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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...

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...