AIBU to ask if you have/intend to emigrate from the UK?(109 Posts)
Just that really!
We move to Egypt in August and we are buzzing with nervous anticipation! Most important stuff is sorted for us now so just patiently waiting to get on the flight out.
Would love to hear from others who have done it. Where did you (or will you have) moved to?
How have you found it so far?
Moved to the US from the UK. Love it, won’t ever go back. Even joined the US Army
Yep, I left UK in 2007 and moved to the Cayman Islands for 2 years initially, as a single 28 year old.
11 years later and I've a husband (Scottish), 2 kids, 2 dogs, home and excellent career.
We have permanent residency and will be applying for naturalisation and status soon.
We've no intention of moving back to the UK, but we will have to roll with the punches as it does depend on schooling. If the kids are better served by boarding at an independent high school in UK, then we may take a secondment back for the formative GCSE years, work allowing.
We've no intention of remaining here into retirement as its one of the most expensive places to live (cost of living index is 13% higher than London and 7% more expensive than NYC), so we'll probably end up retiring to Panama or Ecuador or somewhere in Asia.
I'm heading back to London for Easter to see family and I can't wait. I love visiting, the UK has so much to offer but politics, miserable weather and tax means I'll not move back.
Moved to Canada eight years ago. No regrets. DH earning 5x what he did in the U.K.
Great lifestyle - mountains, lakes etc. Beautiful summers. Winter is bloody cold though.
We want to move to America. Dh is looking at jobs there.
Moved to Portugal almost 16 years ago, it’s not perfect but we have no intentions of moving back and I have applied for citizenship
Moved to the States 7 years ago. There are things I miss about the UK but there's more I'd miss here if I ever went back. Which I wouldn't. The UK is ok to visit but I'd never want to live or raise children there again.
We bought a house in Spain in May of last year with the intention of using it for holidays until we retire in 2022/2023 - at which point we hope to spend 6 months in the UK and 6 months in Spain each year.
More recently, partly because of Brexit/how the country seems to be becoming more polarised, we’ve been thinking of just selling up completely in the UK so that we can retire a few years earlier. The jury’s still out on that one as we love our country, but we’re having real problems with some of the xenophobia that’s started m to raise its head since 2016. And, before anyone castigates us for that, we (i) respect people’s right to vote for Brexit and (ii) accept that the vast majority of our country are not xenophobes. We just don’t like what we seem to have become, irrespective of any political views.
So, to answer your original question, OP, YANBU to ask if we intend to emigrate.
We bought a house in Spain in May of last year with the intention of using it for holidays until we retire in 2022/2023 - at which point we hope to spend 6 months in the UK and 6 months in Spain each year
And are you expecting to be able to that post Brexit?
Have registered for Spanish residency?
We set up a successful business and just bought a house. We'd have never have been able to do it in the UK
I fear so many young people will be in the same boat, or worse the bubble will bust with so many selling up for a better work life balance elsewhere!!
Emigrating to Caribbean, I already spend several months a year there anyway. My parents and sister live there, and my brother is emigrating next year.
I have a house on family land, cost £32,000 to build..that'd maybe buy me a shed in London. I feel relaxed here, no talk about Brexit etc, healthier lifestyle, more of a community feel. + No Council Tax or heating bills. I don't miss England when I'm away from it and DP loves it there too. So final move will be within next 5 years. I have family on other islands also in Canada so looking forward to seeing more of them.
Good luck OP life is what you make it sometimes
Emigrated to Australia 13 yrs ago. Made a good life here. But since the death of my mother in England last year I've been more and more homesick. I flew back 4 times in 18 mths to be with Mum and coming back to Oz after that has been a wrench.
I can never go home as all my children and now GC are in Oz but if I could wave a magic wand I'd be back in blighty. Even with the mad political situation and the weather!!
We've been in Australia for 12 years, got citizenship years ago, we absolutely love it. My three kids have all been back to England where they were born in last two years, they have all come back saying "nice for a holiday but wouldn't want to live there".
We arrived with a "no going back" attitude though which I think makes a huge difference. I know a lot of "ping pong poms" and truly unhappy British women here. I genuinely don't understand how people who are used to seeing their mum/sisters/family every day or so think that they are going to move to the other side of the world and be happy.
