Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

16 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat jailed in UAE for social media comment now released

A British expat jailed in the UAE for sending an electronic insult has now been released and is in a desperate state of health. Christian Wilke was accused of sending an ‘electronic insult’ via Facebook and was jailed as a result, but no-one seems to know why he was arrested in the first place and what Facebook post contained the alleged insult. After he’d spent nine full months behind bars, his mother Christine Wilke-Breitsameter managed to arrange for his freedom, announcing it on Facebook yesterday. Christian is a former head...
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...
16 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Theresa May crackdown on UK Golden Visas not working

Applications for the UK’s extremely expensive Golden Visa have increased by 46 per cent since the UK government’s crackdown. In spite of a UK government crackdown aimed at rooting out corrupt, illicit money-laundered cash flowing to the UK via the Golden Visa scheme, applications from the global super-rich are still pouring in. Some 400 ultra-wealthy expat investors have taken up the offer of a Tier 1 visa since the year to 31 March, an increase of 46 per cent over figures for the previous tax year. Requirements for staying in...
13 Jul at 6 PM 2018

French property market bargains for fleeing Brits

France has been a favourite destination for expat Brits for 150 years now, with its appeal even stronger since the Brexit referendum. There’s a historic familiarity to France for many aspiring expats, as it’s Britain’s nearest neighbour and still projects the glamour of Paris and the Riviera as well as the cosiness of rural villages just a few hours’ journey from the home country. Buying a second home for retirement or emigrating to start a business has been relatively easy up until now, but the Brexit boom of new arrivals...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2018

UK police still attempting to trace missing expat in Tenerife

British police are again asking for information about a UK expat who went missing more than 14 years ago in Tenerife. Kevin Ainley, a British expat living and working on the Spanish island of Tenerife, went missing in June 2004 and hasn’t been heard of since. Aged 24 at the time he disappeared, he had many friends both back in the UK and on the island, and his family are still hoping for new information which might at least put their minds at rest. Lancashire Police review officer Garry Fishwick told local media he knows the mystery...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Ensuring your financial plan for retirement is all it needs to be

If you’re planning to retire overseas, making sure your financial plans are adequate is essential. More and more older people are opting for a retirement in a warm, sunny, cheaper destination after having spent their lives working and waiting for an excuse to get up and go. For many, Brexit is that excuse, and increasing numbers of Britons are now heading for popular European expat hubs. Hopefully, the majority have made financial plans for their retirement, as the British state pension isn’t exactly generous. Nowadays, planning...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2018

UK Golden Visa gives expatriates poor returns for rich investments

At first sight, London isn’t exactly the pinnacle of expatriate destinations, but for the mega-wealthy the UK’s Tier 1 investor visa is attempting to become the Golden Visa to beat them all. London’s disadvantages are many, starting with the weather, continuing with the extremely high cost of living, the disproportionate cost of property, the expensive, crammed transportation system and the endless traffic snarl-ups and ending with the failing public health system and the high levels of violent crime. In spite of all this and...
6 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Its more fun in the Netherlands

The growing popularity of the Netherlands with younger expats isn’t only down to its startup opportunities. All work and no play makes the average expat professional a very dull person but, for those living and working in Netherlands, there’s plenty of festivals and events to banish the boredom of the daily grind. The epic Dutch pop festivals are famous across Europe but, for those more suited to less extravagant celebrations, there’s also a long list of unmissable events celebrating the country’s cultural and historic events....
6 Jul at 6 PM 2018

New European campaign group nominated for Schwatzkopf Europe Award

Campaign group New European’s GreenCard4Europe initiative has just been nominated for the prestigious Schwarzkopf Europe Award. The anti-Brexit group is dedicated to retaining freedom of movement across Europe for expats living in the UK and all across the continent. Organisers are calling for young Europeans under the age of 35 to vote in order to keep up pressure on lawmakers to consider its innovative GreenCard4Europe initiative. Winning the award would boost the campaign’s efforts to put its demands firmly on both sides of the...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2018

UK expat communities in France defined by Brexit

Britons living in France are feeling the effects of Brexit in ways they didn’t exactly expect. The stereotypical British expat in France is retired, living in the countryside and has problems with the French language as well as the French way of life. According to many online articles, Little Britain is alive and kicking across a country famous for its historic revolution against its monarchy, thus cementing its reputation as revolutionary. Whilst Britons whose lifestyles may be devastated by a hard Brexit aren’t exactly calling...