Expat Italy News
Latest 10 news items tagged Italy
18 Apr at 9 AM 2019
Due to the inefficiency of its consulates and embassies as regards advice and updates regarding Brexit, British expats in Spain are calling for their very own PM to represent their interests.
Some 5 million Britons live in expatriate destinations worldwide, many of whom will need consular assistance as some time during their stay overseas and the majority of whom are long term residents aged between 15 and 64 years. This statistic refutes the image of the typical British expat as a pensioner living the good life on a budget somewhere...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2019
A new Italian
government ruling concerning British expats’ rights post-Brexit is sending shivers of fear throughout the UK expat community.
Strict restrictions on travel outside the country, fingerprinting and a charge of €200 are part of the ruling, with questions already being asked by campaign groups across the country. Although the ruling is set to come into effect only if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, the underlying threat to expats’ lives is unmistakable especially as the rights of Italian
citizens living and...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2019
Many EU member states have now passed, or have stated their intention to do so, new laws ensuring the post –Brexit rights of UK expats.
The no-deal Brexit packages of rights on offer vary state to state, with some covering the majority of needs and others sticking to the bare minimum and charging for special permits. Malta’s no-deal resident permit tops the list for generosity, as it gives those resident on the island on 29 March a full 10 year status and allows workers open access to jobs as well as permitting students to...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2019
Spanish police are investigating an expat couple alleged to have murdered a number of lonely expatriate pensioners.
An Andalusia-based German man and his German-Cuban wife have been arrested in connection with a number of unsolved deaths of elderly pensioners. During the arrest, a disabled Dutch pensioner and an elderly German man were discovered immobile in their beds, showing evidence of malnutrition and drugging using tranquilisers. The victims were attached to nasogastric feeding tubes, thus keeping them just alive.
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’...