Expat Canada News

Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

18 Mar at 6 PM 2019

UK expats in Cyprus still in limbo over Brexit

In spite of Cyprus government reassurances, British expats are still living in limbo. Some 70,000 Britons call Cyprus their home, with the vast majority still angry at how easily their carefully-planned lives can be destroyed by thinly-disguised political manipulation in their country of origin. Even although the Cypriot government has allowed expat residents a year to get their papers in order, they’re fully aware the entire mess could fall apart at any moment, leaving them with shattered dreams and broken lives. One 51-year...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Brit expatriates still fearful no-deal will prevent access to funds

As Britain’s parliament continues to demonstrate its appalling inefficiency amidst total chaos, fear and uncertainty still stalks British expat investors in Europe. Although the risk of a no-deal Brexit now seems to be up to European lawmakers, its impact on both British expats overseas and UK citizens in general is still a cause for extreme concern if not out-and-out panic, especially where financial matters are concerned. In spite of yesterday’s vote to reject no-deal, it’s still the default option if May’s despised...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expat kids in Prague love School in Nature tradition

The annual School in Nature tradition originated in Germany with the wish to give children living in the cities a chance to enjoy the clean air and natural greenery of the countryside. The first such expedition took place in 1904 at the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, and soon spread to France and Denmark. Over the years it became a popular predecessor of the present day ‘forest school’ where pupils spend the entire day outside, swapping blackboards and desks for blue skies and green meadows. The idea was taken up in the Czech...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Canada join fight against frozen pensions

Over half a million British state pensioners live overseas in countries where their pensions are frozen. Retired Britons living in Australia, Canada and New Zealand make up a considerable number of the half -million UK expats existing on frozen state pensions in spite of the fact they’d paid National Insurance contributions for all their working lives. Oddly enough, those living in the USA have annual upgrades, as do those living in EU member states – at least until the UK’s 29th March deadline for leaving the EU. Chair of...
26 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Are US expats contributing to inequality in Latin America?

For decades, Latin America has been the favoured destination for millions of Americans looking for an enjoyable, inexpensive retirement or a hassle-free chance to start again. Encouraged by online lifestyle marketers such as International Living working hand in hand with real estate developers and investors, US citizens are looking for a ready-made expat community closed off to the realities of the country in which it’s situated. Usually, the main spur for emigration is the cost of living, with American expats able to live...
25 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Hanoi look to welcome Trump and Kim in hope for world peace

Expats in Hanoi as well as tourists are in agreement that the Vietnamese capital is exactly the right place for high-level discussions aimed at world peace. As the second Trump/Kim, summit gets under way, North Korean and USA flags are flying around the city’s Hoan Kiem Lake and in its streets, and the fast-developing Southeast Asian nation is waiting with bated breath for a positive result. The summit is dominating the news, and schoolchildren are being encouraged to talk about the meeting in class. Many Vietnamese are wearing...
22 Feb at 6 PM 2019

HMRC chasing expats for back taxes due on disguised remuneration loans

The British taxman is now chasing expats for back taxes due because of a rule change on disguised remuneration loans. Almost 2,000 unhappy expats have now received income tax demands related to disguised remuneration loans taken out almost 20 years ago. Some 50,000 active cases are now being investigated, with expats being sent awareness letters by HMRC in an attempt to recover around £3.2 billion in unpaid taxes. The regulator has already agreed payments totalling £1 billion in unpaid income tax and national insurance contributions...
20 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Shameful British government treatment of UK expats

Is the UK government punishing British expats for the decision to leave their country of birth? It seems the Brexit issue has opened a huge can of worms as regards the UK government’s stance towards its citizens who’ve chosen to live overseas. It’s not just about the thorny issue of post-Brexit healthcare, it’s also about the fact that, however much they paid into the country during their residency, the little they continued to receive has been and is being eroded beyond belief. Starting with frozen pensions, which are likely...
15 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Expats fuelling population growth in New Zealand

New Zealand’s population is set to hit five million by 2020, and it’s mostly down to increasing numbers of expat arrivals. The total population of New Zealand reached 4.9 million by the end of September 2018, with the upswing continuing at the rate of one person every five minutes! According to data released by Statistics New Zealand, in the year from September 2017 to September 2018, 66 per cent of the 90,000 population increase was via migration to the country. Over the past five years, the dominant driver of population growth...
15 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Expats in UAE queuing up for second passports and permanent residency visas

As expatriate professionals’ stability and security in the Arab States become more fragile, those with spare funds are rushing to get second passports. A major reason for choosing one expat relocation destination over others is the stability of the country and the security of the job itself as well as the required work visa. Even the most optimistic foreign workers in the UAE would now have to admit the current concentration on dramatically reducing the numbers of expats employed doesn’t represent security and stability. As a...