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Caring for the environment as part of your expat strategy

Caring for the environment as part of your expat strategy
More than ever before, the environment is as much the concern of everyday people as it is for governments, but should it be part of expats’ destination choices? In Britain, many millions are now taking the plight of the environment seriously by doing their best to recycle, reduce their carbon footprints and use green energy. However,...

Australia most popular with UK retirees in spite of frozen pensions

Australia most popular with UK retirees in spite of frozen pensions
Australia is still the most popular destination for British pensioners. Although Spain is regularly mooted as British pensioners’ dream destination, the highest numbers of UK state pensions are paid to former UK-resident citizens living in Australia. The figures state 20 per cent of retired Brits living overseas are domiciled in Oz, a...

Brits and EU citizens are deserting the UK whilst there?s still time

Brits and EU citizens are deserting the UK whilst there?s still time
The ongoing Brexit chaos and confusion has forced an exodus from the UK of Britons as well as EU citizens. Since the shock result of the Brexit referendum, many thousands of British citizens living and working in the bloc have taken the painful decision to become citizens of their chosen EU countries of residence....

Britons in Singapore unhappy about parliamentary Brexit chaos

Britons in Singapore unhappy about parliamentary Brexit chaos
Living on the other side of the planet hasn’t prevented Brit expats in Singapore from viewing the scary Brexit developments with concern. This week’s parliamentary chaos has stunned the world, especially as Brits have a reputation for being cool and calm in the face of impending disaster. British expatriates in Singapore are as...

Wealthier expats should compare tax perks in popular retirement destinations

Wealthier expats should compare tax perks in popular retirement destinations
For several decades, sunny Portugal has been a refuge for British expat pensioners looking to enjoy their leisurely lives in a warm climate offering welcome tax exemptions for wealthier incomers. The capital, Lisbon, along with the Algarve region and Porto are still all-time favourites for those wishing to become tax residents....

Pros and cons of expat life in Russia

Pros and cons of expat life in Russia
Russia is hardly ever out of the headlines nowadays for political reasons, but what’s it really like to be an expat in this controversial land? Whilst it has to be said that expat professionals aren’t exactly queuing up to take on career advancement relocation to this uncomfortably Communist heartland, for many expat wanderers it’s...

Expat investors buy entire Spanish village for ?150,000

Expat investors buy entire Spanish village for ?150,000
A deserted Spanish village included in Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s Christmas wish list has been purchased lock, stock and barrel by a Dutch couple. The tiny village of Lugo in Galicia is set in the Eo Valley and comprises just a few buildings including a 350m2 house, a granary, two haylofts and a few more structures scattered...

Golden Visas finally under investigation for links to money laundering and organised crime

Golden Visas finally under investigation for links to money laundering and organised crime
Following the OECD’s blacklisting of 21 jurisdictions offering so-called ‘golden visas’, regulators are cracking down on links between the programmes, tax evasion and organised crime. First brought in as an easy source of revenue for various governments and later consolidated into a straightforward if expensive way to get a second...

US State Department warns Americans against visiting China

US State Department warns Americans against visiting China
In its latest travel advisory, the US government is warning those planning on heading to China they may risk not being able to leave once their visit is over. The advisory comes under the Level 2 ‘exercise extreme caution’ bracket, and was issued due to fears China may suddenly and arbitrarily enforce laws which allow immigration...

Downsides and upsides of Thailand an as expat destination

Downsides and upsides of Thailand an as expat destination
Is Thailand still the Land of Smiles for expats? Nowadays, many expats living working or retiring in Thailand hold their breath as the New Year approaches, waiting to see what changes will worsen their already precarious positions within the country. Expats elsewhere in the world worry about the cost of living, the effect of a no-deal...