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  1. expatdownunder

    New Expats 'n' Cork Hats podcast episode

    Hey everyone, we have but done many posts on here but we have just put episode 6 live in Spotify, tap the below link to listen. It's also on iTunes, Google podcasts, Deezer etc... If you don't know what we are about, we simply get expats on and have a chat about their experiences. No script, anything goes conversation. We even have people booked to come in the show who are still in the UK waiting for visas to be approved. This week's episode is Scott who is a Perth bag piper for WA Police. Was lovely chatting to him and finding out some of the stuff he has been up too in his short time in a Australia.
  2. Hello Everyone! I am an expat doing her PhD at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia. My dissertation aims to develop a further understanding about expatriate's overseas working experiences and how to improve it.I want to invite you to take part in my PhD survey. To do so, You have to be an expatriate living and working overseas for 6 months or more. To complete the survey please go to: https://tinyurl.com/ycxqmsu9.Please feel free to share this survey with friends, coworkers or family members. I appreciate your time and help with completing this survey as you will be helping other expatriates like you better adjust to their new cultural environment and helping me complete my dissertation. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!Best regards,Roxy
  3. The HSBC has just published the results from its annual 'expat explorer' survey. The reports ranks the best countries for expats to live in. The survey asks expats twenty-seven questions across three categories - economics, experience, and family. The economics league table uses a score that summarizes expats views about a country and its expats, covering wage levels, career progression, and the local economy. The experience league table quizzed expats on the lifestyle they have in their adopted country, covering local culture, safety, ease of forming friendships, and the ease of setting up a new home. The family league table was based upon expats' attitudes towards family life in their adopted countries, covering expat social life, education costs, and the ease of children making friends. The three subindexes were then collated and used to create an overall ranking based on an average score, given out of one. Last year, Australia was tied in 9th place with 2 other countries. This year, Australia has solidified its place in the top 10, moving up to 7th place. Moving in the opposite direction, the U.K. has tumbled in a ranking of top destinations for expats following the June 2016 vote for Brexit. It now ranks 35th in the annual HSBC survey, a sharp decline from 22nd in 2016 and was the only Group of Seven nation to see its score decline. "Few countries have seen the kind of rapid change in expat perceptions that the U.K. has experienced since 2016, probably as a result of the decision to leave the European Union," said HSBC researchers. HSBC said expats are now much less confident in the country's political stability and economy. See who made the list below: YouGov_HSBC_Country_pack_Australia.pdf
  4. We are looking for British families who have emigrated to Australia to take part in a new game show, The National Lottery: 5 Star Family Reunion for BBC One. 5 Star Family Reunion is a game show where eight family members play across the globe in a series of general knowledge rounds in an attempt to win a family reunion holiday and a cash jackpot. Four family members must be UK based while four family members live overseas. Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and close family friends can make up your overseas team. All players must be aged 18 and over. For an application form email: family@12yard.com. Closing date is 31st May 2015. More details at BBC - Be On a Show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/beonashow/5_star_family_reunion
  5. BRISBANE is knee-deep in Pommies, who are spurning migration to the southern states in favour of a life in the Sunshine State's capital. A survey commissioned by British bank NatWest has found Australia has displaced New Zealand as the top destination choice for Brits abandoning the mother country. Brisbane has also overtaken Perth as Australia's most popular destination for migrants. One in ten Brisbane residents are British ex-pats | Courier Mail
