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Mediterranean Union could bring together popular expatriate countries

The Mediterranean Union, a French-led initiative, could be coming together ready to benefit from European funding.Countries that border the Med, such as Spain, Portugal and Italy are some of the most popular expatriate destinations for Brits moving abroad.Under the gaze of this new league, money from the European Union (EU) could be used to help fight pollution, increase solar energy use, build new highways and fund education projects."We have seen again that we are closely linked, that the development of some ... Read more

Expat rowers found

The British expatriates who went missing during a charity rowing event have been found alive and well.Tom Wigram, 30, Matthew Hampel, 32, Chris Gammon, 35 and Pete Staples, 38, had been rowing across the Indian Ocean to raise money for prostate cancer and had lost contact with race organisers.Out of touch since last Friday, the rowers were thought to be off the coast of Africa, some 500 miles from the finish.Mr Wigram's wife said a text message from her sister informed ... Read more

Expat charity team adrift

A rowing team of British expatriates is adrift off Mauritius, it has been reported.The crew, who are competing in a sponsored charity race across the Indian Ocean, are all British expatriates living in New Zealand.Tom Wigram, 30; Matthew Hampel, 32; Chris Gammon, 35; and Pete Staples, 38 form the Rowing for Prostrate crew, which is currently the focus of a search by race organisers.The Times reported the boat was 500 miles from the finish line and it is hoped a support ... Read more

Brits are looking to Turkey for bargain house prices, say experts

More British buyers are showing an interest in buying property in Turkey thanks to its cheap house prices, says a property firm.According to World First, deals can be now found from as low as £30,000."People are attracted to properties in the region of £30,000 as they know that in the UK they will have to spend that on a new car," said the firm's head of private clients Elisabeth Dobson.Ms Dobson noted that Turkey has much more to offer than ... Read more

Brit backpackers tempted again by Australia

British people who previously backpacked around Australia are again being tempted by the country, but this time as expatriates, the Guardian reports.The paper claims that tens of thousands of Brits will take the step and move to the other side of the world in search of opportunity.However, not all potential expatriates are looking for work. Study Options, a company that helps students relocate, told the paper some ex-backpackers are now professionals and are hoping to study their way through the recession.Entry ... Read more

Life assurance promises expats in France good returns

The French investment vehicles known as Private Client Portfolio Bonds (PCPs) provide excellent long-term returns for your money, says the Connexion.The expatriate newspaper says the savings schemes have no relation to normal life assurance and they act more like a tax-free savings plan.Different from the UK's Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs), the schemes sometimes known as 'assurance vie' allow an unlimited amount of money to be hidden from the French taxation system.The paper explains: "While the funds and any uninvested cash are ... Read more

Cheap property attracts expats to Turkey

Brits looking to retire are often tempted by Turkey's cheap property, notes Quest International.The lifestyle publication says a mixture of low-cost homes and the country's cost of living continues to bring in expatriates.Susan Cummings, an expatriate who has made the move abroad, told the publication she was put off by the property prices in France and Spain."The property prices [in Turkey] were about the cheapest [with] lots of sunny warm weather and the cost of living is incredibly low," she commented.Despite ... Read more

Expats fight for their Australian visas

British expatriates living in Australia are part of a campaign to have more than 8,000 people granted a permanent visa, the Telegraph reports.Currently many of the expatriate Brits hold temporary residency visas, which until only May this year had restricted the number of hours per week they could work.Australia demands that all expatriates are covered by international health insurance and without it they are not allowed to even enter the country.Recently expatriates have seen their premiums rise because in Australia visitors' ... Read more

Expatriate buyers look to Turkey for property bargains

Britons looking to buy property abroad are increasingly turning their attention to Turkey.According to overseas mortgage credit firm Conti, applications for property in the country during April and May of this year have increased by 143 per cent, compared with corresponding months last year.Overseas property expert Atlas International says it believes Turkey has taken over as the dominant overseas property market.James Dearsley, European sales manager at Atlas International, explained: "We have certainly found in the last year or so that the ... Read more

Spanish government hikes smoking duties

Brits after a budget lifestyle in Spain and looking to take advantage of cheap cigarettes are facing significant price rises on certain products.The Spanish government has increased its duty on cigarettes by 19 cents, although manufacturers have upped their prices by 35 to 60 cents per packet.Expatriates may still be paying far less for their cigarettes than they did when living in England, but they will still be likely to pay extra premiums on international health insurance when they take it ... Read more
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