Expat Emigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Emigration

13 Jul at 6 PM 2018

French property market bargains for fleeing Brits

France has been a favourite destination for expat Brits for 150 years now, with its appeal even stronger since the Brexit referendum. There’s a historic familiarity to France for many aspiring expats, as it’s Britain’s nearest neighbour and still projects the glamour of Paris and the Riviera as well as the cosiness of rural villages just a few hours’ journey from the home country. Buying a second home for retirement or emigrating to start a business has been relatively easy up until now, but the Brexit boom of new arrivals...
9 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Trailing spouses risk depression and divorce

Are you risking divorce if you move overseas with your husband or partner? Although divorce rates vary from country to country, it’s estimated that some 50 per cent of modern marriages fail. Tracking divorce rates amongst the international expat community worldwide is a statistical nightmare, but experienced marital therapists believe the rate could well be at an all-time high. One of the main reasons for separation and divorce is trailing spouse depression caused by the wife giving up her life and career to follow her husband....
29 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Former expat mom crowdfunds for help for her son

Kate Ogborne, her husband Dave and their son Jake were planning their move to the Costa del Sol when her baby son began showing worrying symptoms. The 14-month old had started walking and was attempting to run but fell over much more than is normal. Concerned, Kate took him to her GP, who assured her he’d grow out of it, adding there was no need to cancel their emigration plans. Once they’d arrived in Malaga, it became obvious he wasn’t going to ‘grow out of it’. Scans at hospitals in Malaga didn’t help as the results were...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Tips on selling your Spanish home if relocation is your answer to Brexit worries

For expats giving up and returning to the UK before Brexit, selling your Spanish home isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Selling a property in Spain is tougher as regards bureaucracy than the process of purchasing. The easy part is finding a buyer, especially nowadays as the number of Brits buying property and emigrating before Brexit kicks in ensures a steady flow of interest usually leading to a quick sale. It’s essential for sellers to have the help of experts in the legal process, but there are several ways in which the...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Bringing your dog to France from the USA

France’s appeal is now even more international, as an increasing number of US citizens are giving up on the home country and moving to France along with their pets. Emigrating across continents with your beloved pet dog or cat is a stressful experience at best as well as being an expensive undertaking. Although things rarely go wrong, it’s just the thought that they might which causes sleepless nights prior to departure day. At present, bringing a dog to France from the UK is straightforward due to the EU’s Pet Passport scheme,...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2018

New Zealand increases minimum income requirements as net migration falls

New Zealand’s record numbers of immigrant arrivals seems to finally be over as net migration is now falling. According to statistics, annual net migration in the year to March 2018 totalled 68,000, a drop of 4,400 from last year’s total of 72,400. It’s still an impressive number and high by historical standards, but reflects the fact that an increasing number of non-New Zealand citizens are leaving. However, according to specialist statisticians, the numbers of arriving migrants haven’t changed by much. Latest figures...
31 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat parents plead with Oz government to deport their son

A British couple living in retirement in Australia are urging the government to deport their wayward son back to the UK after he’d stolen their savings and forced them to sell their home to cover his debts. Russell Lewis, now 43 years old, stole his parents’ credit card, emptied their bank account and ended up £27,000 in debt after spending his parents’ money on top of the range TVs, portable air conditioners, a 4x4 truck and a good number of other luxury items. Parents Jill and Tony Lewis emigrated to Australia from the UK...
22 May at 6 PM 2018

Is expatriation the only answer to UK inflation and poor investment performances

Retiring overseas is a dream for increasing numbers of British workers, but what’s the financial reality necessary to make the dream come true? Many Britons approaching retirement believe their later years would be best spent in a country with warmer weather and less rain as well as a cheaper cost of living. Spain is an all-time favourite, and several Southeast Asian nations also comply with would-be UK expats’ perceptions of the ideal life. However, the financial reality of a move abroad once your working life is over can, if not...
18 May at 6 PM 2018

Avoiding scams whilst checking out popular expat destinations

Would-be expats spending time off in their chosen destination before the actual move should watch out for the tourist traps they’ll encounter regularly once they’re residents in the region. Unless you’re relocating due to your job, visiting your chosen destination several times before you leave your home country and dive into expat life is an essential part of the emigration process. It enables you to view the region as a resident rather than just a tourist as well as familiarising yourself with what to avoid as well as what to...
14 May at 6 PM 2018

French government announces end to taxe d’habitation by 2021

Expats living permanently in France will be happy to hear the government is getting rid of the taxe d’habitation in its entirety by 2021. The timescale is now set for the tax’s total removal with 2021 the latest date. The corresponding loss of revenue is expected to be offset by budgetary savings, thus preventing it having an effect on targets for public deficits. The first stage is already under way and will abolish the tax for around 80 per cent of all households, starting with properties owned by the least well-off. By the end...