May 2018 Emigrate News Archive

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Finding the right expat hub for your personality and finance

Finding the right expat hub for your personality and finance
In the UK, the USA and Europe, the number of workers who’ve saved enough to retire in comfort in the home country is shrinking fast. As a result, more and more are searching for a safe haven where their money goes further and their lives are far more enjoyable. Warm or even tropical weather is a must, as is a friendly expat community...

Unexpected destinations for adventurous expat millennials

Unexpected destinations for adventurous expat millennials
Whilst the old saying ‘all that glitters isn’t gold’ should be kept in mind, a few unexpected destinations are expanding the choice for would-be expats. If you’re looking for more to your chosen expat destination than just hanging out in bars and cafes, modern technology can give information on less obvious locations as well as...

How to avoid being scammed on your French property deal

How to avoid being scammed on your French property deal
With Brexit looming, more Britons are rushing to get their hands on a property in France, but one common real estate scam can turn the dream into a nightmare. In the UK, ‘location, location, location’, may still be the most important part of finding the right property, but France isn’t the UK and property scams are far more common...

Tips on buying overseas property for investment or retirement

Tips on buying overseas property for investment or retirement
If you’re planning to purchase an overseas property, there are questions you need to get answered before taking the plunge. However many different homes you’ve bought and sold in your home country, purchasing a home overseas brings up questions you’ve never had to ask before. Familiarising yourself with the reality of real estate in...

British expats in Germany rush for German citizenship

 British expats in Germany rush for German citizenship
Record numbers of Britishers living and working in Germany have now taken up German citizenship. German authorities are reporting a significant increase in the number of UK expats who’ve now taken up German citizenship and are citing Brexit as the reason. Last year, a record number of 7,493 holders of British passports became Germans, a...

Bahrain best in world for expat work life balance

Bahrain best in world for expat work life balance
If you’re planning to enhance both your career and your salary in the Gulf States, Bahrain would seem to be your best choice as regards lifestyle. A recent survey reported Bahrain as the second most popular world expat destination for its superb work-life balance. Almost half of expats replying to the survey reported they’d chosen the...

Didi driver rape and murder causing concern in China expat community

Didi driver rape and murder causing concern in China expat community
Ever since the report earlier this month of a brutal rape and murder by a Didi driver of a female flight attendant, the safety of car-hailing apps has been a hot topic amongst expatriates in China. Ride-sharing apps have been a popular alternative to taxis amongst the vast country’s expat community for a good while, but the recent rape...

UAE unveils expat worker 10 year visas

UAE unveils expat worker 10 year visas
The surprise announcement by the UAE government that it’s about to introduce 10 year work visas for expatriates is great news for foreigners looking to set down roots in the emirate. The new residency rules are expected to be music in the ears of expats who’ve had enough of the normally transient relationship between them and their...

Prague growing in popularity with career minded expat professionals

Prague growing in popularity with career minded expat professionals
According to a recent survey, new kid on the expat career block Prague is growing in popularity. Many expats considering a move overseas to benefit their careers are now considering Prague as a worthwhile destination, especially because of its location at the centre of Europe. In addition, the city is charming and historic, has a strong...

Hints on dealing with inflation in Dubai

Hints on dealing with inflation in Dubai
For many expats working in Dubai, it’s becoming a struggle to pay bills as well as saving money. UAE expat residents aren’t an exception to the rule that inflation is a fact of life and needs to be dealt with by cutting back if at all possible. In the already expensive location of Dubai, lifestyle choices are beginning to become...

Relocating to Austria may give new meaning to culture shock

Relocating to Austria may give new meaning to culture shock
If you’re relocating to Austria, you’ll need to adjust your beliefs to align with some very unfamiliar Austrian traits. Just like most other expat destinations, Austria can be all you want it to be once you’re used to the Austrians themselves. By and large, expats enjoy living and working in the country, but a few habits common to...

