Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

12 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats urged to join anti-Brexit protests in Malaga and Gibraltar

For many expat Brits, Johnson’s political manoeuvering resulting in the closure of the British parliament for five weeks in the run-up to October 31 was a step too far. Should a no-deal Brexit happen as planned by Britain’s most unpopular PM ever, the effect on the UK itself is expected to be devastating, but the effect on British expats who chose new lives for themselves via a move to a European Union member state will be far worse. For retirees who fled inflation and Britain’s dismal weather for an affordable quality of life...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Health and environmental concerns now as important for expats as salaries

Nowadays, emigration isn’t just about high salaries and a luxury lifestyle, as health, wellbeing and the environment feature ever more strongly in would-be expats’ destination choices. Perhaps because of the scary changes in world weather, the looming threat of global warning has raised environmental consciousness and how climate can affect health and wellbeing, especially when choices are being made as regards expat professional destinations. The rise of poor air quality in mega-cities as well as in favourite retirement locations...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Ensuring the best outcome when investing in an overseas property

For expats buying a home overseas, it’s often a daunting prospect due to language difficulties and lack of knowledge of property laws applicable to non-citizens. Emigrating on a permanent or semi-permanent basis often includes buying a property in the new country of residence, but it’s a challenge for new arrivals who don’t yet know their way around property laws and the correct procedures. As a result, the first priority should be to seek legal advice from a totally independent property specialist with no ties to any other...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Do British expats need a home country credit history to get a mortgage?

As British property prices fall due to the threat of a no-deal Brexit, many UK expats might be tempted to invest in a buy-to-let as a backstop for future residence if they’re kicked out of their present locations. One worry for those who’ve led a less than organised life prior to emigrating is the possibility of a prerequisite for a UK credit history as part of their mortgage application. The simple answer is a reassuring ‘no’, although a good credit record might be of use in getting a better deal as regards interest rates,...
28 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Amazing OAP expat couple’s charity drive from France to Buxton succeeds!

John and Kathy Elliot’s charity drive from southwestern France to the Derbyshire town of Buxton in a vintage tractor has been a total success! The pair’s 900-plus km journey in their reconditioned vintage farm tractor was undertaken to raise money for research into Motor Neuron Disease after a close friend died of the distressing condition. Their 1957-vintage tractor has a top speed of around 15 miles per hour, with the journey taking 78-year old John and his 76-year old wife two full weeks of travel at an average of 100kms a day....
26 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Most British expats in Gulf States reject returning to the UK

Only one in every three British expatriates living and working in the UAE have the intention of eventually returning to the UK. As the result of a survey based on British expat intentions regarding a return to the UK shows, the message is now loud and clear – no way! Almost 75 per cent of Gulf-based respondents are either somewhat or very concerned over the effects of Brexit on the UK economy and the lives of its resident citizens. The conclusion is obvious – a good selection of Britain’s brightest and best is more than happy...
25 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Determining your preferred expat lifestyle before emigrating

For those looking to become expats, one of the first and most important issues is the cost of living in the chosen country. Nowadays, social media and the internet in general is crammed with articles aimed at would-be expatriates, with most if not all extolling the virtues of this, that or another country based on its cost of living. Few mention the fact that costs of living depend on just one thing – the desired lifestyle of those emigrating. The decision on how to live, not on how much will be needed to live like you’ve just won...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2019

New SA expat tax law sparks expat professional exodus

South Africa’s new tax laws are forcing expats to cut financial ties with the home country. Reports that financial emigration has risen by 30 per cent in the past two years have confirmed the effect on high earning South African expats of the new tax rules about to be brought in. From March next year, South African expats working overseas will pay up to 45 per cent tax on annual earnings of over one million rand. The first announcements of the upcoming change started the financial exodus as South African expat professionals rushed...
10 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Irish expat couple in Oz facing deportation due to son’s illness

An Irish expat couple who first emigrated to Australia 10 years ago are about to be deported because their three-year old son has cystic fibrosis. Anthony and Christine Hyde came to Australia in 2009 and settled in Seymour, Victoria, where their son Darragh was born. At the time of his diagnosis of cystic fibrosis, the couple were applying for permanent residency, but were refused as his potential treatment would represent a burden for the state’s taxpayers. His parents appealed the decision, with a hearing last month finding the...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2019

US expats in France demonstrate over hated FATCA

US expats living in France who were born in the USA and emigrated as young children are up in arms and demonstrating against FATCA. Some 300,000 ‘accidental Americans’ as they’re now known, live and work in France, and are all liable for US taxation, even if they left their place of birth as tiny babies. Protest groups are now forming across Europe as well as in France, in protest against the sheer unfairness of FATCA and its affect on their lives. A recent report by French lawmakers demanded more should officially be done to...