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Will Polish plumbers be replaced by Brit expat retirees after Brexit

A hard-hitting article in a Scottish newspaper is suggesting tax-paying, hard-working Polish plumbers may have to be replaced by retired Britons reluctantly returning from a life in the Spanish sun. The newspaperâ??s report on a Westminster debate concerning the many petitions for a second referendum wasnâ??t meant to be hilarious, but... Expats Blog -

Disillusioned Brits rush to become expats in Irish Republic

Spurred by the ubcertainty following the Brexit result, a huge number of disillusioned Britons are seeking to become expats working overseas. Ever since the result of the Brexit referendum was announced, online international recruitment sites have been deluged by huge numbers of British workers seeking a new life abroad. A recent analysis... Expats Blog -

Kuwait expats face 165 per cent compulsory heath cover increase

From 2017, expats living and working in Kuwaitâ??s private sector will have to pay 165 per cent more for their compulsory heath insurance. The recent announcement of new independent healthcare provisions for expats included news that the cost of coverage would increase, but gave no details of the exact figure to be charged. At present,... Expats Blog -

Expat returnees from Europe taking the road to the isles

The anticipated expat doom and gloom of Brexit is already seeing a trickle of Brit returnees boosting trade for estate agents offering homes on the Scottish islands. As uncertainty continues to dog British expats living in EU member states, one national estate agency is experiencing a rush of enquiries from overseas about Scottish island... Expats Blog -

Bahrain mulls ban on expat kids cricket matches

A recent shock/horror announcement on a Bahrain news website has suggested expats an their kids will be banned from playing cricket on waste grounds. Bahrainâ??s Northern Municipal Council voted on Monday to disallow cricket in its constituencies, according to local media. The council accused fans of the popular game as well as its players... Expats Blog -

BBCs Thailand video slammed by expats and tourists

The BBCâ??s tourism video on changes in Thailand since the Kingâ??s death last Thursday is being rejected and ridiculed by expats and tourists in the country. Uploaded onto Facebook last Saturday and slammed by netizens as misleading and inaccurate, it was viewed over 2.3 million times before being withdrawn. Aimed mainly at tourists... Expats Blog -

Bad news for expats as Singapore labour market shrinks

Human resources consultants in Singapore are warning tighter labour market and slowing economy may reduce demand for expat professionals. Although the market for top jobs is expected to stay strong, expats looking for middle managerial or more junior positions are likely to be disappointed. Singaporean employers are now opening up such... Expats Blog -

Expats in Thailand mourn the death of King Bhumibol

The death last Thursday of the Thai King has plunged the nation into mourning, with many expats suffering along with their Thai friends and colleagues. Some expats are in pain because they admired and appreciated everything the King was to his subjects and his love for them, and others are unhappy as they see their Thai friends and... Expats Blog -

British expats across UAE still cashing in on weak sterling

After the pound sterling fell to a 31-year low last week, British expats working in the UAE rushed to remit currency to the UK. Remittance volumes from the UAE to UK banks have soared by 135 per cent over the same week in September as expats took advantage of the fall in sterling. The cashing in is likely to continue as major banks are... Expats Blog -

Five Ways To Fake Speaking Dutch

After many years of living in The Netherlands I have mastered the ability to fake speaking the Dutch language. It is something that came in handy when I first arrived in the country and is still useful to this very day (more so than it probably should be at this point). Show More Summary

Post Brexit Brits clamour for Irish passports and citizenship

Thousands of British citizens are rushing to mitigate Brexitâ??s effects on their lives by applying for Irish passports and citizenship. During the three months following the announcement that Britain had voted to leave the European Union, a massive 37,000 Brits living in both the UK and Northern Ireland are taking the emigration route to... Expats Blog -

Saudi fresh market off limits to expat shoppers

Saudi officials operating in the Jeddah municipality have banned all local traders from selling their produce to expats. A municipal overseer with responsibility for the cityâ??s Central Vegetable Market has made himself extremely unpopular with both expats and market traders by introducing a ban on selling to foreigners. The official... Expats Blog -

UK expats in Spain given hope by Spanish acting PM

After a meeting with Theresa May, the Spanish acting prime minister told British expats to keep calm and wait for results. Mariano Rajoy yesterday attended a working lunch with Theresa May in which the plight of Spaniards living in the UK and British expats in Spain was discussed. Although no press conference was held after the meeting, a... Expats Blog -

Thank Bacchus It’s Friday

Have a happy, safe weekend! Tagged: bacchus, bacchus fountain, Janskerkhof, photography, things to do in utrecht, things to see in Utrecht, utrecht fountains, utrecht statues

Invading Holland Redesign

Surprise! I’m back and things look a little different now. If all has gone well you are now reading this on the all new Invading Holland redesign. If everything has gone badly you are now staring at a 404 error while weep and beg my computer to bring everything back. Show More Summary

High Court legal challenge to Brexit starts today

British expats all over the EU will be watching the proceeds of the first legal challenge to Theresa Mayâ??s arbitrary triggering of Article 50 next March. The lawsuit is based on the widespread belief that a parliamentary debate and vote is needed before May can push the button to start EU divorce proceedings. Many UK citizens as well as... Expats Blog -

India wins out over the USA and China in expat survey

According to a recent survey, expats living and working in India are happier than their counterparts in the USA and China. The respected HSBC survey awarded the sub-continent 26 points against 30 for the USA and 34 for China, with the results based on three parameters, family, experiences and economics. In the economics sector, India... Expats Blog -

Best loved lifestyle websites and apps for expats in Dubai

If asked to choose between Dubaiâ??s job opportunities and rewarding levels of salary and the locationâ??s amazing nightlife and endless amenities, most expats would hit on the lifestyle. Admittedly, work in Dubai can be fascinating and even fun, but the endless choice of hot new venues, restaurants and clubs are the real attraction for... Expats Blog -

"You're Lucky You Are Cute!"

"You’re lucky you are cute. If you weren't, you wouldn't be sitting here next to me." I can't tell you how many times my husband has said that to me over the years. While I feel like he is mostly joking, deep down I can't help but think that there must be some truth to it. Show More Summary

UK government finally announces details of expat lifetime right to vote

The British government has now seen fit to finally scrap the rule disenfranchising all UK expats whoâ??ve lived abroad for more than 15 years. One of the most controversial issues highlighted by the Brexit referendum was the 15-year voting rule which disallowed hundreds of thousands of British expats in Europe from having a say in their... Expats Blog -

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