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Britons Quit Country In Record Numbers
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-23-2007

Posted on 08/22/2007 6:18:33 PM PDT by blam

Britons quit country in record numbers

Last Updated: 12:01am BST 23/08/2007

More people are leaving Britain than at any time for a generation - and possibly for a century.

The number of Britons emigrating in the 12 months to July 2006 reached 385,000, the highest since present counting methods were introduced in 1991, new figures show.

Why are so many people emigrating from the UK? One in four UK babies born to a foreign parent This is almost certainly the greatest emigration since the 1960s, when thousands left to start new lives in Australia. It could even be the highest since before the First World War, though official figures are not available.

Latest figures show that one British citizen leaves the country every three minutes

Almost 200,000 of those leaving for a year or more were British citizens - one every three minutes - and the rest were foreign nationals returning home or going elsewhere.

Since 1997, 1.8 million British nationals have left the country and about 900,000 have returned. At the same time, more than three million foreign nationals arrived and about half that number left.

The departure of so many Britons is exacerbating the demographic and cultural changes wrought by high levels of immigration.

Despite the exodus, the population is rising - because emigrants are more than balanced by immigrants, with 574,000 arriving.

In the year to July 2006, the population rose 350,000, to almost 60.6 million and is expected to reach 65 million by 2020. It has risen by a similar amount - the equivalent to a city the size of Bristol - every year for five years.

Net migration from abroad remained the largest factor in the increase, contributing 55 per cent of growth.

A study last year by the Institute for Public Policy Research suggested that one in 12 British nationals may be living abroad, a total of about 5.5 million.

There are 250,000 second homes owned by British nationals in France alone, though Australia and Spain are the two favourite destinations for the British diaspora.

Surveys indicate that another one million are set to pack their bags for good over the next five years and a further 500,000 live abroad for part of the year.

Not only do more British live abroad than any other nationality, they are also more spread out. There are 41 countries with more than 10,000 British living there and another 71 countries with more than 1,000.

Emigration levels are back to those last seen in the late-1950s and early 1960s, when the ''£10 Poms" left in droves for Australia, enticed by subsidised travel and settlement.

They are even higher than the last great exodus, before 1914, when the outflow ran at 300,000 per annum and more young men were leaving the country every year than died on the battlefields of Europe.

Also, far from being pensioners looking for retirement in the sun, many leaving today were young and highly skilled. The IPPR study showed that four in 10 were in managerial or professional occupations.

Liam Clifford, who runs globalvisas.com, said his company had 50,000 hits last month from people looking to leave.

"They do not believe that the services and the system can cope with the number of people coming into the UK."

David Nicholson-Lord, of the Optimum Population Trust, which campaigns for a ''sustainable'' population, said: "Evidence strongly suggests emigration is driven by a perceived decline in UK quality of life, with congestion, queues, overcrowding and general 'lack of space' a key element."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: britons; emigrating; exodus; quit; record

1 posted on 08/22/2007 6:18:34 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

“America Alone”! Reading it now and seeing Steyn’s prognosis play out right in front of me on FR.


2 posted on 08/22/2007 6:21:12 PM PDT by Philistone (Your existence as a non-believer offends the Prophet(MPBUH).)
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To: blam

more:
http://www.pressdispensary.co.uk/feed/991294.php
many comments:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1873723/posts


3 posted on 08/22/2007 6:21:30 PM PDT by xcamel (FDT/2008 -- talk about it >> irc://irc.freenode.net/fredthompson)
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To: blam

Nice photoshopping.


4 posted on 08/22/2007 6:22:06 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: blam

I would to if they are giving illegal immigrants more rights. Wait a minute?


5 posted on 08/22/2007 6:23:16 PM PDT by lndrvr1972
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To: blam
Nice photoshopping.

I was looking for a restaurant for my committee's group dinner next month and almost turned it down because they had clearly photoshopped one photo.

6 posted on 08/22/2007 6:23:28 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: blam

Alot of Brits in my circle. My son plays with the son of a British couple living here in Texas. My son asked his friend if he was American. He went and asked his mom and she said yes.


