23 August 2007
Britons leaving for a new life in Australia
A record 196,000 British citizens left the UK permanently in the year to mid-2006, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown. The overall number of migrations, 385,000, is the highest since modern indicators began in 1991.
Australia is the clear favourite destination for people wanting to start a new life in a new country. The ONS figures show 71,000 Britons migrated to Australia between January 2004 and December 2005. The numbers of people leaving to make a new life was the highest since British people left for Australia in droves in the 1960s.
The BBC reports that people's reasons for leaving included the weather, crime, unaffordable house prices and concern about the future for their children. The fact that people are quitting the country in such large numbers seems to reflect a growing perception that the UK is a less nice place to live.
People seeking a better quality of life in Australia should talk to the Australian Visa Bureau. Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.