  6. Hi I am in the process of gaining my visa for a permanent move to Melbourne early/mid 2013. I will hopefully be finding work in or around the CBD and I am in desperate need of advice on the best places/suburbs for myself and my young family to settle, what local expat communities there are as we will not have any family or friends in Oz. We are keen to be close to parks and other things for the kids to do. I have scoured the real estate sites to death but need some areas to narrow the search down a bit!! Any help will be fantastic.... Thanks in advance.... :hug:
  7. Can anyone recommend a UK savings account that allows you to be living out of the UK? We currently have some funds in Egg that we don't envisage moving to Australia in the near future. When I recently tried to change our address (to the new Aussie one) through their online banking page, it didn't allow it and I then received a message saying that Egg don't allow non-UK residents to have an account with them. So now we need to move the funds somewhere else and I'm stuck for where to look. Any ideas anyone? Thanks, Sam
  8. 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."
  9. Hello I write for a British women's magazine and I am looking for British expat families who have moved back home. I am looking for a woman (35+) who would be happy to be interviewed over the phone about why you decided to move back home. You'll also need to be OK with having pictures of you and your family published. If you're interested, or if you know of any British expat families who have recently moved back to Britain who you think would be interested, please PM me In your PM please include: - a photograph of you and your family - your age - where you moved from and to - why you decided to move home again Thank you for your time. I'll get back to you as soon as possible to let you know if we'd like to interview you. Many thanks
  10. EX-PATS IN TROUBLE ABROAD Are you a British ex pat in trouble abroad? If so you might be right for a brand new series we are making. We are looking for a range of diverse British ex-pats in Spain, Florida, Australia etc who are struggling in this economic down turn or just generally finding things hard. Maybe your business is struggling, or the value of your home has dropped or savings worth a lot less? Or maybe you’re just finding other things harder than you ever expected compared to dear old Blighty? e.g. lack of close family nearby, tired of beach-apartment-beach life, heat etc. How has it affected your life, relationships etc? Where is paradise for you? We are always on the look-out too for potential stories that are happening or unfolding now over the next few months e.g. an ex-pat about to try or do something new – this could be anything from an ingenious game-plan to survive the recession in their adopted country to those planning to repatriate back to the UK. WE DO WANT LIGHT AND SHADE!! Love to hear more about your situation and any plans or ideas you have up your sleeve to triumph over adversity.. So we are looking for stories like these: - Ex-pat Brits who are staying put and have a new game-plan to survive the recession.. - Ex-pats who now want to repatriate and return home to the UK - Ex-pats who have found living abroad much harder than anticipated or found themselves in an unexpected situation abroad e.g. recently divorced, missing the UK, the lingo too tricky, lonely, feeling you're never quite at home - Ex-pats who have sold up back home, and have no choice but to stick it out. ABOUT US: I work for a documentary company in North London called Wild Pictures. In brief, we have a strong reputation in factual UK programming. You may have seen some of our stuff - we make the ITV1 prisons series - Strangeways, Holloway, Wormwood Scrubs as well as strong, well-made series on the Fraud Squad, Baby Hospital and Smugglers. We'd love to hear from you at this stage, whatever your story. To find out more, please send a brief para about your situation and PM us We look forward to hearing from you.
  11. CockneyRebel

