Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

20 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expat owned dog shelter eviction puts abandoned dogs lives at risk

An expat-run dog shelter in Spain is desperate for help after being served an eviction notice by their landlord. The APA Nerja dog shelter was started three years ago by British expat Laura Downes, and has successfully rehomed 800 abandoned adult dogs and puppies to date. Soon after its inception it was overwhelmed by the number of abandoned pets and unable to concrete the land, causing concerns over hygiene which almost forced it to close. Downes refused to give up, and the Spanish shelter has been operating successfully ever since....
17 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Global expatriate totals to hit at least 87 million by 2021

By 2021, the total number of expatriates scattered across the world is expected to reach over 85 million. Expatriation in the present day is a far cry from its 19th century origins, when various wealthy empires sent their representatives to keep the natives down whilst plundering the resources of their lands. Huge numbers of present day expats also have money on their minds, whether it’s to send home to their families or to work overseas for a salary they could only dream of back where they came from. However, becoming an expat...
16 Jul at 6 PM 2018

White paper loses some 800000 Brit expats in EU

The mystery loss of some 800,000 UK expats formerly listed as living in EU member states is confusing, to say the least. Until the publication of Theresa May’s white paper on Brexit, an estimate of around 1.2 million British expats was considered accurate by government spokespersons and the media alike, and is still used as a total by the BBC, various British in Europe campaign groups and many other media outlets. It’s been quoted as accurate by the independent think-tank Migration Watch and also by the UK in a Changing Europe...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Spanish seas now safe for whale migration

Expats who value the pristine beauty of Spain’s seas and their part in the annual migrations of whales, dolphins and sea turtles are thrilled that a Royal Decree has now protected some 46,000 square kilometres of the ocean. The vast protected area runs between the coastlines of Alicante, Girona, Catalonia and Valencia on the mainland side and the Balearic Islands, and is a major part of an important migration pathway for the three species as well as other denizens of the deep. The order, issued by the Spanish government after...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Pregnant expat women well cared for in Spanish state hospitals

Expat women living in Spain are well covered as regards prenatal and maternity care. Being pregnant and giving birth as an expat in a country where English isn’t at least a second language can be stressful, but Spain is well-equipped to deal with pregnancies and giving birth.The first good news is that legal residents working and paying social security and Spanish taxes are not charged for medical services undertaken in state hospitals. Spain’s healthcare is high standard and includes social welfare as well as maternity services....
29 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Former expat mom crowdfunds for help for her son

Kate Ogborne, her husband Dave and their son Jake were planning their move to the Costa del Sol when her baby son began showing worrying symptoms. The 14-month old had started walking and was attempting to run but fell over much more than is normal. Concerned, Kate took him to her GP, who assured her he’d grow out of it, adding there was no need to cancel their emigration plans. Once they’d arrived in Malaga, it became obvious he wasn’t going to ‘grow out of it’. Scans at hospitals in Malaga didn’t help as the results were...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Tips on selling your Spanish home if relocation is your answer to Brexit worries

For expats giving up and returning to the UK before Brexit, selling your Spanish home isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Selling a property in Spain is tougher as regards bureaucracy than the process of purchasing. The easy part is finding a buyer, especially nowadays as the number of Brits buying property and emigrating before Brexit kicks in ensures a steady flow of interest usually leading to a quick sale. It’s essential for sellers to have the help of experts in the legal process, but there are several ways in which the...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Retired Brit expat arrested for starting forest fires in Spain

A retired British expat has been arrested and accused of starting last summer’s forest fires in Spain’s protected Puerto Mayor area. The unnamed 78-year old is believed to spend the summer months living in the region before returning to the UK for the winter, and was arrested after being discovered close by the origins of the fires holding a five-litre jerry can containing petrol, matches and several cigarette lighters. He is due to appear in court before a judge who will decide whether to release him on bail or hold him in...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Strong Spanish property market down to Brits

It’s official – Spain’s property market is now as strong as it was in 2008. Up until now, Spain’s golden years for its property market were just a memory, thanks to the long-standing effects of the 2008 financial crash. However, according to the country’s Land Register, foreign sales in the first quarter of this year were higher by 13.2 per cent than at the same time in 2017, proving that a property in Spain is a strong investment no matter where the buyers are located. Even more encouraging, Britons still make up the...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Campaign against deadly drug Nolotil goes to Spanish health authority

In an update on the investigation into deadly painkiller Nolotil, Spanish health authorities are set to consider nationwide action in July. Nolotil has been widely prescribed in Spain for years, but the drug causes often fatal reactions in patients originally from northern Europe. Late last year, English language newspaper Olive Press started a campaign to outlaw the deadly painkiller drug after many expat readers revealed family members and friends had died after taking it as prescribed by local doctors. Health campaigner and...