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EXPATRIATE NEWS ITEMS - 2011 FROM  BBC News 

27 Dec Should expats get a vote in Britain? British expat Brian Cave and now lives in France and Labour peer, Lord Lipsey discuss whether it is time the UK followed suit.
20 Dec Eurostar affected by strike in Belgium Eurostar travellers could have their Christmas getaway plans disrupted by a general strike in Belgium on Thursday.
20 Dec Banks and card companies will drop some currency fees Banks and credit card companies have agreed to scrap some charges they levy on holidaymakers buying foreign currency.
19 Dec How to judge if changing countries will pay "As a maths professor it was a no-brainer - it was obvious I was going to be be better off. I didn't do a cost-benefit analysis for the move."
15 Dec How an overseas job can affect family life Imagine finding a family home in four days flat in a town you've never been to. Now imagine that involves moving country, too.
01 Dec Why we quit Australia for the UK We received hundreds of emails in response to our story about the large numbers of British people giving up on life in Australia. Some readers have been sharing their experiences of leaving - and staying - Down Under.
29 Nov Iran protesters storm UK embassy in Tehran. The UK's Foreign Office said it was "outraged" by the actions. Iranian officials have expressed "regret". It later updated its travel advice to Iran, urging Britons there to "stay indoors, keep a low profile and await further advice".
25 Nov Public sector strike could see Heathrow 'grind to halt' Heathrow airport has warned airlines that passengers could face 12-hour delays next week when immigration officers go on strike over pensions.
23 Nov Civil servants 'to staff borders' during strikes Civil servants from across Whitehall are being lined up to act as border staff at UK ports and airports during next week's public sector strikes.
23 Nov Why are so many Britons leaving Australia? Thousands of Britons emigrate to Australia every year in search of a better life, but now more and more are deciding down under is not for them and returning home. The same trend seems to be happening to Australians deserting the UK. Why?
20 Nov Shakespeare tops list of symbols giving Britons pride Playwright William Shakespeare tops a list of symbols which give Britons a sense of pride, a poll has suggested.
17 Nov Airlines call for Air Passenger Duty to be scrapped Four airlines from the UK and Irish Republic are calling for the UK government to scrap Air Passenger Duty.
16 Nov SeaFrance services to resume after £5m buyout rejected SeaFrance's Dover to Calais ferries are set to resume after a French court rejected a £5m bid by rival firm DFDS to take over the company.
15 Nov SeaFrance suspends ferry services pending court ruling SeaFrance has suspended its Dover to Calais ferries for 48 hours ahead of a decision on Wednesday on its future.
10 Nov Foreign Office reveals weird requests to consulates The British consulate offers welcome assistance to travellers who are in trouble abroad, but the Foreign Office is warning there are some things it just cannot help with.
10 Nov Flybe plane passengers 'saw wheel fall off' Passengers who saw a wheel fall off a plane as it took off did not immediately inform the crew, a report has said.
02 Nov Russia and China come bottom of bribe-paying survey Companies from Russia and China are most likely to pay bribes when doing business abroad, a survey suggests.
29 Oct Qantas dispute grounds UK flights Hundreds of UK-based passengers have had their travel plans disrupted by an industrial dispute at the Australian airline Qantas.
25 Oct Thai floods: Bangkok Don Muang airport suspends flights Bangkok's second airport has suspended all flights after floodwaters breached its northern perimeter
20 Oct Crimestoppers name 'most wanted' fugitives Ten more fugitives have been named in a Crimestoppers campaign targeting UK crime suspects on the run abroad.
20 Oct British embassy in Kuwait suspends services over threat The British embassy in Kuwait has temporarily suspended its services because of a terror threat, the Foreign Office has said.
17 Oct William Hague reopens Britain's embassy in Tripoli, Libya Foreign Secretary William Hague has reopened Britain's embassy in Tripoli during a visit to the Libyan capital.
16 Oct British expats in Spain see their dreams crumble. Over the past decade, Britons have flocked to Spain, following their dream of owning a place in the sun. But for some, the dream is crumbling.
