October 2013 Emigrate News Archive

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Survey ranks UAE 9th best world country for expat life

Posted on October 31, 2013 in
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Survey ranks UAE 9th best world country for expat life
In spite of recent press reports of increased crackdowns on expats in the North African Arab states, the UAE has been voted the 9th best expat destination in the world in a recent survey. The 2013 edition of HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey resulted in the emirates being ranked as 9th out of all the 100 countries surveyed, with respondents...

Canada immigration minister to prioritise reuniting families in 2014

Canada immigration minister to prioritise reuniting families in 2014
Aggressive action to deal with the massive backlog of immigration applications by parents and grandparents will, according to Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration minister, be prioritised in a 2014 push to reunite families. Minister Chris Alexander announced that the parent and grandparent backlog will have decreased by around 50 per...

Boom in Brit exports to Korea sees expats following the trend

Posted on October 29, 2013 in
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Boom in Brit exports to Korea sees expats following the trend
Recent efforts to promote stronger ties between the UK and South Korea have resulted in an export boom, with would-be expats rushing to join in. The popular Asian relocation destinations of Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China are being joined by the, until now, overlooked country of South Korea. Stronger ties with Britain are resulting...

Recently released report claims immigrants are a fiscal burden to Canada

Recently released report claims immigrants are a fiscal burden to Canada
A recently released report is expected to prove controversial for its claims that immigrants arriving during the last 23 years have claimed more in benefits that they have paid in taxes. The report, published by the Fraser Institute, has at its centre economics professor Herbert Grubel, an immigration expert well-known for his...

Wrongly deported family can return but must pay CA$6000 deportation costs

Wrongly deported family can return but must pay CA$6000 deportation costs
The painful tale of a family fleeing Libya for Canada as refugees has now taken an even worse turn. Adel Benhmuda, his wife and his four children made a bid for freedom from persecution in Libya, but were refused refugee status once they had arrived in Canada. In 2008, the entire family was deported back to Libya where, on their arrival,...

South Sudan and Angola capital cities most expensive for migrant oil workers

South Sudan and Angola capital cities most expensive for migrant oil workers
Luanda and Juba, the Angolan and South Sudanese capitals, have now been ranked as two of the most expensive oil and gas hubs for expats. Several surveys have recently identified African oil and gas towns as more expensive for expat living than any other hydrocarbon destination. The latest ranking, taken from the Mercer Cost of Living...

Australia to fast track millionaire visas

Posted on October 23, 2013 in
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Australia to fast track millionaire visas
In an effort to strike while the iron is hot and grab millionaire migrants for itself, Australia is introducing fast-track visas for those willing to invest AU$5 million. The new coalition government is committed to making it easier for millionaire investors and business-focused immigrants from the Middle East, India and China to...

Canada to extend start-up visa to encourage entrepreneurs

Posted on October 22, 2013 in
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Canada to extend start-up visa to encourage entrepreneurs
Canada’s federal government is to extend its new start-up visa in order to attract entrepreneurs, even although no start-up visas have been issued as yet. The recently-appointed Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the expansion of the new visa on Monday, describing it as a business incubator immigration stream aimed at...

Experts believe Russia should modify its immigration policy

Posted on October 21, 2013 in
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Experts believe Russia should modify its immigration policy
Recent xenophobic riots in a Moscow suburb are expected to spark socio-economic problems and may result in changes to Russia’s immigration regulations. The riots took place following the stabbing of a Russian national in a mainly immigrant district in South Moscow. Immigrants’ stores were looted, and Russian police arrested over 1,000...

Cutting Irish social benefits for young people will accelerate migration

Cutting Irish social benefits for young people will accelerate migration
The recent cut in the Irish jobseekers allowance for unemployed people under the age of 25 is being seen as a disastrous mistake which can only result in more of the country’s youth being lost to migration. As the present-day Irish Diaspora rumbles on, the announcement in the country’s Budget 2014 that jobseekers’ allowance for...

Russian crackdown on expat property investors and home buyers

Posted on October 17, 2013 in
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Russian crackdown on expat property investors and home buyers
The Russian government is working on changes to existing foreign property ownership laws which will bar expats from either buying or renting homes outside Moscow without the authorities’ permission. According to a report by the Economic Development Ministry, the changes are being drafted together with the Federal Security Service and...

