Most British expats don’t plan to return

Only one in ten British expats living abroad plan to definitely return to the UK one day, a new survey has found.

The research, which was carried out by expat financial firm deVere Group, found that seven out of 10 of those surveyed would not return to Britain, while the rest were undecided.

The survey underscores that for most people living abroad is a rewarding and fulfilling experience,” explained Nigel Green, CEO of the deVere Group. “This outcome is likely down to several key factors including better or more lucrative career opportunities, lower cost of living, higher quality of life, high quality childcare and education, lower crime levels, and good weather. As an expat of many years I recognise this positive scenario well.”

Officially 5 million Brits live overseas, although the real figure is universally acknowledged as considerably higher as many expats do not register in their new countries of residence with the relevant authorities.

The survey – which polled British expats living in the US, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Spain, France, Germany and South Africa – also found that one in four left Britain for work.

Article published 15th May 2017