Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

9 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Expat professionals now shunning the Gulf States due to instability

Expat professionals and their companies are now leaving their lucrative Gulf State jobs due to political problems. Leading international companies, their expat employees and formerly enthusiastic investors are now either shunning or leaving the Gulf States due to the political shenanigans culminating in the murder of Jamal Kashoggi. As a result, one of the planet’s most promising regions is now a no-go as regards expatriate talent. Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the two major engines of development in the region, are both tightening...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Eindhoven primary school innovative new nursery class for expat toddlers

Moving overseas as an expat family is a tough call, wherever the destination. Relocating as a single expat can be tricky unless it’s everything's covered by the reassignment package, but bringing the family along as well is far more complicated. Finding family-style accommodation in a safe area, arranging for childcare when necessary and finding a suitable school for the kids can cause chaos, and language difficulties often make the task worse still. International schools aren’t affordable by every emigrating family, and local...
31 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Are Brit expats in Spain better off than those who’ve repatriated?

Brexit has been described as a pantomime, but is no laughing matter for those caught in its net. The expat community in Spain is overwhelmingly British and mostly comprised of retirees who decided to abandon the UK for two good reasons – the weather and the cost of living including housing. It wasn’t an easy decision for the majority, as it meant leaving close family and friends as well as familiar surroundings and a well-loved home. Staying would have imposed negatives such as braving the winter cold whilst dreading the...
25 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Dubai celebrate with real live Christmas trees

Of all the memories of Christmases past, the pine fragrance of a real, live Christmas tree is one of the most evocative. Expats moving to Dubai could be forgiven for believing a plastic Christmas tree will have to do, but they’re in for a magical moment when they realise the real thing has been available in Dubai for over 25 years! Large-size, fragrant Christmas trees have been imported from Canada and the USA every Christmastime since the 1990s, and are for direct sale from trucks set up in the city’s working-class Satwa...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Expat investors shunning Saudi Arabia following Khashoggi murder

Expat as well as Arab investors are shunning Saudi Arabia after the Khashoggi murder and its world-wide condemnation Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia is lagging due to the worldwide backlash against the Khashoggi murder. The last thing wealthy investors need is a worldwide scandal suggesting it’s not just the top echelon which isn’t playing it straight but also businesses in which they’re planning to invest. General opinion now accepts that instructions as regards Khashoggi’s murder came from the all-powerful Crown Prince...
27 Nov at 6 PM 2018

UAE long-stay expats to get defined contribution pensions

The UAE’s end of service benefit is a useful and welcome lump-sum bonus for expats who’ve worked in the emirates for a while, but is it enough? Expats in the UAE are entitled to this gratuity once they’ve worked for a company for one year, and those working in the same job for more than five years receive an amount increased to 21 days’ pay based on the final salary. Thus, the amount received depends on the actual duration of employment. In contrast, emirati employees leaving their jobs are paid in a different manner as...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2018

QROPS dilemma for UK expat retiree pensioners

Retiring in the sun is the dream of many older Britons, especially since the Brexit referendum. Expats past the age of retirement make up a sizeable percentage of British nationals living overseas, according to the Office for National Statistics. Portugal and Spain are major UK retirement hubs, with pensioners aged 65 and over accounting for 39 and 42 per cent of the total British expat population respectively in the two countries. In addition, 207,300 of the 784,900 UK-born nationals living in Europe are of retirement age or older....
11 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Elderly, homeless expat in Spain helped by good-hearted Brits

A British expat couple living in Spain have rescued an elderly, homeless Briton who’s been wandering the streets for five years. David Langshaw and his partner Rebecca Pattinson first became aware of the homeless British OAP when he arrived in their Spanish village. After talking with him and getting to know him, they became aware of the previous five years of his life, spent wandering around Spain and moving from village to village. Rebecca told local media he’s covered at least 25,000 miles over the period after he left the UK...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Britons in Europe considering returning to the UK

Although it hasn’t had much in the way of press coverage, the decision to sell up and go home is being widely discussed within the British expat community across Europe. The discussions concern the fluctuating exchange rate, the uncertainty of the UK’s economy in the immediately post-Brexit future and the perceived value for money of UK property, as well as the likelihood of being able to survive in the UK on the measly state pension. At the present moment, the pound/euro exchange rate is hovering around 1.138, a significant 20...
9 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Is Vision 2030 the end for expat professionals in Saudi

Is Vision 2030 the death knell for expatriate professionals in Saudi Arabia? Launched in 2016 by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Vision 2030 is intended to diversify the Kingdom’s economy away from its traditional dependency on oil revenues. For decades, the Gulf State has been a haven for expat professionals earning salaries and living luxury lifestyles unimaginable in their home countries. Nowadays, the introduction of Saudization is gradually decreasing opportunities and discouraging top talent from risking their careers in what...