Emigration News - Immigration News UK

Welcome to the emigration news section here at Emigrate UK. Whether emigrating to Australia, New Zealand, America or elsewhere in the world, Emigrate UK authors bring you daily emigration news

Continued rise in Kiwi immigration totals sparks political fight

Continued rise in Kiwi immigration totals sparks political fight
Continuing the trend of startling monthly rises since the beginning of 2014, last month’s New Zealand immigration figures now stand at the highest total for 11 years. The rise in net migrant gains over the last seven months has already led to mutterings in sectors of several Kiwi political parties, with last’s months net of 4,500...

Canadian small towns hoping immigrants will replace exodus to cities

Canadian small towns hoping immigrants will replace exodus to cities
An increasing number of rural counties and small towns in the Canadian backwoods are hoping that new arrivals in the country will replace locals fleeing to the big cities. Dwindling populations in Canada’s more remote regions are affecting local economies, with town councils attempting to attract more expat incomers to fill their needs....

New Zealand government offers new immigration advisor guide

Posted on August 21, 2014 in
STORY LINK New Zealand government offers new immigration advisor guide
New Zealand government offers new immigration advisor guide
A new guide aimed at would-be immigrants to New Zealand is focusing on the need for those seeking visas to apply only via licensed immigration consultants. The Guide to Licensed Immigration Advisors is being issued after reports of fraud by unlicensed immigration firms preying on would-be migrants. The guide is being issued in several...

Canadian immigration issues first entrepreneur start-up visas

Posted on August 19, 2014 in
STORY LINK Canadian immigration issues first entrepreneur start-up visas
Canadian immigration issues first entrepreneur start-up visas
Launched last year, Canada’s start-up visa aimed at entrepreneurs now has two successful applicants, both of whom are being supported by Vancouver’s GrowLab Ventures. Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, met up with business leaders last week to further promote the scheme, the first of its type in the world. He is encouraging...

Scotland shaping up as immigration destination for other Brits

Scotland shaping up as immigration destination for other Brits
With the Scottish referendum on independence from the rest of the UK just weeks away, it seems the northernmost tip of the British Isles is hotting up as a convenient expat destination. Even if the referendum doesn’t result in Scottish freedom from the 300-year old English yoke, the Scots themselves traditionally consider they’re a...

Saudi losing skilled expats due to Saudization four year visa rule

Saudi losing skilled expats due to Saudization four year visa rule
The recently-announced decision by Saudi Arabia's Labour Ministry to limit expat work visas to a maximum of four years is causing fears that skilled expat workers will choose other destinations. The decision will affect businesses rated as yellow in the three-tier Green, Yellow and Red Nitaqat classification intended to encourage Saudi...

Canada Silicon Valley North benefits from delay in US immigration reform

Canada Silicon Valley North benefits from delay in US immigration reform
Vancouver’s tech sector, known as Silicon Valley North, is beginning to benefit from the chaos and delay surrounding the USA’s immigration reform scheme. As America’s stalled immigration reform plans moulder due to political controversy, thousands of the brightest and best in the international IT world are considering heading north...

Thai surrogate twins issue reveals Australia rejects Downs Syndrome migrants

Thai surrogate twins issue reveals Australia rejects Downs Syndrome migrants
An embarrassing, little-known result of the scandal of the Thai surrogate twins has shown that Australia has been rejecting Downs Syndrome immigrants for decades. The original story recounted how an Australian couple had paid a Thai woman for surrogacy, rejecting one of her new-born twins when it was discovered that the baby boy suffered...

Potential expats worry about safety in Saudi Arabia

Posted on August 12, 2014 in
STORY LINK Potential expats worry about safety in Saudi Arabia
Potential expats worry about safety in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is a favourite hub for expat professionals due to its luxury lifestyle and high salaries, but many of those tempted to make the move are worried about safety. Regarded as a justifiable concern, expat safety in Saudi comes up often at headhunting interviews, especially if the potential migrant intends to bring his family along...

