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More and more brits are looking to move abroad

Posted by Sextant Properties on December 15, 2020

As many as 500,000 Brits could be leaving the UK to become expats by the end of 2009 reports Axa, one of the world’s biggest insurers. It is difficult to use forecast figures as a barometer of intent to be fair, but there is no doubt that the trend for moving abroad is increasing.

passportIn 2006, official figures from the Office of National Statistics showed that 400,000 people emigrated from the UK, and by the end of last year, Axa had seen an 11.7 per cent rise in the number of inquiries for international private medical insurance, and a 28.6 per cent increase in inquiries from those looking to relocate elsewhere in Europe.

It is on the basis of the continued rise in inquiries in the first half of this year – up 15 per cent again on the same period last year – that Axa has calculated its figures.

It points out that 500,000 people is equivalent to the entire population of Leeds, and there is good reason to think that the number of people moving overseas is accelerating.

YouGov figures, for example, suggest that one in three of us is considering a move abroad to improve his or her financial position.

Retirees can live an equivalent lifestyle in France for about a third of the cost of the UK, thanks to lower taxes and cheaper food and energy bills. Now that there is also a relaxation of rules on access to healthcare for non-French residents in France, the appeal is growing even more.
Axa said inquiries for France more than doubled for the first half of this year – an indication of its rising appeal.

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