13 Oct Spain tries to lure buyers back into housing market Spain has a major housing problem: there is too much of it - 687,000 empty houses, the leftovers from a construction craze that came to an abrupt halt.
02 Oct Foreign Office changes Kenya travel advice The Foreign Office has changed its travel advice for Britons visiting coastal areas of Kenya near Somalia, following two attacks on westerners.
22 Sep Cash aid for families after murders abroad Families of victims who are murdered abroad are to get more financial and practical support, the government says.
21 Sep Amazon jungle rescue starts for UK pair Brazilian rescuers are searching for a British couple whose vehicle crashed into a ravine in the Amazon jungle.
20 Sep Currency exchange is too costly, says Consumer Focus Complex charges and misleading information means UK holidaymakers are paying too much for foreign currency, a watchdog has said.
22 Aug Ship due to pick up Britons from Libya comes under fire A Maltese ship which was due to rescue foreign nationals - nine of them British - from Tripoli, Libya, came under fire on Sunday and was forced to retreat, the Times of Malta has said.
21 Aug UK citizens leaving Libya on ship A small number of Britons who have remained in Libya's capital, Tripoli, have decided to leave on a ship to Malta, the Foreign Office says.
08 Aug Flights hit by air traffic delays Some flights into London airports were delayed because of problems with air traffic control equipment.
04 Aug Foreign Office reports fall in Britons arrested abroad The number of Britons arrested overseas fell last year, according to Foreign Office figures.
14 Jul Business travel: Keeping mobile roaming headaches at bay It's late at night, you're far from home, it's hot and steamy. You need to send an urgent e-mail to the office - but there's no wifi available and you can't find a 3G signal.
06 Jul Mobile phone 'roaming' prices in EU face cuts New rules aimed at reducing the price gap between using a mobile phone at home and elsewhere in the EU have been proposed.
01 Jul Cost of Euro mobile roaming falls The cost of making and receiving mobile phone calls while travelling in Europe has come down again.
29 Jun Warning of public sector strike threat to UK travel Travellers have been warned to expect delays on arrival at UK ports and airports on Thursday as hundreds of immigration and customs officers are due to join the public sector strike.
28 Jun Hidden card charges for travel tickets to be banned Travel companies have been ordered to end the use of hidden surcharges for passengers paying by card.
22 Jun BA staff back the agreement to end industrial action British Airways cabin crew staff have backed the agreement to settle their long-running industrial dispute with the airline.
18 Jun Britons warned to leave Syria now British nationals have been urged to leave Syria now because of the civil unrest in the Middle East country.
06 Jun Yemen: Royal Marines on standby to evacuate Britons Some 80 Royal Marines are on standby off the coast of Yemen to assist with the possible evacuation of British civilians, the BBC has learned.
03 Jun Britons urged to leave Yemen immediately Britons should leave Yemen immediately as it is "unlikely" the UK will be able to evacuate stranded nationals, the foreign secretary has said.
02 Jun Do not skimp on travel insurance, Foreign Office warns Britons visiting family and friends abroad without travel insurance are risking hefty medical bills, the Foreign Office (FCO) has warned.
26 May Foreign Office urges Britons to leave Yemen The Foreign Office has strongly advised all British nationals to leave Yemen immediately as fighting there worsens.
26 May Heathrow cancels 70 flights due to storms Thunderstorms and high winds have led to the cancellation of 70 flights in and out of Heathrow.
26 May What Paddington tells us about German v British manners Are Germans ruder than the British? Are Britons more dishonest than Germans? Fortunately, we don't have to rely on blind prejudice for answers. Serious academic research has been done on both sides of the North Sea.
23 May Flights cancelled as ash cloud heads towards UK Flights in and out of Scotland have been cancelled as a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland heads towards the UK.
23 May Scottish flights grounded by Iceland volcanic ash cloud British Airways, Loganair, Easyjet, Eastern Airways, KLM and Flybe have cancelled Scottish flights because of Iceland's volcanic ash cloud.
17 May Expat veteran Harry Shindler fights for right to vote Under UK law, expats who have spent more than 15 years abroad are denied the vote. But World War II veteran Harry Shindler is going to the European Court of Human Rights in an effort to change the government's mind. He explains the motivation for his battle.
