380,000 expats heading back home for the Olympic Games

Published:  12 Jul at 6 PM
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According to a survey, a huge number of British nationals are expecting to head back to the UK for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The total of returnees, according to research by Lloyds TSB International, represents around seven per cent of the total number of expats living overseas. One fifth of those intending to return are living in Spain, with those in more remote countries mostly planning to watch the Games on TV.

The survey also revealed that over the third of those who had decided to live abroad felt more nostalgia and patriotism towards the UK since they had left. Lloyds TSB’s overseas director of expat banking, Richard Musty, reported that many expats still feel strongly linked to Britain, and are proud that London is hosting the Olympics.

Many Britons, Musty explained, are timing their regular annual visits to family and friends to include the Olympics, although concerns about the negative effects on London’s infrastructure are a deterrent to some. One Dubai expat reported that he would return in July for his annual holiday, leave three days before the first day of the games, thus avoiding the crowds, and return to the UK for several weeks after the Games were over.
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