Almost three-quarters (72.2%) of young Brits are considering moving abroad at some point, with over one in ten (12.3%) contemplating making the move within the next five years according to data released by the Fresh Start Show (13 to 15 May 2005 at London’s ExCeL Centre).
These findings support figures from the Office of National Statistics which show that emigration has reached its highest ever level, with 190,900 Brits leaving the UK to live abroad in 2003
Moving down under
According to the Fresh Start survey, the most popular destination for young professionals considering emigration is Australia, chosen by almost a third (32.1%) of respondents, followed by France (15.5%), America (11.9%) and New Zealand (10.7%).
Best of British
However, despite the willingness of young Britons to consider leaving their country, there are many things they would miss. Top of the list is family and friends, followed by pubs and the countryside. Men and women then differ in their priorities, with men rating British sport as important whilst women would miss the UK shops more.
The weather would be the least-missed aspect of the UK for both male and female emigrants.
Money and work are the top motivators for leaving the UK, with over half (58.1%) of those who answered the survey admitting they would be encouraged to move abroad if offered a job transfer. Almost one in five (19.8%) would start packing if they came into a large sum of money with the lower cost of living overseas an attraction for almost one in ten (8.1%).
Cost is also enough to put people off moving, specifically the cost of moving and fears of higher living expenses overseas. However the biggest deterrent is not knowing a foreign language.
Nick Clark, managing director of Homebuyer Events said: “These statistics show the extent to which other countries are becoming more accessible with increasing numbers of people seriously considering moving abroad.”
“More and more people are realising that their dream of life on sunnier shores is not only achievable, but a viable option in terms of living costs, property prices and quality of life.”
The Fresh Start Show will provide expert information and advice for anyone considering living, working or investing abroad. Held at the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands from 13 to 15 May, over 100 exhibitors and a full seminar programme will include the New Zealand, Australian and Canadian immigration services as well as specialists in overseas property, money transfers, removals and others, covering emigration to Europe and the rest of the world.