We’ve put together some expat news about British expats living abroad and for expats living in the U.K. Here we go…
Up first, on the Expat Exchange UK Forum, a UK Citizen who’s been out of the UK for 13 years is returning to the UK in the near future. A single mum with two children born in the U.S., she inquired about how she’ll have to manage the transition. One of our most active members, gah26, replied with sage advice about what to do and expect:
If you don’t have sole custody of your children, you may need court ordered permission from the children’s father to take them out of the country…
You should check with a British Embassy or Consulate about registering your children’s births…
You will have not credit history when your return to the UK unless you have kept a bank account or credit cards from here… Depending on where you live in the US, if you have an HSBC account, you may have an easier time opening an account with HSBC in the UK as you have an outstanding relationship with them…
The economy is struggling here, so competition for jobs is stiff. There are lots of people out of work across all sectors, so be prepared for a a long search unless you have some extraordinary talent.
You can read her full post about returning to the UK with young kids born outside the U.K. on our forum for Expats in the U.K..
Next, Marmite loving Brits in Denamark face an attack on one of their favorite “foodstuffs”:
Marmite-loving Brit(ish) expats living in Denmark have expressed their shock and dismay at the government’s decision to ban the legendary yeast-based spread, on the grounds that it contains “too many vitamins.”
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has invoked a 2004 law concerning nosh “fortified with added vitamins”. According to the Guardian, Marmite has joined Vegemite, Farley’s Rusks, Horlicks and Ovaltine on the list of proscribed foodstuffs.
The Daily Mail says the ban demonstrates the “absurdity” of the EU, which can declare Marmite perfectly legal, but can’t ram it down Danes’ throats.
Absurd it may be, but the decision will have deadly serious consequences for British tastebuds. Shaken ad executive Colin Smith, who’s lived in Denmark for six years, said: “What am I supposed to put on my toast now? I still have a bit left in the cupboard, but it’s not going to last long.”
Up Next, more money sent back to the U.K. from Brits abroad indicates many in this group plan to repatriate:
Data from a currency specialist shows that twice as many expats repatriated money to Britain in April compared to the same month last year, suggesting that yet more Britons could be planning to give up on life abroad.
According to the report from Moneycorp, the size of the average transfer has also increased by 15 per cent in the past year, from a £96,500 average in the 12 months to April 2010, to a £110,500 average in the 12 months to April 2011.
Currency specialists generally regard the repatriation of large amounts of money from Britons abroad as a reliable sign that expats are selling their assets and preparing to move back home.
And that’s all the news right now for British expats and expats in Great Britain! We hope you’ll visit our Expat Exchange UK Forum and ask and answer questions as often as possible!