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10 Dec at 6 PM

Expats in Beijing fearing pneumonic plague outbreak

For ambitious expat techies, the past few years have resulted in sizeable communities being established in all China’s major cities, with Beijing the most popular. China’s image over the past decade has changed from that of a Communist threat to the rest of the world to a safe, welcoming haven for expat professionals in many fields....
10 Dec at 6 PM

British citizens in EU now demanding a UK Minister for Expats

British expats in Spain are now calling for a UK Minister for Expats. As a result of losing their voting rights after 15 years as expats, many Britons in Spain are calling for the cancellation of the hated 15 year disenfranchisement ruling. Just a small percentage of Britons who chose either to live their retirement years or start their...
10 Dec at 6 PM

Brit expats in Shanghai hold debate over election and Brexit

A debate held by a group of British expatriates living and working in Shanghai reinforced the strength of feeling held by UK citizens overseas. Brexit is still of critical importance to British expats in China, even although they’re many thousands of miles away from home. Last Sunday’s debate in Shanghai was dominated by this week’s...
9 Dec at 6 PM

Why VPNs are essential for expat digital nomads

For those who never leave their home country, using a VPN may not be a priority, but for expats it’s a necessity, no matter where they’re located. Nowadays, living and working overseas is a fairly straightforward procedure once the correct visa is obtained, but internet access can be less than straightforward, dependent on your...
9 Dec at 6 PM

What to avoid when heading for Thailand as an expat or visitor

If you’re a determined digital nomad planning on a stopover in Thailand or are visiting for the first time, there are a few things best avoided as part of staying safe. The so-called Land of Smiles has a lot to offer those wishing to stay for a relatively short visit whilst travelling and earning, but there are a number of activities...
9 Dec at 6 PM

Brit expats in Portugal at risk from deteriorating healthcare services

Expats in Portugal are worried about risks now evident in the country’s healthcare services. Crises, deaths and delays in private as well as public hospitals are being reported, not just in the Portuguese capital Faro but also in medical care centres across the country. The situation first came to light when the capital’s major public...
7 Dec at 6 PM

Expat parents overseas saving money on UK private education due to sterling fall

Whilst British expat retirees on state pensions are struggling to deal with the drop in purchasing power caused by the plunging pound, expat parents with generous salaries in dollars or yen can buy cut-price British private education. British private boarding schools are regarded as the world class gold standard for education, as are the...
7 Dec at 6 PM

Irish expats in Taipei admit to missing Irish weather

As Taipei is voted best expat city in the world, its Irish expats are missing their home country’s weather. For the second year running, the Taiwanese capital is now ranked as the world’s best expat professional destination. Expats in the large community feels safe and happy with their quality of life and are avid fans of the city’s...
7 Dec at 6 PM

UAE camel trek opens up vast deserts and Bedouin culture to expats

For a few lucky expats in the UAE, the journey of a lifetime is on right now. Deserts, the Bedouin heritage and camels are the hallmark of the Arab States’ long, fascinating history involving journeys across seemingly unending vistas of sand. Many of those who’ve read about the region’s earlier days can’t begin to imagine how the...
6 Dec at 6 PM

Brit expats fearing further sterling falls if election brings hung parliament

British expats living overseas could see yet another sterling crash if a hung parliament is the result of the upcoming general election. UK expats living on their state pensions in Europe and other favourite retirement destinations are having a tough time since the pound fell against a basket of other currencies including the Euro, the US...
6 Dec at 6 PM

Favourite expat retirement haven in Mexico now invaded by drug cartels

As British expats fearing the Brexit effect in Europe explore other world destinations, one favourite retirement haven is being invaded by drug cartels. Mexico has long been the choice of American retirees, with the charming town of San Miguel de Allende home to a large expatriate community. Recently, British expats in EU member states...
6 Dec at 6 PM

Global warming now threatening expat lives in Spain

Expats in Spain are now being warned severe weather events due to global warming will become the norm. Floods, severe droughts, heatwaves and mega-storms are set to become the norm in Spain due to the looming climate crisis. This decade is due to go down as the hottest on record, with Spain’s popular expats' and visitor regions hard hit...
6 Dec at 6 PM

Oz property prices bad news for incoming expat professionals

Would-be expats are in favour of both Melbourne and Sydney, but soaring house prices are causing financial issues. Now that just about anywhere on the planet can turn into a favourite expat destination almost overnight, would-be career boosters and upscale digital nomads are making their choices on the basis of property prices. Australian...
6 Dec at 6 PM

Expat SMEs in Hong Kong feeling the pinch as protests continue

As expats in Hong Kong brace themselves for the next protest, the authorities are pinning their hopes on throwing money at the issue. The past six months of increasingly violent protests as well as the Trump/China trade war have eaten into Hong Kong’s economy to the extent that many small and medium sector companies are facing a lack of...
6 Dec at 6 PM

Expat and local SMEs move to Kowloon as Hong Kong closes down

As bankers and top expat professionals sit it out in Hong Kong, expat and local SMEs are planning backup offices across the harbour in Kowloon. Small businesses located in hotspots where the protests have been most violent are now looking to relocate to cheaper, safer Kowloon premises. Landlords of cheaper offices across the water are the...
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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
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