Expat Moving News

Latest 10 news items tagged Moving

22 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats preparing legal action to keep EU citizenship post-Brexit

UK citizens and expats are planning legal action aimed at retaining their EU citizenship post-Brexit. Based on the Treaty of Lisbon’s Article 20, EU citizenship is seen as separate and additional to citizenship of its member states. At the present time, there are no written provisions for removing it and its associated rights from residents in any EU member state, regardless of whether their country of residence leaves the EU. Basically, this states that the UK’s leaving the EU should have no legal effect on the European...
31 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Purchasing your expat dream home can be a nightmare

If you’ve had enough of Brexit, the weather, floods, rising prices and the UK government’s antics over the past three years, buying a property overseas might well be the answer. For the vast majority of non-working expats, two issues form the spur for leaving the UK on a permanent basis – the rising cost of living and the fall in an acceptable lifestyle. Moving overseas isn’t a panacea for curing all ills, but it can provide a bolt-hole for those who get it right. Given that Brits are, reputably, a nation of homeowners, it’s...
30 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Belgium struggling with soaring property prices

If you’re considering buying property in Belgium, perhaps now is not the time! Belgium is a popular choice for expats who’ve saved for a generous pension once retirement kicks in, but the development of its property market over the past decade doesn’t bode well for incomers. As this decade ends and another begins, Belgian property is expensive enough to spur media claims of overvaluation and house price inflation of up to 56 per cent. For Brits for whom Belgian beer, mayonnaise on chips and Belgian chocolates are a must-have in...
30 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Managing the transition to expat from dissatisfied human

Making the initial decision to emigrate depends on a number of personal choices. Given that emigration is a major and often life-changing decision, it pays to evaluate the reasons behind your dissatisfaction with your present circumstances. The same applies if you’re already an expat but are increasingly unhappy with your job and present location. Trying something new has been the human response to discontent for millennia, but evaluating your reasons for relocation has never been more important. The last several decades have...
18 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Spain warned over influx of deadly pine processionary caterpillars

Expats in Spain’s Costa Blanca region are being warned about an upcoming danger from highly poisonous caterpillars. According to a local expat entomologist, next month will see the start of an invasion of deadly caterpillars capable of killing pets and injuring children if touched. The toxic pine processionary caterpillar has poisonous hairs which cause severe allergic reactions as well as eye damage and skin irritations in humans as well as proving fatal to dogs which sniff or eat the caterpillars. The barbed hairs contain...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Favourite expat retirement haven in Mexico now invaded by drug cartels

As British expats fearing the Brexit effect in Europe explore other world destinations, one favourite retirement haven is being invaded by drug cartels. Mexico has long been the choice of American retirees, with the charming town of San Miguel de Allende home to a large expatriate community. Recently, British expats in EU member states who’re now searching for a post-Brexit alternative have been researching Latin American destinations long favoured by their American equivalents. At first glance, San Miguel with its colonial...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expat and local SMEs move to Kowloon as Hong Kong closes down

As bankers and top expat professionals sit it out in Hong Kong, expat and local SMEs are planning backup offices across the harbour in Kowloon. Small businesses located in hotspots where the protests have been most violent are now looking to relocate to cheaper, safer Kowloon premises. Landlords of cheaper offices across the water are the most likely to benefit, with Kowloon Bay, Shek Mun and Cheung Sha Wan all inexpensive districts compared to Hong Kong itself. The economic slowdown caused by the seemingly never-ending violent...
26 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expat pensioners in Thailand facing triple whammy of high baht, falling property prices and soaring inflation

Expats forced to leave Thailand are finding themselves caught in a property sale trap. For an increasing number of expatriates in Thailand looking to leave for a less restrictive alternative or even returning to the home country, the property market slump is seriously bad timing. Many long-stay Western expat retirees who sold their homes and used the cash to buy a Thai condo or villa are now unable to keep up with immigration’s ever-increasing financial demands and are looking to sell or rent before giving up and trying somewhere...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Are soaring UK property prices the last hope for early expat retirement?

UK house price increases are proving lifelines for Brits hoping to retire overseas. For the hundreds of thousands of Brits who haven’t saved enough cash to fund a retirement far from Brexit Britain, soaring UK house prices may well be a lifeline. A recent survey by a leading insurance company has revealed just nine per cent of Brits over the age of 50 have amassed enough savings to see them through their retirement years, even if they choose a less expensive country in which to settle. According to the survey, the average...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Is China a long haul expat destination or just a stop on the road?

Most expats in China eventually face deciding whether they want to leave or stay. It has to be said that China is a unique world destination for expat professionals, whatever their expertise, but the vast majority aren’t in it for the long haul. However fascinating and challenging the stay in this unique country is, sooner rather than later it’s time to consider whether leaving isn’t a better option. For the majority, the factors which need considering are many, with the first usually connected to financial goals. Following...