Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

6 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Favourite expat retirement haven in Mexico now invaded by drug cartels

As British expats fearing the Brexit effect in Europe explore other world destinations, one favourite retirement haven is being invaded by drug cartels. Mexico has long been the choice of American retirees, with the charming town of San Miguel de Allende home to a large expatriate community. Recently, British expats in EU member states who’re now searching for a post-Brexit alternative have been researching Latin American destinations long favoured by their American equivalents. At first glance, San Miguel with its colonial...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expat and local SMEs move to Kowloon as Hong Kong closes down

As bankers and top expat professionals sit it out in Hong Kong, expat and local SMEs are planning backup offices across the harbour in Kowloon. Small businesses located in hotspots where the protests have been most violent are now looking to relocate to cheaper, safer Kowloon premises. Landlords of cheaper offices across the water are the most likely to benefit, with Kowloon Bay, Shek Mun and Cheung Sha Wan all inexpensive districts compared to Hong Kong itself. The economic slowdown caused by the seemingly never-ending violent...
26 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expat pensioners in Thailand facing triple whammy of high baht, falling property prices and soaring inflation

Expats forced to leave Thailand are finding themselves caught in a property sale trap. For an increasing number of expatriates in Thailand looking to leave for a less restrictive alternative or even returning to the home country, the property market slump is seriously bad timing. Many long-stay Western expat retirees who sold their homes and used the cash to buy a Thai condo or villa are now unable to keep up with immigration’s ever-increasing financial demands and are looking to sell or rent before giving up and trying somewhere...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Are soaring UK property prices the last hope for early expat retirement?

UK house price increases are proving lifelines for Brits hoping to retire overseas. For the hundreds of thousands of Brits who haven’t saved enough cash to fund a retirement far from Brexit Britain, soaring UK house prices may well be a lifeline. A recent survey by a leading insurance company has revealed just nine per cent of Brits over the age of 50 have amassed enough savings to see them through their retirement years, even if they choose a less expensive country in which to settle. According to the survey, the average...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Is China a long haul expat destination or just a stop on the road?

Most expats in China eventually face deciding whether they want to leave or stay. It has to be said that China is a unique world destination for expat professionals, whatever their expertise, but the vast majority aren’t in it for the long haul. However fascinating and challenging the stay in this unique country is, sooner rather than later it’s time to consider whether leaving isn’t a better option. For the majority, the factors which need considering are many, with the first usually connected to financial goals. Following...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Online poll reveals British expats’ most-loved foodie treats

Moving overseas for a new life in a strange land can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but the downside could be missing familiar foods, drinks and culinary treats. A recent poll undertaken by an online store selling typically British favourites to expats all over the world has resulted in a comprehensive list of foods no self-respecting Brit can do without. At the top of the list is British-style tea, along with chocolate and, believe it or not, Marmite. Other essentials include Heinz salad cream, crumpets and IrnBru, British...
5 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Locals and expats fight illegal squatters in Basque town

Hundreds of furious local residents and expats living in the Basque town of Portugalete united to force an illegal squatter family out of a 94-year old’s home. Nonagenarian Victoria de Castro had returned from a visit to her sick 97-year old sister only to find her home had been illegally occupied by a family of squatters whilst she was away. The squatters had changed the locks and were flashing their backsides as well as waving a knife at neighbours attempting to get them to leave the house. Victoria contacted local police, but was...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2019

What’s forcing expat professionals to leave Dubai?

Once every expat professional’s dream destination, Dubai is fading fast at more and more top talents up and leave. ‘Sunny, no taxes and a top quality of life’ was the mantra quoted by expatriates eager to find jobs in the fast-growing Middle Eastern tropical paradise. Salaries their rivals could only dream about kept the legend growing and the land of milk and honey was everyone’s favourite location until the slump in oil process happened and the push to replace expats with locals began. Nowadays, the emirates including...
2 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Spain now threatened by forest fires after biblical floods

As if biblical floods and the loss of homes and possessions weren't enough, expats and locals in Spain’s Costal del Sol region are now under threat from a raging forest fire. The blaze broke out in the hills overlooking the popular region, with homes evacuated whilst helicopters, fire trucks and firefighters attempted to contain the flames. As night fell, the helicopters were forced to give up and return to base, leaving firefighters to do their best and the fire still blazing. The main MA -8300 was cut off by the blaze between...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2019

USA expat exodus soars as local retirement costs escalate

More and more American citizens are deciding to retire overseas as stateside costs escalate. In the past 10 years, the numbers of American citizens moving overseas after retirement has increased by 40 per cent, with the trend expected to continue. It seems the Baby Boomer generation is now beginning to realise the massive amounts needing to be saved to ensure a comfortable stateside retirement are simply not possible on an average salary. US media outlets are beginning to describe the phenomenon as being fuelled by ‘American...