Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

25 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Expat pensions versus straightforward interest rate-linked savings

If you’re planning to live your working life as an expat, making financial provision for retirement is the sensible option. Given the huge number of horror storied about dodgy IFAs leaving their unfortunate clients with worthless investments or, even worse, scamming them into losing the lot, it’s a surprise that potential expats are even thinking about retirement income! If you’ve not yet won the lottery, thinking a about the long-distant future may sound strange, but much can go wrong if this aspect of emigration is ignored....
1 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in Hong Kong accuse the UK of abandoning the city

British expats in Hong Kong are accusing the UK of abandoning the former colony. Expats still determined to stay in Hong Kong are dismayed at the UK’s attitude towards its former colony. Rather than simply leaving to create another life elsewhere in the world, Brits expats in Hong Kong are dismayed at the UK’s seeming attitude towards China and its ambitions for the city. Although the British government has now offered a path to citizenship for just under three million residents and has condemned China’s stance and recent move,...
28 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expat property owners in Spain warned of squatter epidemic

A British expat couple on lockdown in the UK can finally repossess their Spanish home after a court enforced the eviction of squatters. Having emigrated to Spain from the West Midlands, Jean and Peter Willow bought their property some 12 years ago after visiting Malaga and deciding to stay. They found an affordable apartment in the suburbs, made friends and enjoyed their new life and meeting new people. One evening, they began chatting with another Brit in the bar opposite their building, with the new friendship resulting in his...
21 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats now heading for Mexico as Europe closes down

For would-be British expats unable to decide between European countries due to Brexit, relocating to Mexico is good for retirees, but less so for job hunters. Everyone who’s ever been an expat or conducted objective online research as part of an emigration plan knows full well that nowhere is perfect, even although some locations may be better than others. It all depends on your requirements as well as the reasons for leaving the home country – even more so since the entire world and its economy seems to be caught up in the...
10 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Harsh new UK rules for incomers may spell problems for Brit expats overseas

Brits desperate to depart their home country for friendlier, cheaper climes overseas might well spare a thought for their foreign counterparts attempting to enter the UK under its new rules. Britons who’re now rearranging their lives in order to emigrate before the Brexit debacle hits home are being urged to stand up for their European counterparts living and working in the UK. Even before Brexit, would-be expats flocked to the UK to take advantage of better jobs, better university education and the experience of making their way in...
4 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in Europe angry over the Johnson letter to Harry Shindler

The Johnson letter to Harry Schindler is causing expat anger. Over a million British expats living all across Europe and thousands more across the world could well be forgiven for expressing their fury at Boris Johnson’s too little, too late letter to Harry Schindler, the founder of the unsuccessful until now campaign to allow long-stay British expats the right to vote to preserve their chosen lifestyles. Those affected had been resident outside the UK for over 15 years and were callously refused the vote in order to improve the...
24 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Homeless expats in Spain start petition for universal payments

Homeless expats in Spain use their experience to help others. Retirees heading for a new life in Spain after selling their UK home may believe they’re set up for the rest of their lives, but experience shows disaster can strike through no fault of their own. One expat couple who’d emigrated from the UK lived the dream for a full 17 years before it crashed in ruins, leaving them homeless and desperate. Recently, Vivian and John had planned to move house after selecting a new rental property but, after they’d given up their...
18 Feb at 6 PM 2020

How does the Brexit transition period affect the QROPS overseas transfer tax?

Britons planning to emigrate and use an offshore QROPs transfer for their retirement savings could be forgiven for feeling confused. The prospect of Brexit has made expat retirement a far more complicated process than previously, especially where financial matters are concerned. However, until the end of the transition period on December 31 this year, there’s no reason to fear the hefty QROPS overseas transfer tax. The confusing nature of the charge itself is another issue, but is basically straightforward in that 25 per cent of the...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Iceland dumps gender gap pay rates

How does the gender gap affect female expat pay scales? The gender gap as regards average pay and benefits for male as against female employees is a present-day scandal unlikely to be solved soon, but how does it affect expat women looking to further their careers overseas? Relocating abroad to an unfamiliar country is a huge decision on its own merit, without having to consider affordability on a salary that’s lower than its male equivalent. One major expat survey recently released its findings on this thorny question, stating that...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Yet another expat survey focuses on high life destinations

Switzerland is now the world’s most expensive destination for expat professionals. For the majority of expats in all popular destinations worldwide, the latest survey result listing Switzerland as the most expensive world country won’t come as a surprise. The small, snowy country has owned the title in most if not all expat survey results ever since emigration became the norm amongst career-hungry professionals. However, as a destination for mid-financial level retirees, SME owners and suchlike, the Alpine state is as closed as is...