Expat Canada News

Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

30 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait co-op pharmacies to close and expats forced to authenticate qualifications

Kuwait’s new pharmacies law hasn’t been well-received by the sector, with all co-op outlets now closed in protest. According to chair of Kuwait’s Union for Consumer Cooperative Societies Meshaal al Sayyar, all the union’s pharmacies have now closed down in protest against the effects on their businesses of the new legislation. The law, he said, is marginalising the important role played in the sector by the co-ops. The new law forbids expatriate–owned pharmacies from operating near co-op societies unless they are owned...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Hong Kong face losing strong ties to the city

Expats in Hong Kong are privileged immigrants, many of whom have put down extended roots just as they did in their home countries. Some have worked in the city for decades and others are relatively new arrivals, but all consider Hong Kong as their home in a way that’s different from expats in other unfamiliar lands. All have the choice to leave should the situation deteriorate further but, should this happen, they’ll all be forced to lose their strong ties to this unique destination. There’s no such thing as an ‘expat...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Gibraltar and nearby Spanish towns protest against Brexit

Last weekend’s massive anti-Brexit protest by several thousand members of Gibraltar’s expat community made their opinions about Johnson’s new deal as clear as day. Taking place in the border town of La Linea de la Conception and attended by the mayors of Los Barrios, La Linea and San Roque, the march saw over 2,000 anti-Brexit protestors voicing their fury over the potentially disastrous effect of a no-deal Brexit both on their lives and on the economies of Gibraltar and southern Spain. For decades, the British overseas...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2019

What next for expat professionals in Hong Kong?

As the Hong Kong protests continue, what does the expat community think? Some half a million non-Chinese expats from a variety of world countries are living and working on the tiny Hong Kong archipelago, the majority of whom are well aware of the global consequences should China decide to put a stop to the increasingly violent demonstrations. Most expats have tended to ignore Hong Kong’s politics as regards its relationship with China, but most now admit the situation may end the former British colony’s reputation as a world...
3 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Is expat suicide becoming endemic in Thailand?

Thailand is seeing an inexplicable increase in expat suicides. For several decades, the chaos on Thailand’s roads and the resultant expat deaths made headlines in both the Thai and English language media. Nowadays, although road accidents are still worth a mention on and offline, a new, inexplicable cause of death for expat males seems to be suicide, even in cases where it’s not obvious. A quick trawl of last month’s online English news websites and a few forums reveals five such possibly self-inflicted deaths over the past...
2 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Spain now threatened by forest fires after biblical floods

As if biblical floods and the loss of homes and possessions weren't enough, expats and locals in Spain’s Costal del Sol region are now under threat from a raging forest fire. The blaze broke out in the hills overlooking the popular region, with homes evacuated whilst helicopters, fire trucks and firefighters attempted to contain the flames. As night fell, the helicopters were forced to give up and return to base, leaving firefighters to do their best and the fire still blazing. The main MA -8300 was cut off by the blaze between...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats scammed by property developer granted full compensation by Spanish court

British expats living in Zurgena, Almeria have been granted compensation for new-build homes which were never finished. The case against developers New Medina Villas was brought by 14 mostly British expatriates after work on their new-build homes was stopped and the development seized due to its being on illegal land. A total of 111 unfinished homes dating back to 2005 were involved, most of which had been sold to foreign buyers as investments or retirement homes. The long-awaited judgement gave the developers six months to fully...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2019

USA expat exodus soars as local retirement costs escalate

More and more American citizens are deciding to retire overseas as stateside costs escalate. In the past 10 years, the numbers of American citizens moving overseas after retirement has increased by 40 per cent, with the trend expected to continue. It seems the Baby Boomer generation is now beginning to realise the massive amounts needing to be saved to ensure a comfortable stateside retirement are simply not possible on an average salary. US media outlets are beginning to describe the phenomenon as being fuelled by ‘American...
25 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Does the ongoing Brexit chaos affect Brit expats in Thailand?

Without a doubt, Brexit has become a disaster for British expats living anywhere in the EU, but how is it affecting those who chose Southeast Asia as their destination? The political turmoil caused by what was sold to the general public as a non-binding advisory referendum hasn’t just resulted in expat dreams being shattered all across Europe, it’s also hurt UK nationals living, retiring or working in the rest of the world including Southeast Asia. During the past three years, the value of sterling has fallen dramatically,...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2019

HRMC QROPS tax windfall transfer charge flops

The British taxman’s cunning scheme to grab millions of pounds from British retirees transferring their pensions to an overseas QROPS is now officially an almost complete failure. When the tax-grabbing scheme was first announced, HMRC gave an estimated windfall figure of around £125 million, raised from estimates of transfers in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 tax years. In reality, tax income from the scheme raised just £760,000 from 24 savers last year, and £1.4 million from the 30 transfers made in the previous year. The total numbers...