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Subsidence now a real threat to expat homeowners in the Netherlands

Subsidence now a real threat to expat homeowners in the Netherlands
If you’re planning to emigrate to the Netherlands, start a business and buy a home, take care over which location you choose! It’s a well-known fact that the Netherlands in its entirety is located below sea level and is only kept dry by its brilliantly structured network of sea walls and dykes, but recent reports suggest it may be...

European Court of Justice throws out Brit expat referendum challenge

European Court of Justice throws out Brit expat referendum challenge
British retired expats in EU member states have lost their referendum challenge based on disenfranchisement. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has rejected a case brought by Harry Shindler and others which claimed the 2016 Brexit referendum was invalid due to over a million British expats being blocked from voting. The French...

Is Croatia a new hub for would-be expats?

Is Croatia a new hub for would-be expats?
Croatia is yet another up-and-coming destination for would-be expats looking to embrace the unfamiliar. Initially an increasingly popular holiday destination, the charms of this lesser-known European state are now persuading would-be expats to make it home for at least a while, either by finding a job, starting a small business or...

Why is the online free press no longer free for British expats?

Why is the online free press no longer free for British expats?
At this crucial moment in time, gaining access to information about Brexit’s effect on the lives of UK expats all over Europe is essential, especially in Spain and France, both favourite retirement hubs for Brit pensioners. Up until very recently, Brexit and other news in the English language was freely available online to UK citizens...

Should expats literally buy into the Dubai dream?

Should expats literally buy into the Dubai dream?
Recent reports strongly suggest the Dubai property market is heading for a prolonged fall, but upmarket real estate agents are still publishing advertorials suggesting the opposite. Relocating expat professionals considering a stint in Dubai could well be forgiven for being confused by conflicting reports in local media about the state of...

Japan gearing up to be an expat destination

Japan gearing up to be an expat destination
As the West moves to close its borders, Japan is slowly letting more foreigners in. For literally centuries, Japan has been more than reluctant to allow immigration, due to its fear of losing its iconic culture and ethnicity, but its ageing, shrinking population has spurred PM Shinzo Abe to imagine the unimaginable. Earlier this month,...

Dissention still brewing over Netherlands 30 per cent tax break ruling

Dissention still brewing over Netherlands 30 per cent tax break ruling
After a final announcement about the controversial 30 per cent tax relief rule for expats, dissension is still brewing as those affected consider their financial options. Protestors have won at least a single victory, in that there is now a transitional law affecting those whose cut-off point would have been in 2019 0r 2020. It’s still...

Short term expats in Vietnam concerned over new social insurance policy

Short term expats in Vietnam concerned over new social insurance policy
Expat volunteers and short-term foreign workers can’t see the point of the government’s new social insurance regulations. Confusion and concern is rife in Vietnam’s expat community following the government’s introduction of compulsory social insurance contributions for expats. Employers as well as their foreign employees can’t...

How to date safely in Dubai

How to date safely in Dubai
As if being a female in Dubai isn’t tough enough, you’ll need to get used to the emirate’s dating protocols. For new female arrivals, Dubai may seem like a pleasure palace for the privileged complete with great-looking guys in romantic white robes. As with every other expatriate destination on the planet, reality may take a while to...

Southeast Asian hubs for expat retirees

Southeast Asian hubs for expat retirees
Formerly the chosen region for expats from Europe and the UK, Southeast Asia is now attracting its fair share of USA retirees. The region itself has a great deal to attract would-be retirees, with its stunning ultra-modern cities contrasting with rural havens in spectacular countryside far away from the usual mass tourism trails.A number...