK expats

The leaked Yellowhammer report is warning UK citizens and expats attempting to travel to or in the EU will face maximum stays of just 90 days and stricter passport checks on arrival. The British Embassy in Spain is expected to be overrun with consular enquiries from devastated and angry Brits as well as having to deal with consular assistance for vulnerable UK citizens. One of the major elements in Theresa May’s rejected Brexit deal was aimed at protecting the rights of both the one million Brits in the EU and their 3.5 million EU...
20 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Online racist group in Kuwait causing Amnesty International condemnation

Amnesty International is hitting out at a Kuwaiti online group attempting to foster hatred and cause disputes between nationals and expats. The group, at present calling itself ‘Kuwait Movement against the Marginalisation of Competent Kuwaitis’, is being strongly criticised by Khalil al-Shamroukh, Amnesty International’s member councillor in the emirate, who believes the movement is unpatriotic as its actions are distorting Kuwait’s international reputation. He’s also branding its recent name change from ‘Kuwait Movement...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2019

British expat single mother abused and intimidated by Cymergest administrators

A British single mother is now fighting to stay in her Costa del Sol home despite being harassed by lawyers. In the second case of this nature within several months, a single mother and her son are now suffering ongoing abuse by administrators of the development where she's living because she won her court cast against their sale of her home. Victoria Jenkins, her four-year old son and her husband left the UK to settle in Mijas in 2012, but her husband didn’t return after a business trip to Indonesia, leaving his wife and son Samuel...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2019

British expats in France advised on ensuring their rights to stay

As the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit creeps ever closer, British expats in France are being encouraged to prepare for the worst whilst hoping for the best. The citizens’ rights campaign group Remain in France Together has issued a checklist aimed at helping those likely to be affected make preparations against the wider implications of Britain’s crashing out of the EU without a deal of any kind. Firstly, in order to comply with France’s ‘no deal’ ordinance, you’ll nerd to be legally registered in the country, as owning...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expat conservationist voices grave concerns over massive power line installation in Albujarras

Expats and local protestors are still fighting over a power company’s plans to erect 362 massive pylons in one of France’s most spectacular areas of natural beauty. A local expat newspaper was the first to alert conservationists and nature-lovers to the threat of damage to the precious environment as well as to the protected species in the region. The paper’s ‘Fight the Power’ campaign recently attracted the attention of a British conservationist to the risks to wild life, especially bird species, should the installation in...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

EU expats in Britain to be forced to pay for NHS treatment after no-deal Brexit

UK hospital managements have been told EU expats must prove their right to free treatment should a no-deal Brexit be the final result. Warnings have now been sent out to hospital managers to prepare to charge EU expats for formerly free medical and surgical procedures immediately after exit day. With only one million EU expats out of the total of three million now registered for settled status, the decision is now sparking claims of a hostile post-Brexit environment for formerly welcome EU expatriates. Immediately, civil rights...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Will expat Spanish property mortgages still be available post-Brexit?

In spite of the looming threat of a no-deal Brexit, Spain is still a favourite for second home purchases, with expat mortgages hopefully still available after October 31. Many British expats now permanently living in Spain bought a second home in the hope they could move permanently when retirement finally kicked in. Reasons included the reasonable price of property and the ease of getting a mortgage from a Spanish bank. Since the 2016 Brexit referendum, many have followed in the same manner, with mortgages still available and house...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expats and holidaymakers in Greece warned over increasing wildfires in tourist areas

As the heatwaves continue drying up the land, expats and summer season visitors to Greece are being warned about the dangers of fast-spreading wildfires. The UK Foreign Office has issued warnings to expats and travellers about the increasing risk of wildfires and their spread across affected regions. The warnings are rated at the extreme level 5 and the country’s alert system remains on red. Last weekend, both expats and holidaymakers were evacuated from Elafonisos Island due to a powerful wildfire which spread after starting in a...