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Top 5 Popular International Removal Locations

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Rainy summers, increasing house prices or a change of job are just a few of the reasons thousands of people are choosing to relocate abroad. Each year, nearly 150,000 UK citizens pack their bags and set off for a new life abroad to make a fresh start elsewhere. Whatever the reason or length of time people intend to stay, there is a list of destinations which have become popular with expats moving from the UK over the last 20 years.

Your budget, preference and personality are just a few of the factors to consider when relocating to another country to guarantee it is the right decision for you. We have put together all the necessary information you need to know about the top 5 destinations Brits relocate to so you can decide which is the ideal option to suit you…



As the second largest country in the world, Canada attracts an extensive range of British expats who choose to live there due to its safe living environment with relatively low crime rates, excellent education and healthcare systems and many opportunities for skilled workers within an exceptional working environment.

Canada offers plenty of employment opportunities and a relaxed way of life making it a popular destination for middle-aged couples and young families, who make up a large number of the 600,000 UK citizens living in the country.

A visa is required to relocate permanently to Canada, but the application process is straightforward – you can find more information on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website (



Australia is by far the most popular destination for people moving from the UK to relocate to, with one fifth of all UK citizens living overseas choosing to live there. Renowned for its amazing weather and striking scenery, Australia is very welcoming of UK citizens as British expats are able to move and work in the country without the strict rules applied to immigrants from other locations. It is important to be aware that Brits emigrating to live in Australia require a visa of residency so remember to get your application process underway well in advance of your move date to ensure it is completed in time.

The most popular destinations for UK expats heading to Oz have traditionally been Sydney and Melbourne, but with overheated housing markets in these locations, if you have budget constraints it is worth considering Perth or North Queensland as alternative locations.


New Zealand

For those seeking adventure and beautiful scenery, New Zealand is the ideal location for you. The stunning landscape and astonishing level of beauty is why it has been the setting of many blockbuster films such as Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, reiterating its picturesque appeal.

In terms of standard of living, New Zealand offers stable property prices, favourable tax scheme, strong educational system and overall quality of life. Auckland and Christchurch are by far the most popular locations for Brits moving to New Zealand as they are dynamic cities offering considerable job opportunities and lifestyle benefits.



Home of the Eiffel Tower, Champagne and strong cheese, France is famous for its iconic culture and figures, making it extremely popular with British expats in recent times.

The local culture, community and cuisine makes the country a very popular choice with thousands of Brits every year, in particular families who are relocating. British expats often boast of the vast improvement in family life after moving to France, with more time spent with children, less economic strain, better quality of food and easy integration into local communities.

As an EU passport holder, emigrating to France is not a drawn out, difficult process by any means, which is another reason many opt to relocate there. Access to the country is easy via the Eurostar as well as by car, plane, train or ferry so you can rest assured you can simply pop back to the UK to visit family or friends whenever you wish.



Again, as EU passport holders you do not have to go through a long bureaucratic procedure to move to Spain, making it an easily accessible option.

With its vibrant city atmosphere, many job opportunities and close proximity to the beach, Barcelona is a popular city destination for Brits seeking the whole Spanish package. However, this area does have an expensive housing market, so if you don’t mind country life, heading away from the big cities will save you even more money.

Other popular destinations to relocate to include Germany, South Africa, Ireland, USA so there is an abundance of options on offer. No matter where in the world you want to relocate to, make sure you do plenty of location research before you commit to a move abroad.

From consultation and storage arrangement, to delivery and unpacking, all international removals have different requirements according to the place they are moving from or to. United Removers specialise in international domestic and commercial relocations via road, air or sea to guarantee the safe and efficient transportation of all goods. Our wealth of experience means we have the knowledge and expertise to tailor our services to fit with your requirements and, in turn, give you complete peace of mind that your move will go smoothly. So for more information about any of our services or for more advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team at United Removers today.


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