Catherine Deshayes, The Move Channel, May 15, 2009
Britain is experiencing the greatest exodus of its own nationals in recent history while immigration is at unprecedented levels, new figures show.
In 2007, 207,000 British citizens–one every three minutes–left the country and currency specialist Foreign Currency Direct has revealed that one in four working Brits are now looking to leave the country for sunnier climes and better job opportunities.
An increase in tax levelled at high wage earners coupled with rising UK unemployment is thought to be partly behind the mass exodus.
With the number of unemployed in Birmingham higher than in any other major UK city, people living in the Midlands are subsequently the most likely to look for a job overseas–17 per cent of them compared to just 13 per cent in Wales and the South West.
The majority of people planned to head for a country with a warmer climate, more days of sunshine and those that were English speaking. A fifth of people named Australia as their top choice; one in six selected the USA and one in ten chose New Zealand. Canada was also a popular choice.