Saturday, 23 November 2013

Top five reasons for moving abroad (featured post)

A Home Office report suggests that a total of 4.7 million Brits are now living abroad. The most popular destinations are Australia, the USA and Spain but what are the main reasons for moving abroad?

The Post Office recently surveyed a wide range of British expats living in locations including the aforementioned top 3 destinations, plus other popular destinations such as France and Thailand.

They used the results to compile a 'Happiness Index'. 70% of respondents said they were happy with their new life abroad, although 23% admitted to missing fish and chips with the same number pining for 'a proper pint of beer'.

So, what made these expats give up these creature comforts? Here we look at the top five reasons for moving abroad.

1. Quality of life

Quality of life can incorporate a number of different factors. In a poll conducted by Huddersfield University, the weather was named as the number one reason to leave the UK with 59% citing the British climate as a turn-off.

Not everyone follows the sun however and other reasons include crime levels and feelings of safety, economic opportunities and a sense of community.

The poll found that 85% of families wanted their children to grow up “with a stronger sense of community” than they believe exists in the UK.

2. Retirement

Many pensioners and people approaching retirement age dream of retiring abroad. The Home Office suggests that between 4,000 and 8,000 British pensioners retire overseas every year; although this figure has fallen considerably from a peak of 22,000 in 2006.

3. New experiences

The opportunity to visit new places and experience different cultures is another oft-cited reason to leave. Emigrating is not the same as an extended holiday. The bills still have to be paid and the day-to-day stresses of life still exist but there are also opportunities to taste new life experiences that many people find invigorating.

4. Work

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 56% of the total emigrants leaving the country in 2011 did so for work-related reasons. Of these, 64% left for a definite job with the remainder leaving in order to look for work or improve their career prospects.

5. Accompanying a partner

Accompanying a partner scored highly in the Post Office survey's reasons for moving abroad. Often this will also involve one partner moving for work and the other moving to join them so as not to live apart.

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  1. So true, although you can leave one problem behind in one country and find a new one in another. You can probably guess from my blog that I am in the middle on this!

    Louisa - My Family & Abruzzo

    1. Yep, there's no escaping problems, that's for sure.

  2. 3,4 and 5 for me... Still miss home every day though! :D

    1. I know what you mean... Home is always home, no matter how much at home you feel in your guest country.

  3. Interesting post.

    For us it was 4, which involved 5, but we wouldn't have done it, if we hadn't had a touch of 3, and when we got there, we found that 1 was jolly nice. But for 2, we definitely would want to be back here where our roots are (and we are!)

    1. I guess our case is more or less like yours. And I hope, when time for 2 comes, that we'll be able to go back to our roots too.

  4. Do you really thing so, moving in abroad is always beneficial. According to me, moving in new place is good only if their is any profit to you as compare to your present place.

  5. For a livable climate and low cost of living we chose San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 2007. I liked it so well I wrote a book on the experience. The expat community here has Americans, Canadians, and Brits.



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