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  1. The Pom Queen

    British Abroad

    Not just for the British but why not join us over on http://www.britsabroad.com there we discuss every country not just Australia, it could be a place where you can swap information on your home town whilst getting help with your questions about moving to Australia. http://www.britsabroad.com :wubclub:
  2. The Pom Queen

    British Expats Voting in UK Elections

    I just read the article below, to be honest it doesn't bother me about voting in the UK when Australia is now my home, what do others think? A 90-year-old UK national’s campaign to reverse legislation banning long-term British expats from voting in UK elections, is moving forward - and may reach the United Nations. In 2009, Harry Shindler took his campaign to the European Court of Human Rights; a decision is due to arrive within the next few months. However, if the WWII veteran is not successful, he is ready to take his file of evidence to the United Nations for a verdict on human rights implications. It is not “a small matter”, argues Mr Shindler, as it has an impact on one million British nationals. There were “hundreds of thousands” of young people who died in World War II so Britons could vote, he says. He was there, he adds. During the war, people did not know that one day there would be a government which would say they could not vote, said the war veteran. Under British law, expats who have lived overseas for over 15 years are not able to vote in UK elections. Harry Shindler has not had the right to vote in UK elections since 1997. In 1982, he moved to Italy in order to be near his grandson. However, he cannot vote there either.
  3. The Pom Queen

    British Expats Unhappy in Australia

    Just so I don't get accused of favouritism this is a thread for people who are here and unhappy ONLY. Who knows I may even give a prize for the most inspiring story.
  4. The Pom Queen