    Text book list for all expats

    I have to ask this question.... A friend of mine recently visited the UK. Before he said anything i thought whats he gonna tell me? Let me guess.... Weather terrible Crime out of control No one has a job Everyone is miserable Country is backward Too many ethnics Country on the verge of collapsing Worst place in Europe to live. No prospects for anyone. My question is this. If the Uk is so dire. Why arent they asking for a bail out like Italy,Greece,Portugal and possibly Spain??
  12. [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.”
  13. [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.”
  14. Guest

    Expats in Sydney

    I'm looking to speak to British ex-pats living in the Sydney area for research for a documentary series for ITV (UK). I'm interested in talking to everyone and anyone who has moved to Sydney or the surrounding area from the UK. I'm not looking for any commitment at this stage, I'd just love to hear about your experiences. What is life really like as a Brit on the other side of the world? Have your dreams come true or has your move to Australia not turned out as planned? What challenges have you faced in pursuing a new life away from the UK? Are you making the big move soon and are you excited / nervous? What’s it like leaving loved ones behind? Have you found your dream job? If you're interested in telling your story or you'd like to know more please contact Patrick at Century Films I look forward to hearing from you.
  15. Guest

    Need Advice fellow ex-pats:)

    Hi There Fellow Ex-Pats, I hope you are all living the life out here in Oz. Summer is knocking on the door So here's my dilemma; I've been living in Sydney for three years. I'm from the UK originally. When I first came out to Oz it was in the middle of the GFC. So I count myself extremely lucky that I've gotten the opportunity to come to Sydney to progress in my career. Most other companies in the UK were letting people go! Over the last three years I've taken some really positive steps in my life. I've managed to get P.R, made some great friends, gotten promotions and most importantly I've met someone very important to me. My partner is Australian. My OH has given me the strength and courage to go for what I really want. And I'm very thankful to have OH in my life. OH comes from a very loving family. I also get on very well with them, I count myself lucky:) This will probably not come as a surprise but seeing OH with their family has made me feel extremely guilty about my family that I've left behind in the UK. They have never had the opportunity to come to Australia. First and foremost I put this down to financial problems. But deep down I don't think my Mother is overly keen on me staying here long-term anyway. Sometimes I can't help but think about my long-term future and if I ever have kids. I'm at that age where I'm ready to put down some roots. Will my folks make the effort or will it be one way traffic? I have suggested to my parents that they should come out for a visit. And maybe then they will understand why I've made the move. I can look after them here better than I ever could in the UK. It's always something we collectively talk about. I've offered to buy one of their tickets but there seems to be a barrier and it's making me resentful. I have a partner who see's there family consistently and I think it's great. But I'm concerned I'm becoming bitter at how one-sided it is at the moment. It's not OH's fault I came here for work. OH has mentioned they will travel but will eventually want to settle in Oz. We go back at xmas for a visit and I can't wait to see everyone. I don't miss the UK, I miss the people I've left behind. I'm wondering will there ever be a possibility of sharing some of the most important parts of my life, kids, marriage, house etc... with family and good friends I've left behind. I know I can do well for myself here but there's nothing like family to share that with. Is anyone on this forum suffering from a similar experience? Maybe you have an Ozzie partner too? Maybe you are considering moving home? Am I just looking at life through rose tinted glasses? What have you done to cope with homesickness? Am I putting off the inevitable? What solutions would you have to this situation? It's so difficult when you know your life is progressing positively but without the added bonus of having family to share it with. I look forward to your responses and really hope your living the dream Best regards,
  16. For unhappy expats life abroad can be hell By annanicholas The great conundrum about unhappy expats is whether they were always miserable or became so when they set foot in a new country. Aye there’s the rub. Why are some expats so unhappy? I was pondering this question when a long established expat in my valley pounced on me as I shopped in the market. Rolling her eyes and puffing like a distressed hippo she recounted events of her disastrous summer. The catalogue of horrors included interminable sunshine, pollen in the pool, visitors, lazy workmen and gardeners and the icing on the cake, plagues of insects. Ah, how those invasions of wasps, flies, frogs, mosquitoes and ants had all but driven her to the vodka bottle. It’s of course true. After more than a decade living in rural Majorca, we’ve experienced many of Egypt’s ten plagues, but thank our lucky stars that we’ve so far avoided boils, locusts and bloodied water. As for tardy builders and gardeners, everyone knows here that as soon as the first day of August arrives they melt away like butter on a hot pan. But of course, there was more to come. The traumatised expat told me how awful the local builders were in her village. Oh! Now that September had arrived they were back at the crack of dawn with their drills and hammers, chisels and saws and why, for crying out loud, did they have to sing and shout and whistle so much? And she was being driven to distraction by the constant clanging of the village church bell, the cockerels, the damned dogs barking, the donkeys braying, and the late night music from the local fiestas. The tourists had been so annoying taking the parking spaces and snaffling all the baguettes in the local bakery early morning, and she was furious that lack of rain meant her garden hose was gasping like a dying man in a desert. I asked her if she had any good news to impart. That required some thought. After a a few moments she told me that, thank heavens, she was back in the UK for a week and would have a chance to recharge her batteries and enjoy a little cool weather and some real culture. Perhaps, I mooted, life abroad just wasn’t for her and she really should contemplate upping sticks and hot footing it back to her beloved Blighty. Return to the UK? Had I not read about the riots, the pollution, disastrous economy, appalling state of the NHS, crooked banks, rising costs, and lack of sun? No, she was staying put. Nothing would induce her to return home. And so it would appear that certain expats really are unhappy wherever they are because, quite simply, they are unhappy people. Let’s hope in their dotage they won’t feel it necessary to quote the writer Colette when she said: “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realised it sooner.”
  17. OMG what has happened to PIO, I only posted one little news article and now all CTF has gone sex mad, maybe we need to have an XRated Forum:tongue::laugh:
  18. Guest

    indian expats in Australia

    me and my husband like to settle in Australia. we were there this April and just felt this is the place we want to be. My son is permanent resident and he also wants us there. We want to apply for contributory permanent parents visa. I have few questions? 1. should we go thru migration agent or can we apply directly? which one is the best option? Is there any Australian registered agent in India? If so where? 2. How long will the process take? 3. Should I include police clearance along with my application or can I submit my application first then submit PC? Thanks. Any suggestion/advice is welcome. Im new to this forum and Im thrilled already as all members seems very helpful. Thanks once again.
  19. nik_kershaw