13 May Briton accused of 'indecent' gesture back home A British surgeon held in Dubai after allegedly making a rude gesture to another motorist has returned home.
12 May BA strike: Airline and union agree to end dispute British Airways and the Unite union have reached an agreement to settle their long-running industrial dispute.
09 May Poor language skills 'leave Britons out of EU jobs' Poor foreign language skills among the British workforce are leaving the UK under-represented in European Union institutions, an official has said.
06 May FO warns Britons to avoid Libya-Tunisia border Britons in Tunisia are being advised to stay away from areas close to the Libyan border, because of attacks on rebels by Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces.
05 May Airline Flybe adding £3 fuel surcharge Exeter-based airline Flybe is adding a £3 fuel surcharge per passenger to combat soaring fuel costs.
05 May EU court backs UK expat disability benefit restriction Britons living in the rest of the EU cannot claim the mobility element of UK disability benefit, the EU Court of Justice has confirmed.
02 May UK vigilance urged after Osama Bin Laden death Britons have been urged to be vigilant in the wake of the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, with embassies worldwide ordered to review security.
02 May Last cigarette... airport charges smokers for that last minute drag A final cigarette before that flight? It comes with a price tag at Belfast International Airport.
28 Apr Morocco: Marrakesh bomb strikes: Foreign Office has advised UK nationals to stay away from Djemaa el-Fna square.
28 Apr Bouncers held over Briton's nightclub death in Germany Three bouncers have been arrested after a British man was beaten to death at a German nightclub.
27 Apr Ryanair's bikini advert banned by ASA A Ryanair advert that promoted tickets to a place in the sun has been banned as the destinations only had temperatures of between 0C and 14C.
25 Apr Kate Middleton's fascinator helps Whitley Bay ex-pat Before Kate Middleton hit the headlines, Abigail Beveridge was a North Tyneside milliner living in Canada with a business that was "ticking over".
25 Apr Cases of malaria among UK travellers rise by 30% The number of malaria infections recorded among UK residents has increased by nearly 30% over the past two years.
24 Apr William Hague says Britons should leave Syria The Foreign Office is strongly advising British nationals to leave Syria owing to the "rapid deterioration" in the situation there.
24 Apr Foreign Office strongly urges Britons to leave Syria British citizens are being urged to leave Syria unless they have a "pressing need to remain" there, following weeks of unrest.
21 Apr Thousands of UK passports 'thrown out with rubbish' Some 10,000 passports a year are probably thrown in bins, says the UK's Identity and Passport Service (IPS).
20 Apr Syria: UK citizens urged to leave by Foreign Office The Foreign Office has urged Britons in Syria to consider leaving the country.
19 Apr Making payments overseas - what are the options? There was a time when the most usual way to get foreign currency for a holiday or business trip was to go down to the post office or bank.
14 Apr Briton dies in Dubai police custody The Foreign Office is calling for a "full investigation" after a British man died in police custody in Dubai.
12 Apr Syria travel advice warning by Foreign Office UK citizens are being warned against "all but essential" travel to Syria, after three weeks of unrest which have reportedly left 170 protesters dead.
10 Apr Japan quake: Search continues for missing Britons Efforts are continuing to try to track down Britons who have been missing since Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami one month ago.
09 Apr UK travellers urged to have measles jab Families flying off to European destinations over Easter have been urged to vaccinate their children against measles before they go.
07 Apr Is Britain to blame for many of the world's problems? David Cameron has suggested that Britain and the legacy of its empire was responsible for many of the world's historic problems. But is that view fair?
05 Apr BA raises long-haul fuel surcharges British Airways is increasing its fuel surcharge on long-haul flights because of high oil prices.
31 Mar UK retirement dreams going sour in Spain, charities say Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have met several hundred British volunteer charity workers in Spain on their first official trip to the country as a couple.
31 Mar New Yemen warning to Britons by Foreign Office The UK has urged Britons to leave Yemen while commercial airlines are still flying as it warned of a possible "rapid deterioration in security".
