Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

18 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats, locals and government join to fight Palma mall development

The Balearic government, Palma city council and the Consell de Mallorca have joined forces with locals and expats to fight against the huge Palma Springs development planned in Playa del Palma. The proposed 80,000 square metre mega-mall and lifestyle centre, planned for the natural wetlands area of Ses Fontanelles, received its license to build in 2014 but contractors weren’t able to start the project and the license elapsed. On reapplying, developers were told a new license would not be issued as green area protection laws had been...
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...
14 Mar at 6 PM 2019

EU to force Spain over ‘illegal’ expat tax

Part-time expats who rent out their Spanish homes can now claim the 60 per cent tax reduction given to Spanish nationals in the same circumstances. In a rare intervention by the European Commission, the practice of charging non-permanent resident expats tax on earnings from renting their Spanish properties is now considered unfair as well as illegal. The 60 per cent income tax reduction granted to Spanish citizen property owners will now be made available to their expat equivalents after the end of the two-month period granted by the...
14 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Chiang Mai suffering from world’s worst air pollution

Local media are reporting the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai is in the grip of the world’s worst air quality. At the beginning of this week, the already dangerous levels of PM2.5 dust particulates across the north of Thailand increased still further, with the popular expat and tourist destination faring worse than the rest of the region due to its position in a valley almost surrounded by mountains and its permanently heavy traffic. An increased incidence of forest fires and agricultural burning both across the region and in...
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...
8 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Author busts expat myths about UAE culture and lifestyle

The Gulf States, however popular as an expat destination, are to many a region of myth and mystery set in an uncomfortably dry, hot climate. Out of all the world’s exotic expatriate destinations, the Emirates and their citizens are perhaps the most prone to Westerners’ misconceptions as regards culture, history and lifestyle. A recently published book attempts to dispel the myths and assumptions of new expat arrivals along with a good number of long-stayers, and was the focus of a session at the Emirates Airlines Festival of...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2019

British expats being denied French driving licenses

With just two weeks to go before Brexit kicks in, Brit expats applying for French driving licenses are having their applications refused. In spite of the British government’s advice to exchange UK driving licenses for the French equivalent before Brexit day, attempts to comply by UK expats living in France are being rejected by the authority. Letters have been sent out informing applicants their requests will not be processed and their applications will be returned. Reasons given by the Nantes office for its refusal to cooperate seem...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Scots expats as well as Brits feel abandoned in Europe

It’s not just English expats who’re seeing their plans changed and their lives disordered by Brexit, as two Scottish expat couples recently found out. The dark shadow of Brexit has been causing confusion, uncertainty and concern wherever in Europe Britons are working, but for a few it’s ruining the best moments of their lives. Scots expat Kirsten Mackay is living in Austria and was planning to briefly return home for the most important day in her life – her dream wedding day on March 30th. She and her parents had planned the...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Gulf States focusing on cheaper local talent and Asian expats

A new Dubai initiative aimed at boosting Emiratis’ skills is likely to affect job security for expatriates. The emirate’s new strategy will attempt to boost the skill-sets of local job seekers, thus increasing their participation min the local jobs market. Unemployed locals will be given preference for jobs in the financial, technical, commercial, energy, social and tourism sectors, inevitably reducing the number of positions left available for expat talent. According to Dubai's Crown Prince, the initiative will empower local...
6 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Tourists and expats forced to pay 150 per cent upfront for access to Britain’s NHS

It’s bad news for expats and visitors to the UK, as they’ll be forced to pay upfront for any NHS service and will be charged 150 per cent of the estimated bill. Those affected will be expatriate workers and tourists who aren’t entitled to free healthcare, with the new rules aimed at putting a stop to medical tourism. Those attending NHS hospitals will be forced to show identification entitling them to free care across the NHS,'s hospitals, NHS-funded charities, doctors and community health councils. If there’s no proof of...