Expat Italy News

Latest 10 news items tagged Italy

15 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Anti Brexit campaign group sets legal challenge against 2016 referendum

The pro-EU campaign group UK in EU Challenge has launched a legal fight claiming the Leave campaign breached electoral laws by spending over its limit by almost £700,000. Recently, the UK’s Electoral Commission found ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that Vote Leave had cheated on the spending limit and attempted to hide its overspend. According to a press release by the group, in any general election and local authority referendum or election the court has the right to declare the vote null and void if cheating on spending is...
20 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in France banned from signing European Citizens Initiative

A new bid to ensure lifetime retention of European Union citizenship will go live next Monday, but Brits in the EU are excluded from the vote. The new European Citizens Initiative will be introduced on July 23, with the aim of ensuring that when European citizenship with all its rights is granted, it cannot be lost. The initiative's organisers are citing Brexit and its effect on British citizen expatriates in that they will lose European citizenship once Brexit is finalised. The sting in the tail is that Brits living and working in...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expats confused by bright orange sea in Brittany

Expats and locals living along the Brittany sea coast were shocked to discover the sea had turned orange overnight. Visitors to Brittany’s unspoilt beaches last weekend were shocked and concerned when they saw the waves close to the shore had turned a bilious shade of orange. After being summoned to examine the unusual phenomenon, officials banned the general public from entering the water at Moelan de Mer, Clohars-Carnoet and Tregunk until they could discover the reason for the strange colouration. Sooner rather than later, the...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Accidental Americans petition Trump for independence from USA

A campaign organised by a group of US ‘citizens by accident’ has petitioned Donald Trump to let them relinquish their accidental ties to the USA. Accidental Americans are those born in the USA, often to expat parents working in or simply visiting the country, who’ve never actually lived there long-term. According to the law, they’re still considered US citizens and are liable to be taxed as are American nationals living and working overseas. It’s estimated that around several million people may fall into the category, which...
28 Jun at 6 PM 2018

UK Labour party betraying disenfranchised expats over private members bill

Campaigners representing UK expats in Europe are accusing the Labour Party of betraying Britons living overseas. Cancellation of the hated 15-year disenfranchisement law disallowing British citizens living abroad for more than 15 years the right to vote was promised yet again in 2017 in a Tory party election manifesto, but no action was taken. Recently, campaigners introduced a private member’s bill sponsored by Tory lawmaker Glyn Davies, with the bill now slowly working its way through various stages in parliament. However, a...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Retired Brit expat arrested for starting forest fires in Spain

A retired British expat has been arrested and accused of starting last summer’s forest fires in Spain’s protected Puerto Mayor area. The unnamed 78-year old is believed to spend the summer months living in the region before returning to the UK for the winter, and was arrested after being discovered close by the origins of the fires holding a five-litre jerry can containing petrol, matches and several cigarette lighters. He is due to appear in court before a judge who will decide whether to release him on bail or hold him in...
24 May at 6 PM 2018

Tips for students heading for an expat semester in Italy

Things you’ll need to know if you’re contemplating a semester at an Italian university. One way to experience expat life at the same time as upgrading your university education is to spend a semester either as an intern or student. For those hoping to be able to travel and maybe even settle as expats in a foreign land, it’s also a great way to get your bearings as regards adjusting to a new culture. Italy is a fascinating, incredibly beautiful and historic place to start your journey of a lifetime. Whether you’re planning...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Australia is still a favourite with Brit retirees but its own are leaving

Australia is still popular with UK expat retirees, but its own seniors are leaving for more affordable foreign destinations. The numbers of elderly Australians leaving their home country for a less expensive life overseas have dramatically increased over the past decade, with Oz expat communities forming in Spain, Cambodia and Thailand. In 2016, almost two thousand Australian pensioners over the age of 55 relocated to various retiree hubs in Italy and Greece as well as New Zealand, mostly due to rising property prices and the soaring...
1 May at 6 PM 2018

Top expat talent now reluctant to relocate to the UK

Continuing uncertainty about the direction Brexit will finally take is affecting the numbers of expat professionals applying for relocation to the UK. According to recently released research, with just under a year left before Brexit finally kicks in, human resources professionals and recruitment agencies are complaining their hiring strategies are having to be regularly revised. Some 50 per cent of firms which took part in the study envision an even more devastating effect is on the way. The research, carried out by LinkedIn,...
26 Apr at 6 PM 2018

EEA and EU expat nurses flee NHS due to Brexit uncertainty

In 2017, almost four thousand EU and EEA-qualified expat nurses left their NHS jobs and the UK. A total of 3,962 fully qualified and experienced nurses and midwives from EEA and EU member states have now left their NHS jobs and moved on out of the UK. The number is some 28 per cent higher than the 2016 figure and three times as high as the 2013 figure of 1,311. Arrival numbers in 2017 have crashed to 803, as against the 6,382 qualified nurses and midwives who arrived in the previous year. The key cause of the dramatic increase in...