Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

22 May at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in France losing chance to vote again

Expats living in France are afraid their EU election postal votes won’t be counted. Due to the political instability all too common nowadays, interest in the EU MEP election amongst expats living overseas has received a boost, but many now fear their postal votes won’t count. The problem seems to have been due to a bad choice of postal service by councils looking to save money on the UK Royal Mail’s costs. BBC coverage of the issue uncovered that voting papers were being sent by the Adare postal service to British expats in...
21 May at 6 PM 2019

Some Spanish towns and villages now have more Brits than locals

It has to be said that not all British expat retirees want the stress of learning Spanish and adjusting to a different culture. Expat retirement for many UK citizens isn’t about a totally new language and lifestyle, it’s simply about a better climate enjoyed amongst other like-minded Brits in a supportive community. As a result, a number of Spanish towns and villages have found themselves becoming Little Britain, a home from home for a sizeable number of expats. Whether or not more conventional expatriates agree with this stance...
21 May at 6 PM 2019

UK expat retirees hit hard by sterling volatility

British expat retirees in Europe have lost 14 per cent of their pensions’ purchasing power since the Brexit referendum. A report from a technology service handling more than 6,000 regular monthly payments to UK pensioners living in EU member states has revealed British expat retirees’ costs of living have risen by 14 per cent due to currency volatility. In comparison, the rate of inflation in the UK over the same time period is seven per cent. In addition to sterling’s Brexit-induced instability, the USA’s trade war with China...
20 May at 6 PM 2019

EU expats in UK fighting for Remain in EU polls

European citizens living and working in the UK as expats are fighting for an end to Brexit via voting in the upcoming EU elections. Several European expats are standing for election as European Union MEPs in order to fight against Brexit. One such candidate is a French legal advisor living in Wilmslow and working in London. Once the immediate threat of a no-deal Brexit had receded, Sophie Larroque and several of her British friends founded the UK EU Party, even although none of them had any experience in politics. Once they’d raised...
20 May at 6 PM 2019

US Embassy advises expats to spend every last cent on health insurance

The US Embassy has issued a warning to its expats in Thailand urging them to get adequate private health insurance. Embassies in general seem to only address the problems their expat citizens face until issues have been done to death in local media and online by disgruntled citizens with genuine grievances. This latest intervention may well win the 2019 ‘too little, too late and uninformed’ prize as, for starters, it was the US diplomatic machine which suddenly refused to guarantee its expats’ monthly incomes as required by Thai...
17 May at 6 PM 2019

China bans marriage licenses for expat lovebirds

If you and the love of your life are expats living and working in China, don’t even think of getting married in your new home! For reasons as yet unclear, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs has now posted a new rule stating marriage licenses will no longer be available for foreign couples wanting to tie the knot. The closest thing to a wedding in the Chinese/Western style is still available in Hong Kong, which offers marriage licenses to lovebirds of any nationality. However, if you’ve formed a circle of friends in China and...
17 May at 6 PM 2019

Brit fish and chips take on a new flavour in Belgium

Belgium has fallen in love with Britons’ favourite culinary delight. In the list of what British expats miss the most, fish ‘n chips comes in the top ten for some and as number one for many more, no matter where they’re living and working. Once sold wrapped in newspaper and often presented with a hefty helping of mushy peas, fish ‘n chips is now being upgraded to a culinary experience, especially in Belgium, a land already famous for its chips even although they’re usually served with mayonnaise! Known in the UK as a...
16 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Vietnam hit out at begpackers

Angry expats in Vietnam and across Southeast Asia are calling for action against the begpacking trend. The subject of begpackers is one which brings genuine expats across Southeast Asia together in anger, as it’s considered morally wrong that Western travellers should expect locals to pay for what seem to be no more than sightseeing trips taking in popular expat destinations. Asian cultures in general have a tradition of giving to those in need, but the sight of Westerners taking advantage of local generosity is offending...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

Reasons why VPNs are must-haves for expats

One important aspect of becoming an expat is to ensure your online security is in place. Moving overseas can be a chore, as there are so many aspects to consider in order to live a stress-free life in the new country of residence. Ensuring online security is often not considered an immediate priority but, for homesick new arrivals, a break in your service for whatever reason can prevent contact with friends and family back home. Logging on unprotected can also result in viruses, the hacking of bank details and passwords or...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

Scandal of NHS charges for British expat pensioners living overseas

British expats living across the world can be confused as to their entitlement to free NHS healthcare should they need to return to the UK. For British citizens who’ve decided to retire overseas after paying social security dues all their working lives, the use of the UK’s free NHS healthcare whilst living in another country as an expat has been controversial for some years. Up until recently, the law stating the NHS is a residence-based service was mostly ignored, especially for UK expats who’d returned to the UK specifically...