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Expats make a difference for Estepona stray dogs

A dedicated team of expat dog-lovers are working together to rehabilitate and rehome Esteponaâ??s stray dogs. Spain is just one of several Mediterranean countries with a stray dog problem, a situation which causes distress to UK expats whoâ??ve been brought up with the saying â??a dog is for life, not just for Christmasâ??. As a result,... Expats Blog -

UAE expats rush to relocate currency as pound falls again

Following yet another fall in the value of sterling on Wednesday, British expats working in the UAE rushed to transfer funds back to the UK. Sterling fell a further 0.7 per cent against the US dollar, the local currency to which the dollar is pegged, starting a rush by UK expats to send even more money back home and causing remittance... Expats Blog -

British expat retirees not responsible for failing NHS

In spite of the perceived wisdom that elderly Brit expats are wrecking the NHS, aided and abetted by EU pensioners living in the UK, figures show the vast majority use heathcare provided by their countries of residence. Using numbers provided via a freedom of information request, the BBC has published an article with figures proving that... Expats Blog -

Expats in UAE to undergo criminal record checks

The UAE parliament is expected to make a favourable decision regarding the need for expatriate workers to undergo criminal record checks. Security checks for criminal records are about to become the norm for expats working in the UAE after the scheme was approved in principle by the emiratesâ?? cabinet. The move is believed to be a result... Expats Blog -

Anti Brexit movement ramping up in the UK and abroad

As parliament dithers and no clarification has yet been received on the Supreme Courtâ??s judgement, resistance to Brexit as a done deal is growing in the UK as well as in British expat communities across Europe. As protest groups continue forming in major European expat destinations, EU expats living in the UK are getting together in... Expats Blog -

Exiting EU Committee to hear rights retention arguments from expat group

January 18 will see the formal recognition of a group fighting for Brit expatsâ?? rights after Brexit when their evidence is given to the Exiting EU Committee. The committee, chaired by MP Hilary Benn, will hear that UK expats in Spain are living in fear of Brexitâ??s effects on their lives. According to the Olive Press, the Madrid-based... Expats Blog -

Kuwaiti MP hits out at expat right to change employers

Expat professionals working in Kuwait are under attack again regarding their right to change employers and residence permits. Kuwaiti MP Mubarak al Hajraf is being quoted in the Arab Times as attacking his government for not nationalising the jobs market as a tool to assist Kuwaitization of the workforce. Other oil-producing states are,... Expats Blog -

Austrian idiosyncrasies and their effects on expats

In general, expats in Austria are more than happy to be there, but some local habits can cause frustration in the overseas community. Expats across the world are the first to admit that nowhereâ??s perfect, with those living in Austria finding the locals welcoming, helpful and supportive. Even so, some Austrian habits can cause... Expats Blog -

Lifestyle changes for expats in Italy

Italyâ??s ancient culture is one of the many reasons why itâ??s popular with long-stay expats, but living the Italian dream can result in serious lifestyle changes. Italy is a draw for many would-be expats disenchanted with their countries of origin, with its milder weather, ancient history, wealth of delicious foods and laidback lifestyle... Expats Blog -

Expats and retirees paid in sterling feel exchange rate pinch

The shocking decline in the value of the pound sterling against major currencies is hitting UK expat pensioners as well as expats working overseas and being paid in sterling. The majority of UK expats are either retirees drawing pensions originating in the UK or professionals working on overseas contracts including sterling payments. Both... Expats Blog -

Expats in Kuwait to face huge heathcare cost increases

Kuwaitâ??s unenviable position as one of the least satisfactory destinations for expats is about to get even worse as the government announces massive increases in heathcare costs. According to the Kuwait Times and other English language media, heathcare charges are to be increased by up to 500 per cent, beginning in mid-February. The... Expats Blog -

China may phase out non native speaker expat English teachers

Following its testing late last year of a three-tier work permit system, China is looking to rid itself of non-native English language teachers. The new three-tier system, at present on trial in Beijing Shanghai, Tianjin and other major cities, classifies expat workers into three classes of expat, A, B and C. The rules include a... Expats Blog -

Best destinations for expat heathcare at the right price

For many expats weighing up the pros and cons of a particular country, the quality and cost of healthcare is one of the most important aspects. Affordable, quality heathcare is one of the most important aspects of expat life for older professionals looking for an overseas position, retirees seeking the perfect location and expats with... Expats Blog -

Vietnam scores in expat survey for salaries and lifestyle

A recent survey shows Vietnam has overtaken Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand as a popular destination for expat professionals. The most recent Expat Explorer surveyâ??s Vietnam result may come as a surprise to many would-be expats whoâ??ve not even considered it as a destination, but the Southeast Asian country is now ranked at 28th in... Expats Blog -

Man born in Britain to EU expat parents refused British passport

A 32-year old man born to German parents living in London has been refused a British passport and will have to take a UK citizenship test in order to stay. Given recent media revelations about Home Office chaos over EU citizensâ?? permanent residency applications, the present plight of Dom Wolf perhaps should not come as a surprise, even... Expats Blog -

Kuwait to increase health charges for expats

Following a study of health service fees, the Kuwait ministry of health is due to announce increased health charges for expats in the emirate. The recent study reviewed expat health service charges with the aim of aligning them more closely to the actual costs, with the result that charges will now be set at an increased level affordable... Expats Blog -

Expats providing UK temporary care defend their rights and motivations

Following reports in the UK media that unqualified British expats are taking on highly paid temp jobs in UK care homes, long-term expats in the programme are denying thereâ??s any scandal. Expats whoâ??ve been involved in the scheme are fighting back against what they claim is unfair misrepresentation a regards their previous experience... Expats Blog -

US expats in Mexico fear anti-American sentiment

The Trump campaignâ??s concentration on offensive anti-Mexican rhetoric is causing long-stay US expats in the country to reconsider their futures. Around a million US citizens live south of their home countryâ??s borders in Mexico, making up the largest concentration of American expats anywhere in the world. Many are long-stayers, many... Expats Blog -

Centraal and the Moreelsebrug

The Utrecht Centraal train station has been undergoing a massive renovation for what feels like years and years. I rarely go to the station, so the few times I do, usually to meet up with visiting friends, it’s been a … Continue reading ?

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