May 2013 Emigrate News Archive

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Oz to close offshore workers loophole by creating special visa

Oz to close offshore workers loophole by creating special visa
The Australian government has announced it will bring the country’s offshore resources industry under Australian law by the creation of a designated offshore visa. Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, announced that the Migration Act is to be extended, bringing all offshore employees under the law and requiring...

UK property price recovery is good news for migrants

Posted on May 30, 2013 in
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UK property price recovery is good news for migrants
With British house prices soaring last month to their highest since 2010, would-be migrants are expecting more cash to buy their dream properties overseas. Along with a recent survey indication that 48 per cent of Britons would leave the country if they had the chance, research into property prices has seen first-time buyers re-enter the...

Survey shows Australia is top of the happiness league

Posted on May 29, 2013 in
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Survey shows Australia is top of the happiness league
A recent survey by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation, (OECD) confirms what most migrants in the lucky country know already – Australia is the happiest country. Blessed with glorious beaches and endless sunshine, Australia has been a refuge for migrants from colder climes for a century or more, but now it’s official – the...

Brit expat boom turns sour as 33 per cent head home

Posted on May 28, 2013 in
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Brit expat boom turns sour as 33 per cent head home
Perhaps the miserable, freezing weather last winter was responsible for the recently-reported rise in visa applications, but living the expat dream has soured for over a third of migrants. A recent survey by an immigration and relocation specialist company has revealed that 33 per cent of British migrants heading for a new life return to...

Survey reveals Oz crying out for British trained doctors

Posted on May 27, 2013 in
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Survey reveals Oz crying out for British trained doctors
British-educated family doctors are the flavour of the month in Australia, according to a recent survey of the hottest jobs. The survey was carried out for the Seek recruitment website and revealed a huge surge in Australian postings seeking medical and healthcare professionals. General practitioners are in the most demand, with the number...

Migrants at risk of European Health Insurance Card treatment refusal

Migrants at risk of European Health Insurance Card treatment refusal
As the financial noose tighten on public heath services across the European Union, would-be expats and even visitors are being warned their Health Insurance Card won’t guarantee treatment. Whether you’re an expat resident or a friend or family member visiting overseas in an EU member state, you risk being turned back at customs if you...

Bipartisan immigration reform bill makes it to full Senate

Bipartisan immigration reform bill makes it to full Senate
Slewed slightly to the political right to attract Republican votes, the controversial US immigration reform bill is now heading for the senate floor. The centrepiece of the proposed legislation, the 13-year ‘road to citizenship’ for the majority of the 11 million illegals in the US, has survived intact and may emerge as the most...

Hong Kong immigrants in Canada rushing to return to Asian homelands

Hong Kong immigrants in Canada rushing to return to Asian homelands
A growing number of Canadian citizens originating from Hong Kong are turning their backs on their adopted country and going home. Recently-released demographic data tells the tale of fast-diminishing numbers of Asian-Canadian citizens, down by 32,000 in the last 17 years. Canada’s National Household Survey shows a total of 209,000 Hong...

Costa Rica Central Valley becoming the next expat haven

Costa Rica Central Valley becoming the next expat haven
Costa Rica’s Central Valley, a high plateau containing the country’s capital, San Jose and surrounded by mountains, has long been a destination for adventurous expats. Established expat towns such as San Remon, Atenas, Grecia, Alajuela, Moravia and Heredia are drawing even more residents from overseas, as are the up-and-coming hotspots...

Canada to lure Silicon Valley techies struggling with immigration issues

Canada to lure Silicon Valley techies struggling with immigration issues
Canada’s minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism arrived in the Bay area last Friday determined to spread the message that his country is open for business. In a Vancouver interview before he left, Jason Kenney told the media that the dysfunctional US immigration system is now common knowledge worldwide, adding that he...

Australia plans to admit 190000 immigrants in 2013

Posted on May 17, 2013 in
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Australia plans to admit 190000 immigrants in 2013
Australia’s Federal Budget, announced last Monday, saw no change in expected immigration numbers at 190,000 for the year 2013/2014, the same number as in the previous year. Prospective skilled migrants will welcome the news, as the rumours that the category would be cut down have proved unfounded. In recent months, negative comments...

Merkel urges Germans to accept immigration policy changes

Posted on May 16, 2013 in
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Merkel urges Germans to accept immigration policy changes
In a game-changing speech delivered earlier this week German chancellor Angela Merkel urged the German people to face up to the hard facts of essential changes in immigration policy. Merkel’s speech at a government-backed conference focused on Germany’s demographic challenges and the social legacy of unchecked immigration over...

