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Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland

6 Feb at 6 PM 2019

British expats across Europe now claiming foreign citizenship and a second passport

Even before Brexit becomes a reality, many thousands of British citizens have voted with their feet by applying for European citizenship. One major reason for expatriating is that the UK just doesn’t feel like home any more, according to those who can’t wait to leave or have already left. Those with Irish grandparents are the luckiest, with 200,000 Brits claiming to be descendents of Irish citizens stating their relationships on their passport applications in 2018. The mass exodus includes those whose families were originally from...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Irish expats could find repatriation is an expensive luxury

Many Irish expats returning to their home country after years away will face a massive hike in their cost of living as well as having financial hurdles to jump. In addition to having to find a suitable property to call home during one of the country’s worse housing crises for decades, Irish returnees are likely to also have to battle to get any kind of social welfare. In addition, those wishing to take out private health insurance will need to do so within nine months of their repatriation or be prepared to pay far more than they...
18 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Expat motorists in Europe urged to get a Green Card

UK and expat motorists are being urged to get a green card before driving in Europe. The Association of British Insurers is urging drivers, whether UK expats or British residents, to get a Green Card before driving in Europe once Britain leaves the EU . Guidance published this morning covers a no-deal Brexit and urges drivers to contact their insurers and request a Green Card before travelling by car to or in Europe. The cards will be required as proof of valid insurance, and those travelling without one will be breaking the law. The...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Huge increase in Brits applying for EU passports

2018 has broken all records for the number of Brits applying for EU passports. It’s no surprise that the number of British citizens applying for European Union passports soared in 2018, and the rush is now on for the remainder of Brit expats desperate to keep their right to free movement after 29 March this year. The Republic of Ireland was the focus of the majority of new applicants, eligible if their parents or grandparents were born there. In 2017, numbers applying rose by 24 per cent over 2016, and last year’s rise over the...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2019

US Ambassador to UK slams massive bilateral post-Brexit trade deal

UK expats hoping against hope the PM’s deal will be rejected resulting in a new referendum and the end of Brexit may have the USA on their side, but not in the expected manner. At the time of the Brexit vote, great hopes of a major bipartisan trade deal with the USA were mooted, but the US Ambassador seems to have indicated it won’t happen. According to national media, Woody Johnson believes that, although Trump would like to see a deal, May’s negotiated EU agreement would prevent the USA from offering a bilateral deal as it’s...
24 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Irish expats reluctant to return home due to high taxes and poor health service

Irish expats are uncertain about repatriation due to high taxes and a failing health service. Following an appeal from the Irish government urging expats to return home and fill the skills shortage, Irish professionals working abroad are listing the reasons why they’d rather stay overseas. Key barriers include Ireland’s high levels of income tax and lack of necessary investment in its healthcare services, with the shortage of suitable housing and the Republic’s ageing infrastructure also mentioned. The comments were made as...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Irish skills shortage prompts calls for expats to return home

Due to its present-day booming economy, Ireland is now short of skilled workers in a number of sectors. Irish recruitment agencies are having a hard time filling vacancies in the IT, construction, healthcare and financial sectors due to high levels of professionals leaving the country during the economic downturn after the 2008 financial crash. Estimates show around 100,000 Irish nationals emigrated to Australia during that time, with Canada, the USA and New Zealand also receiving a huge influx. Although statistics for 2017 show more...
17 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Oz and Brit expats can get UK pensions retirement bonuses due to Brexit chaos

Britain’s Brexit chaos has opened up a loophole which will give anyone who’s worked in the UK for over three years a useful retirement windfall. The loophole will exist until the end of the current financial year, and will apply both to expatriate Britons as well as to Australian and expatriate workers of other nationalities. Basically, the British government in its Brexit chaos has neglected to shut down a pensions purchase discount scheme originally intended for low-income earners, thus creating a useful loophole for savvy expat...
4 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Portugal housing bubble bad news for expat retirees

According to a major ratings agency, house prices in Portugal will keep on rising. Portugal is still considered to be a cheap destination for expat retirees as well as for start-ups and digital nomads, but its ever-rising cost of accommodation may take the shine off its formerly well-deserved fame. For several decades, Portugal’s Algarve region has been the refuge of choice for British expats looking for a warm, inexpensive haven far away from the UK’s cold winters. Sadly, a report by Moody’s ratings agency indicates the haven...
26 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Spain’s Irish expat community is happy to stay forever

There are almost as many Irish expatriates living, working and retiring along Spain’s Costa del Sol as there are refugees from the UK. The Irish expat community in Spain is mostly concentrated in the Costa del Sol region and, according to those living the dream, are more Irish than they ever were in the auld country. If they do return occasionally to the Emerald Isle, it’s only to visit friends and family or to attend wedding and funerals. The thought of returning to Ireland permanently simply doesn’t occur, with most saying...