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Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

2 Jul at 6 PM 2020

ulf States worst hit by pandemic as expat professionals leave

Out of all world economies affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the Gulf States are considered to be the worst hit. Due to the region’s reliance on oil prices, the Gulf States are seeing a free fall in their economies as well as an unprecedented expat exodus. According to the International Monetary Fund’s bleak predictions, the six Arab states of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain are expected to lose 7;6 per cent of their revenue, in both the non-oil and oil sectors. Of course, the major impact on the...
25 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Stranded expat professionals disallowed return to Saudi Arabia

Yet another group of stranded expats is outside its country of residence with no obvious way in. Expats living and working in Saudi Arabia who were outside the country when the pandemic struck are now trapped and unable to return until further notice is given by the authority. According to the Directorate of Saudi Passports, the earliest date for the return of such expats is after the pandemic has been declared as ended. The authority will then officially announce permission to return. This way of dealing with expatriates whose...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2020

UAE now banking on air bridges to stimulate its economy

The United Arab Emirates is now planning to establish air bridges between the emirates and a number of European countries. With more than one eye on tourism as well as business travellers, the UAE is now in the planning stages for air bridges linking its airports with their counterparts in Europe. Should negotiations go well, both residents and expats should be able to travel without the fear of two-week quarantine periods. Australia and New Zealand were the first two countries which saw the value of this arrangement, and Cyprus is...
17 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Where to now for expats forced to leave Saudi?

Is Saudi Arabia finished as a favourite destination for expatriate workers? Those who predicted expat life as it’s known and loved would be snuffed out by the pandemic were ridiculed at first, but developments over the past several months have proved the doom-sayers may well be right. International media outlets are now reporting a massive exodus of both skilled and unskilled workers from countries formerly regarded as stable both politically and economically. Even the oil-rich Gulf States are losing talent at an unprecedented rate,...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Lawsuit against FPI IOM and Quilter set to expose illegal IFA techniques

The multi-million pound lawsuit against Isle of Man insurers Friends Provident and Quilter International may open up a huge can of worms involving illegally working, unqualified IFAs across most major world expat destinations. The scam which is now unravelling in the world’s financial media is linked to the crash of Australian property investment LMIM and its spectacular failure during which thousands of expats lost their entire life savings. For some time before the crash, online financial experts in Asia were warning the so-called...
2 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Spain getting unclear messages from Saturday’s protests

Right wing protests breaking out against the Spanish government’s handling of the pandemic are worrying expat residents. Last Saturday, Madrid, Sevilla, Malaga, Valencia and Palma were all hit by between tens of thousands and hundreds of protestors driving vehicles and flying Spanish flags in protest against the government and its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. All were calling for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s resignation and the installation of a ‘government of national unity’. Crucially, the pandemic and the...
27 May at 6 PM 2020

Survey shows most expat Brits don’t ever want to return

Results of a recent survey have revealed just under two thirds of expat Britons have no intention of ever returning to the home country. Some six out of every ten respondents to the survey said they’d never repatriate to the UK, with another eleven per cent saying they’d at least consider doing so. Only 27 per cent said they’d maybe come back as some time in the future. It seems that, in spite of the global coronavirus pandemic as well as the increasing worldwide social, political and economic tensions, living overseas is the...
22 May at 6 PM 2020

New Saudi ruling threatens expat deportation and lifetime bans

Saudi Arabia is now threatening deportation for expats disobeying coronavirus lockdown rules. Expats living and working in Saudi Arabia are now under threat of deportation and a permanent bar on re-entry for any foreigner who flouts the Kingdom’s strict shop-related lockdown laws. In addition, strict guidelines as regards social distancing and including banned gatherings outside large stores and malls have also been announced. For shops and other commercial establishments, numbers of permitted shoppers must be monitored, with...
5 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats eager to see work on Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia restart

For British expats in Spain fascinated with the history of the as yet unfinished La Sagrada Familia, it’s bad news. Still under construction since the late 19th century, the famous cathedral was designed by Spain’s master architect Antoni Gaudi, whose stunningly innovative buildings in the city are, along with the as yet unfinished cathedral, some of Barcelona’s strongest tourism and expat magnets. The magnificent concept isn’t expected to be completed until 2026 and, even now, is the most-visited tourist attraction in the...
1 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Gulf States scared over virus and job losses

Expats living and working in the Gulf States are increasingly fearful of the coronavirus effect on their jobs. Lockdowns are now the obvious way to lessen or even prevent the spread of the deadly infection, but the unintended result also means many expat workers in the region are stuck in a virus limbo, unable to leave and unwilling to stay. As host countries continue their lockdowns, some Gulf-based employers are withholding salary payments and considering redundancies due to the anticipated effect of the pandemic on their...