Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

24 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Belgium admits failure to integrate new expat arrivals

Belgium’s traditional culture and its friendly but closed off mentality are two reasons why expats find integrating a challenge. Reports by leading Brussels lawmakers admit Belgium is less than straightforward as regards settling down for new expat arrivals, with a German think tank putting it bluntly by saying the country has failed to integrate its foreign residents due to its contradictory attitude towards incomers. Whilst the comments referred mostly to immigrants and refugees, a number of expatriates would agree that settling...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Saving money on international transfers by shunning the banks

The 21st century is set to be the century of the expat, with more and more millennials opting to leave their home countries in order to further their international careers. As the number of expats working overseas at all levels grows, so do the amounts transferred between currencies and countries. The amount of money being sent across national borders is growing year by year as more and more people realise the world really is their oyster. Until recently, cross-border banking was a chore as well as a necessity, but traditional banks...
18 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Brexit job losses may result in soaring emigration

Will Brexit see increased numbers of Brit moving overseas for work? As next March creeps closer and governmental chaos ramps up still further, an increasing number of industries are now planning their exit strategies. Sadly, the ‘green’ sector is one which is convinced leaving the UK is the only way forward in spite of the spectre of massive job losses for its UK workers. Should the worst happen, where in the world will the jobless decide to go? At the present time, the top three most popular destinations for expat job-seekers...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Global expatriate totals to hit at least 87 million by 2021

By 2021, the total number of expatriates scattered across the world is expected to reach over 85 million. Expatriation in the present day is a far cry from its 19th century origins, when various wealthy empires sent their representatives to keep the natives down whilst plundering the resources of their lands. Huge numbers of present day expats also have money on their minds, whether it’s to send home to their families or to work overseas for a salary they could only dream of back where they came from. However, becoming an expat...
4 Jul at 6 PM 2018

China green cards for 12 more top talent expat professionals

Another twelve expats living and working in Shanghai have been given permanent residency green cards. The twelve expatriates awarded permanent residence in China brings the total numbers of green cards given out to outstanding foreign professionals to 85. The scheme began in December 2016 and applies to high-level expat professionals who’ve been nominated by the city’s administrative commission. All 12 are working in the field of semiconductors and comprise seven US citizens along with Australian, Malaysian, German and Canadian...
3 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expat clubs catching on in China

If your idea of expat clubs is a dingy conference room in a mid-priced hotel crammed with doddery old guys who’d rather be in the pub, you’d be wrong – at least in Beijing. Admittedly, expatriates in China tend more towards adventure, entrepreneurship and the China experience itself, with expat organisations focusing on having fun rather than mimicking the dismal over-organised clubs in several southeast Asian destinations which seem to specialise in topics such as ‘ making your will’, ‘preparing for death’ and the best...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Squatters moving into expat second homes in Brittany

Expats with second homes in Brittany were horrified to hear squatters are moving into their unoccupied properties. The controversy over British expats’ second homes in Brittany is accelerating after activists promised to force Britons to sell their holiday and second homes. The protestors have promised an entire summer of what they call ‘spectacular actions’ and seem to have started already by plastering posters bearing their message ‘’Brittany is not a second home - villages in ruins – young people leaving’ all over...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Life of Brit couple in Almeria wrecked by private zoo

A British couple living in Almeria have had their lives wrecked by their next door neighbour’s illegal zoo. David and Mandy Dibble bought a house in the Arboleas town of El Chopo 15 years ago, and live there for at least six months every year. Everything was fine until, some five years ago, their British neighbour sold his property to a German expatriate. Much to the couple’s horror, the man immediately began building cages on the property, usually on a Friday afternoon after the local council offices were closed for the weekend....
23 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Number of Brits applying for European citizenship on the increase

Statistics are showing a considerable increase in the number of Britons applying to become Belgian nationals. Figures released last Friday by the Belgian Statistical Office show 1381 Britons became Belgian nationals in 2017, with the total number of applications increasing tenfold since the Brexit referendum. The majority of applicants have been living permanently and working in Belgium for many years and are looking to acquire Belgian nationality due to the uncertainty surrounding their rights post-Brexit. The process involves...
5 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Trilingual Brit expat refused Swiss citizenship for not knowing melted cheese origin

43-year old David Lewis has lived in Switzerland since he was a baby, is totally fluent in French and German as well as his native language and now owns a thriving café business in Zurich. He’s also raising his six-year old son and has no criminal record. In spite of his obvious qualifications for Swiss citizenship, his application was refused as he couldn’t give an exact answer as to the canton in which a melted cheese was produced, although he got the region right. He also couldn’t identify a traditional Swiss chard dish from...