New figures have found that almost 1,000 Brits are leaving the country every day in search of a better life abroad. Rising unemployment and the recession have resulted in hundreds of thousands of Brits selling up and moving abroad to look for job opportunities and a higher standard of living.

With property in France and Spain remaining the most popular with British buyers, are you considering moving overseas?

Recession and house prices blamed for mass emigration

According to figures from the Office of National Statistics reported by the charity Shelter, 986 Britons left the UK every single day between 2001 and 2011 – and the majority were all in the 25 to 44 age group. 

Commenting on the figures, the charity said: “This means that working age Brits, who have become the most tightly squeezed and negatively impacted group in the UK because of the devastating recession, are voting with their feet and going abroad to find work and build better lives.”

This data shows what we have known for a long time, namely that Brits are fed up with austerity measure, cuts and the recession and are heading overseas in search of a better life for themselves and their family.

France and Spain remain the most popular destinations with Brits buying overseas property. However, with almost a thousand people leaving these shores every day, many are going far and wide to find employment opportunities.”

Shelter attributes part of this mass emigration to the UK’s property market. It argues that an entire generation of working age Britons have been priced out of the property market and can no longer afford to own a home.

It is certainly true that the cost of overseas property and the standard of living is lower in many countries It’s perhaps not all that surprising that so many people are choosing to up and leave Britain and start a new life overseas.

Author :  Nick Marr

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    Nick Marr

    I am an internet entrepreneur with a passion for driving big audiences and a love for real estate. I have had plenty of ups and downs which has given me the experience to help others launch their own businesses. I enjoy projects that save consumers time and money, challenge convention and add real value to peoples lives.