Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

4 Jul at 6 PM 2018

China green cards for 12 more top talent expat professionals

Another twelve expats living and working in Shanghai have been given permanent residency green cards. The twelve expatriates awarded permanent residence in China brings the total numbers of green cards given out to outstanding foreign professionals to 85. The scheme began in December 2016 and applies to high-level expat professionals who’ve been nominated by the city’s administrative commission. All 12 are working in the field of semiconductors and comprise seven US citizens along with Australian, Malaysian, German and Canadian...
3 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expat clubs catching on in China

If your idea of expat clubs is a dingy conference room in a mid-priced hotel crammed with doddery old guys who’d rather be in the pub, you’d be wrong – at least in Beijing. Admittedly, expatriates in China tend more towards adventure, entrepreneurship and the China experience itself, with expat organisations focusing on having fun rather than mimicking the dismal over-organised clubs in several southeast Asian destinations which seem to specialise in topics such as ‘ making your will’, ‘preparing for death’ and the best...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Squatters moving into expat second homes in Brittany

Expats with second homes in Brittany were horrified to hear squatters are moving into their unoccupied properties. The controversy over British expats’ second homes in Brittany is accelerating after activists promised to force Britons to sell their holiday and second homes. The protestors have promised an entire summer of what they call ‘spectacular actions’ and seem to have started already by plastering posters bearing their message ‘’Brittany is not a second home - villages in ruins – young people leaving’ all over...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Life of Brit couple in Almeria wrecked by private zoo

A British couple living in Almeria have had their lives wrecked by their next door neighbour’s illegal zoo. David and Mandy Dibble bought a house in the Arboleas town of El Chopo 15 years ago, and live there for at least six months every year. Everything was fine until, some five years ago, their British neighbour sold his property to a German expatriate. Much to the couple’s horror, the man immediately began building cages on the property, usually on a Friday afternoon after the local council offices were closed for the weekend....
23 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Number of Brits applying for European citizenship on the increase

Statistics are showing a considerable increase in the number of Britons applying to become Belgian nationals. Figures released last Friday by the Belgian Statistical Office show 1381 Britons became Belgian nationals in 2017, with the total number of applications increasing tenfold since the Brexit referendum. The majority of applicants have been living permanently and working in Belgium for many years and are looking to acquire Belgian nationality due to the uncertainty surrounding their rights post-Brexit. The process involves...
5 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Trilingual Brit expat refused Swiss citizenship for not knowing melted cheese origin

43-year old David Lewis has lived in Switzerland since he was a baby, is totally fluent in French and German as well as his native language and now owns a thriving café business in Zurich. He’s also raising his six-year old son and has no criminal record. In spite of his obvious qualifications for Swiss citizenship, his application was refused as he couldn’t give an exact answer as to the canton in which a melted cheese was produced, although he got the region right. He also couldn’t identify a traditional Swiss chard dish from...
4 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expats protesting prostitution and violence arrested for hate crimes

British expats in Megaluf who organised protests against a group of Nigerian prostitutes have been arrested on suspicion of hate crimes. Expats in the favourite Spanish tourism and expat hub of Magaluf had complained to Spanish police about violent attacks and muggings believed to have been carried out by the prostitutes and their handlers, but no action had been taken. Finally, a section of the expat community decided to take matters into their won hands by organising regular protests against the offenders. It’s believe the women...
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...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expat protests still growing against the Dutch 30 per cent tax break cut

A month after the Netherlands government announced its shocking decision to cut back the 30 per cent tax cut for expat professionals from eight to five years, the movement aimed at getting lawmakers to rescind the ruling is growing steadily. An estimated 60,000 expat professionals living and working in the Netherlands are affected by the ruling, many of whom have made financial arrangements, taken out mortgages, enrolled their children in internationals school or taken on long-term rental contracts. The expat community’s anger is...
28 May at 6 PM 2018

British expats hold dawn protest in Magaluf over prostitutes and violent crime

British expat businesses in Magaluf along with other concerned citizens protested at dawn against the increasing number of prostitutes in the holiday resort. The organisers of the dawn protest in the town’s infamous Punta Ballena strip claim prostitutes in the town are fronting for scams, robberies and other criminal activities, and their pimps are being accused of violently attacking seemingly wealthy holidaymakers in the popular destination. Tourists joined in the protest, supporting the accusations of scanned credit cards and...