Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

18 Sep at 6 PM 2018

British expat pensioner is oldest PhD graduate ever

A retired, 95-yearold British expat living in Benalmadena on Spain’s Costa del Sol has just been awarded a PhD from Northampton University. His achievement makes Charles Betty the oldest PhD graduate ever from a British university, and his Doctorate of Philosophy was gained by a 48,000 word thesis taking five years to complete via a long-distance learning programme. Charles’s history is as unique as his achievement, as he left school at the age of 14, fought in France during WWII and, since his move to Spain in 1985, he’s spent...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat social security cheats nabbed by international team

Thousands of Brit expats living and working overseas have been caught illegally claiming British social security benefits. Millions of pounds’ worth of social security benefits have been fraudulently claimed by British expats living and working overseas, according to the Department for Work and Pensions. An investigation by the department along with international fraud specialists has resulted in a record amount of £1.1 billion being reclaimed, with expats living and working in Alicante and Madrid featuring strongly amongst the...
17 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Brit ambassador to Spain warns all UK expats over registration

Britain’s ambassador to Spain Simon Manley has sent out warning letters to all Britons living in Spain. British expatriates living, working and retiring in Spain have received a warning letter from the British ambassador regarding the need to ensure they’re fully registered by the end of March next year. Whilst the letter expresses the British government’s optimism that a deal will be reached, it also warns British citizens that all eventualities should be properly prepared for, including the possibility of a devastating no-deal...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat donates 300 tins of dog food to struggling rescue centre

After an Estepona-based dog shelter made a desperate Facebook plea for tinned dog food, a kind-hearted British expat arrived with 300 tins. Dean Bateson-Payas admits he’s always been a dog-lover, and was very disturbed when he realised Spaniards didn’t necessarily share his affection for four-legged doggy friends. Most are just working dogs and are treated badly, he says, whilst explaining why he’s been committed to doing what he can for the much-loved, long-standing ADANA shelter in Manilva. The dog sanctuary had posted...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Scots expat business owners in Spain fear for the future

Scots expat business owners on the Costa del Sol are fearing for their post-Brexit futures. Even although the Spanish government has reassured expat businesses they can continue as normal post-Brexit, many are afraid the knock-on effects of losing the EU’s right to free movement will result in a dearth of British customers. Another concern is the effect of the falling pound on the number of visitors as well as on expat pensioners for whom a cheaper cost of living is a must. Visitor numbers in favourite Spanish coastal locations are...
4 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expat wine lovers have a choice of retirement hubs

For would-be retired expats who love their wine, there’s a great choice of destinations. For many expats, their chosen retirement lifestyle has to include affordable wines to accompany the new tastes of their chosen haven. Luckily, there are many wine-growing regions in or close by favourite expatriate retirement hubs, with the best news being wine is far less expensive than in the home country. Choosing a new country in which to live the rest of your life simply because its wines are affordable may sound crazy, but for many it’s...
30 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Brits in Spain lose millions to yet another financial fraudster

In spite of endless warnings about financial fraudsters preying on expats, another Ponzi scheme has now been uncovered. Victims of the latest financial fraud in the popular Spanish resort of Marbella have claimed losses of up to six million in sterling due to a Ponzi scheme being run by a Welsh investment advisor. Rhys Williams lived the high life in the resort, persuading his victims to invest eye-watering amounts in a Dubai printing and paper recycling firm as well as in Dubai trading platforms. The fraudster guaranteed returns of...
27 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Spanish house prices rising as expat buyers get younger

The average age of property purchasers in Spain is now at an all time low. Along with a continuing increase in the popularity with expats of Costa del Sol properties, a new study has noted the average age of buyers is now 42 years. An analysis of property purchases in the region during the fist six months of 2018 shows 31 per cent of homes were sold to expatriates. Many are CEOs or entrepreneurs, with many saying their ability to work remotely was the major justification for the decision to emigrate. As regards the drop in the...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Britishers still rushing for Spanish property despite Brexit

In spite of the looming Brexit threat – or perhaps because of it – disenchanted Britons are still rushing to buy property in Spain. Following a trend set at the time of the 2008 financial crash, would-be expats are still buying into Spanish properties with a view to leaving the UK before Brexit becomes an unpleasant reality. Before the sub-prime mortgage scandal struck, over 10,000 Spanish homes were purchased every six months, falling to between three and four thousand after the financial crisis hit home. The low continued till...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Benidorm based disabled expat assaulted and robbed

As reports of violence against British expats and tourists increase, is Spain as safe a destination for elderly retirees as it was in the past? Now that the tourism high season is in full swing, reports of expats and visitors being targeting by violent attacks are on the increase. Benidorm is in the news again due to an attack by a gang of Romanian prostitutes on a disabled expat who’d only just arrived in the resort with his wife. Ally Ray, a 55-year old multiple sclerosis sufferer, was robbed of £700 by two hookers who assaulted...