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UK Expat News

A Spotlight on Brexit and Visas for Worried Expats

Continuing her tour of European capitals, new British Prime Minister Theresa May delivered press conferences in Bratislava and Warsaw. Her trip across the continent has continued to stir the immigration debate pot. Former European partners want to be strict with European Economic Area (EEA) membership, bringing the UK back into the freedom of movement with no means to mitigate it. The new cabinet will have to deal with the popular public opinion that the UK demands a significant decrease in immigration. This ... Read more

What Does Brexit Mean for Expats in the UK and the EU?

Spain, Ireland and France are amongst the most popular destinations for British expats. Europe, as a whole, currently hosts 1.3 million expats hailing from the UK. Thus far, those in the EU have been able to take advantage of the right to free movement and employment. Now that Britain has cast its vote and decided to leave the EU it has two years to arrange new deals with EU member states. This is under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. However ... Read more

Brexit Would Make Expat Pensioners £50,000 Poorer

British retirees who relocate to Europe could have their state pensions reduced by £50,000 over the next 20 years if the UK votes to leave the EU in the upcoming referendum. Currently, any individual who retired to a country within the EEA (European Economic Area) has their state pension increased every year under the ‘triple-lock’ system. This means that retirees benefit from pensions rising by the higher of wage or price inflation, subject to a minimum of 2.5%. However, in the event ... Read more

Brexit Will Leave 2 Million Brits In Legal Limbo

The UK government are warning that complex negotiations will be had following a decision to exit the European Union, so that the rights of UK citizens living in other EU countries can be determined. The House of Lords European Union committee are warning that negotiations may overrun the two years currently outlined, and European parliament and member states could forcefully relinquish any extension on the process. It has also been suggested that discussions of trade deals may take even longer, a proposed four ... Read more

Where Are Brits Moving To In 2016?

In a new global migration report, conducted by MoveHub, the UK had the highest rate of professionals leaving the country of the 30 destinations analysed. The report collated data from 180,000 pre-move inquiries and research revealed that three in ten Brits were leaving the UK in search for a better quality of life, and 54% were seeking sunnier climes. Australia is certainly the place for those in search of sunshine, with temperatures averaging 30 degrees in the summer months. 13% of Brits ... Read more

The 10 Best Culinary Hotspots for Jet Set Foodies

Whether on a voyage of cultural discovery, or aiming for the perfect tan on tropical beach, once the pangs of hunger hit it is only a matter of time before you sidle off to a restaurant and indulge in subsequent snooze. But, for the dedicated foodies of the world, who says you cannot plan part of your holiday around the gourmet offerings of the world? From street food vendors to Michelin star restaurants, there are unique cuisines catering to all palettes ... Read more

Many British expats will be moving back to the UK

The cliché of British retirees moving to warmer countries and living the lifestyle of their dreams may become a thing of the past. A third of British expats who settled abroad are planning on returning to the UK, figures suggest, in new findings published by NatWest International Personal Banking. In the study, 97% of expats stated they are dissatisfied with their experience abroad, citing an increased cost of living as a cause for concern. Furthermore, 99% of those asked pointed towards constant ... Read more

UK Offers Top Expatriate Remuneration Packages

Expat salaries around the world are far from uniform. Just a quick scout around will reveal that expats working in some countries are remunerated far more generously than in others. The question is where expats are actually earning the most money? It’s this exact question that international remuneration company ECA sought to answer in their recently-published survey. The survey, entitled the MyExpatriate Market Pay Survey includes responses from 320 companies covering 167 countries. In addition, over 10,000 individual responses were also received. All of ... Read more

UK Welcomes Tech Expats with New Visa Process

In a time when so many countries around the world are making expats jump through ever more hoops, the UK has taken the opposing stance. Now a new policy promises to make moving to the UK for work that much simpler for the most talented workers. It is important to note that these new regulations are designed to attract top talent in the tech sector, rather than covering the entire job market. The British Conservative government has made no secret of the fact ... Read more

22% of Brits Fail To Take Their Paid Holidays

It’s a sad sign of the times that while global travel is more achievable and affordable than ever before, an increasing number of us are failing to take our full holiday entitlement. Instead almost a quarter of us are knowingly giving up the time off which is rightfully ours in order to do more work than is necessary. So it isn’t just bad enough that an increasing percentage of Brits can’t afford to go on holiday; now we’re failing to even take the ... Read more
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