Planning your expat tax liabilities before moving to France

Planning your expat tax liabilities before moving to France
Planning your income tax liabilities is essential for expat peace of mind when moving to France Any talk of income tax anywhere in the world causes mild discomfort at best, but careful planning of tax liabilities is an essential part of all expats’ new lives in France. Whether you’re dreaming about a complete move or purchasing a...

Checklist for ensuring a trouble free relocation from the UAE

Checklist for ensuring a trouble free relocation from the UAE
If you’re relocating from the UAE, it’s essential not to ignore crucial must-dos before you board the plane. As expat relocations from the Gulf States increase, professionals whose home it’s been for at least several years and maybe many more are struggling to cope with the bureaucratic necessities of leaving. Major moves are...

UK expat private pensioners concerned over lack of news on passporting rights

UK expat private pensioners concerned over lack of news on passporting rights
Fears over the post-Brexit loss of access to private pensions are stalking the British expat community overseas. At the present time, cross-border financial services allow the ‘passporting’ of private pensions from the UK to all other EU member states, a facility which will cease once Brexit is a done deal unless special arrangements...

Recommended apps for newly arrived expats in unfamiliar cities

Recommended apps for newly arrived expats in unfamiliar cities
For would-be expats about to move overseas, one important issue is finding the best, most efficient and easiest way to stay in touch with friends and family in the home country. In addition to staying connected to loved ones and long-term friends once relocation takes place, expats also need straightforward ways to learn the language of...

Brit expats in UAE reluctant to remit due to sterling volatility

Brit expats in UAE reluctant to remit due to sterling volatility
The sterling slump following the Brexit referendum result was a gift to British expats in the UAE dedicated to sending money home or investing in British buy to let properties. Following an initial flurry of remittances and over the next year or so, the pound made up some 10 per cent, making sending money home less of a temptation. Now...

Dissecting living costs for expats in Luxembourg

Dissecting living costs for expats in Luxembourg
Is Luxembourg’s reputation as an expensive city for expats really deserved? In comparison with other European countries, Luxembourg seems always to come out as a place for those with massive salary cheques, but is this reputation truly deserved? When basic necessities such as clothing, food and accommodation are taken into account, the...

Expats mourn the good old days of generous Gulf States relocation packages

Expats mourn the good old days of generous Gulf States relocation packages
The Gulf States employment market is shifting away from mega relocation packages and employing younger expat professionals. It seems the good old days for expats in the Middle East will soon be a memory as a market shift towards less generous subsidies, lower wages and fewer perks takes hold. According to recruitment market analysts,...

Brit expat couple blame Danish banks for eight years of hell

Brit expat couple blame Danish banks for eight years of hell
Following a successful lawsuit which saved their home from being seized, a British expat couple in Spain can’t forget the years of hell they suffered due to two Danish banks’ crooked and callous behaviour. British expats Eric and Mary Mould are disgusted by the callous behaviour of representatives of both Sydbank and Nykredit, both...

What’s so different about Australia

What’s so different about Australia
For several generations of British citizens looking to expand their experience of the world, Australia has been a favourite expatriate destination. Possibly, the two main reasons why Oz is perennially popular with UK expats are its weather and the use of something closely resembling the English language. The outdoor life is another draw...

Selling your expat property in the Netherlands

Selling your expat property in the Netherlands
Property-owning expat professionals in the Netherlands about to be badly hit by the Dutch government’s reduction of the time element in the 30 per cent tax break may be considering selling their homes and relocating elsewhere. Selling a house in the Netherlands isn’t all that different than selling elsewhere in Europe, but it’s...

Anger grows over Dutch government change to expat tax break

Anger grows over Dutch government change to expat tax break
As the controversy rumbles on over the Dutch government’s shrinking of the popular eight year 30 per cent tax break to five years, the majority of expats still believe it should be only for new arrivals. The Dutch government’s recent announcement of a reduction in qualifying years for its 30 per cent expat tax break took the foreign...