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New financial regulations for retirees: Nearly a third of expats may have to leave – but half on Facebook say they’re off!

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New financial regulations for retirees: Nearly a third of expats may have to leave – but half on Facebook say they’re off! | Samui Times

Two Thaivisa straw polls – one on the forum and one on Facebook – have indicated that many expats will be calling it quits in Thailand. 

But while nearly half of those on Facebook said they would be leaving nearly 70% on the forum expected to ride out the storm.

New financial regulations for retirees: Nearly a third of expats may have to leave - but half on Facebook say they're off! | News by Samui Times

The polls were undertaken in the wake of new regulations issued by Thai immigration retiring retirees to lodge money for several months in a Thai bank account.

On the forum people were asked the question: Will the new financial requirements force you to leave?

7.9% said Yes

22.72% said it would seriously jeopardize their stay

69.38% said they would not have to leave.

This meant that nearly a third were in the category of leaving for sure or at least being in jeopardy.

On Facebook a similar question was more clear cut.

Asked if the tough new financial requirements for retirement extensions (visas) would force people to leave:

49% said Yes

51% said No.

On the forum 461 people responded to the survey. On Facebook there were 968 respondents. 

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New financial regulations for retirees: Nearly a third of expats may have to leave - but half on Facebook say they're off! | News by Samui Times
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