Expat Italy News
Latest 10 news items tagged Italy
11 Feb at 6 PM 2019
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...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2019
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...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2019
If you’ve ever dreamed of finding an incredibly affordable property in a charming Sicilian village, now’s your chance!
The offer earlier this week of 17 dilapidated, traditional homes in Sicily’s picturesque mountain village of Sambuca for just one euro each resulted in a property stampede as thousands of would-be buyers rushed to secure the property bargains of the century. The reason for the sales was to save the village from total depopulation, as most of its inhabitants have either died of old age or left for jobs in nearby...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2019
A no-deal Brexit will rob British expats in EU countries of their rights to free healthcare.
British expatriates living in EU member state, including France, Italy
and Spain, will no longer be entitled to free heathcare in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The news is a major blow to retired British citizens living in popular destinations such as the Spanish Costas, France’s Provence region and Italy
's Tuscany. It’s also bad news for the UK’s NHS, now struggling to cope after many of its EU citizen medical staff have opted to...
28 Jan at 6 PM 2019
British expats miss ginger biscuits the most!
Homesickness seems to be more acute in British expats than in any of their worldwide counterparts, according to both online retailers and specialist stores in favourite expatriate destinations. The latest must-haves from the old country are crunchy ginger biscuits, topping the sales lists over and above such delights as chocolate bourbons, shortbread and mini Jaffa cakes. According to a spokesperson from British Corner Shops, it’s a comfort thing, with expats seeking out goodies to which...
22 Jan at 6 PM 2019
Although mortgage interest rates have increased, expat property investors can still get great deals.
September’s Spanish mortgage interest rates averaged 1.94 per cent, slightly below the EU average and trailing France at 1.51 per cent, Italy
at 1.79 per cent and even Germany at 1.86 per cent. However, professionals in the sector are reassuring potential expat buyers that lender competition should still offer borrowers lower rates than those published. The interest rate rises were the direct consequence of Spanish lawmakers’...
14 Jan at 6 PM 2019
former textile mill workers who arrived in Bradford in the 1950s are now facing having to apply to stay post-Brexit.
The remainder of the large number of Italian
women who were invited to the UK to work in Bradford’s cotton mills after the end of WWII now consider themselves as being English although they don’t have British passports. When they arrived, they were given certificates of registration, similar to a work permit, which were regularly updated until 1961, when they were told hey could live freely in the UK....
10 Jan at 6 PM 2019
Following on advice given by the European Commission to its member states, expats in a number of EU countries are now being assured of their rights to stay.
The EC’s call for generosity towards British expatriates living, working and retiring in Europe in the case of a no-deal Brexit is being heeded by an increasing number of EU member states, allowing the vast majority of expats to sleep better at night. The irony surrounding the EC’s welcome intervention is that the Commission seems to care more about expat Britons’ welfare...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2019
UK expats in EU member countries are to have their state pensions uprated – but only for a year.
Along with all the other negative effects of the Brexit disaster on British expatriates living in the EU, the continuing of the guaranteed annual inflation-proofing increase has been a serious cause for concern, especially for the newly-retired. The uprate is triggered by the higher of two indicators – wage growth and the rate of inflation. Should both be lower than 2.5 per cent, the same percentage uprate is guaranteed. ...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2019
If you’re an expat who likes a drink or three, you’ll be in good company in the Czech Republic!
For many expats living overseas, the best way to relax is by sampling the local liquor at the nearest bar along with your compatriots whilst putting the world to rights. It’s well known that Europe has the highest consumption of alcohol out of all five continents, but most expats might not be aware that nationals in northern climes are at the top of the table for heavy drinking, possibly due to their lands’ long, freezing cold...