Leaked files spark Aussie probe into massive immigration fraud

Leaked files spark Aussie probe into massive immigration fraud
Last week, the Australian immigration minister ordered an immediate probe into the abuse of skilled migrant visas by crime networks across the country. The investigation, ordered by Scott Morrison, will involve the air arrivals of migrants entering the country under the skilled migration visa scheme. According to the minister, it will...

Australia to woo Chinese millionaires with relaxed immigration requirements

Australia to woo Chinese millionaires with relaxed immigration requirements
With its eye firmly on untold numbers of Chinese millionaires, the Australian immigration authority is considering more relaxed visa rules. The Oz immigration department is revisiting a visa scheme introduced last year with a view to making its requirements less stringent. Its aim is twofold – to attract more millionaires from mainland...

Immigrant families desolate as Canada lowers dependent child age

Immigrant families desolate as Canada lowers dependent child age
A surprise move by the Canadian immigration authority has left thousands of families with applications for dependent child visas with nowhere to turn. From 1 August, the age at which a child becomes independent for visa purposes is now held at 18, leaving thousands of would-be migrant families unsure of how to proceed. The previous law...

Study reveals top ten overseas retirement destinations for UK citizens

Study reveals top ten overseas retirement destinations for UK citizens
The results of a recent survey have revealed that around six million UK citizens are planning to retire overseas, with over half of those surveyed hoping to head for expat hotspots outside Europe. Unsurprisingly, Spain is again the top destination for UK retirees, with France taking second place and the USA ranking third for its...

Female migrants to UAE warned by Human Rights Watch

Posted on August 6, 2014 in
STORY LINK Female migrants to UAE warned by Human Rights Watch
Female migrants to UAE warned by Human Rights Watch
According to the charity Human Rights Watch, women emigrating to the UAE with their husbands may experience problems should they attempt to report domestic violence. The charity is accusing the UAE authorities of not taking domestic violence complaints seriously due to the influence on civil laws of the Islamic Sharia legal system. Under...

Is Asian dream fading for expat financial professionals

Posted on August 4, 2014 in
STORY LINK Is Asian dream fading for expat financial professionals
Is Asian dream fading for expat financial professionals
Hong Kong and Singapore have long been dream locations for expats looking to further their careers in the international financial sector, but new rules and significant changes are seeing openings receding. Nowadays, the focus in Asia’s financial industry is shifting from the hiring of expat professionals to employing local staff with...

Singapore tax regime and lifestyle proving irresistible to wealthy migrants

Singapore tax regime and lifestyle proving irresistible to wealthy migrants
An increasing number of ultra-wealthy expats are relocating to Singapore for its friendly tax laws and top of the range lifestyle. The city-state now ranks in the Global Cities Index as the third-most attractive destination for multi-millionaires and even billionaires after London and New York. The who’s who of international Forbes’...

Expat market in China sees evolution and increased diversity

Expat market in China sees evolution and increased diversity
In spite of media accounts suggesting that the expat community in China is shrinking, the market is evolving to include more nationalities and individual groups. Given the rapid expansion of the world’s second most powerful country, it’s no surprise that adventurous expat workers are rushing to get on the ground in China. In spite of...

Expat Scots barred from voting in independence referendum

Posted on July 30, 2014 in
STORY LINK Expat Scots barred from voting in independence referendum
Expat Scots barred from voting in independence referendum
Scotland’s controversial referendum on independence from the rest of the UK is not likely to represent the views of all Scots as those not living north of the border are banned from voting. Expatriate Scots, whether they’re living just across the border in England or working in distant countries half-way across the world, are all...

Canada temporary foreign worker programme faces first legal challenge

Canada temporary foreign worker programme faces first legal challenge
Canada’s controversial Temporary Foreign Worker Programme, already unpopular with employers, is now facing a legal challenge by a Labrador businesscouple. Introduced in its reformed version in June by Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney, himself a former immigration minister, the programme includes the Labour Market...

Irish diaspora feared unending as more medical professionals leave

Irish diaspora feared unending as more medical professionals leave
Thousands of medical doctors are feared to be planning to emigrate, according to the Medical Council responsible for issuing competence certificates. The crisis in the Irish health service seems to be escalating, with around 3,000 certificates of competence issues to practicing medical professionals over the last 19 months. Recently, the...