Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

28 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat couple trapped in Wuhan arrange their own funerals

As China’s coronavirus speeds up its spread, British expats are making funeral plans just in case. British expats still trapped in Wuhan are taking the threat of the raging virus seriously enough to plan their own funerals. One Canadian teacher at the city’s Weiming International High School fears the local government is making light of the crisis rather than giving out accurate information enabling those still resident to make the right decisions. Wayne Duplessis, his wife Emily, their 15-year old son Wyatt and their son...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Spain sees an increase in UK expat residents

According to a Spanish government report, the popular expat destination is now home to more British expats than ever. In spite of warnings that Brexit would stop new arrivals and be the cause of relocating to the UK for many long-stay expats, there are now a quarter of a million UK citizens living in all corners of the state. Even although a proportion of the four per cent increase may have been caused by long-term resident Brits finally registering with the authorities, the figures are still confirmation that life in Spain is...
22 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats preparing legal action to keep EU citizenship post-Brexit

UK citizens and expats are planning legal action aimed at retaining their EU citizenship post-Brexit. Based on the Treaty of Lisbon’s Article 20, EU citizenship is seen as separate and additional to citizenship of its member states. At the present time, there are no written provisions for removing it and its associated rights from residents in any EU member state, regardless of whether their country of residence leaves the EU. Basically, this states that the UK’s leaving the EU should have no legal effect on the European...
21 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Massive storm devastates Spain and Mallorca

Spanish storm Gloria has caused freezing temperatures, snow, flooding, huge waves and three deaths. For British expats who emigrated to Spain in order to get away from the UK’s generally miserable weather patterns, Storm Gloria’s sweep across 30 Spanish provinces is a dread reminder that global warming isn’t country-specific. The mega-storm put more than 30 regions on high alert, sweeping in with unexpected fury and causing three deaths to date. Freezing temperatures and heavy inland snowfalls saw citizens and expats alike...
21 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Portuguese property price rises shutting out British expat retirees

Golden Visa investors are being blamed for soaring property price hikes. For a number of years, Portugal has been a favourite with British expats seeking sunshine and an affordable, less stressful lifestyle in a location without the rowdy reputation of many Spanish resort towns. The Algarve has been a favourite region for UK retirees on the none-too generous state pension, with many buying homes ahead of retirement and using them for their annual holidays. Sadly, Brexit has left the Algarve’s expat communities fearful about its long...
20 Jan at 6 PM 2020

EU Brexit chief proposes associate EU citizenship for Brit expats

EU minister urges UK to treat British expats in Europe with more compassion. During a visit to the UK at the end of last week, EU Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt expressed his concern over the government’s treatment of EU expats living and working in Britain as well as UK expats in Europe. He also made it clear he is calling for improved rights for all British expats in European Union member states, including the right to free movement for those resident in the EU before the end of this year’s transition period. As part of a...
20 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Spanish EU MP gives post-Brexit hope to all British expats

Spanish EU MP reassures British expats they’ll always be welcome. Last Friday, Member of the European Parliament for Spain Esteban Gonzales Pons gave a message of hope to all expat Britons living, working and retiring in the popular country. Referring to Britons who’re fearing for their post-Brexit futures, he referred to the expat community as friends, neighbours and relatives, reassuring all that they will always be Europeans, no matter the end result of Brexit. The European Union, he said, is your safe house, adding he...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat driving licenses and Kuwait residency permits now automated

Following the successful introduction of online driving permit renewals, Kuwait is planning to extend the facility. According to a source, since the programme’s launch in November last year, a total of well over 17,000 residents including expats have applied online, been accepted and have collected their licenses from machines set at two malls and the Ministry of the Interior’s service centres. Fines for violation can also be cleared at the locations, and a similar service is set to offer new licenses, licenses for learner drivers...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Dubai's sweet and spicy karak tea is an expat addiction

Expat professionals settling into a new posting in Dubai soon become addicted to the ultra-sweet, spicy karak tea. Especially during the cooler winter months, the UAE’s favourite beverage is the sweet karak tea beloved by Arab nations since their days in the desert. Every café and street stall which sells karak tea is crowded with both expat and local customers addicted to its sweet, spicy taste, but does anyone known exactly how unhealthy as regards sugar levels it is – and if they do, do they care? The UAE government may be...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Support for Royal Family wanes amongst UK expats in Spain

UK expats in Spain are calling for a referendum vote on the British monarchy. Even although they’re no longer living in the UK, British expats all along the Spanish coastline are dismayed and angry about the current state of the British monarchy. Headline, online and TV media news items have captured expats’ attention ever since the recent sex scandal involving Prince Andrew’s connection with convicted paedophile Geoffrey Epstein. Both supporters of the monarchy and those who deride the institution well remember the bad...