Expat Life

British Criminals in Spain to feel force of UK's newest crime-fighters

EmbasyOrganised criminals who believe they can evade arrest by hiding in Spain will feel the full force of the UK’s newest crime fighting agency when it goes live this month.

From 7 October the National Crime Agency (NCA) will use more than 4,000 specialist crime fighters to tackle some of the world’s toughest and most organised criminals.

The new agency will strengthen relations between law enforcement in the UK and Spain.

Simple steps can help expatriates to help themselves

EmbasyConsulates are focusing on most serious and demanding assistance cases

Taking a few simple steps can help British expatriates to prepare for the difficulties of living in Spain or avoid them altogether, says Ambassador Giles Paxman says in a new TV interview.

Checking your passport expiry date, telling visitors from the UK what to get before they travel, and visiting your local town hall to find out about local services are all measures that will help Britons in Spain to avoid running into time-consuming problems later, says Mr Paxman.

Spain emerges as No1 destination for Britons wanting expert, property buying advice

EmbasyExpats urged to point friends and family towards Foreign Office information

Spain has emerged as the Number 1 destination for people seeking expert advice about buying a home in the sun.

Two thirds of prospective purchasers who sought advice from Foreign Office property experts at the ‘A Place In The Sun’ show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham last weekend said their preferred destination was Spain.

Research thoroughly before purchasing your "Place in the Sun"

EmbasyExpats urged to tell friends and families to research thoroughly

before purchasing a place in Spain

New Foreign Office video offers top tips to help prospective buyers

British expats who know someone planning to buy a place in the sun should tell their friends or family members back in UK to make sure they get free and helpful advice from the British Embassy staff who will be at A Place in the Sun Live at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 27th to 29th September.

Benefit fraud: No excuses for stealing from the taxpayer


Press release issued on behalf of Department of Work and Pensions

17 September 2013

A benefit fraudster who claimed his wife was really his sister, and another who said she needed the cash for satellite TV, are among the latest examples of strange excuses that Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) benefit fraud investigators have heard over the last year.


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Tobacco smugglers and Tax dodgers

EmbasyExpatriates urged to report information about tobacco smugglers and tax dodgers

Call follows jailing of British fugitive extradited from Spain 

Expatriates with information or suspicions about tobacco smuggling and tax fraud are being asked to call a Customs Hotline with any information that could lead to arrests or seizures.

The call for help from the British community follows the jailing of convicted cigarette smuggler Malcolm McGowan, who has just been extradited from Spain and is now starting a four-year jail term.

Man jailed for smuggling attempt


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A 44-year-old man has been jailed for 12 months years after being found guilty of attempting to smuggle approximately five kilos of cannabis into the UK. The drugs had an estimated street value of £60,000.

Southampton Crown Court heard that on 6 May 2013 Border Force officers at Southampton International Airport stopped Nicholas GILES who had arrived on a flight from Malaga.

Foreign Office launches campaign to combat excessive holiday drinking

EmbasyForeign Office launches campaign to combat excessive holiday drinking

New statistics show peer pressure and cheap drinks can lead to more than a holiday hangover

In a new campaign under the banner “On holiday, don’t let drink do your talking”, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is encouraging young holidaymakers to think before and while they drink to avoid putting themselves at risk of serious harm. Expats are being asked to share this important message with visiting friends and family to help ensure they spend their time enjoying their holidays, not in hospital, jail or worse.

Is the grass really greener on the other side?

Head LogoCalling all expatriates of any nationality! Have you moved overseas for a better quality of life for your family, to pursue a career opportunity or simply for a change of scenery to the place you always adored? If you have then we really want to hear from you and this is the opportunity to make sure your voice is heard.


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