COMING AND GOING IN BRITAIN

May 21, 2008

The number of Britons leaving the country each year to live abroad topped 200,000 for the first time, says Britain's Daily Mail.

According to officials:

  • In 2006, the last year for which figures are available, the total number leaving Britain to live abroad hit 400,000; some 207,000 of these were British citizens.
  • A third of those emigrating went to Australia or New Zealand; more than a quarter went to Spain or France and one in 12 to the United States.
  • Overall, in the decade following the Labour party's rise to power, more than 1.5 million British citizens moved abroad.

A separate survey by YouGov last year, found that one in three Britons was considering emigrating. Their motivations included escaping high taxation and debt.   Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics recently said that it underestimated the number of workers who immigrate to Britain for fewer than 12 months:

  • The existing estimates for temporary workers arriving from Eastern Europe and elsewhere, in 2004 and 2005, have been doubled.
  • Revised statistics estimate that 175,000 workers came for less than 12 months in the year up to June 2005 -- up from an earlier count of just 78,000.
  • Another 45,000 migrants arrived from Eastern Europe in the first three months of this year.
  • The quarterly figure dramatically outstrips the Government's prediction that there would be only 13,000 arrivals each year.

Overall, more than half a million foreign citizens came to live and work in Britain in 2006.  Most arrivals headed for London and the South-East, but growing numbers are going to provincial towns and suburbs in the South-East and East Anglia.

Source: Steve Doughty, "More than 200,000 Britons quit the country each year for a new life abroad," Daily Mail, May 20, 2008.

 

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