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Dreaming of moving

Jan 21, 2019
Brits are dreaming of a new life in the Spanish sun, according to new research by

UK Emigration DestinationsStatistics released by show that Spain is the most popular destination for UK residents fantasising of a move overseas, with 13% of the respondents picking it as their number one choice. Those dreaming of living in the Spanish sun would join nearly 300,000 British citizens already living in the country.

The world might not feel as big as it once did, and with 19-hour non-stop flights to Australia now available from the UK, it’s easy to see why Australia and New Zealand ranked joint second in the dream move table, with 12% each. Other popular moves on the wish list included the USA (10%), Canada (9%), Italy (7%) and France (6%).

The data shows age is a major factor in determining the popularity of a dream move abroad. Young adults prefer countries with more opportunities for lucrative career prospects and lavish lifestyles. The USA came out top choice for under 34s, with 16% listing this as their favourite, followed by Australia and then Spain. Dubai was also more popular with younger adults, with 4% dreaming of a move to the Middle East. For older adults over the age of 55, New Zealand (14%) came out top of their dream move.

Brits living on the south coast of England seem more keen to keep their coastal lifestyle, with Italy being more popular with people living in Southampton (12%) and Brighton (15%) than the UK average of 7%. For Londoners, New Zealand was the top pick with 13% followed by the USA and Canada both at 11% and Australia at 10%.   

Angus Elphinstone, CEO of commented, “It’s nearly a national sport in the UK to dream about moving. From flicking through property prices and listings on Rightmove to sitting down to watch one of the vast number of primetime TV shows offering advice to those looking to change homes for a place in the sun.”

“Our research highlighted where people dream to move to, but there were still 16% of residents that didn’t want to move anywhere. With such a vast number of different landscapes, coastal views and green spaces, it’s easy to see why so many are living their dream in the UK and don’t feel they need to move elsewhere.”

The research was conducted by Opinium in September 2018 for AnyVan in a poll survey of 2,000 adults.

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