Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

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...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2019

British government gives £3 million to help UK expats in EU get residency

The British government is setting up a £3 million fund aimed at helping UK citizens living in the EU prepare for Brexit. The money will be distributed to voluntary organisations and charities and will be focused on those having problems filling out the necessary forms for residency. Those helped will include the disabled, pensioners, Britons living in remote areas and those who need assistance with translations. It’s not known how many of the estimated 1.3 million British expats living in the European Union will need assistance,...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Retired Brit expats in EU to get state pension upgrade of £200 for three years

Retired British expats living in EU member state are being promised an annual £200 pension increase for three years following a no-deal Brexit. In a move aimed at quashing scare tactics suggesting British expat pensioners in the EU would lose out after a no-deal Brexit, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has guaranteed the increase for British retirees in the EU, including those in Cyprus, Spain, Portugal and France. The current British state pension is £168 a week, with the triple lock-based increase amounting to £16.66 a...
28 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats buying into new build UK homes at risk of losing deposits

British expats looking to purchase new-build property in the UK are being warned over the risk of lost deposits. UK expats thinking about investing in a new-build British property are now being warned they risk losing their deposits should they need to pull out of the deal. Typically, 10 per cent deposits are now required on newbuild British homes, with strict rules on how or if at all deposits can be repaid should the deal fall through. Typically, if buyers are not able to proceed, some or all of their deposits are deemed...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Spain still tops for British expat retirees hoping to escape Brexit Britain

In spite of Brexit fears, Spain is still the all-time favourite retirement destination for Britons. Yet another recent survey sees Spain topping the list of retirement favourites for Britons looking to escape the potential meltdown following a no-deal Brexit. France and Portugal were the runners up, with Turkey now in the top ten, but the USA feel to ninth place. New Zealand and Australia are still in the top ten, even although UK expats choosing either will have their British state pensions frozen on arrival. Given that the...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Brexit chaos ruining would-be British expat retirement plans

A recent survey suggests Brexit is wrecking overseas retirement plans for British citizens. The survey was carried out by Canada Life and involved 1,006 Britons over the age of 50 who were considering moving overseas after retirement. The results weren’t encouraging, as almost half of respondents who’d been planning to retire overseas were now reconsidering and resigning themselves to staying in the UK. Others believe the threat of Brexit and the difficulties of retiring in Europe without freedom of movement is causing them to...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expat students offered cheap digs in exchange for help with senior citizens

If you’ve arrived in Prague and can’t afford to rent an apartment, a new volunteer scheme may be your answer to sleeping on the streets. As Prague’s popularity as an expat hub soars, so do its rental charges, leaving many new university students the choice of going home or sleeping on someone’s sofa. A recently-started answer to the problem may be of use, especially for expatriate students with social consciences. Prague’s district 3 has initiated a pilot plan which will help solve students’ accommodation problems as well...
21 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Are Brits in Europe immigrants or expats?

British expats in France are being asked to define themselves as either immigrants or expatriates. In reports, news items and blogs, the descriptions ‘expat’ or ‘expatriate’ is the norm, with Western professionals rarely described as immigrants but, in many world countries including the USA and UK, the semi-official term is ‘immigrant’, no matter whether the person referred to is maintaining a long- or short-term presence in a foreign country. Recently, a survey by a well-known Europe-based English language online...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2019

British expats in France advised on ensuring their rights to stay

As the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit creeps ever closer, British expats in France are being encouraged to prepare for the worst whilst hoping for the best. The citizens’ rights campaign group Remain in France Together has issued a checklist aimed at helping those likely to be affected make preparations against the wider implications of Britain’s crashing out of the EU without a deal of any kind. Firstly, in order to comply with France’s ‘no deal’ ordinance, you’ll nerd to be legally registered in the country, as owning...
19 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expat conservationist voices grave concerns over massive power line installation in Albujarras

Expats and local protestors are still fighting over a power company’s plans to erect 362 massive pylons in one of France’s most spectacular areas of natural beauty. A local expat newspaper was the first to alert conservationists and nature-lovers to the threat of damage to the precious environment as well as to the protected species in the region. The paper’s ‘Fight the Power’ campaign recently attracted the attention of a British conservationist to the risks to wild life, especially bird species, should the installation in...