Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

30 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expat investor fraud is the new financial threat for Brits overseas

Both at home and overseas, British investors are still falling foul of financial scammers. Although the risk of so-called ‘pension liberation’ scams is now receding as government interventions kick in, the number of scams based on the value of investments is about to hit an all-time high. It seems government action as regards pension-linked fraud, including the cold-calling ban made law on January 9 plus a massive public awareness campaign, has finally taken effect. However and as always, fraudsters are one step ahead of...
27 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait hits out at expat numbers again

Kuwait curbs on expatriate numbers are set to continue. In yet another attempt to curb the numbers of expat arrivals in Kuwait, official sources have announced an increase in salary requirements to Kd 500 for those requesting family visas. Also part of the announcement was the threat that the increase isn’t the emirate’s final attempt to control the numbers of expat workers within its borders. Further decisions related to the increase of transaction fees are to follow, as the charges at present are amongst the lowest in the entire...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Is Brexit causing prejudice against Irish expats in the UK?

UK expats are being warned over a Brexit-linked increase in anti-British sentiment in Ireland. In the 20 years following the Good Friday agreement, anti-British feelings in the Republic of Ireland waned to an almost negligible amount, but the 2016 referendum seems to have ignited a new wave of resentment against the UK and its citizens. At the same time, anti-Irish sentiment in the UK is on the increase. The British government and the British people are now being seen as audacious for even attempting to destabilise the precious peace...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Spain still tops for British expat retirees hoping to escape Brexit Britain

In spite of Brexit fears, Spain is still the all-time favourite retirement destination for Britons. Yet another recent survey sees Spain topping the list of retirement favourites for Britons looking to escape the potential meltdown following a no-deal Brexit. France and Portugal were the runners up, with Turkey now in the top ten, but the USA feel to ninth place. New Zealand and Australia are still in the top ten, even although UK expats choosing either will have their British state pensions frozen on arrival. Given that the...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2019

British expat scammed out of life savings by fake Benidorm bar owner

Expat would-be entrepreneurs in Benidorm are being warned over property scams. After a British expat lost her life savings to a fraudster, expats interested in buying a bar or restaurant are being warned to be on their guard. British expat Karen Wadrop came to Benidorm in order to make her dream of owning a bar in the popular Spanish beachside resort come true. In June this year, she was approached by a man who introduced himself as Ali and said he was looking to rent out his pub in the Rincon de Loix district. She agreed to take over...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Volunteer programme to befriend elderly expats in Abu Dhabi

The results of a Better Life Index study by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Community Development have revealed a high proportion of elderly residents are depressed and lonely as well as suffering from heart disease, diabetes and other age-related disorders. It’s not just local people who’re affected, as there are now some 30,000 expats aged over 60 years living in the emirate. In order to improve their lives, a volunteer initiative is being put in place in an attempt to build a bridge between the generations. The pilot programme, to...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait lawmaker hits out at overlarge expatriate communities

Expatriates in Kuwait are in the firing line again as MP hits out at the size of expat communities. This week it was Kuwati lawmaker Ahmad al-Fadhi’s turn to slam the emirate’s expat community, claiming it was far too large and therefore poses a security threat to the country. As a sideline, he also mentioned the vast majority had either no or very low qualifications. Indians, Syrians, Bangladeshis and Egyptians, he said, now make up over half of the emirate’s 3.4 million expat residents. Quoting what he described as the...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

IRS gets tough with US expats over unpaid tax by threatening passport revocation

Defaulting US expat taxpayers are at risk of having their passports cancelled. Expat American citizens who’ve fallen behind on their taxes have been aware for a while of the risk of having their passports revoked, but many have adopted the head-in-the-sand defence of not believing the threat would ever become reality. Unfortunately, according to the IRS, it’s about to be fully enforced. The USA’s State department along with the IRS are now escalating the enforcement of what’s known as the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface...
12 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expats warned about accruing debt in the UAE

In the home country, consumers who run up arrears in credit card or loan repayments don’t face jail or huge fines, although they may face bankruptcy. For expats and residents in the UAE, the laws are very different, as consumer protection laws don’t apply to those who’re less than careful with their finances. Banks are able and willing to apply to the local court to imprison a debtor until the amount owing has been paid. For locals owing unpaid debts, their relatives are expected to get the amount together and clear the debt,...
12 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expat lovers of craft beers now have a worldwide choice

Would-be expats who love their home country’s craft beers are likely to be worried about finding alternatives in their relocation destination. Craft beers are the favourite bevies for a massive number of followers, but they may not be aware the obsession is now a world-wide phenomenon. All over the planet from Australia to Europe and even the USA, experimental craft breweries are offering new takes on traditional recipes and specialised bars and pubs are opening in the most unlikely places as well as craft beer hubs such as Germany...