Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

6 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Paywalls preventing Brits in Europe from accessing reliable news

How many UK expat retirees struggling with sinking sterling can’t now afford to follow responsible media outlets due to paywalls, leaving them reliant on the often fake news and biased opinion in the tabloid press? In these trying times, it’s essential for British expat retirees to keep a very close watch on the day-to-day political shenanigans threatening to end their chosen lifestyles in Europe. It’s not just the unprecedented shambles in parliament, nor even the looming reality of Brexit, it’s also related issues such as...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Ongoing UK political chaos sparks fears amongst British pensioners in Europe

Even although British expats in Europe have now been promised uprated state pension for three years post-Brexit, the present political chaos suggests the good times won’t last. Around half a million UK pensioners in Europe are being informed about the three-year uprate by text message, with a good few thankful for crumbs from the government’s table but the remainder still concerned about the parlous state of sterling and the short term of the increase. Politico/financial experts also have their concerns about the duration of the...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Treating unspent QROPs monies as part of your inheritance strategy

Expats are now asking the question they don’t want to think about - what happens to money in their QROPS when they die. Making a will is a necessity ignored by a high number of expat retirees, wherever in the world they’re located. Whist it’s not a subject expat retirees want to dwell on, it’s especially important to make sure money still in a QROPS goes to the intended person once its owner passes on, rather than to the home country's greedy taxman. It’s necessary to nominate the beneficiary by simply filling in the correct...
28 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expat residents, tourists and locals in Spain hit by monstrous storms and a tornado

As massive thunderstorms and floods hit Spain’s favourite expat locations, Madrid residents are trapped in biblical-style floods. Worst hit was Arganda, a semi-rural district to the southeast of Madrid, with huge storms releasing torrents of rain turning the streets to rapids and washing away cars just a few minutes after the storm broke. The capital’s metro was badly affected with its lines 5 and 9 cut off, and parts of the M30 and M40 motorways are under water. The fast-moving hailstorm hit yesterday between 5.30 and 6pm, with...
27 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Is Thailand seeing an expat exodus to Vietnam?

For more than a decade, Thailand has been a favourite destination for Western expats looking to enjoy better weather than in the home country, a more laid-back lifestyle and a lower cost of living. For expat retirees in particular, Thailand was the top choice for many years, but a recent change in attitude by the military-run government and its immigration department has caused a good number to consider relocating to friendlier shores. Another reason for this decision is the combined effect of inflation and the overly strong baht on...
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...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Hong Kong expats now heading home in a hurry after travel warnings

As the protests continue and the risk of Chinese military action increases, expats in Hong Kong are looking for an exit strategy. Political turmoil resulting in safety concerns is spurring expatriate professionals to consider finding safer havens for their talent. Earlier this week the Canadian government issued a travel warning for those thinking about visiting the beleaguered city, with Canadian nationals already living and working on its main island seriously considering moving on before the seemingly-inevitable arrival of the...
12 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Rivers of sewage contaminate La Zenia and Palma due to torrential downpours

Expats and holidaymakers are struggling to avoid the rivers of sewage contaminating two favourite Spanish resorts. This year’s peak holiday season in Alicante and around a favourite Majorcan beach has been badly affected by sewage leaks attributed to heavy rainfall in both locations. Literally thousands of litres of untreated sewage have flooded the Costa Blanca region, cutting across the N332 coast road and filling the streets of La Zenia just south of Alicante before reaching a blue flag beach. The filthy flood is purported to...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2019

British pensioner saves his Thai wife from deportation

A British citizen’s Thai wife has been saved from deportation by her fast-thinking husband’s actions. British expat retiree Mark Leonardi met his wife-to-be in Isan’s Khon Kaen City 14 years ago and married her in 2015. The couple spent their time between Thailand and the UK, living in North London during their regular visits. In 2003, two years before he met and fell in love with Ngam Ngon, Mark was diagnosed with kidney disease and received a kidney transplant which failed, leaving him with a permanent need for dialysis. Added...