I usually try to avoid political issues in ‘Twitters from the Atlantic’, but a number of expats have shared with me their concerns about the recent European Elections. Apathy, as well as dissatisfaction with much of Europe’s political system and …
I’m often asked about policing in Spain and the Canary Islands and how it compares with that in the UK. I usually avoid writing about policing issues, as much is subjective and depends upon personal experiences and encounters with the law. However, based on my work as a journalist, as well as many reports and comments that I have received from fellow expats, maybe now is the time to deal with the issue.
The number of Britons emigrating for a better life abroad has actually increased by a fifth under the current government according to the latest statistics. Of those leaving a high percentage are university-educated professionals, leading to the media dubbing the current emigration pattern a “˜brain drain.’ Naturally Britain can’t afford to lose such talent, and MPs are among those calling for efforts to be directed at retaining home grown talent in the UK.
Public consultation relating to the issue of migrant access to the NHS, which is currently under scrutiny by the British government, ended yesterday [28th August 2013]. Up for discussion among other things was whether it is fair that British expats, who in many cases have paid years of National Insurance contributions, are excluded from having free access to NHS services.
Whilst I was doing a little research I realized that there is so many unanswered questions for people thinking of taking this route. I don't proclaim to know everything but I am in the process of going through the Surinder Singh route at the moment. We have been in Ireland for a month now. I am going to give you my experience so far, although we have a long way to go …..
The world is such a small place I thought to myself, thinking back about all the places I've been and travels I took as a young boy. Things were always normal, from my point of view anyways. I remember, the midnight special, wolf man jack and the odd, very odd acts on this show like David Bowie and Alice Cooper. Nobody is really like that, I thought, it's just a show, an act. Rainbow hair, leather, lace and chains abound. Red lights, prostitutes and every imaginable color of accessories in between. Piccadilly was a learning experience that a boy of my age could have waited a few years to see and for sure to understand.
I don’t know where the time has gone, but we arrived back in the UK 6 months ago today. We lived in Canada for just over 30 years and while we had a very comfortable life, something just seemed to missing. The more often we travelled to Europe and especially Britain we realized that we were living on the wrong continent. As beautiful as Canada is, it just wasn’t what floated our boat. We came to the conclusion that everything we loved was in the UK and easy access to mainland Europe being an added bonus.
I used to think that I would never return to the UK. I felt quite negative about England for a long time. And I thought that material things mattered a lot more than I now realize they do. We were successful in New York, we had a lovely house, and our work was very important to us. But as I got older (I'm in my late 40s now) I found my attitude changing. When I went home to Britain, I started to appreciate the wonderful things the country has to offer.
Property fraud can happen in many ways. If you decide to keep your property in the UK and it is going to be empty or rented out, fraudsters may attempt to acquire ownership either by using a forged document to transfer it into their own name, or by impersonating the registered owner. Once they have raised money by mortgaging the property without the owner’s knowledge, they disappear without making repayments leaving the owner to deal with the consequences.
It is no secret that expatriate life is extremely hard for many to adapt to. Not only must you become accustomed to a completely new culture and country, but you will also probably be doing so far from your family and friends. Therefore some consider repatriation, which involves taking the step of returning to one's homeland after living abroad, is the dream of many expatriates as they long to move back home. But is repatriation the right step? What questions should you ask yourself if you are considering repatriation?