Expat Canada News
Latest 10 news items tagged Canada
17 Jan at 6 PM 2019
After endless calls by Kuwaiti rights groups, the emirate is considering the cancellation of the sponsorship system.
According to sources within the Kuwaiti government, Kuwait’s long-established sponsorship system is looking to be in its last days. For decades, the expat-aimed system has been criticised by rights groups and outside organisations for being a form of bonded labour, with the government now seemingly in agreement about its cancellation. It would seem lawmakers are finally aware that ending the system would be much...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2019
It’s as yet unknown exactly how many young British expatriates are living and working in EU member states.
Although exact statistics are not yet available, research suggests there are significant numbers, none of whom have been given any answers as regards their long term status in their present country of residence. With Brexit looming on the non-too-distant horizon, none are as yet able to make an informed decision as to whether to stay or go. Research carried out at Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, suggests...
14 Jan at 6 PM 2019
Italian former textile mill workers who arrived in Bradford in the 1950s are now facing having to apply to stay post-Brexit.
The remainder of the large number of Italian women who were invited to the UK to work in Bradford’s cotton mills after the end of WWII now consider themselves as being English although they don’t have British passports. When they arrived, they were given certificates of registration, similar to a work permit, which were regularly updated until 1961, when they were told hey could live freely in the UK....
11 Jan at 6 PM 2019
A British expat living on the Indonesian resort island of Bali is facing 15 years in an Indonesian prison for importing non-addictive cannbidoil into the country.
Pip Holmes, an arthritis sufferer, uses the non-addictive natural remedy for pain relief and had asked a friend to send him several vials, but was arrested for drug smuggling when he attempted to collect the package. Indonesia is infamous for its ultra-strict laws on drug smuggling, but the fact that genuine, medicinal cannabidoil contains no trace of the psychoactive THC...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2019
A recent survey revealed more than half of expat respondents use financial advisors, but over two-thirds don’t trust them.
The survey, carried out by the CFA Institute, was based on the trustworthiness of expat financial advisers working in the UAE’s retail sector, and brought no surprises to a retail audience now used to reports of yet another financial scandal. Some 3,000 expatriates living and working in the emirates took part in the study, with over half using IFAs in spite of their diminishing reputation as ‘honest...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2019
Moving overseas as an expat family is a tough call, wherever the destination.
Relocating as a single expat can be tricky unless it’s everything's covered by the reassignment package, but bringing the family along as well is far more complicated.
Finding family-style accommodation in a safe area, arranging for childcare when necessary and finding a suitable school for the kids can cause chaos, and language difficulties often make the task worse still. International schools aren’t affordable by every emigrating family, and local...
3 Jan at 6 PM 2019
For British expats in Cyprus, Theresa May’s ‘meaningful vote’ will affect them almost as much as would a no-deal Brexit.
The curse of Brexit is still reverberating across British expats’ favourite long-stay European havens, with the alternatives as clear as mud. Each possible outcome has its own specific nightmares for expat Brits, even if enlightened government do their best for their country’s expatriate community. Oddly enough, May’s winning the upcoming vote is perhaps the best available option for expats, with the...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2019
A new government decree issued by Oman’s Ministry of Manpower is now banning expatriates from jobs in specific professions.
According to Omani minister Abdullah al Bakri, foreigners will no longer be able to accept positions in private higher education or private training schools. Positions now reserved for Omani citizens include director of student affairs, director of admissions, director of career guidance and director of quality assurance. Already approved employment permits for these and similar occupations will be honoured...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2019
It’s that time of year again!
Every 31st December brings predictable New Year resolutions citing a determination to lose weight, live more healthily, give up alcohol and smoking and be nice to the neighbours! By the end of February at the latest, everyone’s back to sub-normal and life goes on until the next New Year. Expatriates are no exception to this rule, wherever they’re located, as literally everyone kids themselves this year will be different!
Wherever on the planet you’re located and whatever the reason for your...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2018
Beijing expats are rubbishing reports in the international media that the Chinese government has banned Christmas.
China was accused by a number of highly-regarded international media outlets of cracking down on Christmas celebrations across the country. Once the news broke it went viral on Twitter, with expats decrying articles and TV coverage as ‘absolute BS’ and quoting their own and local Christmas celebrations as evidence. Many called the reports ‘fake news’, citing massive malls crammed with Chinese in Santa costumes,...