Expat South America News

Latest 10 news items tagged South America

6 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in Spain warned over kidnapping scam

British expats in Spain are being warned over a virtual kidnapping scam. The scam is the latest in a selection of similar extortion frauds in which scammers call randomly selected victims and convince them the gang has kidnapped a near relative. They then demand as much as €10,000, threatening to harm the loved one should payment not be made. According to Spanish police, bargaining can get the price down to as little as €500, with some 15000 reported cases of the scam over the past four years. According to a police...
29 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Costa Rica scores high in recent expat healthcare survey

Nowadays, affordable quality healthcare is a priority for would-be expats, especially if they’re looking to retire rather than work. The subject of healthcare costs as against the often inflated charges for private medical insurance is now at the top of many would-be retirees’ lists, especially as an increasing number of retirement destinations are now requiring private insurance before granting long-stay visas. With increasing numbers of pensioners now looking to retire to warmer climes with cheaper costs of living, finding a...
10 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Welsh expats can now reconnect with their land of song

If you’re Welsh, lonely, a fan of rugby and an expat anywhere on the planet, Global Welsh is the answer. For Welsh expatriates, it’s crucial to be able to keep their connection to the western corner of the UK that is Wales, a land of song, rugby and unique history with even its own, much-loved Welsh language – at least in the region’s north. Those who’ve become expats in a strange land inevitably feel a longing to keep in touch with their origins, with one devoted expatriate Welshman now supporting a way which makes this...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat professionals desperate to leave the UK can’t find suitable jobs

Brits desperate to move overseas are being held back by a lack of suitable jobs. A recent survey result has identified the reason why Britons desperate to move abroad to avoid the after-effects of Brexit cannot find jobs – it’s the fault of international employers. Whether or not this reason is entirely accurate, overseas companies should be urged to consider creating more jobs for expatriate professionals from the UK. Over 50 per cent of Britons searching for a better quality of life overseas are seriously considering a move,...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait health authorities to ban expats with listed illnesses or conditions

Kuwait’s new public health regulations will ban expats with diseases listed by the emirate’s Ministry of Health. New measures aimed at cutting healthcare expenses and preventing the spread of disease include a long list of medical conditions which will disqualify expat arrivals from entry into the country. Expats already living and working in the emirate who are found to have one of the illnesses or conditions will be allowed to stay unless they have TB, HIV/AIDS or hepatitis B or C, in which case they will be deported. Given...
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...
19 Nov at 9 AM 2018

Spain to urge expat professionals to repatriate

The Spanish government is working to persuade its nationals who left during the economic crisis to return and take up skilled jobs in their home country. Spain’s recession began during the fallout from the 2008 global financial meltdown, with skilled professionals in the fields of medicine, science and other professions jumping ship and finding work all over the world. Now that the Spanish economy is in full recovery mode, its government is hatching a plan to attract highly-skilled deserters back home. In a recent news...
26 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Chinese international expo to feature expat lifestyle documentary

The daily life of expats living and working in Guangdong is to be featured in a video. The Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo, as its name suggests, is intended to promote worldwide commercial cooperation as well as cultural exchange. Given China’s new-found popularity with expat entrepreneurs, professionals and English teachers, it’s no surprise the expo will feature a micro-documentary showing the daily lives of expats in the mega-city. Entitled ‘Guangdong’s Expats: A Day in the Life’, it’s...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Portugal Golden Visa programme nets four billion euros

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme has now benefitted the country by around four billion euros since its 2012 inception. The term ’Golden Visa’ tends to raise blood pressures in Portugal’s everyday expat communities and invariably attract negative comments, but they’re a great way for a country to fill its coffers with cash, wherever the funds originate and however they arrived in the country. A total of 6,500 second passports and residency rights have been granted, and the cash investment required has been mainly used to...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats and citizens in Spain warned over deadly bed bug infection

A distant relative of the common bed bug is on the rise in the USA and Europe and is transmitting a killer disease through its saliva. Known in Spain as the ‘chinches del beso’ (kiss bug), the insect bites its human victims around their mouths or on their facial skin, defecating adjacent to the bite and infecting the bite with a deadly disease formerly confined to South America. Chagas disease, as it’s known, causes severe intestinal and cardiac complications, with most of the bug’s victims not even aware they’ve contracted...