Kiwis and Aussies head home due to UK economy struggles

Published:  4 Aug at 2 PM
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Thousands of expats from New Zealand and Australia have packed up and headed back down under because of a booming jobs market in their respective countries and the economic gloom in the UK.

The UK’s unemployment rate has started to fall of late, although it recently climbed to a 17-year high. Meanwhile, New Zealand and Australia are experiencing a boom period, with jobs rising to an eight-year high.

Track Me Back, a jobs website, carried out a study which showed that many Aussies and Kiwis are heading home because of the worrying economic climate in the UK. In addition, the rise in job opportunities back home and better chances to progress in their careers down under is also acting as a draw.

Caroline Rafferty, Track Me Back’s general manager, said that although people are quitting the UK, they have generally worked in various cities around the world and have opted to head home to take advantage of their improving economic outlook. She explained that many of these expats will have begun travelling a decade ago thinking they would just be away for a few months, and are now making the long trip home with a spouse and children.

Home Office immigration figures showed that 26,500 Australians were admitted to Britain for work in 2007 compared to 17,100 in 2010. During the same period, the amount of New Zealanders went down from 8,490 to 5,210.
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