Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

11 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Europe rushing to register for general election proxy votes

Warnings about a lack of time to arrange postal votes for UK expats in Europe have resulted in a rush to register for proxy votes. Following on from the chaos during the EU MP elections during which a huge number of UK expat voters lost the chance to make their preferences known, fear of the same scenario on December 12 has seen a flurry of applications for proxy votes. Back in the UK, local councils are busy sending letters urging British residents living in Europe to select the proxy vote option rather than lose their votes yet...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2019

British long-stay expats in Spain increasingly angry over 15-year voting exclusion

As yet another Brexit-induced British general election looms, some 60 per cent of UK expats in Europe are being denied the right to vote. The issue is the rule that British citizens living overseas for over 15 years are excluded from voting in UK elections or referendums even although, as in this case, their rights can be totally denied should the vote go the wrong way for their present circumstances. Put bleakly, those who chose to emigrate after retirement and who’ve built their new lives according to their preferences and...
4 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Long-stay Brit expats lose their voting rights yet again

Long-stay British expats overseas are still to be excluded from voting to retain their chosen lifestyles. Britons who emigrated to European member states as well as further afield more than 15 years ago will again be forbidden the chance to vote in the upcoming UK General Election. Totals are estimated as some 700,000 or more, with the majority living in European member states and most already prohibited from voting in the 2016 Brexit referendum. It’s estimated the vast majority of those excluded have paid tax and national insurance...
1 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Shrinking sterling hitting hard on UK state pensioners in Europe

Retired British expatriates living in a wide selection of EU member states have seen their lifestyles reversed due to the effect of Brexit on the sterling exchange rate. The UK state pension and many other occupational pensions are paid in sterling, leaving expat recipients to cut back as best they can during an exchange rate cut. During a meeting of the Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee, retired lawyer Jeremy Morgan QC – an expat himself – pointed out the plight of British expats living in Europe, adding the threat of losing the...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Property tax shock for British expat landlords in Spain

Brit holiday home landlords with properties in Europe are in for an unpleasant tax shock once Brexit finally kicks in. Many thousands of British would-be expats who’ve purchased holiday homes in preparation for retirement and are letting them out in the meanwhile are to be hit with increased property taxes once the UK leaves the EU. Worst hit will be those with properties in Spain, the favourite destination for British visitors due to its laid-back lifestyle and established expat communities. At present, British expats pay...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat residents and Gibraltarians urged to vote on an abortion referendum

Expats and residents on Gibraltar are being asked to vote in a promised abortion referendum. The Gibraltar government are now asking residents and citizens of the Rock to vote on the abortion referendum pledged earlier this year, and are also planning to open the vote to those aged 16 and over. At the present time, abortion in Gibraltar is illegal and carries a penalty of life imprisonment on conviction, leaving Gibraltarian females the only option of crossing the border into Spain. The Rock’s recently elected new government intends...
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...
30 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Germany rushing for German citizenship

A new study has revealed a massive increase in numbers of expat Brits receiving German citizenship since the Brexit referendum. As the Brexit debacle grinds on, the true cost to British expats and to the UK itself continues to be revealed in many European member states. Recent research has uncovered the sad fact that the numbers of British expats living and working in Germany who’ve now received German citizenship has soared by over 1000 per cent since 2016. In 2015, some 622 UK expats became German citizens, around 7500...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Bad Brexit news for British expats in Eindhoven

Whilst Europe watches the Brexit fiasco tottering towards some kind of conclusion benefiting no-one ,British expats in Eindhoven attended yet another British embassy meet-up. Held at Eindhoven’s Hub expat centre, both representatives from the British Embassy and the Netherlands Immigration and Naturalisation Service were present, ready and willing to interpret the bad news for around 50 UK citizens ranging from retirees to students. A number of retirees had been denied the referendum vote as they’d been living overseas for more...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat professionals going green in South Korea

South Korea may not be the top of the list for aspiring expat professionals, but its green credentials are attracting those concerned about the state of the planet. It seems that climate change activists as well as those who just try their best to help save the earth from its most populous species may have a better chance of making a difference in South Korea. This Asian country may not be on every would-be expat’s wish list, but an increasing number of its citizens are taking the threat seriously, especially as regards the endless...