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Emigration from the UK

Moving abroad is exciting, a bit scary, and a bit stressful. Yet there are some 4.7 million Brits living abroad, making the UK 8th in the world for expats. What makes someone decide to move to a different country is very individual, but there are some common reasons behind those decisions.

In general, many people go simply for the adventure of living in a different culture; some are asked to relocate for work; others are pursuing their education, seeking the sun, or following their hearts. The majority are seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Estimates show 986 people left the UK every day over the past 10 years.

According to the Home Office, a large and increasing proportion of British emigrating from the UK are from professional and managerial occupations, with nearly one-half of emigrants in 2010 coming from this group. Over the ten year period spanning 2001 to 2011, over 3.5 million people left the UK for a life abroad. Nearly 2 million of these emigrants were between the age of 25 and 44. A large percentage of the moves we perform are for customers moving abroad.

British citizens leaving the UK are mainly going to Australia, US, Spain, France, Germany, Canada, and New Zealand. We find this reflected in the removals we perform for those leaving the country, in addition to Switzerland.

No matter what the reasons are for people emigrating, preparing to move abroad takes time, planning and a bit of patience. You'll need to consider visas, preparing pets for entry into your new country, arranging accommodation, and making decisions about and arranging places schools in your new country. One of the toughest things for many people is deciding what to take with you, give to charity, dispose of, or store. You'll need more time to prepare for your move abroad than you first think. A bit of professional advice is always helpful, and we find ourselves providing guidance to customers moving abroad regularly, saving them money and hassles when they arrive at their new home.

Are you one of the 4.7 million British abroad, or would you like to be one?

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