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20 Sep at 6 PM

Shopaholic expats have a great choice in Singapore

For expat professionals to whom shopping till they drop is one of life’s essential pleasures, a reassignment or even a short visit to Singapore is a dream come true. The amazing city-state is a shopaholic’s dream destination, with everything from trendy bargains to upscale haute couture on offer for those earning enough to support...
20 Sep at 6 PM

How will the 2020 Dutch budget affect the expat community?

In these troubled times, the word ‘budget’ can send expats’ hearts sinking, in case their purchasing power is limited by increased costs or even swingeing taxation! As every expat is - or at least should be – aware, the economic state of a country can have a direct influence on salaries, especially if they’re paid in the home...
20 Sep at 6 PM

Costa Blanca flood victims to receive emergency grants and aid from local government

In the aftermath of the catastrophic Costa Blanca floods, the Valencian government is preparing to grant financial aid to victims who’ve lost everything. The freak storms, now considered the worst in living memory, flooded a huge swathe of the Vega Baja from Los Alcazares to Orihuela, devastating 300,000 acres of farmland, destroying...
19 Sep at 6 PM

Brit pensioners in EU don’t trust government’s three year uprate guarantee

In spite of the UK government's promise, British expats in Europe are still fearful over their state pension uprates. It seems the recent announcement by the then UK Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd that UK state pension uprates would continue to be paid to British retirees in Europe for three years isn’t being regarded by those...
19 Sep at 6 PM

Is renouncing US citizenship the only way expats can fight FATCA?

It’s official – more than 20 per cent of American expats are planning on giving up their US citizenship and quoting FATCA as the reason. The disclosure came as a result of an expat survey by a major USA tax consultancy firm and reaffirms what every American expat believes – double taxation is a burden which needs to be cancelled...
19 Sep at 6 PM

Expat Brits on Cyprus now have another year to apply for residency

Should a no-deal Brexit be the end result, British expats in Cyprus now have until December 31, 2020 to register for legal status. Wednesday’s announcement of an extra 14 months’ deadline for legal status applications was made on the island’s Migration Department website and will help to calm British expats’ fears as a no-deal...
18 Sep at 6 PM

Al Hashem gets death threat after another attack on expats in Kuwait

Al Hashem has received a death threat after her latest anti-expatriate rant in Kuwaiti parliament. What goes round most certainly came round for Kuwaiti MP Safa al Hashem after her aggressive anti-expat rant in the emirate’s parliament earlier this week. Several local news articles reported the female MP had received a death threat as a...
18 Sep at 6 PM

Johnson slammed by international company CEO for gambling with expat lives

Following on the Luxembourg PM’s tell-it-like-it-is moment, a multinational finance company’s CEO has accused Johnson of being a high-stakes, misguided gambler. Founder of the well-known deVere Group Nigel Green slammed Johnson for risking the futures of several million Britons and their families living in Europe as well as the...
18 Sep at 6 PM

British expat couple in Spain lose literally everything due to devastating floods

In an update on last week’s devastating storms and floods in Spain, one heartbroken expat couple film the bare earth where their home once stood. British expat couple Richard and Liesl Cavender had chosen a plot close by the Segura River and near Orihuela city for their new home after leaving the UK to start a new life. Until the...
18 Sep at 9 AM

Worst storms in living memory hit expats and Spanish nationals alike

Expats in Spain are starting the big cleanup after the biblical storms.. Last week’s terrifying storms and torrential rains hit all of Spain’s south-eastern region including popular expat and tourism destinations, with the death toll now standing at five. According to long-term residents, the annual weather phenomenon was the worst in...
17 Sep at 6 PM

Brit expats in Luxembourg protest Johnson visit

Luxembourg-based British expat protestors gave Boris Johnson a hard time as he left after his lunch meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker to attend a meeting with the Luxembourg PM. The scene outside the meeting quickly turned to chaos as the assembled expatriate protestors booed the PM and shouted Brexit chants as he was driven away for his...
17 Sep at 6 PM

Al Hashem hits out again at Kuwait’s expat community

Yet again, expats living and working in Kuwait are being targeted by politicians. Just a few weeks after a major annual survey ranked Kuwait as the worst world destination for expatriate professionals, yet another rant in the emirate’s parliament referred to expat recruitment as an ‘unnatural invasion’. It comes as no surprise that...
16 Sep at 6 PM

Expats in Bahrain urged to avoid heart attacks

Due to an increase in the numbers of foreigners in the emirate dying from heart attacks, Bahraini medical professionals are urging expats to adopt a healthy lifestyle. According to healthcare professionals and social workers, some 50 expats passed away due to heart attacks during the past few months, five of whom died this month. Seven...
16 Sep at 6 PM

HRMC QROPS tax windfall transfer charge flops

The British taxman’s cunning scheme to grab millions of pounds from British retirees transferring their pensions to an overseas QROPS is now officially an almost complete failure. When the tax-grabbing scheme was first announced, HMRC gave an estimated windfall figure of around £125 million, raised from estimates of transfers in the...
16 Sep at 6 PM

Expats in French village terrified over no deal Brexit

Expats in a charming French village are living in fear of a no deal Brexit. British expats make up a quarter of the population of the quaint French village of Gouarec, and are becoming more and more anxious about their futures as the clock winds down to October 31. Their fears are focused on access to French healthcare and their pension...
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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
  • "The article is quite clear and as usual in this country ( spain) because I live in a remote area I only find things out accidently or by being surprised and fined. I don't understand how the European parliament does not act against this type of 'robo'. It is so frustrating to see a corrupt and authoritarian Spanish government get away with..." left by john porro on Spain to apply stealth tax to residents with solar power
  • "Absolutely right - already we have been receiving requests from cliets based in Italy to look at how they can 'avoid' the new regime. The Italian government is shooting itself in the foot on this one - people will relocate!" left by TaxTeddy on Changes to Italian tax regime to hit hard on expats
  • "Although there are a large number of British curriculum school in Dubai it's not easy to get into one. The waiting lists are long to start with, sometimes artificially long. People move away and don't remove their name from lists, and fearing the long lists parents put their children's names down on several lists. It's also an expensive..." left by Expat Explorers on British curriculum international schools popular in UAE and Asia