Soaring cost of living matches soaring number of Brits leaving the UK

Published:  16 Nov at 6 PM
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As the cost of a comfortable life in the UK rises, it’s being matched by the number of Britons opting to live and work overseas.

A combination of Brexit uncertainty, the ever-rising cost of living and potential job insecurity has led to increasing numbers of UK citizens making the decision of their lives in order to secure their futures. At the present time, Brits desperate to desert the sinking ship before it falls apart are spoilt for choice as to where to go and what to do when they get there. Whether they’re budding entrepreneurs, experienced professionals in their field or simply retirees unable to afford not to leave, there’s a country somewhere on the planet where they’ll feel welcome.

Well over 100,000 UK citizens have left since June last year, with numbers expected to increase as the average monthly cost of living rises above its present amount of £1,716. The majority of expats are looking for stability and a better society, although better weather also plays a huge part in the final decision. Canada has now topped the USA as an expat destination, mostly thanks to Trump’s immigration policies. For Brits, it’s a friendly place, with the average cost of living slightly below that of the UK, healthcare a great deal better, financial security and a wonderful natural environment. Experienced techies will find a welcome in Vancouver, and visas are granted on either an independent points-based system, employment with a Canadian company or immigration as a family.

For adventurous expats, the Philippines is an interesting choice with the benefits of a low cost of living, a tropical climate, welcoming locals who love kids and an average monthly living cost of around £630. Manila is the place for entrepreneurs and start-ups, especially in the tech sector, and visa regulations aren’t especially tedious as they’re geared to specifics such as retirement, business and families. Finding out more is easy via the country’s embassy in London.

New Zealand, always popular with British expats, is almost as expensive as the UK as regards cost of living, but has other advantages including the world’s most spectacular scenery and a comfortable, laid-back lifestyle. Quality education and excellent healthcare are part of the package, and those with qualifications and experience in engineering, health and social services or construction are made welcome. Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is another interesting choice, especially for its growth of jobs in sectors popular with expats. Its cost of living is half that of London.

Vietnam is the new kid on the block as regards attracting expats with low wages and a wish to live decadently on around £800 a month. For those who prefer living frugally, this can be done on half that amount in an environment as friendly as it’s beautiful. Expert expats in not-for-profit international development will be welcomed and work visas and permits can be had. For city-lovers, ancient Hanoi is a fascinating combination of history and modernity.
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