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UK Brexit white paper creates yet more issues for expats

UK Brexit white paper creates yet more issues for expats
If you’re stuck between deciding to leave the UK before March 2019 and staying put whilst hoping for the best, the recent White Paper’s stance on the UK expat dilemma may help – or it may not! Both Britons still in the UK and their counterparts who’ve made European Union states their permanent home could be forgiven for giving up...

Iceland gives a totally unique expat experience

Iceland gives a totally unique expat experience
Even for prospective expats less than obsessed with the World Cup and football in general, Iceland is an interesting choice. Iceland first hit the world’s media during the 2008 financial crash, during which its economy was devastated, its three biggest banks collapsed, investors fled in panic and thousands of businesses were bankrupted....

The truth about relocating to Russia

The truth about relocating to Russia
Relocating to Russia isn’t exactly at the top of most expats’ to-do lists, but are preconceptions of the vast country based on facts or fake news? One way or another, arriving to work in Moscow alters the perceptions expats may well have about the country and its people within a very short time. Once the shock of the prevailing...

Expat protests grow over Netherlands 30 per cent tax break cut

Expat protests grow over Netherlands 30 per cent tax break cut
As expat dissention over the Dutch government’s shock 30 per cent ruling rumbles on, the reality of its effect on expatriates’ financial affairs is becoming clearer. As previously noted, the expat-specific 30 per cent ruling means the same percentage of salaries are untaxed, resulting in those benefiting having a higher actual...

Living and working as an expat in Russia

Living and working as an expat in Russia
For a truly unique expat experience, the challenge of Russia is well worth taking on. Russia may well be seen as a part of the European continent, but its vast expanses and intriguing culture make it stand out as a challenging relocation destination. The massive country is now making serious economic progress, leading to a good number of...

Barclays dumps UK expat credit card holders in Portugal

Barclays dumps UK expat credit card holders in Portugal
UK citizens holding Barclaycards and planning to emigrate to Portugal for purposes of work or retirement are being advised to change their card provider a.s.a.p. Anger is rising in Portugal’s UK expat community against Barclays Bank for its arbitrary decision to demand UK addresses from holders of its card or face account closure....

French property websites enjoying Brexit boom

French property websites enjoying Brexit boom
According to media reports, enquiries abut French properties have soared by thousands since the result of the Brexit referendum. After some years in the doldrums, houses standing empty for years are now being snapped up by Brits desperate to escape the Brexit effect before it’s too late. Prior to the referendum, France was no longer the...

Long stay expats concerned over review of Dutch language requirements

Long stay expats concerned over review of Dutch language requirements
Much to the relief of a good number of expats in the Netherlands, the Dutch government is now planning to overhaul their Dutch language requirements. At the present time, new expat arrivals aiming at permanent residency are forced to search out Dutch language and other relevant courses in order to pass the Inburguringsexamen examination...

Netherlands expat demographic shifts from temporary to long stay

Netherlands expat demographic shifts from temporary to long stay
Expats in the Netherlands are now planning to stay indefinitely and live like the locals. The Netherlands’ explosion of popularity amongst expats from most corners of the world has resulted in a good number deciding to stay long-term. At first, the small country was besieged by highly-skilled expats looking to find a niche to occupy,...

EU ready to launch PPEP expat portable pensions

EU ready to launch PPEP expat portable pensions
If you’re already working in Europe and can stay post-Brexit or are considering an offer by an EU member state-based company, this may be of interest. PEPPs – Pan-European Pension Products - are aimed at expats saving for retirement, giving participants a far wider choice whilst boosting the personal pensions market known at present...