Expat Germany News

Latest 10 news items tagged Germany

30 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Germany rushing for German citizenship

A new study has revealed a massive increase in numbers of expat Brits receiving German citizenship since the Brexit referendum. As the Brexit debacle grinds on, the true cost to British expats and to the UK itself continues to be revealed in many European member states. Recent research has uncovered the sad fact that the numbers of British expats living and working in Germany who’ve now received German citizenship has soared by over 1000 per cent since 2016. In 2015, some 622 UK expats became German citizens, around 7500...
29 Oct at 6 PM 2019

IKEA in Portugal to lower its prices as expat demand slumps

Expats in Portugal to be treated to IKEA goodies at reduced prices. One thing’s for sure, whether you’re an expat living in Portugal or are still in the UK, you’ll either love or hate IKEA and its iconic designs. When the Scandinavian store first opened its doors in the UK, it was mobbed by homemakers whilst their husbands huddled in corners snarling at any attempt to include them in purchasing decisions. Over the years, the store opened in countries across the world and its early designs became collectors’ pieces. Time and...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Where next for the world’s mega-banks and expat financiers post-Brexit?

Dublin wins out over European cities for luring London-based financial services firms. The question over which European city will gain the most financial services companies fleeing the UK to avoid Brexit’s consequences has now been answered. Out of some 332 financial services firms who’ve moved out of the UK, 115 have chosen the Republic of Ireland’s capital, Dublin. Luxembourg gained second place with 71 and Paris attracted 69, whilst Frankfurt’s 45 and Amsterdam’s 40 making up the total in losses to the UK economy....
14 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat-run horse rescue centre in Spain now dried out but running short of feed

The expat-run Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre based in Rojales is now dry, but is facing a chronic shortage of feed for 140 horses, ponies and other rescued livestock .During the bibilical floods caused by the gota fria weather phenomenon, the centre escaped the worst of the waters although the struggle to deal with the torrential rainfall went on for days. Expats and locals feared the worst when the Segura River overflowed its banks but, by a miracle, it didn’t flood the centre. Hundreds of animals including horses, donkeys, ponies,...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat retirees in Thailand hard hit by strong baht

As the Thai baht gets ever stronger against Western currencies, more and more expatriates are feeling the pinch. Thailand has been perennially popular with expat retirees from the Western hemisphere, but the inexplicable rise in the value of its baht currency is wrecking the carefully-calculated financial strategies of a good number of retirees dependent on monthly pension transfers from the home country. For British long-stay retirees, it’s even worse, as their pension payments were frozen at the rate current when they left the UK....
30 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats furious at losing their long term right to free healthcare

The news that Brit expats will be forced to pay for healthcare should a hard Brexit be the final result is causing fury in Europe’s foreign communities. Local media outlets are taking up the issue, stating British expatriates paid tax for all their working lives in the home country and calling the announcement a betrayal of ‘thousands of hard-working people’ who have the right to expect affordable healthcare in retirement, no matter where they’ve settled. One English-language expat newspaper based in Spain is reminding its...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2019

USA expat exodus soars as local retirement costs escalate

More and more American citizens are deciding to retire overseas as stateside costs escalate. In the past 10 years, the numbers of American citizens moving overseas after retirement has increased by 40 per cent, with the trend expected to continue. It seems the Baby Boomer generation is now beginning to realise the massive amounts needing to be saved to ensure a comfortable stateside retirement are simply not possible on an average salary. US media outlets are beginning to describe the phenomenon as being fuelled by ‘American...
23 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in EU call discrimination over post-Brexit free heathcare

Protesting British expats are saying the Spanish government has done more to help them to help them than has the UK government . During an anti-Brexit demonstration in Malaga held by British expats, one protestor told reporters Spain had done far more for Brits than has the UK, a sentiment echoed by UK expatriates in Germany and France. Given that retired Britons over the age of 65 make up one third of all UK citizens living in Spain, expats’ major concern is losing access to the country’s free healthcare. In spite of endless...
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...
4 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Tech events for the autumn season aim at expat entrepreneurs and investors

Expat techies are now being offered a wide international choice of events. In 2019, expat tech entrepreneurs have a wide choice of meet-ups and events aimed at informing on the sector’s latest developments, held across Europe and specialising in everything from blockchain and cryptocurrencies to artificial intelligence. The only problem is decided which out of the offerings gives the best and most relevant bangs for the participants’ bucks. The list begins with this coming Saturday’s Startup Night to be held in Berlin and...