Ive lived in a few countries,but we finally emigrated to Oz in 2013. We absolutely love it, and I will be going for my citizenship ceremony in a few weeks. Our quality of life is just so much better here, and I’m so glad we escaped before Brexit, as it makes me very cross!
I moved to the UK more than 10 years ago to study and have been here ever since. I will hopefully move back home one day, but for now I'm very happy here. I love the part of the country I live in because it's near to some beautiful countryside and I genuinely think that staying in the UK is the best option for my son at the moment.
Other than my family, it's the silly little things that I miss about home. Nothing significant, just things like food, mainly!
Almost everywhere has crazy political issues at the moment. Some of the things I hear from friends back home and from other parts of Europe don't sound positive either. I think it's easy to lose sight of the things that are going reasonably well here - and, Brexit aside, there is a lot that this country has right.
We left the UK for Australia 4 years ago. Absolutely no regrets. I've achieved much more professionally here and my minor worries about schools for DC were unfounded. My DC are very happy here too.
We'll not move back to the UK.
Snows me too....I cam with DH and thought before I came about whether I'd want to go back to the UK if our relationship failed...and the answer was no. I would stay here in Oz even if we split up....I'm happy here. I do miss my family and it is hard to go back and then leave again but before we left I realised that my ideal family life with lots of visits and socialising with my siblings etc had never and would never be reality.
I only saw them now and then. Could not rely on them for anything...so we did it. No regrets at all.
Moved to Japan 2 and a half years ago. Thought it was temporary but since met and married DH so no plans to move back.
In the city we’re in it’s so much cheaper to live than London, couldn’t imagine how we’d get by now.
Of course there are negatives, but overall happy and settled.
Moved to NZ over ten years ago. Got citizenship after Brexit was announced. I would never move back.
Better lifestyle and better outlook on life. Watching the UK news makes me so cross and depressed.
Moved to the USA in 2016 (DH is American). Love it. I wouldn’t say that I’d never move back to the UK but it would have to be something really good to take us away from here. I will be getting my citizenship here soon. It’s very unlikely we will leave here as we have a much better standard of living and we are very happy here. We have the in-laws in the same state and they have welcomed me with open arms.
Moved to Canada 3 years ago. DH earning double what he did in the UK, kids schools are amazing and if you can handle the winter, the summer makes up for it. We're in the process of applying for citizenship, but can hold dual Canadian/British so by the above poster's definition ("did you give up British citizenship?") I don't know if we count as emigrated. We have no plans to return and knew that once we made the jump it was one way. The exchange rate makes moving back prohibitive, but we wouldn't want to anyway.
Moved to Australia 10+ years ago, because DH got a fab job offer. We knew it was effectively one way because of our age. As a poster upthread has noted, with this in mind, you have a different view of the painful/irritating aspects of the new place, less inclined to endlessly compare, more inclined to get on with it.
DH died and I'm staying. Apart from enjoying the place (and DH would never have gone back to the UK, no dislike, just a real attachment to where he was), friends have moved on, family is as far away within the UK as ever it was. I couldn't afford to move back to London, the only place I could imagine being. While we didn't move for the weather, but I do love the warm here, the lovely countryside, the lively arts/cultural life.
The lack of public footpaths is a pisser, though.
We moved from the UK to Mexico for a two year secondment in 2014. After a year and a half my husband was offered a permanent position.
I can't imagine ever wanting to move back to the UK. Standard of living is better, salary is better, weather is better 🤷🏻♀️
I left the UK in 2004 as an expat (Middle East).
Left the Middle East for Canada in 2015 as an immigrant (and will never leave)
Would love to emigrate; sell everything up and just hotfoot it to the other side of the planet. Sadly my dad is the last of my family and has made it clear he wouldn't come. Dd and him get on very well and he is my main support as he comes to stay x1 weekend a month. Brexit has completely gutted any sense of security I had in UK. I used to be so proud of living here and now I actually fear for my daughter's future. It's changed my entire outlook . So very of all of you having escaped all of the stress and turmoil!
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