Expat Canada News

Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

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

Costa del Sol reverts to Costa del violent gang warfare

British expats living along Spain’s Costa del Sol coastline are now trapped in a gang warfare zone. For decades, Spain’s most popular expat havens have also been known as boltholes for wanted criminals fleeing the UK police, with the region’s reputation often glamourised in films and TV series as a result. Over the past months, the grim underbelly of the beachside resorts has burst onto the streets in a fury of bombings, gangland-style executions and gruesome assassinations. As a result, expat business owners and retirees in the...
5 Nov at 6 PM 2018

British and Irish buying up Spanish property

Foreign buyer purchases in Spain are up by 11 per cent, with Brits and the Irish cornering 15 per cent of the total foreign market. It’s old news that Spain is the most popular expat destination for British expats as well as for holidaymakers, but the threat of Brexit doesn’t seem to have dampened their enthusiasm for a sunny climate, inexpensive cost of living and a ready-made expat community. In total, some 17,388 foreigners bought their very own personal versions of the Spanish dream during this year’s second quarter –...
23 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Spain gives up over post-Brexit Gibraltar

British expats in Gibraltar are relieved to hear Spain is giving up on its claim to the Rock. Last week, Spain reassured EU leaders it will no longer attempt to block a final Brexit deal, thus allowing Gibraltar to leave the EU along with the UK, although final details will need to be agreed at a later date. For decades, British expats’ main fears have been Spain’s continuing attempts to claw back the Rock from its British sovereignty, especially as the neighbouring country’s efforts have accelerated since the Brexit referendum....
19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Cadiz car thieves steal Ford and take European tour

A British expat living in Cadiz got the shock of his life when attempting to sell his Ford Mondeo. When Elliot Higgins, now living in Cadiz’s Chiclana de Frontera, decided to sell his car, he couldn’t have imagined the consequences! After advertising the Ford Mondeo online, he received a reply from a couple requesting a test drive to ensure the car was as he’d described. Pleased with the swift response, he agreed and took the couple for a drive as requested. Having stopped to fill the tank, he couldn’t believe his eyes when...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expat voters with representatives could change the world

Over the last five decades, the number of expats living abroad has soared to 250 million, but almost all have no effective political representation back in the home country. Whilst it might seem illogical that citizens who’ve opted to spend many years overseas should have a say in the politics of the home country, the last few years have shown how necessary this is. Across the world, recent elections and one referendum have brought in disastrous changes which would possible not have happened should expat opinions and their votes...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Disenfranchised Brit expats come closer to getting vote

A Welsh MP's private members’ bill aimed at ending the hated 15-year disenfranchisement rule has moved one small step closer to becoming law. The Overseas Electors Bill, brought forward by MP Glyn Davies and supported by famous nonagenarian British expat Harry Shindler, has been passed for a second reading by the British House of Commons. Parliamentarians approved the financing of the bill, but also stated there are serious concerns about the cost of adding some five million voters to Britain’s electoral roll. The 15-year...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Is Vision 2030 the end for expat professionals in Saudi

Is Vision 2030 the death knell for expatriate professionals in Saudi Arabia? Launched in 2016 by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Vision 2030 is intended to diversify the Kingdom’s economy away from its traditional dependency on oil revenues. For decades, the Gulf State has been a haven for expat professionals earning salaries and living luxury lifestyles unimaginable in their home countries. Nowadays, the introduction of Saudization is gradually decreasing opportunities and discouraging top talent from risking their careers in what...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Stricter Oz immigration policies causing skills shortages as fewer expats arrive

For many decades, Australia has been a top choice for expats, but the dream now seems to be fading. A recent statement by Australia’s immigration minister Peter Dutton revealed immigrant numbers in 2018 are now at a ten-year low, having dropped by a further 10 per cent over last year’s figures. According to those in the know, the stricter visas regime is the main reason for the drop, with skilled as well as family visas the worst affected. Since Dutton was appointed, 21,000 fewer expats have been admitted and a 46 per cent refusal...
1 Oct at 6 PM 2018

French study visas for expat students

France is one of the world’s most popular countries for international students. As many as 271,339 foreign students are now studying at French universities as well as enjoying their lives in France’s unique culture. Many have arrived from just across the English Channel, spurred by the thought of getting an internationally-accepted degree without having to tie themselves to decades of debt via the UK’s student loan programme. French universities are world-famous for their modernity as well as for encouraging innovation, and the...