29 Mar FCO hired two flights to help 18 people leave Bahrain The UK government spent more than £175,000 chartering two aircraft to help just 18 people escape protests in Bahrain, it has emerged.
28 Mar British Airways cabin crew vote to strike again Cabin crew at British Airways have voted overwhelmingly in favour of new strike action.
27 Mar Briton killed in Spanish bar brawl A British tourist has been killed in the Spanish holiday resort of Magaluf in Majorca.
23 Mar Yemen unrest: UK embassy staff withdrawn for safety Britain is temporarily withdrawing part of its embassy team from Yemen due to the security situation in the country, the Foreign Office has announced.
20 Mar Hong Kong probe over death of Briton Janet Gilson Police in Hong Kong have launched a murder inquiry after the body of a British woman was discovered in a flat.
19 Mar Japan earthquake: Britons given iodine tablets Britons in parts of Japan are being given iodine tablets as "a precaution" in case radiation levels increase from a quake-damaged nuclear power plant.
18 Mar London man convicted in Indian paedophilia case India's Supreme Court has convicted two Britons of sexually abusing boys at a children's shelter in Mumbai.
18 Mar Britons flee earthquake-hit Japan Dozens of Britons have flown out of Japan in the wake of its earthquake and worsening nuclear crisis, with more expected to follow.
18 Mar Bahrain: Second Foreign Office-chartered plane arrives A second Foreign Office-chartered flight has arrived in London from volatile Bahrain.
17 Mar Bahrain unrest: UK evacuation flight leaves empty A plane chartered to evacuate British nationals from Bahrain has departed empty despite UK government warnings about ongoing violence in the country.
17 Mar Japan crisis: Britons offered flights to Hong Kong The UK government is chartering planes to fly from Tokyo to Hong Kong to help Britons who want to leave Japan.
17 Mar Japan earthquake: Hague advises Britons to leave Tokyo The UK government is chartering planes to fly from Tokyo to Hong Kong to help Britons who want to leave Japan.
17 Mar UK's FCO advises Britons to 'leave Bahrain today' The UK Foreign Office (FCO) has urged Britons to leave Bahrain on Thursday, as violence and protests continue.
16 Mar Japan earthquake: Britons told to consider Tokyo exit The Foreign Office has advised Britons to consider leaving Tokyo and north-east Japan following Friday's quake, tsunami and subsequent radiation fears.
14 Mar Bahrain: UK Foreign Office warns against all travel Britons are being warned against all travel to Bahrain after clashes between police and anti-government protesters intensified.
14 Mar Cameron: 'Severe concern' for Japan earthquake Britons Prime Minister David Cameron has said there are "severe concerns" for a number of British nationals after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
14 Mar Japan earthquake: Fears grow over UK casualties An increasing number of Britons are raising concerns about friends and relatives who may have been caught up in the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
13 Mar Bahrain unrest: Manama erupts in violence Bahraini police and protesters have clashed in several areas of the capital, Manama, in some of the worst unrest for weeks.
05 Mar Yemen: Foreign Office travel advice tightened The Foreign Office is warning Britons against all travel to the Middle Eastern state of Yemen.
01 Mar Oil worker thanks SAS for Libyan desert rescue mission An oil worker from Lancashire has paid tribute to the SAS forces who airlifted him to safety from the Libyan desert.
01 Mar St David's Day celebrations in Wales and beyond Parades were staged in Cardiff and Wrexham as part of celebrations. And St David's Day is also being marked in places as far afield as China and New York.
27 Feb Royal Air Force airlifts 150 in second Libya rescue  Three RAF Hercules aircraft have rescued a further 150 people - including 20 Britons - from the Libyan desert, the defence secretary has said.
27 Feb Libya rescue: UK forces to continue mission Further rescue missions are planned to airlift an estimated 300 British nationals still stranded in Libyan desert camps.
27 Feb Four Britons thought killed in New Zealand earthquake At least four Britons are now understood to have been killed in the New Zealand earthquake, the Foreign Office has said.