Tailored reports of expat costs help determine income levels

Posted on October 16, 2013 in
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Tailored reports of expat costs help determine income levels
Expats looking to find a well-salaried position overseas may find the reality of costs abroad very different from their optimistic expectations. Migration seems to be the buzzword for the beginning years of the 21st century, with more people than ever before heading for unfamiliar destinations and the challenge of new jobs at a higher...

USA E Verify online authentication system still shut down

Posted on October 15, 2013 in
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USA E Verify online authentication system still shut down
Due to the continuing budget approval crisis and government shutdown, the essential E-Verify online system is still not available, causing problems for employers wishing to verify new expat staff. The Federal online programme allows employers to check workers’ names, their social security numbers, proof of citizenship and other details...

Tough UK government bill aims at curbing immigration

Posted on October 14, 2013 in
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Tough UK government bill aims at curbing immigration
Illegal and even legal immigration in the UK is a hot subject during the present day hard times for the majority of UK citizens, with the government’s latest immigration bill hoping to pour water on the flames of criticism. The latest crackdown on illegal immigrants features strongly in the bill, along with digs at overseas students’...

New Zealand issues new rules for international students

Posted on October 11, 2013 in
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New Zealand issues new rules for international students
Under the recently-issued new visa and employment rules, overseas students arriving to study in New Zealand will find it easier to work whilst continuing their education. The visa/work package, unveiled yesterday by the New Zealand government, is aimed at attracting more international students to the country’s further education and...

Asia to become top destination for expat millionaires in 2014

Posted on October 10, 2013 in
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Asia to become top destination for expat millionaires in 2014
The super-wealthy who once headed for the USA are now changing direction and searching out luxury property hotspots all across Asia.Australia, China, India and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region were favourites for the mega-rich between 2007 and 2012, during which time the region's population of millionaires doubled and tripled over that...

UN states mmigration is positive for both rich and poor nations

UN states mmigration is positive for both rich and poor nations
With the number of migrants worldwide soaring to a huge 200 million, the United nations is doing its best to put a positive spin on its benefits for both rich and poor countries. During the last decade, immigration has swelled from150 million to its present figure, with a significant change in that the rich are now migrating from their...

Japan and China enter market for the brightest and best professionals

Japan and China enter market for the brightest and best professionals
Canadian immigration officers should feel flattered by the imitation of their skills list by China and Japan, which recently entered the worldwide competition for the brightest and best migrants. The two Asian giants have copied Canada’s newly reworked skills list in order to attract talented professional immigrants to their shores. In a...

E-Verify shutdown causes delays for US work permit authorisations

E-Verify shutdown causes delays for US work permit authorisations
Prospective migrants to the USA are being advised to file their applications as soon as possible in case the government shutdown suspends visa applications. Immigrants who have filed for work permits are already being affected as the E-Verify authorisation process centrally funded by the government has now closed down. Those applying for...

Minister states Saudization is not the solution to unemployment in Saudi

Minister states Saudization is not the solution to unemployment in Saudi
A cautious welcome is being given to a statement made by Saudi’s education minister, in which he said the controversial Saudization programme is not a solution for the kingdom. In an interview given last Sunday, Education Minister Price Faisal bun Abdullah stated that the solution to the lack of job opportunities was the implementation...

Diaspora brain drain may be good for Irish economy

Posted on October 3, 2013 in
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Diaspora brain drain may be good for Irish economy
The wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth over Ireland’s ‘brain drain’ of qualified professional migrants may be premature, according to a university study. Noting that expecting the small, mainly rural Republic of Ireland to employ every single member of its globalised, educated younger community is wishful thinking, the study’s...

US visa delays expected as a result of shutdown

Posted on October 2, 2013 in
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US visa delays expected as a result of shutdown
The shutdown of the US government is expected to hit hard on immigrants waiting for visa approvals and others planning to submit their applications. US consular and mission services across the world are to continue to work as normal for a few more days, after which embassies and consulates will only function to serve diplomatic issues and...