Brit friendly Adelaide offers UK expats familiar comfort zones

Published:  27 Nov at 6 PM
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The laid-back, old-fashioned Australian city of Adelaide is just the thing for British expats looking for long-lost UK values plus a warm climate and sense of community.

Adelaide, founded in 1835 by a governor whose aim was building a better Britain, is a success story now seeing a large number of new entrants from the UK to its relaxed lifestyle and family values. In 2011, the city welcomed 10 per cent more Britishers and their families than in previous years, according to Noel Glavin, Anglo-Pacific’s international migrations manager.

Glavin insits that culture shock is non-existent, with new arrivals feeling at home from their first day and settling in quickly to ‘Britain in the Sun'. As much as 50 per cent of Adelaide’s population is of British descent, giving a distinct and familiar flavour to the city.

Adelaide is now ranked as fifth in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking for 2012, leaping from its 2011 placing as ninth. The most popular cities in the survey tend towards low-population density, mid-sized conurbations with low crime rates, good standards of heathcare and plenty of recreational facilities.

A report commissioned by the South Australian government in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 2012 Golden Jubilee placed Adelaide’s Britishness under the microscope of researchers from Huddersfield University. Eight out of ten respondents cited Adelaide’s excellent work-life balance, as against UK residents in the same survey, most of whom couldn’t wait to emigrate.

Other major draws for Adelaide are its reputation as a city of festivals, its well-planned green areas, its closeness to 3,000 miles of unspoiled coastline and its thriving cultural and music scene. With South Australia now in the first rank as regards attracting migrants through its newly extended essential skills list, it’s no surprise that its immigration department is expected to be very busy in the near future.

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