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Monthly Expat News Roundup – July 2011

Europe expat newsThis is the first of my monthly news roundups. The reason why I am doing this is because there are so many news items regarding expats in Europe that I am not able to write about them all but I do feel that some of them are of value to you.

Homes abroad
It seems that with the downturn in the worldwide economy, coupled with the appalling state of the Great British pound, nearly half of holiday home owners are trying to sell their property abroad. On the other hand, for those people who are moving abroad, a British bolthole is often ideal as a backup plan. With house prices in the UK still very high, a park home may be the ideal compromise.

There’s good news for expats planning a move to Spain, with the Spanish government creating new measures to safeguard expat property investments.

Movement across the EU
It also looks like of the people looking to move, the European youth are very keen. It’s not just Brits that feel the need to move abroad. The reasons are different but with movement within the EU much easier than before it is no surprise to see more people on the move.

If you want to know why other people emigrate then here’s a list of the top 10 reasons why expats move abroad.

Top Expat Destinations
The question is, of course, where to move to? Expatforum have compiled a list of the top 10 expat destinations according to Google but surveys have shown that European capitals are no longer as costly as they once were, so maybe their popularity will increase?

That’s it for this month! In August I am travelling around Eastern Europe, I will report on my travels from there!

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