Expat Ireland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland

10 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Irish weather cited as main reason for emigration

In spite of this year’s souring, prolonged heatwave, a recent survey reveals the Irish weather is the main reason for emigration and the reluctance to return. Lack of sunshine and the resulting overall dampness has been cited by a new survey as the main reasons expats gave for leaving the country of their birth. This year’s Expat Insider survey revealed well over 50 per cent of Irish expatriates were fed up with living in seemingly never-ending damp, overcast conditions. The survey also showed the majority of those who left have...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2018

No deal Brexit still major risk for Brit expats in Europe

UK expatriates in Europe are still unsure of their rights some two years after the Brexit referendum. More than two years after the Brexit referendum, British expatriates living, working or retiring across the EU are no closer to having any security as regards their rights than they were when the result was announced. In spite of empty promises by the British government, it’s now clear the plight of over a million Britons is of no concern to the UK’s negotiating team. In a recent release of government papers outlining no-deal...
20 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in France banned from signing European Citizens Initiative

A new bid to ensure lifetime retention of European Union citizenship will go live next Monday, but Brits in the EU are excluded from the vote. The new European Citizens Initiative will be introduced on July 23, with the aim of ensuring that when European citizenship with all its rights is granted, it cannot be lost. The initiative's organisers are citing Brexit and its effect on British citizen expatriates in that they will lose European citizenship once Brexit is finalised. The sting in the tail is that Brits living and working in...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Accidental Americans petition Trump for independence from USA

A campaign organised by a group of US ‘citizens by accident’ has petitioned Donald Trump to let them relinquish their accidental ties to the USA. Accidental Americans are those born in the USA, often to expat parents working in or simply visiting the country, who’ve never actually lived there long-term. According to the law, they’re still considered US citizens and are liable to be taxed as are American nationals living and working overseas. It’s estimated that around several million people may fall into the category, which...
23 May at 6 PM 2018

Irish expats flocking back home to vote for safe abortions

Inspired by the hashtag ‘hometovote’, a wave of concerned Irish emigrants is arriving back in the home country to vote for safe abortions and women’s right to decide. Ireland’s abortion referendum comes after many decades of the harshest anti-abortion laws on the planet. The admittedly controversial procedure is almost non-existent in the country even if a pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, and is only permissible should the mother’s life be in danger. Every day, an average of 10 pregnant women travel to the UK to...
22 May at 6 PM 2018

US businesses rejecting the Netherlands due to less competitive business environment

American companies are now shying away from opening up in the Netherlands due to its increasing lack of competitiveness. For a good while, the country was destination number one for American conglomerates wishing to open European offices, but changes to the Dutch business climate are persuading them to look elsewhere in Europe. France, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and even the UK are now considered more suitable. Projects involving US investment in the Netherlands stood at 88 in 2016, falling to 75 the following year and totalling...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Shindler group attempting legal challenge to EC Brexit guidelines

Expat WWII veteran campaigner Harry Shindler and his group are mounting a charge to nullify the EC’s Brexit guidelines, thus stopping Brexit. Harry Shindler and 12 others are petitioning the European Court of Justice in an attempt to have the Brexit negotiation guidelines set out by the European Council annulled. The annulment would reverse permission given by the 27 EU member states to begin Brexit negotiations. The group’s strategy is to target key parts of the guidelines for intense legal scrutiny, with EU nuclear trade body...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Portuguese property prices no longer at bargain basement level

As the European housing market hots up, Portuguese real estate prices are showing the second strongest growth of all EU member states. Figures originating at Eurostat, the EU’s statistics guru, are showing the bloc’s real estate sector is still maintaining steady house price growth of around 4.5 per cent. Ireland recorded the largest growth percentage at 11.8, followed by Portugal at 10.5 and Slovenia at 10 per cent. Especially popular with UK retirees, a home in Portugal is now less affordable than in past years, with the...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Data debunks myth of Spain as elderly expat retirement haven

Contrary to the widely-held belief that Brit expat communities in Europe mostly contain retirees, statistics suggest two-thirds of UK expatriates are below retirement age. Recently-released data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics shows 66 per cent of the estimated 784,900 Britons living in Europe are between the ages of 64 and 15, with more living in Spain than in any other EU member state. In addition, the data shows Spain is home to 293,500 long-term British expatriates, and the UK has fewer emigrants living In Europe...
6 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Survey reveals friendship comes as standard in Ireland

According to the latest ‘friendliness’ survey, the Irish are friendly, sociable, love a laugh and welcome incomers. One of the most important aspects of relocating is making new friends in the locality as well as in the workplace. Now that the UK’s friendliness rankings in surveys is decidedly on the wane, Ireland’s is definitely on the up. The latest expat study shows Ireland is now in 30th place whilst the UK is relegated to 56th out of 65, the total number of countries surveyed. Some 76 per cent of respondents agreed that...