    Expats eligable to vote in the UK

    Hi everyone just thought I would tell you my good news. Since I moved to Aus I have been eligible to vote in not only a general election but also a referendum back in the UK. I asked to vote by postal vote, thinking that systems would be in place so that overseas citizens are able to vote in the UK. I found that on both times (although the general election had the issue of a volcano getting involved) my ballot paper came late. I could fully understand that something outside the British Government control would stop me from placing my vote, but when it came to the referendum earlier this year, nothing was hampering the delivery of my ballot paper. I got my ballot paper 1 day before it needed to be lodged with the polling station in Ealing, which I believed was unacceptable. The only way I could physically place my vote would be to take a flight that evening and place my vote myself. Disappointed and after speaking to my wife (who happens to work for the Australian Electoral Commission) I decided to write to my MP back in the UK. Might I just add, this is the first time I have done such a thing, I am not a serial whiner but I thought it was wrong that I was not able to do carry out my duty as a UK citizen. I only did this after exhausting all avenues trying to get anywhere with the Electoral Commission in the UK. Anyway after a few emails from my MP's office I got a letter this morning that they are in the process of changing the current timetable of 17 to 25 days. From what I gather ballot papers are now going to be sent out sooner. Before I open a beer to celebrate, it is only in the draft process, so the law hasn't been changed yet, however I can't see why it wouldn't pass. In fact I am going to crack open a beer! Anyway what this means to you is that you should get your ballot paper in time for you to be able to fill it out and then return it unlike last year and earlier this year. When the next election comes about and you still don't get your paper in time then write an email to your MP back in the UK and things may change. If anyone is really interested in what has been proposed then have a look at the below link http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/draft-electoral-administration-provisions OK, I've waffled enough now. Let me know what you think
  20. Guest

    Indian Expats In Australia

    :chatterbox: Let us Discuss all things with being an Indian Expat in Australia.:chatterbox:
  21. Nine in 10 expats think they made the right choice in moving from the UK, which may be in part because of the austerity measures - backed this week by the International Monetary Fund - which are causing financial pain to many in Britain. The mood around the world is mixed, and the perception of future economic growth varies dramatically. For example, expats in China, Australia and the UAE are very confident about their financial future, according to the NatWest International Personal Banking fourth annual Quality of Life Index, with 96 per cent of expats in China expecting strong economic growth. In contrast, those in European countries fear a much slower economic recovery. Europe is still subject to far greater economic concerns than countries elsewhere, with the bail-outs of Greece, Ireland and Portugal all combining to cause concern. Spain has not asked for help to shore up its economy, but there are still fears that this could happen. Dave Isley, head of NatWest International Personal Banking, said: “It is encouraging to see that expats express self-assurance about their ability to triumph over the recessionary pressures which are causing uncertainty and cutbacks in many multi-national businesses. There is a marked difference in optimism between those expats based in Europe and those based elsewhere. “However, it is encouraging to see that despite these variations, the majority of expats present a reasonably confident view of their situation and future prospects.” Related Articles British expats say quality of life higher than at home 21 Apr 2010 New Zealand is 'best destination for expats' 17 Jun 2009 Expats say Canada is best place to live 20 Apr 2011 Retired expats ‘happy with their life abroad’ 29 Aug 2010 Moving abroad can 'give you better perspective' 04 Aug 2010 Eight out of 10 expats happy with their move, says survey 20 Dec 2007
  22. The Pom Queen

    British Expats Abroad

    For those of you who are moving from a different country or have decided to try somewhere else because you can't get the visa for Australia why not look at our sister forum: http://www.britsabroad.com :wubclub:
  23. Brit expats open 'desserts only' shop. Just for info:biggrin: http://www.burchandpurchese.com/
  24. Just found this recent article and thought it may be of interest to some of our members. The number of expats planning to return to the UK has fallen over the past six months, as press reports of “austerity Britain” puts people off. According to the latest bi-annual expat survey from Lloyds TSB International, 67% of expats say they have no plans to return home, an increase of over 11% in six months. The survey also revealed the majority of expats (65%) feel their financial prospects are better in their country of residence, while only 14% believe their financial outlook would improve in Britain. Jakob Pfaudler managing director of Lloyds TSB International said: “We knew that most people who move abroad are glad they did so, but we were surprised at the growing pessimism about financial prospects in the UK. “Much has been made of “austerity Britain” in the press and elsewhere, and it seems to be contributing to expats’ decisions to settle elsewhere for good.” Pfaudler added that generally lifestyle, rather than financial considerations, is the decisive factor in expats’ desire to stay abroad. According to the research, of the 4% of expats who plan to return to the UK within the next year, only 12% are returning because they miss the UK lifestyle, while 21% are moving back for their career. “It seems the key to contentment as an expat is emigrating to improve your lifestyle or to benefit your family,” added Pfaudler. “The research shows that career and financial considerations are important, but that many expats consider them the icing on the cake rather than the cake itself.”
  25. Hi we have arranged a blind date with another couple tonight at P J O'briens in the Sydney CBD. It's very close to Wynard. If anyone else fancies it feel free to make one in. We've not met before and are all new in town so it's very much an open invite. Message me for anymore details or to set up a meet. Cheers, Andy & Hayley