More Than 10% Of Brits Will Be Living Abroad Or Working Abroad By 2020

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Research by Currency UK suggests that by 2020 more than 10% of Brits will be living or working abroad as expats. The most popular destinations include Spain and Australia where quality of living is reported to be excellent.

6 million Brits live overseas - 10% of the UK population!

Year on year, more and more Brits are buying property overseas and working abroad or living abroad as expats. According to research conducted by Currency UK (, more than 10% of Brits will living abroad by 2020.

Australia is the number one choice destination to relocate to, and 70% of expats in the country own their own property. The average cost of a property in Australia, in a major city, is £339,000. 86% of expats say their standard of living is excellent with 71% saying their work/life balance has improved since leaving the UK.

After Australia, Canada is the next country expats choose with the UAE falling in 3rd place as the most popular countries for relocation.

70% of expats choose UAE for career opportunities and 96% enjoy a disposable income; however, only 8% believe they will stay forever.

The forever popular move destinations for UK Expats is Spain. The country is seeing a surge in spend in recent years, with property spend increasing from €3.6bn in 2009 to €5.54bn in 2012. This is great news for Spain as foreigners make up 12% of the Spanish property market.

Alex Coates, Director at Currency UK said, "This certainly feels like we are seeing pre-financial crisis trends with expats. This is further supported by recent news about the Southern Spain property markets."

All of the information found by this research has been turned into an infographic which can be viewed here:

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