Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

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...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Controversy continues over effect of compulsory health insurance for expats in Thailand

Heartbreak looms for elderly expats in Thailand via compulsory private health insurance. Whilst it seems the present requirement is to be mandatory for expats arriving on the O-A so-called retirement visa, and also on its annual extensions, there’s still a great deal of confusion about expat retirees whose retirement visas are of the ‘O’ type. At present, the interpretation of official immigration announcements seems to exempt this class of visa from compulsory private health insurance, but Thailand is Thailand and things...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat professionals desperate to leave the UK can’t find suitable jobs

Brits desperate to move overseas are being held back by a lack of suitable jobs. A recent survey result has identified the reason why Britons desperate to move abroad to avoid the after-effects of Brexit cannot find jobs – it’s the fault of international employers. Whether or not this reason is entirely accurate, overseas companies should be urged to consider creating more jobs for expatriate professionals from the UK. Over 50 per cent of Britons searching for a better quality of life overseas are seriously considering a move,...
27 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Survey shows Brit expats prefer their lives overseas

A recent survey involving 1,000 British expats suggests nostalgia for the home country has finally faded. Results of a survey launched by an independent financial advisory firm include the fact that more than half of Britons living overseas feel their home country has changed for the worse, with only one third saying they’d return on a permanent basis at some time in the future. For some three- quarters of respondents, living overseas as an expat has had a profound effect on how they see their country of origin, with 44 per cent...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2019

How will the 2020 Dutch budget affect the expat community?

In these troubled times, the word ‘budget’ can send expats’ hearts sinking, in case their purchasing power is limited by increased costs or even swingeing taxation! As every expat is - or at least should be – aware, the economic state of a country can have a direct influence on salaries, especially if they’re paid in the home country’s currency. Luckily for expatriate professionals in the Netherlands, their chosen country’s economy is in a reasonably stable state, with its national debt due to decrease to less than 50...
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,...