01 September 2009

Britons emigrating to Australia in increasing numbers

Rising unemployment and bad weather are two of the factors believed to be encouraging Britons to move to Australia in record numbers.

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More and more Britons are emigrating to Australia where, in cities like Sydney, they can enjoy a better lifestyle and employment prospects.

International recruitment consultancy Hays has reported a 20 per cent increase in the number of Britons seeking jobs in Australia and New Zealand in the past year. It says is receiving 200 inquiries a week from people seeking antipodean work and wanting to emigrate to Australia or New Zealand.

Economic uncertainty at the beginning of the downturn could have resulted in many households putting their emigration plans on hold, and the Hays figures suggest that Britons have again begun to restart their emigration process.

Australians and New Zealanders wanting to return home are making up  20 per cent of the inquiries Hays have received.

Alistair Cox, Hays’ chief executive, told The Times: “There has been a downturn over there, too, but Australia is in better shape. It entered into recession later but has come out earlier. The job market is tough, but there are still more opportunities than there are here.”

The appeal of a life overseas comes as one in six households in the UK are officially “workless”. Unemployment in Britain has soared to a 14-year high of 2.4 million and is expected to peak at about three million next year.

Australia tops the list of destinations for emigrating Britons, followed by the United States, New Zealand and Canada. The majority of those emigrating to Australia go through the Australian General Skilled Migration programme to obtain an Australian skilled migrant visa.

About 158,000 British citizens emigrated from the UK last year, an increase of 24 per cent compared with 2007.


The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their Australia visa applications. 

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