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The Votes for Expat Brits Campaign

04 May, 2012 11:28  Erin Erin

british passport © mark yuill - Fotolia.comCurrently, UK electoral law removes all voting rights from British expats who have lived outside the UK for more than fifteen years. If British citizens move abroad, they can only vote in general elections and European Union elections for up to 15 years if they are registered. (However, they cannot vote in UK local elections). The United States, Switzerland, Italy, France and many other developed countries in the world allow indefinite voting rights.  (More)


In-vitro Twins of American Expat Denied Citizenship

20 April, 2012 09:06  Erin Erin

The issue of citizenship is always a tricky one when living abroad. Countries may offer citizenship through several ways.

  • Parents are citizens - If a person has one or both parents who are citizens of a given nation, then the person is generally presumed to be a citizen. This is refereed to by the Latin legal term jus sanguinis meaning "right of blood".
  • Born within the nation - Many people are presumed to be citizens of a nation if they were born within the physical geographic territory of the nation. This is refereed to by the Latin legal term jus soli meaning "right of soil".
  • Marriage to a citizen - Citizenship can be obtained by marrying a citizen, which is termed jure matrimonii.
  • Naturalization - Citizenship can be obtained by immigrating to a nation and fulfilling its requirements for citizenship.

However, there are cases that fall out of these clear cut guidelines. The media is currently following one American mom in Israel, Ellie Lavi, who is finding it difficult to bestow American citizenship to her twins. MSNBC's Today News reported "Born to American mom, in-vitro twins denied citizenship"
"The twin babies of an American woman, born abroad through in-vitro fertilization, are being denied U.S. citizenship because there is no proof that either the egg donor or sperm donor is American. "  (More)


First Round of French Elections

17 April, 2012 08:13  Erin Erin

urne de vote République Française sur une carte du monde - Élection des députés des français de l'étrangerThe first round of French Presidential elections approaches and it's not just the French that are interested. The globe is a buzz with speculations about who will win this vital election. The April 22nd election is between ten qualified candidates (they need to get the support of at least 500 elected politicians) including incumbent president, Nicolas Sarkozy. (More)


2012 London Olympic Games - A History of Problems Continues

12 April, 2012 10:09  Erin Erin

London Olympic logo 2012Following the path to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, this is the second article in the series covering the Games. The first, "London's Preparations", covered the developments in the city. As the event creeps ever closer, more problems appear and locals and expats in the city examine if it's all worth it. (More)


British Tourists's Turned away from the USA because of Tweets

03 February, 2012 11:54  Erin Erin

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency is constantly looking for threats to the United States of America through it's use of full body scans, metal detectors... and Twitter? Time reports that the agency allegedly detained two British tourists recently after a questionable Twitter conversation. Leigh Van Bryan, 26, and Emily Bunting, 24, were surprised to be "taken aside by armed agents at Los Angeles International Airport and had their passports confiscated. They were reportedly questioned for five hours, put in a van with illegal immigrants and held overnight on suspicion of planning to commit crimes.(More)


We Like The World: half way around the world for a family

27 January, 2012 14:41  EasyExpat EasyExpat

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Already 6 months around the world. Exactly 1 year ago, we were talking about the project of the Colas' family to go around the world from July 2011 to June 2012. More than a trip,  'We Like The World' is the name of one mission: to fund the building of a girls' school in Cambodia, thanks to the help of their 80.000 facebook friends and friends of friends living around the world. (More)


Expats Excluded from Scottish Referendum?

25 January, 2012 15:11  Erin Erin

Edinburgh - wikipedia commonThe Scottish government plans to only allow residents to vote in the upcoming independence referendum. Labour MSP Elaine Murray says:

"The fact is, with youth unemployment rising in Scotland, more young Scots are being forced to look outwith [sic] Scotland for jobs. It seems hugely unfair that they should be stopped from having a say in Scotland's future."



Australian Military Seeks Overseas Soldiers to Enlist

14 January, 2012 12:01  Erin Erin

Solders in camouflage © HappyAlex - Fotolia.comThe military is an important element of pride in most modern nations. They earmark large portions of every national budget, protect the people, and safeguard a nation's boundaries. Many countries require military or civic service as an important step in developing national pride and giving back to the nation. So why is Australia recruiting British service personnel earmarked for redundancy? (More)


The Roots of Occupy Wall Street and Impact on Expats

09 November, 2011 12:27  Erin Erin

tax the rich words in wood and metal type © nebari - Fotolia.comThe "Occupy Wall Street" movement made headlines in the USA after it started on September 17, 2011 in Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street financial district. An ongoing series of demonstrations against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, corruption and influence over government from the financial services sector and lobbyists, the movement has spawned a nickname (OWS), a website (, a twitter feed, and growing support around the world.

The theme of "We are the 99 percent" refers to the difference in wealth in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1 percent and the rest of the population. This sentiment is not unique to America in light of the worldwide economic crisis. Triggered by the collapse of the U.S. housing bubble in 2007, this led to questions regarding bank solvency and declines in credit availability. Economies worldwide slowed during this period as credit tightened and international trade declined. (More)


Expats Around the World Remember - 10th Anniversary of 9/11

09 September, 2011 11:12  Erin Erin

Two beams of light symbol of the twin towers destroyed in the Terrorist attack Sept 11th 2001 © vgramagin - Fotolia.comWe are under 48 hours from the anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place on the Untied States on September 11th, 2001. However, I wouldn't say we are 48 hours away from remembering the event. As if you could avoid the non-stop news coverage, I don't think it has left many people's minds since the attacks occurred.

The September 11th attacks, also called 9/11, were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks against targets in New York and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger jets, managing to crash two planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City causing both towers to collapse. Hijackers crashed a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and in the fourth plane passengers attempted to take back control of the plane which prevented it from reaching its intended target in Washington, D.C, but did result in it's crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In total nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks from over 90 different nations. (More)


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