When people want to move from one country to another, they usually choose destinations who have some sort of cultural and idiomatic link to their own homelands. It makes the whole process much easier. They don’t have to learn new languages, adapt to a culture very different to their own, and they might even find very familiar things in their new settlement. In example, at the early 2000’s some South Americans faced an economical crisis which pushed them to flee overseas, looking for a better life. The countries of choice were mainly Spain, and in second place, Italy. These people usually had Spanish and/or Italian relatives, and were very close to these nations, culturally speaking. It was much easier for them to settle down and find jobs, education and businesses there than it would have ever been were they to choose other countries such as Germany or France.
This cultural link is explained because almost all South American countries were once Spanish colonies since the Age of Discovery until their final independence. These nations see in Spain their national heritage, share their language, and somehow feel like family.
It isn’t surprising that the British people do the same with their own ex-colonies. When Britons consider leaving the country, main reasons being work, studies and retirement, places such as Australia and the United States come to mind. They speak English, they have a strong cultural bond with the British people and it’s quite easier to get by, with little communicational obstacles.
The United States heads the list of favored countries of British emigrants for this very reason. Many report that they hope to find in the American country a better lifestyle, better wages and job opportunities that will allow them to have a good life while improving their personal finances. Some of them even plan to live abroad for a few years in order to save money, thanks to a cheaper economy and good exchange rate, and then come back to the United Kingdom with stronger funds.
The fact is, with thousands of Britons leaving for America every year, this strong trend doesn’t seem to be going down for quite a long time. British people between ages 24 and 35 are the ones who more often consider the possibility of moving abroad. In fact, the top reason for trying to settle and have a life in a different country is reported to be work. Be it that the target country has better job opportunities, or that the gained experience will enrich the person’s professional resume, or even that earning money in another country will benefit people thanks to tax rates and exchange rates, many young Britons look across the ocean in the search for great job experiences. Study is another reason to settle overseas, and retirement is yet another cause of immigration. Actually, with the latest exchange rate favoring the sterling pound, retirement fund withdrawn in the US have increased their net value.
The British people has been feeling quite unsettled lately due to official reports stating that immigration to this country has been on the rise for the last few years. Many are concerned that this could affect the country’s society and economy, as unemployment rises and highly qualified professionals emigrate to other countries like the United States, Australia, Spain and France. This brain drain and the impact that immigration could have in the British demography and job market is currently worrying many Britons.
However, even if immigration in and out of Great Briton is at its highest ever, this doesn’t necessarily mean that more people arrive to GB than before. These figures reflect the net immigration, which is the balance between people who arrive and people who leave. As a matter of fact, when the actual movement of people is studied, we find out that immigration itself hasn’t risen. Rather, emigration has started to decrease, thus increasing the total amount of people who stay in Britain.
Some say this reflects a political and economical success, as more and more Britons decide to stay, or even come back to the United Kingdom after a time abroad. Some discover that life overseas isn’t as great as they imagined, or in other cases the removal has completed its cycle and now they’re heading back home. Whatever causes this change in figures, there is no reason to worry about the increment of net immigration that official reports show. As more and more British people decide to live and have families in Britain, economical and cultural stability might just be around the corner.
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