Deported Bermudan expats case forces others to consider a 'plan B'
A British expat family was this week deported from Bermuda despite having lived there for 20 years, as the Caribbean Island starts to enforce policies designed to address the growing problem of unemployment among native Bermudans.
The case prompted an article in the Telegraph newspaper's expats' blog, by Annabel Kantaria, who pointed out that, with many Britons living overseas on temporary residence visas – particularly in the United Arab Emirates – "the spectre of deportation always hangs over us".
"To move to the UAE is to learn to live with a temporary outlook on life," Ms Kantara wrote.
And she said the Bermuda case, involving a family who were told to leave despite having lived on the island for 20 years, shows the importance to many people living overseas of having a 'plan B'.
"Even those who’ve lived here for years need some idea of what they would do should they lose their job, insult the wrong person, bounce a security cheque or make the sort of 'trivial' mistake that could get them deported," she added.
Pointing out that "UAE residents have a long shopping list when looking for a new home [including such factors as] political stability, a healthy economy, low crime rate, high standard of living, a sunny climate [and] low taxes," Ms Kantaria said second-choice destinations will vary. Spain and Cyprus would be obvious choices for the climate, she pointed out, but one destination finding favour with expats used to high living standards is Malta.
"A low tax regime, 300 days of sunshine a year and a slew of prestigious seafront residences are making it a destination definitely worth keeping in mind," she believes.
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