26 Feb Libya unrest: Britons urged to flee Tripoli Any Britons still in the Libyan capital Tripoli have been urged to board the final government-chartered rescue flight due to leave the country later.
25 Feb Search for two New Zealand earthquake Britons continues The search is continuing for two Britons missing after an earthquake devastated Christchurch in New Zealand.
25 Feb Race is on to get last Britons back from Libya Scores of Britons are stranded in Libya as efforts are redoubled to bring them back amid continuing protests there.
25 Feb Libya unrest: Your experiences Thousands of foreigners are trying to leave Libya following protests against the country's leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi.
23 Feb Libya protests: Your stories Pressure has mounted on isolated Libyan ruler Col Muammar Gaddafi after a chorus of international condemnation and resignations by top officials.
23 Feb Libya unrest: Cameron vows to rescue stranded Britons The UK is working "flat out" to get British nationals out of Libya as soon as possible, David Cameron has said.
23 Feb A Brit on getting out of Libya British ex-pat explains the risks she took to leave Libya. She praises the Portuguese embassy staff for their help. But she says the British embassy left them feeling very isolated, giving the impression that they "didn't want to get involved".
22 Feb UK plans to fly Britons out of Libya amid unrest The government is aiming to charter a plane to Libya to help stranded Britons return home, the Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.
22 Feb Libya protests: Thousands of foreigners flee violence Tens of thousands of foreigners are trying to flee Libya, after clashes between security forces and protesters reportedly left hundreds dead.
21 Feb Operation Captura targets UK crime suspects in Spain A new Crimestoppers' campaign targeting UK criminals thought to be hiding in Spain, is being launched in Alicante.
20 Feb Libya unrest: Britons in east Libya 'helped to safety' Britons in eastern Libya are being helped to reach a "place of safety" amid continued unrest in the country, according to the Foreign Office (FCO).
19 Feb UK issues Bahrain & Eastern Libya travel warnings after violent protests Britons have been advised against all but essential travel to Bahrain where violent protests have taken place.
15 Feb Air traffic control hitch affecting UK flights resolved Air Traffic controllers say problems they were experiencing over the North of England and Scotland have been resolved.
15 Feb Egypt travel advice to Luxor relaxed by Foreign Office The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for British citizens going to Egypt.
05 Feb Foreign Office lifts Tunisia travel warning to Britons Warnings against travel to Tunisia have been lifted in light of the "reduced threat" following recent political unrest, the UK Foreign Office has said.
04 Feb British Airways raises fuel surcharge by £12 British Airways says it will increase its fuel surcharge on long-haul flights for the second time in three months.
03 Feb Egypt: 200 Britons set to leave on chartered flight More than 180 people are set to leave Egypt on a Foreign Office-chartered flight from Cairo to London, with a second being arranged.
02 Feb UK to send charter plane to Egypt The Foreign Office is sending a charter aircraft to Egypt to provide additional capacity for those who may want to leave the country.
30 Jan Egypt protests: British experiences British nationals in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez are being told to leave if it is safe for them to do so, following days of violent protests across Egypt.
30 Jan UK citizens told to leave Egyptian cities after unrest British nationals in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez are being told to leave if it is safe for them to do so, following days of violent protests across Egypt.
29 Jan Foreign Office warns against travel to parts of Egypt The UK Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to several Egyptian cities as anti-government protests continue.
21 Jan British Airways cabin crew vote for fresh strikes British Airways cabin crew have voted to strike again, Unite union has said.
17 Jan '1,000 Britons remain in Tunisia' says Foreign Office About 1,000 British nationals remain in Tunisia as angry protests continue in the capital, Foreign Office minister David Lidington has told MPs.
17 Jan Tunisia: Hundreds of Britons remain amid unrest Up to 1,500 British nationals are still in Tunisia as the ongoing state of emergency imposed amid violence and political upheaval continues.
14 Jan Tunisia riots: Britons start to return to the UK Britons have started arriving home from Tunisia, with the Foreign Office advising against all but essential travel to the north African country.
14 Jan Eurostar sales rise on recovery in business travel Eurostar has said a continued recovery in business travel had helped it see a 12% rise in annual revenue.

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