Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

18 Mar at 6 PM 2019

UK expats in Cyprus still in limbo over Brexit

In spite of Cyprus government reassurances, British expats are still living in limbo. Some 70,000 Britons call Cyprus their home, with the vast majority still angry at how easily their carefully-planned lives can be destroyed by thinly-disguised political manipulation in their country of origin. Even although the Cypriot government has allowed expat residents a year to get their papers in order, they’re fully aware the entire mess could fall apart at any moment, leaving them with shattered dreams and broken lives. One 51-year...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Advice for British expats should no-deal become a reality

As the March 29 deadline looms closer and the British parliament becomes even more disorderly, a huge number of UK expats are still totally confused about the effect on their lives of a no-deal exit. Although the vast majority of EU member states have now reassured their British expat communities as to their rights in the event of a no-deal crash out of the EU, expats are still confused over many aspects of their lives. For example, expats who have money in British bank accounts and use their debit cards to access funds when needed...
8 Mar at 6 PM 2019

South African high-salary expats furious over proposed new tax law

In spite of its condemnation by several panels of experts, the South African government is determined to go ahead with its controversial new expat tax laws. As the rules stand today, South African nationals working overseas for over 183 days – 60 of which must be consecutive – ar exempted from paying home country taxes on their earnings. Once the new amendment are enacted, South African expat professionals in high-salaried positions overseas must pay home country taxes of up to 45 per cent of their earnings once they exceed 1...
5 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Doctors in Spain and Portugal attack alternative therapies

In spite of proven successes and a lack of deadly side-effects, alternative therapies are now under attack by medical professionals in Portugal and Spain. Expatriates from the UK and USA have long had a free choice of conventional and alternative medicine without breaking any laws, with many older people preferring to avoid pharmaceutical drugs due to their often unpleasant side effects. Retirees emigrating to sunnier shores often prefer to continue with alternative medicines for non-life threatening illnesses, but their favourites...
26 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Are US expats contributing to inequality in Latin America?

For decades, Latin America has been the favoured destination for millions of Americans looking for an enjoyable, inexpensive retirement or a hassle-free chance to start again. Encouraged by online lifestyle marketers such as International Living working hand in hand with real estate developers and investors, US citizens are looking for a ready-made expat community closed off to the realities of the country in which it’s situated. Usually, the main spur for emigration is the cost of living, with American expats able to live...
26 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Cyprus releases failsafe for Brit expats in danger from Brexit

Cyprus is the latest EU member state to attempt to calm the fears of its British expatriates. Lawmakers in Cyprus have released an assurance that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, British citizens will be allowed to stay and enjoy their rights as stated in the withdrawal agreement. According to a spokesperson from Cyprus’s High Commission, the present position is that expats on Cyprus as well as Cypriot expats in the UK can continue their lives as usual whilst negotiations during the withdrawal period map out any future changes...
19 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Retired British Windrush generation expat in Spain fears deportation to Guyana

A retired British expat who’s also a Windrush immigrant fears he’ll be deported from Spain post-Brexit and sent back to Guyana. Basil Moonillall is just a few months short of his 90th birthday and has been living in Spain’s La Linea since 1993 when he emigrated along with his Spanish wife. He came to the UK from his home country of Guyana in response to the UK’s call for immigrant workers in 1958 and worked as a black cab driver for 35 years. Since his wife passed away two months ago, he’s increasingly afraid he may be...
11 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Millionaire expats buying into Algarve resorts

British retirees planning to emigrate to Portugal are sitting on their hands rather than snapping up properties. Real estate agents along Portugal’s Algarve coastline are losing British expat buyers due to Brexit-led uncertainty about sterling’s value. However, the lull in done deals seems only to be affecting reasonably-priced properties under 500,000 euros, whilst luxury pool villas set in small estates are still finding buyers who can afford to ignore the poor exchange rate. In spite of Brexit, Portugal in general and the...
4 Feb at 6 PM 2019

94-year old British expat reignites her campaign to end frozen pensions

94-year old WW11 veteran Anne Puckridge is reigniting her long-standing attempt to get justice for Brit expats with frozen pensions. Puckridge has sent a open letter to Theresa May asking for a brief, five-minute meeting during which she will make clear the devastating effects of the policy on 550,000 British expat pensioners. The vintage campaigner will return to the UK this spring in the hope the PM will agree to her request for a meeting. The 94-year old Briton moved to Canada 17 years ago in order to be close to her daughter,...
4 Feb at 6 PM 2019

British expats’ anger and fear escalating as time runs out

Spain’s 300,000 British expatriates are still living in anger, fear and desperation just weeks before Brexit day. During the past two and half years, the focus of possible Brexit damage and destruction to expats’ lives has concentrated on retired pensioners on the Costa del Sol, but the majority of Brit expat business owners are still in an impossible situation. The problem for many of those with the most to lose is that Spain does not allow dual citizenship. In order to allay healthcare and pension worries by securing Spanish...