Where Are People Migrating To, From The UK?

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International removals company, Burke Bros Moving Group http://www.burkebros.co.uk based in Wolverhampton UK, have been investigating the latest emigration statistics, researching the last 30 years on where British people have been moving to, from the UK.

International removals company, Burke Bros Moving Group http://www.burkebros.co.uk based in Wolverhampton UK, have been investigating the latest emigration statistics, researching the last 30 years on where British people have been moving to, from the UK.

It has been estimated by the World Bank that between 4.5 million and 5.5 million Britons currently live overseas. So, where exactly are British people moving too? According to the Office for National Statistics (26th November 2015) the top 10 countries of next residence for British Citizens is Australia at 30,000 between June 2014 and June 2015, France is 13,000, USA is 10,000, United Arab Emirates is 9,000, Canada is 8,000, Spain is 7,000, New Zealand is 7,000, Singapore is 3,000, Switzerland is 3,000 and finally, in this top 10 list, is Hong Kong at 2,000.

Although Australia is in first place, as the most popular destination for British Citizens, it has also been the country of choice for Britons consecutively since 1985. However, the latest figures show only 30,000 British Citizens relocated to Australia between June 2014 and June 2015 compared to 49,000 in 2005. France is currently the second favourite country for British Expats globally, with 13,000 people moving across the channel, from the most up to date statistics. However, this is considerably down from 27,000 in 2005 but is beginning to climb since a low of 7,000 in 2009. France is now the most popular country for Britons in Europe ahead of Spain.

Spain, a country that has traditionally been associated with British Expats, had only 7,000 people move. The loss in popularity for Spain can be seen in this figure being down nearly 80% from 33,000 in 2003.

New Zealand, which is another favourite country for British Expats, also seems to have declined in recent years, with 15,000 Britons moving to New Zealand in 2004 compared to just 7,000 in the latest year on record.

The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) has also seen an increase over the last decade, with it not even being in the league table over 18 years ago. The latest figures show the U.A.E. in 4th place with 9,000 people moving compared to it being in 8th place in 2004. This will be due to the increase in job prospects in the area in recent years, as the U.A.E. is becoming a strong global leader in international business.

Overall, even though less British Citizens are emigrating overseas than in recent years, Australia and France continue to remain the top two popular destinations.

However, this is not the complete picture of all long term international migration from the UK, as there is a lot of movement to consider including those who have come to work or study here and are returning home.

The list below shows the top fifteen countries of next residence for both British Citizens and Non British to include all emigration from the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics (26th November 2015) the top 15 countries of next residence for all British Citizens and non British migrants is Australia at 38,000, France is 24,000 China is 19,000, Poland is 18,000, Spain is 17,000, USA is 16,000, India is 12,000, United Arab Emirates is 10,000, Canada is 10,000, New Zealand is 10,000, Germany is 7,000, Italy is 5,000, Republic of Ireland is 5,000, Singapore is 5,000, Netherlands is 4,000.

Interestingly, with this list we have seen a new set of countries appear when all migration from the UK is added, which reflects the wider communities living in the UK and where they are migrating to. For example, China is now third where it is not seen within the first list, at all, with 19,000 migrants emigrating in accordance with the most recent figures.

China along with other countries such as Poland and India show large numbers of increases and potential moves within these markets. As they have now reached the top seven destinations for all long term migration traffic showing that many of these migrants are not in fact British Citizens moving to these destinations. 18,000 people migrated to Poland in 2014.

Although overall migration for people leaving the U.K. has fallen, for various reasons such as the global economic climate and lifestyle changes, it would appear the world is becoming a more level playing field and those opportunities to be found overseas, may not be as desirable.

Even though Australia and France continue to be the two most popular countries for British Citizens, there is a real potential to capture markets for migrants moving for Corporate and Educational opportunities, it is hard to ignore countries like China, India, U.A.E., Switzerland and the Netherlands.

If you would like to find out more about Burke Bros Moving Group and how they could help you with your overseas removal services to all these countries, please visit the Burke Bros website at http://www.BurkeBros.co.uk or if you have any immediate questions, please contact their removals specialist on +44 (0)1902 714555

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