Expat Pension Transfer News

Latest 10 news items tagged Pension Transfer

13 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Top ten most expensive Asian destinations now include three Thai cities

The top ten most expensive Asian cities now include Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Cost of living surveys are popular with would-be expatriates as they give a benchmark for wage or pension levels, with several developing countries in Southeast Asia considered to be a cheaper option than many other world destinations. However, a shock result in Numbeo’s January 2019 Cost of Living Index revealed Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya as being in the list of the ten most expensive ASEAN cities. Numbeo ranks world cities according to a...
12 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Bremain in Spain chair slams UK media for stereotyping Brit expats

Whilst it’s a positive development that UK media outlets are now publicising the plight of British expats in Spain, it’s counterproductive in its use of hated stereotypes. As the Brexit disaster rolls on, British newspapers are finally waking up to the unavoidable fact that hundreds of thousands of UK expatriates are about to be left with shattered dreams and not much else. However, the media’s use of tired old stereotypes is preventing the real message from getting through, causing even more pain, anger and desperation across...
12 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats on Spain regret their leave votes whilst Brit ambassador ducks the issue

In a recent BBC Channel 4 News item, British expats in Spain who voted Leave in the referendum admitted they are now bitterly regretting their decisions. Some 300,000 British expats are at present living in Spain, divided into retirees, working professionals, SME owners and students or researchers at Spanish universities. The Channel 4 News report featured a number of Brits settled in and near Alicante on the Costa del Sol, with many admitting they’re now scared for their futures in their chosen country. One interviewee told the...
11 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Are QROPS still an option post-Brexit?

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...
8 Feb at 6 PM 2019

New French law allows Brit expats to stay but cartes de sejour are costly

The fast -tracked French law giving at least some certainty to UK expats terrified of the effects of a no-deal Brexit is on the statue books as of today. A new French law passed as an emergency has now established residency for British expats living in France on Brexit day, and applies specifically to a no-deal Brexit. However, should the UK fail to allow French expats the same rights, it will be cancelled. The law allows a timescale of between three and 12 months for UK expats to get a non-EU citizen ‘carte de sejour’ under...
8 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Can Spanish royal decree save Brit retirees from deportation?

Citizens Advice Bureau Spain’s founder Myra Azzopardi is warning British expats they may well become illegal immigrants on March 30. Under EU law, British expats in Spain are allowed just 90 days’ permission to stay, after which they must register to regularise their status. Should this not be done, they will be regarded as ‘irregular migrants’. Although Azzopardi states that Spain is not able under EU law to expel irregular migrants, it could deport UK expats as illegal aliens in the country. May’s withdrawal deal, rejected...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Are expat surveys simply fodder for sponsored advertorials?

Do expats’ opinions really count, or are they just fodder for survey companies’ advertorial articles? The various annual expat survey reports can make or break specific locations, dependent on respondents’ opinions on everything from quality of life, health and well-being, happiness, safety and security and even digital life. A cursory glance at the results might lead would-be expats to believe respondent demographics only include wealthy, career-oriented expat professionals, but many in other life sectors such as retirement...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2019

New Europeans pushing Green Card as a solution for Brit expat free movement

Is a European green card the solution for Brit expats’ free movement needs? The idea of a European Green card as a solution to the Brexit removal of British expats’ free movement rights is now gaining ground. Originally put forward by pro-EU campaign group New Europeans, the suggestion is now gaining support from an increasing number of members of the European Parliament as well as from members of the public. Some 57,000 supporters have signed an online petition, with the group’s leaders now being invited to attend a hearing...
4 Feb at 6 PM 2019

94-year old British expat reignites her campaign to end frozen pensions

94-year old WW11 veteran Anne Puckridge is reigniting her long-standing attempt to get justice for Brit expats with frozen pensions. Puckridge has sent a open letter to Theresa May asking for a brief, five-minute meeting during which she will make clear the devastating effects of the policy on 550,000 British expat pensioners. The vintage campaigner will return to the UK this spring in the hope the PM will agree to her request for a meeting. The 94-year old Briton moved to Canada 17 years ago in order to be close to her daughter,...
4 Feb at 6 PM 2019

British expats’ anger and fear escalating as time runs out

Spain’s 300,000 British expatriates are still living in anger, fear and desperation just weeks before Brexit day. During the past two and half years, the focus of possible Brexit damage and destruction to expats’ lives has concentrated on retired pensioners on the Costa del Sol, but the majority of Brit expat business owners are still in an impossible situation. The problem for many of those with the most to lose is that Spain does not allow dual citizenship. In order to allay healthcare and pension worries by securing Spanish...