Internations Reveals The Best and Worst Places For Expats in 2017

It’s all change amongst the top 3 nations in the world that are most popular with expats, according to a survey released earlier this year by Internations, the global expat networking platform and events organiser. 

None of 2016’s top 3 retained their spot in 2017, whilst the world’s highest rated destination this year has made the jump from 19th to 1st spot. Read more

Buying Property Overseas: 10 Crucial Things To Consider Before You Take The Plunge

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Welcome to our guide to buying property overseas.

It’s around this time of year, with winter well and truly descending upon us, and daylight-saving time rearing its ugly head, that many of us, those that can afford it, consider the possibility of either relocating overseas, or acquiring a property overseas.

Wouldn’t it be just great to know that, faced with a particularly grim weekends’ weather, we can simply jump on the Eurostar or into the family car, or onto a direct flight to France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, or even Croatia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Albania…or even further afield?

A ski-chalet in the Swiss Alps. A beachside villa in Sitges. A small finca in the Balearics. It’s not as much of a pipe dream as you might think.

All you have to do is to break the process down into small steps, set targets, timeframes, price limits, and devote a decent chunk of time to researching – or better still, visiting – the places where you’d most like to purchase a second home. Here’s how. Read more

I’m Moving Abroad – Should I Open A Local Bank Account?

A local bank account can be a lifesaver when relocating abroad.

Relocating abroad is something that many people will do at least once in their lives, and generally speaking, it is a valuable life experience that allows you to experience a new culture, enhance your career prospects and even make you a more well-rounded person.

Even in today’s modern, digitalised world, however, there are certain hurdles that you must jump through and rules to comply with that you must understand if your stay abroad is to be a success. Read more

Emigrating for Work? How To Make Your Money Go Further

With promises of warmer weather, fantastic opportunities, and exciting cultures to explore, it’s no wonder that more than 300,000 people in the UK opt to emigrate to other countries each year. Australia and Canada are two of the top choices for Brits, especially those moving for work purposes, so what are some the best ways to ensure your move goes as smoothly and as enjoyably as possible? Read more

BREXIT: HOW WILL IT AFFECT THOSE LIVING OVERSEAS?

Although we don’t quite know how the UK economy will change as a result of Brexit, what we do know is that many of the news sources are focusing almost exclusively on how those living in the country will be affected. But how about those living abroad? British expats, EU residents, and even those living elsewhere in the world are beginning to ask how they might be affected by the result of the referendum, and want to ensure that they’re doing everything they can to protect themselves, and their money, at this time.

Business as Usual for UK Expats

If you’ve waved goodbye to drizzly England and taken up residence on sunnier shores, don’t panic. You’re certainly not alone – an estimated 1.3 million Brits live on the continent thanks to the free movement laws within the EU – and despite what some scaremongers are saying, it’s very unlikely that you’ll become an illegal immigrant overnight. While we can’t predict the future, it is suggested that the UK will enter into some sort of agreement with the EU. Think about Norway, for example. Although they are not a part of the EU, British citizens are still able to live and work in Norway without the need for a visa.

Perhaps the biggest concern for Brits living abroad is money transfers. If you’re receiving a UK salary or UK pension, unfavourable currency exchange rates can have an impact upon day-to-day life. But depreciation is nothing new. In fact, the pound was actually lower against the euro in December 2008 than it is following the referendum. People overcame this by using dedicated FX services such as The Money Cloud who can provide big savings on international money transfers; it’s no different this time around.

Good News for EU Residents

If you live in another EU state and have been thinking about coming to live and work in Britain, experts are saying that you will still be able to do so. ‘It will still be possible to employ personnel from EU member states’, says Omer Simjee of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors. There may be a little extra work to be done, and a few more ‘administrative costs’, according to Simjee, but it is expected that emigration from EU states to the UK for work purposes will not be significantly affected by the result of the referendum.

A Boost for the Developing World

Many countries around the world have voiced concern that Brexit will not only affect the European region, but elsewhere, too. However, it is possible that the situation will be beneficial to many of these countries, particularly those in the developing world. If the majority of UK trade is shifted from the EU, it is likely that the Commonwealth nations will be a major focus. Countries such as India, Kenya, and Pakistan could benefit significantly. Fortunately, services such as The Money Cloud make it easy to send money abroad, and receive money from abroad, providing the best currency exchange rates for trade.

By Emmanuel Addy – Emmanuel has over 12 years’ experience of developing partnerships in the FX/digital payments sector. He has also worked alongside Huw Jenkins, in money transfer comparison since the sector began before consolidating his experience to co-found The Money Cloud.