Property abroad attracting higher numbers of Brits

A new poll has found that the lure of purchasing overseas property is steadily becoming stronger for British people, with gradually higher numbers expressing an ambition to move abroad.

The survey, carried out for the BBC by ICM Research, found that the majority of the 1,000 people polled said they had considered emigrating.

This is consistent with a study taken in 2003, however, the number of people hoping to buy overseas property in the near future has almost doubled.

Young people were found to be the most likely to want to emigrate, with reasons such as lower prices, nicer weather and a better quality of life the most attractive factors of life in a foreign country.

Australia, Spain, Canada, New Zealand and the US were found to be the most popular areas.

Lord Triesman, foreign office minister, commented: “It’s clear that more British people are going to live abroad. Up to 14 million Britons live overseas for at least part of the year.”

Official figures show that 350,000 people emigrated from the UK in 2004 – up a third over the course of ten years.

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