7 posted on 08/22/2007 6:23:36 PM PDT by normy (Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.)
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To: blam
Foreigners flock in as Britons quit the country
8 posted on 08/22/2007 6:24:28 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam
Despite the exodus, the population is rising

Because A) immigration is exceeding emigration and B) the new (mostly Islamic) immigrants are breeding like rabbits.

Ominous.

9 posted on 08/22/2007 6:24:45 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo (There are four types of homicide: felonious, accidental, justifiable, and praiseworthy)
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To: blam

All of you fine conservative Brits should come to America. You, more than all the rest, understand the absolute danger that is liberalism. Many of our ancestors, your ancestors, have already made that trip, now it’s your turn. We need you and you can finally be yourselves, here. Here in the country that took your genetics, your philosophies and your language and your ideals and made the world a better place. Escape now, while you can, to your legacy.


10 posted on 08/22/2007 6:27:34 PM PDT by GBA ( God Bless America!)
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To: blam

How ironic. They are fleeing to other lands where they wont have to deal with foreign immigrants.


11 posted on 08/22/2007 6:28:19 PM PDT by balls (Religion is the root of all evil)
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To: balls

Britain has become the socialist state they wished to fight off during WWII. I think it’s mentioned in the 50th Anniversary edition of Prof. Hayek’s “Road To Serfdom”.

Look at their lack of firearm ownership traded in for socialism and ubiquitous street cameras. No thanks.


12 posted on 08/22/2007 6:37:22 PM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: GBA

Why run instead of fixing their problems? They will only bring more socialism and PC bull to America’s shores. I for one won’t be so welcoming.


13 posted on 08/22/2007 6:39:33 PM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: t_skoz

Agreed. I, for one, don’t hold much for those that desert their own country instead of staying and fixing things. They are leaving because of the muslims instead of sending them back to where they belong. If Europe doesn’t step up to this, they will loose it.


14 posted on 08/22/2007 6:46:31 PM PDT by RC2
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To: blam

“There will always be an Englandistan...”


15 posted on 08/22/2007 6:55:00 PM PDT by mrsmel (Free Ramos and Compean!)
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To: blam

I wonder if this is analogous to the 1970’s white flight. Will authorities start denying exit visas to prevent the flight?


16 posted on 08/22/2007 7:06:21 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: RC2

That’s just how the US lost all its cities.


17 posted on 08/22/2007 7:23:39 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: GBA

“Escape now, while you can, to your legacy.”

But please leave your cuisine behind.


18 posted on 08/22/2007 7:37:20 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: RC2

“If Europe doesn’t step up to this, they will loose it.”

Let this also be a lesson for us.

Sadly enough I don’t hear any of our politicians mentioning the danger of Islam to our society. All I notice is how we grant Islam privileges not given to other religions and how we are informed that Islam is a ROP.


19 posted on 08/22/2007 7:49:13 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: RC2

How ironic that South Africa may ultimately end up being a better place to live than England.


20 posted on 08/22/2007 7:50:19 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: 353FMG

” But please leave your cuisine behind. “

And bring the beer !


21 posted on 08/22/2007 7:51:01 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: RC2
Agreed. I, for one, don’t hold much for those that desert their own country instead of staying and fixing things.

Like us in the United States and how we tolerate income taxes??? Americans have not fixed that yet, and like sheep they continue to pay the tax and tolerate politicians who perpetuate the corrupt system. It is much easier to move to greener pastures.

22 posted on 08/22/2007 7:53:22 PM PDT by ColdSteelTalon
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To: blam

that’s funny!

rather than clean up their own mess,

they walk out.


23 posted on 08/22/2007 7:54:07 PM PDT by ken21 (itís behavior not words. don't let pc take our 1st amendment rights.)
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To: blam
"... emigration is driven by a perceived decline in UK quality of life, with congestion, queues, overcrowding and general 'lack of space'...."

Curious. No mention of that elephant in the parlor. You know, the one wearing a hijab-thingy.

24 posted on 08/22/2007 7:59:59 PM PDT by Tenniel2 (The heroes of Flight 93 diverted the wrong plane.)
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To: EDINVA
"That’s just how the US lost all its cities."

Yup. My thoughts too...they've become 3rd world enclaves too dangerous to enter.

