October 2018 Emigrate News Archive

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Several million British expats urged to Brexit-proof their finances

Several million British expats urged to Brexit-proof their finances
According to leading financial advice firms, all British expats should now be reviewing their financial strategies in the light of a possible no-deal Brexit. The news that the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer is setting aside some £500 million in preparation for a no-deal Brexit is sending shivers up the spines of a good number of British...

Frozen pension petition hits 220,000 signatures

Frozen pension petition hits 220,000 signatures
A petition against frozen pensions launched by the daughter of a 93-year old British expat living in Canada has been signed by 220,000 protestors. The petition called for pensions justice to relieve the hardship endured by those Britons who’d retired to countries with which the UK has no formal Social Security agreement. Of the one...

UK offers healthcare coverage for expat retirees in EU

UK offers healthcare coverage for expat retirees in EU
The British government has introduced a bill aimed at continuing the funding of EU-based Brit expat pensioners’ healthcare in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The bill came after French lawmakers said their government was considering safeguarding healthcare provisions for British expats if Britain ceased to make reciprocal payments...

Is Greece the answer to the Brexit blues?

Is Greece the answer to the Brexit blues?
Greece may not be as popular as other better-known expatriate destinations, but its low cost of living, safe environment and ultra-friendly people make it the perfect place to call home. The ancient land of Greece has largely put its financial troubles behind it, and is now recovering well, making it a suitable destination for expat...

Entrepreneurial expats in Spain embrace e-commerce

Entrepreneurial expats in Spain embrace e-commerce
There’s a new slant on becoming an expat in Spain, with e-commerce the latest fad with entrepreneurs. E-commerce is now establishing itself as yet another way to take advantage of Spain’s low cost of living, friendly environment and mostly spectacular climate. The industry is attracting increasing numbers of tech-savvy expats whose...

Expat career progression in an ever-changing world

Expat career progression in an ever-changing world
With the present-day global economy in flux, are expat professionals changing their relocation choices? High earnings and the opportunity to accelerate career progression are the driving forces of many expat professionals’ lives, but other factors are now influencing decisions in this fast-changing world. Formerly, long-term...

UAE longer term visas boost property market confidence

UAE longer term visas boost property market confidence
The UAE’s recently introduced retirement visa and 10-year visa have had a direct, positive effect on confidence in the Dubai real estate market. As a result of the two new visas, Dubai’s property market is already seeing an increase in enquiries from first-time purchasers, even although many would-be home-owners are struggling to...

Scandal of British frozen pensions heads to Westminster

Scandal of British frozen pensions heads to Westminster
British PM Theresa May is under pressure to end the scandal of expat frozen pensions. An unequivocal message to ‘do the right thing’ by ending the scandal of British frozen state pensions for UK expats is to be delivered by Anne Puckridge, 93, a WWII veteran who served in all three branches of the British armed services. Mrs Puckridge...

Frozen pensions under attack by petition with 196,000 signatures

Frozen pensions under attack by petition with 196,000 signatures
To date, 196,000 people have signed a petition calling for the UK’s frozen pension scheme to be abolished. For those who’re looking to retire overseas, this is a crucial issue, as in many popular retirement destinations, the UK state pension is frozen at the point of the retiree’s departure from the UK, whilst in certain other...

Tips for female expats travelling alone

Tips for female expats travelling alone
Arriving overseas as a lone female expat has its challenges, but making friends isn’t that hard. Most expat-themed websites are aimed at the male of the species, focusing on salaries and luxurious lifestyles in exotic locations, with occasional brief diversions into the alcoholic lifestyle in various favourite destinations. In short,...

Are expats still part of the global future?

Are expats still part of the global future?
Although the world seems to becoming more and more insular and protectionist by the minute, there are still some 50 million expatriates scattered all over the five continents. In many ways, the 21st century could be seen as the century of the expat, as nowhere is so unfamiliar as to prevent exploration by those wishing for a more rewarding...

Survey shows France wins on expat family life

Survey shows France wins on expat family life
France’s position in the regular expat surveys has been improving year on year, with its 2017 raking at 11th out of 31 surveyed countries the best yet. It seems the reason for the steady improvement isn’t eye-watering salaries or a luxury lifestyle, it’s the quality of expat life, especially when there are expat families involved....

Is going local the answer to your expat dream?

Is going local the answer to your expat dream?
The process of retiring overseas prompts many questions about your proffered lifestyle, your finances and your future in your chosen destination. One question which many would-be expats ask themselves is whether they’d be happier living a simpler lifestyle by going local and living outside the mainstream of modern existence. Living like...

Where to go for the highest possible expat paycheck

Where to go for the highest possible expat paycheck
If it’s all about the money, you’ll need to know the best destinations for the highest salaries. According to the latest survey, simply moving overseas adds at least $21,000 a year to expat professionals’ take-home pay, with the best-paid of all found in Switzerland, Hong Kong and the USA. The recently released HSBC Expat Explorer...

Incredible India attracts increasing numbers of expats

Incredible India attracts increasing numbers of expats
Traditionally, India has been seen as an iconic country whose citizens emigrate to improve their lives, but nowadays the trend is reversing itself. At the present time, some 30,000 expatriates are living in India, with numbers increasing year on year. The expatriate community is varied and diverse, ranging from executives and CEOs of...

Working in Dubai as a female expat professional

Working in Dubai as a female expat professional
Relocating, even to familiar countries, can be an overwhelming experience, but for female professionals moving to a Gulf State it’s even more of a challenge. Surprisingly, it’s not that difficult to actually get a job if you’ve arrived as a professionally-qualified trailing spouse, with online job openings the best way to start....

Choosing your expat dream destination

Choosing your expat dream destination
If you’re desperate to get away from the grim, gloomy British scene, what’s the best way to decide on your dream destination? In general, would-be refugees from battered Britain have two options - to move to a place you’ve come to know and love during several holidays and which is the affordable option, or start the adventure of a...

Dutch tech firms set to lose out due to new expat tax rule

Dutch tech firms set to lose out due to new expat tax rule
As the expatriate battle against the 30 per cent tax break changes hots up, Dutch tech companies are worried about losing their best people. The Netherlands is now a hotbed for tech innovation, with the original tax break scheme mooted as one reason why so many highly-skilled expatriates chose the country as their permanent home and...

Telling it like it is on post-Brexit annuity payments and SIPPs

Telling it like it is on post-Brexit annuity payments and SIPPs
For British expat retirees in EU member states, the position as regards annuity payments and SIPPs post-Brexit has been as clear as mud. For Britons already retired in EU member states as well as those approaching retirement and planning to head overseas, the ongoing confusion about pension payments has caused stress and fear. Advisors...

China changes tax regime to include foreign entrepreneurs

China changes tax regime to include foreign entrepreneurs
From the beginning of next year, China’s tax regime will include Individual Income Tax liabilities for foreign residents. Key changes in the manner in which tax residency in China is determined are expected to substantially affect the majority of expat professionals working in the vast country' major cities. The reform of Individual...

Think tank report draws expatriate professionals to Denmark

Think tank report draws expatriate professionals to Denmark
If you don’t want to spend time ploughing through endless surveys to find your most suitable expat destination, the Legatum Institute think-tank’s Prosperity Index may have the answer. Prosperity isn’t just about a country’s financial standing as it also includes social capital and economic quality, two categories which are...

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