Emigrating Britons urged to look before they leap

Published:  4 Jul at 6 PM
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Official figures show that more Britons than ever before are looking to emigrate, whether for better jobs, a better quality of life or a happier retirement.

In the year to September 2012, 347,000 British citizens relocated overseas, an increase of 8,000 over the previous year, with 58 per cent of the number leaving for work-related reasons. Just over half had an overseas job lined up, with the rest relocating across the world to look for work.

It’s no surprise that depressed Brits are queuing to get out, given the continuing recession, the worsening weather and the lack of career opportunities involving a chance for advancement. A recent survey by Lloyds Bank International found that, although most overseas employers did their best to help those relocating, those simply wishing to live overseas and hopefully find a job were on their own as regards practicalities and integration.

Important transition services, according to the survey, would include housing and visa advice, investment, tax and pensions support and healthcare advice. Spending some time in the chosen country before taking the plunge is advisable although not always possible, and catering for the needs of your family in a new country can be difficult at first.

Emigrants prefer a shared language, with the survey reporting that Canada, Australia and New Zealand are favourites as a result. It also points out that advice from those who have already made the move and adjusted is the most valuable, with the new online expat service provided by the Daily Telegraph aiming to answer a variety of questions.
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