25 posted on 08/22/2007 8:03:54 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: ken21

If I was a rational British citizen, I’ll leave as well. The country is too statist.


26 posted on 08/22/2007 8:04:31 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: blam
While I'm at it:

"The number of Britons emigrating in the 12 months to July 2006 reached 385,000... Almost 200,000 of those leaving for a year or more were British citizens ... and the rest were foreign nationals returning home or going elsewhere."

Perhaps someone could explain how on God's green sceptered isle "foreign nationals" -- especially the ones "going home" -- can be construed as "Britons." Or maybe the Torygraph is just channelling the AP copydesk staff.

27 posted on 08/22/2007 8:10:21 PM PDT by Tenniel2 (The heroes of Flight 93 diverted the wrong plane.)
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To: blam

28 posted on 08/22/2007 8:17:26 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: Philistone

bttt


29 posted on 08/22/2007 8:19:17 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: BraveMan

Thanks. I have it.


30 posted on 08/22/2007 8:23:54 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

You will find that many of the Brits here on FR are in denial.


31 posted on 08/22/2007 8:30:27 PM PDT by chasio649
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To: blam

Britain is Islamizing, and Brits have had enough. Unfortunately for them, running to France or Spain wont solve that, as they’re being flooded too.

I look for Australia’s population to climb by 10 million over the next couple of decades because of Brit expats.


32 posted on 08/22/2007 8:31:49 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: blam

Ay yi yi.... I had pretty much set-in-stone plans to move to the UK but maybe I should rethink it.


33 posted on 08/22/2007 8:51:16 PM PDT by gop_gene
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To: blam

LOL
That’s quite a picture.


34 posted on 08/22/2007 8:59:37 PM PDT by gcruse (Let's strike Iran while it's hot.)
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To: 353FMG

Sadly enough I don’t hear any of our politicians mentioning the danger of Islam to our society. All I notice is how we grant Islam privileges not given to other religions and how we are informed that Islam is a ROP.”
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Because we’re PC idiots.


35 posted on 08/22/2007 9:09:34 PM PDT by cowdog77 (" Are there any brave men left in Washington, or are they all cowards?")
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To: blam
Your post is answering my question about the ethnic makeup of British emigrants from one of your other posts.

Lots of numbers here, but I still see no way to analyze the number of Britons who are naturalized or born to immigrants.

The reason I bring this point up is the fear many here at FR have about the dissolution of national character in Western countries. The posts suggest to us xenophobes that ethnic Britons are fleeing the invasion of Asians, many who become citizens by birth or naturalization. However, that may be an illusion as the articles do not give any breakdown on the ethnic makeup of the emigrants. The only ethnic discussion is about foreign nationals, not citizens.

36 posted on 02/21/2008 9:12:39 AM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (<I>)
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To: blam
Who wants to live in a country that hates itself and its history?

When the Archbishop of Canterbury starts saying that allowing for Sharia within British law is a good idea, you know it's about time to either fight or flee.

Sounds like many are choosing the latter option.
37 posted on 02/21/2008 9:15:40 AM PST by Antoninus (How did you come to Barack?)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
"Lots of numbers here, but I still see no way to analyze the number of Britons who are naturalized or born to immigrants."

I agree. However, my overall sense is that the majority are (R1b) 'Celtic' Brits.

38 posted on 02/21/2008 9:38:37 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

I think Britain’s moral decline has more to do with this than anything else.


39 posted on 02/21/2008 9:39:48 AM PST by No Dems 2004 (No Dems in 2008 either)
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To: blam

There is a very prevalent ex-pat culture inside Britain and out.

It usually goes along the lines: use the UK for an idyllic childhood and an excellent education (especially at private schools). Get on the property ladder and buy/sell until your head spins and even you can’t remember your current address. When you cash out move to Spain, France, Australia or even the States. Spend the rest of your years missing Britain terribly but refusing to return due to the devastation resulting from lax immigration and tax policy while slagging off your adopted country’s government.


40 posted on 02/21/2008 10:07:37 AM PST by relictele (Liberal: one who walks away from a TSA queue still convinced government can solve problems.)
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