Expat Hong Kong News

Latest 10 news items tagged Hong Kong

23 May at 6 PM 2019

Specialist beers and wines are favourites for expats in Asia

Whether it’s fish ‘n chips, Weetabix, Marmite or Guinness, British expats as well as their international compatriots crave a taste of home, especially if it’s almost unavailable. Home country foods and beverages are an occasional must have for expats all over the world, especially if they’re a taste of childhood in a far simpler universe than the present version. This incontrovertible fact of expat life has prompted expat entrepreneurs to start businesses bringing in all-time favourites to hordes of waiting expatriates in...
17 May at 6 PM 2019

China bans marriage licenses for expat lovebirds

If you and the love of your life are expats living and working in China, don’t even think of getting married in your new home! For reasons as yet unclear, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs has now posted a new rule stating marriage licenses will no longer be available for foreign couples wanting to tie the knot. The closest thing to a wedding in the Chinese/Western style is still available in Hong Kong, which offers marriage licenses to lovebirds of any nationality. However, if you’ve formed a circle of friends in China and...
16 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Vietnam hit out at begpackers

Angry expats in Vietnam and across Southeast Asia are calling for action against the begpacking trend. The subject of begpackers is one which brings genuine expats across Southeast Asia together in anger, as it’s considered morally wrong that Western travellers should expect locals to pay for what seem to be no more than sightseeing trips taking in popular expat destinations. Asian cultures in general have a tradition of giving to those in need, but the sight of Westerners taking advantage of local generosity is offending...
9 May at 6 PM 2019

Oz is all-time favourite for high net worth expats

Australia is migrating millionaires’ number one destination. If there was ever any doubt that the past several years saw more people deserting their countries of birth than ever before, the latest figures on millionaire migration prove it’s all about the money, one way or the other. High net worth individuals can go where they please, as can the top talents in tech and other 21st century sectors, with destination cities all resembling each other in the race to attract mega-wealthy incomers. Over the past year, 12,000 or so...
24 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expats on reassignment need more community-based perks

As purse strings tighten in a good number of expatriate professional destinations worldwide, questions are being asked about the suitability of various relocation support programmes. As currency exchange rates and soaring inflation hit out at expats’ expenses in many popular destinations, questions are being asked about the need for certain aspects of relocation packages. One good example of the detrimental effects of rising costs of living on expats’ quality of life is Hong Kong, still one of the world’s favourites with...
15 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Mega financial scammer IFA boss fails to attend Spanish court hearing

The boss of a failed financial advisory company in Alicante is in hiding, having failed to attend a Spanish court hearing. Darren Kirby’s Alicante-based Continental Wealth Management financial advisory company folded in 2017, leaving hundreds of investors out of pocket to the tune of millions. Continental Wealth Management’s Denia office in the Marriott Hotel was an upscale setup aimed at impressing future clients, with the company also managing up to 10 telesales staff dealing with expat clients across Europe. Its modus operandum...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2019

EU expats prepared to leave UK due to British domestic policy

It’s not just UK expats in Europe who fear the effects of Brexit, as expatriates living and working in the UK are concerned about the country’s domestic politics. As the Brexit conundrum drags on and on, new research has revealed some 14 per cent of expatriates living and working in the UK would be prepared to return to their home countries solely for political reasons. Around one third of Britain’s expat community expressed serious concerns over the state of Britain’s domestic policies and their potential effect on expatriate...
1 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Hong Kong crashes in survey of best Asian cites for Asian expats

All that glitters is no longer gold as Asian expats query Hong Kong liveability Once every expat’s favourite destination due to its fascinating culture, unique history and stunning lifestyle, Hong Kong is now losing its shine, especially with Asian expats. To be fair to the former British colony, a proportion of the disenchantment is being based on the effects of last year’s devastating Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful storm to hit the archipelago since records began. Although no-one was killed during the chaos, damage to...
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...
31 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in UK living more cheaply due to Brexit

According to a new study, expatriates living and working in the UK are getting more for their money due to Brexit. London is now one of Europe’s cheapest capital cities for expats receiving their pay in euros, due to the Brexit effect on the value of the pound sterling. It’s also a bargain destination for tourists. Formerly, London’s bad reputation for being one of the costliest world capitals for relocating expats caused international corporations to calculate carefully before deciding on reassignments from outside the UK,...