Kiwi lifestyle and higher wages lure highly skilled Brits

Posted on May 15, 2013 in
STORY LINK Kiwi lifestyle and higher wages lure highly skilled Brits
Kiwi lifestyle and higher wages lure highly skilled Brits
Just as figures were released showing a dramatic fall in the number of UK immigrants, more than 2,000 skilled job-seekers arrived at the first Down Under Live jobs fair in Newcastle. The Christchurch rebuild, billed as the ‘world’s largest construction project’, is in dire need of skilled engineers, construction workers in all...

Canada ramps up search for skilled immigrants in specific trades

Canada ramps up search for skilled immigrants in specific trades
Canada’s state and national governments are ramping up their search for skilled workers, targeting the USA as well as the UK, continental Europe and other world nations. The Canadian immigration office now considers itself part of a global competition to gain the most skilled tradespeople and entrepreneurs, a contest it’s determined...

US senator submits game changing bill to repeal FATCA

Posted on May 13, 2013 in
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US senator submits game changing bill to repeal FATCA
The hated and feared Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act came under attack a few days ago in Congress as a violation of expats’ privacy and sovereign nations’ laws. Republican senator Rand Paul, representing Kentucky, introduced the bill, stating in a letter to the house that the new law is destructive and unsuitable as a legitimate...

Germany reels under surge in immigrants from EU countries

Posted on May 10, 2013 in
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Germany reels under surge in immigrants from EU countries
Migrants from crisis-hit countries including Greece, Italy and Spain are heading to Germany, causing the biggest increase in incomer numbers in 20 years. Germany’s Federal Statistics Office yesterday released figures showing that over a million immigrants entered the country in 2012, an increase of 13 per cent on 2011’s figures. The...

Survey confirms emigration of hundreds of thousands of Irish

Survey confirms emigration of hundreds of thousands of Irish
According to a recent survey, over 25 per cent of all households in the Republic of Ireland have lost a close family member through migration over the last four years. The survey, commissioned by the National Youth Council of Ireland, confirms that migration is seen by a huge number of Irish adults as the only way to get ahead in their...

Australian government to invest AU$ millions in promoting multiculturalism

Australian government to invest AU$ millions in promoting multiculturalism
New measures to support multiculturalism in Australia’s diverse communities are set to cost the government a total of AU$15 million in grants to local immigrant neighbourhoods. The scheme was announced by the Minister of Multicultural Affairs, Kate Lundy, and is aimed at embracing the benefits of multiculturalism as well as maintaining...

Immigrant impact on town transformation underscores US visa reform

Immigrant impact on town transformation underscores US visa reform
The impact of immigration on one small town in New York State is being seen as an encouragement to the Senate to pass the immigration reform bill. Two decades since he arrived from Mexico as an illegal immigrant, one entrepreneur in this one small town now owns two restaurants, is starting a third, has five employees and is known for his...

Expat entrepreneurs in niche markets do well in China

Posted on May 6, 2013 in
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Expat entrepreneurs in niche markets do well in China
While expat workers are being forced out of the Chinese marketplace by returning locals, those who’ve identified niche markets and started their own businesses are doing well. Major Beijing and Shanhai companies are now staffing with Mandarin speakers who’ve spent some years working in the West before returning to the home country....

EU member states protest benefit tourism linked to free movement

EU member states protest benefit tourism linked to free movement
Four EU member states are requesting an EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministry discussion on the problems to their health and social services caused by migrants arriving for free health care and benefits. Austria, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK are expressing concern over the burden to their social assistance and health services caused...

Changes to Oz visa 485 allows advanced graduates longer stays

Changes to Oz visa 485 allows advanced graduates longer stays
An announcement by Australia’s Immigration and Citizenship Department will be good news for advanced degree holders wishing to extend their stay in the country. The original Post-Study Visa 485, introduced seven years ago, allowed foreigners studying at Australian universities to stay in the country for 18 months after they graduated....

Rock of Gibraltar to become latest haven for wealthy migrants

Rock of Gibraltar to become latest haven for wealthy migrants
A symbol of solidarity for centuries, the Mediterranean rock holding the tiny country of Gibraltar is set to become the next haven for wealthy would-be migrants .Once referred to by Winston Churchill as the ‘motherland penisula’, Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory, boasts a robust economy amazingly resilient to the aftershocks of...