Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

23 May at 6 PM 2019

Specialist beers and wines are favourites for expats in Asia

Whether it’s fish ‘n chips, Weetabix, Marmite or Guinness, British expats as well as their international compatriots crave a taste of home, especially if it’s almost unavailable. Home country foods and beverages are an occasional must have for expats all over the world, especially if they’re a taste of childhood in a far simpler universe than the present version. This incontrovertible fact of expat life has prompted expat entrepreneurs to start businesses bringing in all-time favourites to hordes of waiting expatriates in...
21 May at 6 PM 2019

UK expat retirees hit hard by sterling volatility

British expat retirees in Europe have lost 14 per cent of their pensions’ purchasing power since the Brexit referendum. A report from a technology service handling more than 6,000 regular monthly payments to UK pensioners living in EU member states has revealed British expat retirees’ costs of living have risen by 14 per cent due to currency volatility. In comparison, the rate of inflation in the UK over the same time period is seven per cent. In addition to sterling’s Brexit-induced instability, the USA’s trade war with China...
20 May at 6 PM 2019

US Embassy advises expats to spend every last cent on health insurance

The US Embassy has issued a warning to its expats in Thailand urging them to get adequate private health insurance. Embassies in general seem to only address the problems their expat citizens face until issues have been done to death in local media and online by disgruntled citizens with genuine grievances. This latest intervention may well win the 2019 ‘too little, too late and uninformed’ prize as, for starters, it was the US diplomatic machine which suddenly refused to guarantee its expats’ monthly incomes as required by Thai...
16 May at 6 PM 2019

Saudi Green Card attracts expat compliments and criticism

Whilst Saudi Arabia’s launch of the Green Card-style visa is being welcomed, expats’ questions need answers. The new Privileged Iqama residency scheme, now colloquially known as the Green Card, has been welcomed by the majority of expats as it allows permanent residency, property ownership and investment opportunities. A number of expats believe the new visa will prove a major attraction for the brightest and best, but others see flaws in its design. For example, one young software technician believes qualifiying candidates should...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

Famed Buddhist scholar turned politician gives talk to expats’ club in Thailand

Members of the popular Pattaya resort’s Expat Club were treated to a fascinating talk on Thailand’s political and cultural history as well as the country’s possible future. Presented by Mano Laohavanich MD PhD, the speaker at last Sunday’s Expats’ Club meeting, the talk centred on the country’s political history from 1238 a.d. to the present day, including the recent election. He also offered his personal insight into the country’s direction in the future, touching on its effect on tourism, expat life and the Thai people...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

What do UK expats from Yorkshire miss the most?

Depending on their original location in the UK, British expats miss certain home comforts more than most other nationalities seem to. The lure of living overseas in a permanently hot climate is strong for many Brits who’re simply fed up with rain, extended cold winters and parliamentary chaos. Waking up every morning for the rest of their lives to sunshine, birdsong, a gently breeze and a view over the ocean can be had, but once the gloss of new arrival has melted away, missing certain home comforts can become problematic. In...
13 May at 6 PM 2019

Cambodian craft beers delight expats and tourists alike

Expats in Cambodia are now enjoying locally-brewed craft beers. Would-be expats who see Cambodia as a totally unfamiliar slice of Southeast Asia might be amazed to know its market for locally-produced craft beers is growing fast. The craving for alternatives to the easily obtained local beers has produced an entirely new market for the real thing, carefully created by enthusiasts and now becoming the latest and hopefully long-lasting fad. Tourists as well as an increasing community of Western expats first created the demand for...
9 May at 6 PM 2019

Oz is all-time favourite for high net worth expats

Australia is migrating millionaires’ number one destination. If there was ever any doubt that the past several years saw more people deserting their countries of birth than ever before, the latest figures on millionaire migration prove it’s all about the money, one way or the other. High net worth individuals can go where they please, as can the top talents in tech and other 21st century sectors, with destination cities all resembling each other in the race to attract mega-wealthy incomers. Over the past year, 12,000 or so...
2 May at 6 PM 2019

UK expats in Costa del Sol urged to audition for British TV show

Brit expats on the Costa del Sol are needed for the new Bargain Loving Brits series. Theatrically-inclined Brits living and loving their lives in Spain’s Costa del Sol are being urged to audition for Channel Five’s upcoming Bargain Loving Brits show, the fifth in the series. Auditions will be taking place during May, with the team hoping to hear from expats who’d love to get involved and who’ve interesting stories to tell. The casting process is now underway and it’s hoped this run of the popular TV show will feature new...
30 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Concern rises with demand as questions asked about the risks of second passports

As the expat world becomes more unstable, passports for sale are now a global business worth in excess of $2 billion. First punted as a way to purchase citizenship of a second country, the so-called expat investments soon acquired the nickname ‘Golden Visas’, as well as an as yet unproven reputation for being used as a money-laundering or tax avoidance scheme for the mega-rich. As more and more smaller, less prosperous countries realised the value to their economies of selling citizenship or simply visas and second passports, the...