Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

19 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Alicante-based UK expats attend consulate’s Brexit advisory meetup

Last week’s advisory meetup by the British consulate in Alicante saw some 350 British expatriates arriving at the Playa Flamenca town hall for updates on Brexit’s effect on their lives. The meeting, entitled Living in Spain and Brexit, was one in a series of events organised by the British consulate with the aim of keeping British expats in Spain informed about the current state of negotiations. In addition to British Consul Sarah-Jane Morris, neighbourhood support groups, charities and various experts were on hand to answer...
19 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Life gets tougher for expatriate professionals in Dubai

The recent and continuing expatriate exodus is hitting Dubai where it hurts – in the pocket. Once top of the expat wish list for huge tax-free salaries, a glittering lifestyle and every possible amenity, Dubai isn’t what it used to be. The famed city in the desert is fading fast as the expatriate exodus expands, although its massive retail and commercial construction projects continue apace. No-one in charge is asking who’s going to buy the executive mansions or lease the acres of retail and office spaces as expats and their...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Saudi businesses suffering due to expat exodus

A dearth of expats is leaving Saudi businesses counting the cost Even although the vast majority of expat workers who’re suffering from Saudi Arabia’s new labour market reform are from the lower and middle-income groups, key private sectors such as housing, transport, education, recreation and retail are feeling increasingly negative effects. Expat citizens of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Philippines are the hardest hit by Saudization , with many sending their families back to their home countries in an exodus...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Is Thailand still a bargain basement retirement destination?

For several decades, Thailand has been touted as an affordable, enjoyable retirement destination, but how much has the country changed over the past few years? For retirees from Europe, the USA, the UK and Australia, Thailand has long been a favourite for its low cost of living, natural beauty, warm climate and friendly locals, but recent polls are suggesting it’s in decline as regards these essentials. Admittedly, the beaches are no longer as pristine as before due to overuse and lack of care, the famous street-side cuisine is...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats can’t live without baked beans and Shreddies

British expats in Australia still pine for a taste of the home country. In spite of the Australian love of barbecued meat and other such delicacies, homesick Brits living in Oz are still sending off for all-time British culinary favourites such as cheese and onion crisps and Bisto gravy. Figures released by online grocery British Corner Shop show a long list of regularly-ordered goodies expats simply can’t live without. It seems preferences depend on which country expats choose as their home from home, with Britons in the USA...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2018

World’s most unfriendly nations for expats

One important aspect when choosing an expat destination is undoubtedly the friendliness of the local people. Leaving friends and family in the home country and settling in an unfamiliar country with a confusing culture isn’t easy, and relies to some extent on the friendliness of new neighbours and work colleagues. Sadly, not all expat destinations offer friendship along with a new career and a generous salary, leaving gregarious expats and their spouses wondering whether they made the wrong choice. The latest Expat Insider...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Recruitment firm offers free flights back home to Irish expats in Oz

In an attempt to persuade Irish expats living and working in Australia to return home, FRS Recruitment is offering free flights for those filling job vacancies. The company is putting on roadshows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne between November 8 and 13, offering practical advice as well as logistics and job details including salaries. Job sectors in focus will include IT, healthcare, finance, construction, and pharmaceuticals, all of which are suffering from skills shortages causing difficulty in filling open positions with...
2 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Gender pay gap leaves female expats short of retirement cash

Women planning for an expat retirement need to pay more attention to saving rather than spending. It’s a sad fact that, on average, women’s retirement savings are far less than the amounts squirreled away by men looking towards a comfortable life either in the home country or as an expat retiree overseas. Basically, the pension pot amassed by the average woman by the age of 65 totals around £35,800, whilst that of her male counterpart is at least five times larger. Taking into account the fact that women live far longer than...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expats arrested in Saudi for celebrating Halloween

Saudi intelligence officers have arrested 17 expats celebrating Halloween at a party in Riyadh. The 17 Filipino women were arrested last Friday after neighbours complained about the noise coming from a Halloween celebration in a Riyadh compound, but it’s not clear what charges will be brought against the accused. One clue might well be the Saudi law which prohibits single men and women for mingling in a public place. According to a report by the BBC, the Philippine Ambassador in Riyadh said the organisers of the Halloween event have...
30 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Is the Rock still at risk from Brexit?

Is the Gibraltar dilemma really sorted? Most expat residents on Gibraltar and the Spanish workers who travel across the border daily may be feeling more secure since the news broke about a Brexit deal, but are they celebrating too soon? It’s good that the move is in the positive direction, thus easing fears of a Spanish takeover, but the Rock is a still a small piece of the complicated jigsaw of the Brexit negotiations. The entire two years of talks have been conducted on the basis of ‘nothing is agreed until everything is...