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Defeating foreign languages before they defeat you

Defeating foreign languages before they defeat you
One of the worst aspects of relocation overseas for expats is the necessity to learn another language well enough for business as well as personal use. Even at school, foreign language-learning at the basic secondary school level is a chore for many young people who take the exam, pass it by the skins of their teeth and promptly forget...

Tips for expats buying a property in Greece

Tips for expats buying a property in Greece
Expat property purchase in Greece is complicated, but can be done with a little professional help. If you’ve finally given up on the UK and are moving to Greece, buying a home in your chosen location isn’t exactly straightforward, but can be done. EU nationals can freely purchase real estate on the mainland and in the islands, but...

Expat life in France can become a personal nightmare

Expat life in France can become a personal nightmare
The majority of expats who choose France as their overseas home are happy to have done so, but what makes a dream turn into a nightmare? Survey after annual survey praises France as an expat destination, especially for Britons, with many having lived there for several decades. Most say their quality of life has improved considerably,...

Expat divorce in the Netherlands

Expat divorce in the Netherlands
If your expat relocation to the Netherlands was great for your career but toxic for your marriage, it’s possible to divorce without returning to your home country. In today’s globalised world, marriages can be the unintended victims of successful career moves to an overseas location. When an expat marriage is truly over in the...

Brit expats see glimmer of hope in massive new Brexit poll

Brit expats see glimmer of hope in massive new Brexit poll
The results of a massive new Brexit poll are buoying up the hopes of British expats in the EU, but will politicians take notice? As the Brexit nightmare grinds on and British expats living in EU member states grow ever more fearful of a no-deal exit, the results of a huge, nationwide poll are telling it like it really is. The poll,...

Worldwide ranking in the use of English shows Asia lagging far behind

Worldwide ranking in the use of English shows Asia lagging far behind
For retirees heading overseas to a non-English speaking country, it can be tricky to learn the local lingo, but is it really necessary? Retiring in a warm, inexpensive country is the dream of many older Brits, with Spain, France and Portugal especial favourites. However, not every retiree wants to spend several years becoming fluent in...

New China IIT law to impact expats as well as nationals

New China IIT law to impact expats as well as nationals
The new Chinese IIT law concerning income tax passed at the end of August will impact expats as well as Chinese citizens. The new law deals with changes to the way individual income tax is calculated and enforced, and is based on changing residency rules for expats, expanding deductibles and adjusting tax brackets. It’s set to be...

Brits queuing up for Republic of Ireland passports

Brits queuing up for Republic of Ireland passports
Since the result of the Brexit referendum was announced, there’s been a massive surge in the number of Brits applying for Irish passports. In the year before the referendum, some 46,000 applications for Irish passports were processed, all of which went to citizens in mainland UK rather than to Northern Ireland. By the beginning of...

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...