    British Expats Happy in Australia

    Ok, this is a thread for people who are here and happy ONLY. If you aren't happy in Oz or returning home then we can start another thread for you. However, I would like this one to be for the people who have made the move and think it's wonderful, please tell us what you like about Australia (the area you are), how long you have been here, etc. Who knows I may even give a prize for the most inspiring story.:wubclub:
  5. Expats are most likely to miss the beautiful British countryside, according to a survey. Nearly half of those questioned – 46 per cent – said they longed for rolling hills and ancient woodlands, with those living in the United Arab Emirates missing it the most. Second was the British sense of humour, with 42 per cent of the 1,034 questioned listing it among the things they missed. Pubs, at 41 per cent, were third with those living in Australia longing for them the most. The least missed aspects of UK life were politics and the weather. Despite these pangs for home, expats are generally positive about their new life overseas - with more than two thirds (68 per cent) saying they are happier abroad. Nicholas Boys Smith of Lloyds TSB International, which commissioned the survey, said: 'Often you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone so it speaks glowingly of our countryside that expats around the world miss it so much. 'Many expats have an element of the adventurer about them, but they still long for certain aspects of British life that some people here might take for granted. 'An overwhelming majority are happy with their life overseas, but the British countryside, as well as our sense of humour and the great British pub, are all things that they miss abroad.' The online survey questioned Britons based in the 10 most popular expat destinations and was conducted by Freshminds.
  6. UK media recently reported that the British government is planning a 'major crackdown' on 'health tourism'. The logic of the crackdown appeared to be straight forward, given that the NHS is placed under considerable strain from visitors who arrive in the UK with longstanding health problems expecting free treatment. However, the restrictions will also affect British expats living abroad. According to media reports, UK pensioners who have been residing abroad for more than six months will no longer be eligible for free treatment. Regardless of contributions made in the form of tax payment and National Insurance contributions, they will have to pay for any NHS treatment received while in Britain. The only exceptions, where the costs will still be covered by the NHS, is for the treatment of emergencies, such as heart attacks. However, the ban, which is set to be enforced by next April has sparked considerable controversy from UK citizens residing abroad. "I lived and worked in the UK for 20 years. I paid the soaring tax rates each and every year, and I never went on the dole [the British welfare system] or tried to qualify for any extras," said expat, Laura, who began working abroad seven months ago. She added, "There isn't any work in the UK now. The unemployment rate is soaring, and higher education is about to skyrocket as university fees are going up. Do they really expect Britons to stay put, paying out in tax but getting so little in return? I don't intend to return to the UK, but that doesn't mean I don't deserve the rights of other citizens should I visit later. This is especially the case when I'm old and at my most vulnerable. In fact, I deserve more as I never milked the system like the others did."
  7. [WRAP]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/passport.jpg[/WRAP]Nearly 800,000 British Expats appear to have decided against returning back to blighty with the UK's gloomy economic prospects and the recent riots believed to be contributory factors in discouraging a return to Britain. Earlier this year, Lloyds TSB International published it's 'International Expat Survey' which indicated 67% of expats had no plans to return to the UK – up 11% when compared to when the a similar survey was conducted 6 months previously. Further research by Lloyds TSB has now indicated that even more expats (69%) are planning to permanently stay overseas. 15% of them indicated that they had cancelled plans to return in the last 12 months. The survey indicated that improved financial prospects and the belief that the oft-quoted 'quality of life' is higher aborad were the principal factors driving expats’ decisions to remain living abroad. In spite of the economic hardship that many expats have had to put up with due to unfavourable exchange rate movements since the start of the economic downturn, 64% said they were still financially better-off living abroad, only 25% reporting that the cost of living was higher. Amongst the surveys findings: 74% of British expats said their 'quality of life' was higher. 68% of British expats say they prefer being based overseas. 51% of expats said that their new home was 'a better place to bring up children'. 'Feeling safer' - only 13% of expats said that their neighbourhoods back in the UK had been 'less dangerous' when compared to their local neighbourhood abroad. Tony Wilcox, managing director of expat banking at Lloyds TSB International, said that concern over Britain's economic problems, and the riots which took place across the country earlier this year, were likely to have cemented the decision to stay for many. “The perception from abroad of Britain is driven largely by what they see in the paper and on TV, and what they’ve seen this year is increasing inflation, low growth, unemployment, and the summer's riots. These go together to make a collage of Britain that is not as appealing as it would once have been, and it is not surprising that expatriate life starts to looks more favourable.”
  8. [WRAP]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/voting-uk-map.png[/WRAP]Should long-term British expats maintain the right to vote? A goverment select commitee will hold a hearing tomorrow on political & constitutional reform. Groups of British Expats are currently lobbying for a change in the voting legislation that currently deprives them of their UK vote after 15 years of living abroad. Many expats have long felt aggrieved , particularly those who still contribute to the UK tax system or work for UK companies abroad. Expats groups hope that the nine-member cross party group will use Thursday's political and constitutional reform select committee to support the expats who have petitioned, blogged and sent in letters demanding change. Parliament's reason for limiting the right to vote, up until now, has been that over time a person's connection with the UK is likely to diminish if they are living permanently abroad. Expat James Preston, who has surpassed the 15 year watershed by working for a British property investment firm in Madrid, is currently locked in a court battle with the Government over what he considers his fundamental democratic right. He said: "Until I got married and had children, I really never felt the need to vote. It was my strong feelings about the Iraq war that persuaded me to think about voting in the forthcoming UK elections, but now that I’ve reached the 15 year watershed of living in Spain, I’ve lost the chance. I’m basically being stripped of a fundamental democratic right. The right to vote.”
  9. [WRAP]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/kangaroo1.jpg[/WRAP]Australia remains the top destination for would be British Expats looking for a new life abroad. A survey by Post Office International Payments showed that 27% of respondents have considered a move overseas, with a further 20% saying they remain open to the idea. Australia is the most tempting destination – a fifth of people (21%) say they would most like to live or work there, followed by the United States of America (18%) and Canada (14%). Spain came in fourth place with 10%. Sarah Munro from Post Office International Payments said: "Living and working overseas is a tempting thought, with many people considering a move abroad at some point. However, taking the plunge is a big emotional and financial upheaval, and it isn't surprising that the worry of leaving family and friends is the main barrier. "For those looking to live or work overseas, the average amount of time people expect to stay is about seven years, giving them plenty of time to immerse themselves fully in the culture and enjoy a different way of living." Interestingly, for retirees the language barrier does not seem such an issue, with Spain being voted the most appealing place to retire for British expats, closely followed by Australia, the USA, France and Ireland. Research by the Post Office also found 27% of 18-34 year olds would move overseas if it would improve their career prospects. Meanwhile, one in five have already lived or worked outside of the UK and 39% listed better job opportunities as their main motivation for doing so. Sarah Munro from the Post Office said: "The combination of financial constraints and a difficult job market is making a move overseas look more and more attractive for young people from the UK." Working abroad was deemed one way to ride out the effects of the current economic climate by 12 per cent of respondents, with those willing to relocate saying they would stay away for at least five years. For nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of young people, moving overseas is seen as a way of combining their desire to go travelling with working and getting paid. Elsewhere, opportunities for promotion were listed by 19 per cent of those eager to relocate. An improved quality of living was the top reason for wanting to escape the UK job and housing market with 63 per cent, while the prospect of a higher salary came second with 43 per cent of the votes. The results of the survey come after the Money Advice Trust revealed research has found nearly one million 16-24 year olds are currently unemployed in the UK.
  10. Sydney Poms will be organising a social meet up for all British Expats living in and around Sydney. This is a great opportunity to get together & socialise with fellow Brits. All friends and family are welcome (even if they aren't British), so come along and help us build this event into a great way to keep in touch with our fellow Poms. It's informal, it's free and it's going to be fun. Saturday 20th June, 4pm Heritage Belgian Beer Cafe 135 Harrington St The Rocks For more informtaion on sydney poms, please visit our website at www.sydneypoms.com