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Brits Abroad [ Wednesday, 13 Dec 06 | 05:55 ]
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It seems like when ever I go into to town I run into people from the UK, mainly tourists, but also expats. I saw this article recently on the BBC News website.

An estimated 5.5 million British people live permanently abroad – nearly 10% of the UK population. The emigration of Brits has happened in cycles over 200 years. The trend is now rising again: over 100 k British citizens moved permanently away from the UK in 2005.

And where did they move to?

Brits Abroad: The Top Eight Countries
Country Full-time Part-time Pensioners
Australia 1,300,000 10,000 45,311
Spain 761,000 229,000 74,636
United States 678,000 7,000 132,083
Canada 603,000 6,000 157,435
Ireland 291,000 29,000 104,650
New Zealand 215,000 2,000 46,560
South Africa 212,000 2,000 38,825
France 200,000 61,000 33,869
The table lists the permanent and part-time
Britons (those who spend three months or
more of the year there), and pensioners.

All except Spain and France were once part of the British Empire and so there is a natural affinity for Brits to emigrate to those countries. Also notice the very large number of part-time residents in Spain. My guess is that it is cheaper, close by, and has better weather than “home”.

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[User Picture]From: squalidbear
Wednesday, 13 Dec 06 | 15:37 (UTC)
That's cos the UK sucks. It's dirty, noisy and prohibitively expensive, a bit like NYC. And while those places are generally fun, they are only fun to visit and party in, not to actually try and live in. Also the men are hotter in other countries ;) ...and they actually have the concept of "service".
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[User Picture]From: muckefuck
Wednesday, 13 Dec 06 | 15:38 (UTC)
Well, Spain never remained completely outside of the British Empire. Besides Gibraltar, which is still British today, there is the island of Minorca, which was British for nearly a century (with some minor interruptions) from 1708 until 1802. From the Peninsular War to the Spanish Civil War, a lot of Britons have died defending Spanish soil, so there's a bit more connexion there than there is to, say, Italy or the Netherlands.
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