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26 Mar at 6 PM

Is Brexit chaos breeding expat mental health issues?

Leading psychotherapists are concerned the constant confusion over Brexit may impact vulnerable UK expats’ mental health. British expats who took advantage of the EU’s freedom of movement directive to live, work or retire in their preferred European country are first in line for mental health problems, according to several experts in...
26 Mar at 6 PM

Expats lose Dh millions in UAE timeshare scam

Many hundreds of expats living and working in the UAE have lost millions of dirhams in total to a cleverly-worded timeshare scam. Expatriates both in Dubai and across the UAE are believed to have been tricked into the scam by a Dubai- based company calling itself Arabian Times Travel and Tourism. It’s believed around Dh4 million is...
26 Mar at 6 PM

Financial giants blame dodgy IFAs for expat pension scams

A probe into expat investment scams launched by pension product providers puts the blame firmly on fraudulent IFAs. Over the past decade or so, the expatriate financial world has been rocked by scandal after scandal, with devastating results for expat investors and those transferring their pensions overseas. The investigation, initiated...
26 Mar at 6 PM

Bahrain shutting out expats whilst Dubai hangs out the welcome banner

Bahrain lawmakers are planning to restrict expat public sector contracts to a two-year maximum. The bad news from Bahrain seems to deliberately contradict a statement by Dubai officials that close on 700,000 expat resident entry permits were granted to GCC nationals over the past two years. Previously, the Bahraini government had already...
26 Mar at 6 PM

Cyprus extends time for British expat residency applications

Recently-arrived British expats on Cyprus appreciate extra time for arranging residency. Cyprus is now joining with a good number of other EU member states in giving British expats more time to arrange their residency status in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Both new arrivals and established Britons will now have at least a year to get...
26 Mar at 6 PM

Why are expats in the UAE reluctant to save for retirement?

The majority of expat professionals living and working in the UAE are planning to retire at around the age of 55, but few are saving enough to ensure a comfortable future. A new survey on behalf of a well-known offshore insurance company suggests less than half of expats in the UAE are saving enough to finance a long retirement either...
22 Mar at 6 PM

Expats in HCM City support Vietnamese students’ bike-sharing project

Vietnam is now becoming popular with the international expatriate diaspora as well as tourists, but increasing numbers of arrivals are putting a strain on Ho Chi Minh City’s public transport system. Ho Chi Minh City is now a popular tourist destination as well as a hub for expats working in various sectors including education and IT. As...
22 Mar at 6 PM

Indian budget airline desperate to hire experienced expat pilots

An Indian budget carrier is now recruiting expat pilots as well as Indian pilots about to lose their jobs with financially troubled Jet Airways. India’s budget airline IndiGo is taking advantage of its rival’s financial difficulties by offering jobs to pilots about to lose their jobs as well as to expatriate flyers looking to live and...
22 Mar at 6 PM

Brit expat left powerless due to next door cannabis plantation

An unfortunate British expat in the Spanish resort community of Finestrat just outside Benidorm has no power as local workers confused his meter with the one supplying the next-door marijuana plantation. Workers from Spain’s electricity provider Iberdrola arrived at the home of British expat Steve Knight, armed with an order to cut off...
21 Mar at 6 PM

Costa del Sol police net expat drug smuggling gang

A gang of 10 French drug smugglers met their match in Mijas when a combined Spanish/French police raid ended their operations. The latest win in the war against drug smugglers in Spain has resulted in the major bust of a French gang transporting cocaine and marijuana between Algeria, Morocco and Malaga. Once on Spanish soil, the drugs...
21 Mar at 6 PM

Beijing runners club helps new expat arrivals learn Chinese

For newly arrived expats, keeping fit may not be the priority, but one Beijing social running club is great for practicing the local language. Learning to speak Mandarin Chinese is probably the most challenging aspect of a move to China, not only because it’s one of the world’s most difficult languages to master but because of its...
21 Mar at 6 PM

Rental market in Oman crushed by expat exodus

A noticeably steady decline in the numbers of expat professionals living and working in the emirate has seen rental prices over the past year fall by between 10 and 15 per cent. Oman’s rental market has traditionally relied on expat professionals arriving to work in the emirate, but Omanization policies have seen increasing numbers of...
20 Mar at 6 PM

Survey praises Spain as best world country for expat longevity

A major world health survey has revealed Spain as the planet’s most healthy country. Last year, the Health Metrics Institute at the University of Washington revealed Spain as the second most healthy world country, with a further 2019 survey elevating it to number one for longevity and overall health. This year’s result, tabled by the...
20 Mar at 6 PM

British government to pay one year’s expat health costs

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the British government has agreed to pay certain health costs for retired expatriates for a one-year period. The healthcare costs for 180,000 British expat pensioners retiring in EU member states are to be paid by the UK government. Healthcare provision for conditions which began prior to exit day for up...
20 Mar at 6 PM

Expats and locals in Sihanoukville suffering from Chinese invasion

Expats in Sihanoukville welcome Cambodian investigation into Chinese invasion. Expats still living in Sihanoukville are supporting the Cambodian government’s investigation into the statuses of the high number of Chinese nationals now taking over the city. When the influx of Chinese workers and investors began, local people were happy to...
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  • "The law has been passed this week and Spain offers arguably the most attractive "Golden Visa" option in Europe. We should not expect this to move the market in Spain. We are talking about investment over €500,000, the luxury end. And nationwide we would expect no more than a few hundred transactions in the first year. But it is a positive..." left by La Vida Spain on New Spanish property investment visa draws Chinese and Russians
  • "After reading about the expats survey in our local freebie paper and deciding to take part, logging on to this left me quite bamboozled as to where the survey is, there seems to be no sign of it. I suggest if a survey is being conducted under whatever guise a list of questions be published for expats to answer. Otherwise this survey is..." left by Brian Milnes on Massive new independent expat survey now live online
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