Expat Euro News

Latest 10 news items tagged Euro

15 Feb at 6 PM 2019

What next for Spain’s expat real estate market?

Traditionally a favourite for British expat retirees, Spain and its real estate market are caught between currency exchange rate instability and a lack of Brit expat buyers due to Brexit uncertainty. Following the 2008 financial crisis, Spain’s formerly successful property market slumped to a low point from which it had barely recovered when the Brexit referendum moved its goalposts yet again. Although house prices had staged a positive recovery, they’re still below those considered normal before the financial meltdown. One major...
14 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Cyprus to protect British expats’ rights in case of no-deal Brexit

Cyprus has assured its UK expat residents their rights will remain should a no-deal Brexit be the final result. The former British colony of Cyprus prior to the island’s independence in 1960 has now reassured its British expat community their rights will be protected in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The island has joined a number of other EU member states in giving at least some security to British expatriates living, working or retiring in popular expat regions. The message was sent to the UK government’s Foreign Secretary...
14 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Entrepreneurial female millennials love the digital nomad lifestyle

Digital nomads come in all shapes, sizes, nationalities and colours, and they’re not always men! Entrepreneurial millennial women are taking the road to exotic destinations and loving every minute of their journey. Whether they’re writing travel blogs, creating apps, running online sales sites specialising in local products or blogging about anything and everything that comes to mind, female digital nomads are as important to the trend as are their male counterparts. In addition, they’re just as thrilled to get away from the...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2019

EU expats prefer Scottish cities over anywhere else in Europe

In a recent survey of European expats’ most liveable cities, Edinburgh and Aberdeen came out on top, with not a single English city featured in the global top 20. Scotland’s capital just made it into the top 20 at 19th position, whilst Aberdeen just missed, coming in at 21st. For both Scottish cities, their liveability ratings were boosted by high levels of personal security and less air pollution, but the main reason for their success was their existing expatriate communities.It’s well-known that would-be expats find adjusting...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2019

New Europeans call for signatures on possible solution to Brexit chaos

New Europeans, a pro-EU civil rights group fighting for UK expats’ rights, is urging supporters to sign an open letter containing a plan to break the seemingly endless Brexit deadlock. The letter suggests the EU could offer a three-month Article 50 extension in order to allow a second referendum to take place on 23 May, the same day as the EU parliamentary elections, adding the referendum to the ballot papers. The letter is to be sent to Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May and the EU’s leading lawmakers, and also calls on the British...
12 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats on Spain regret their leave votes whilst Brit ambassador ducks the issue

In a recent BBC Channel 4 News item, British expats in Spain who voted Leave in the referendum admitted they are now bitterly regretting their decisions. Some 300,000 British expats are at present living in Spain, divided into retirees, working professionals, SME owners and students or researchers at Spanish universities. The Channel 4 News report featured a number of Brits settled in and near Alicante on the Costa del Sol, with many admitting they’re now scared for their futures in their chosen country. One interviewee told the...
11 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Are QROPS still an option post-Brexit?

Retirement – what about a post-Brexit QROPS? The freedom to choose another country for your retirement years is a romantic notion, but it’s now become far more popular due to ease of travel and a wide choice of destinations to suit all pockets. The excitement of a whole new environment is hard to resist, especially as many Western countries are mired in political chaos and instability. Sadly, for would-be British expats, Brexit is almost certain to slash their options as regards choice of a new homeland, but it’s also providing...
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...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Are expat surveys simply fodder for sponsored advertorials?

Do expats’ opinions really count, or are they just fodder for survey companies’ advertorial articles? The various annual expat survey reports can make or break specific locations, dependent on respondents’ opinions on everything from quality of life, health and well-being, happiness, safety and security and even digital life. A cursory glance at the results might lead would-be expats to believe respondent demographics only include wealthy, career-oriented expat professionals, but many in other life sectors such as retirement...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2019

New Europeans pushing Green Card as a solution for Brit expat free movement

Is a European green card the solution for Brit expats’ free movement needs? The idea of a European Green card as a solution to the Brexit removal of British expats’ free movement rights is now gaining ground. Originally put forward by pro-EU campaign group New Europeans, the suggestion is now gaining support from an increasing number of members of the European Parliament as well as from members of the public. Some 57,000 supporters have signed an online petition, with the group’s leaders now being invited to attend a hearing...