Skip to comments.Britons Quit Country In Record Numbers
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."
“America Alone”! Reading it now and seeing Steyn’s prognosis play out right in front of me on FR.
I would to if they are giving illegal immigrants more rights. Wait a minute?
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.
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.
Because A) immigration is exceeding emigration and B) the new (mostly Islamic) immigrants are breeding like rabbits.
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.
How ironic. They are fleeing to other lands where they wont have to deal with foreign immigrants.
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.
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.
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.
“There will always be an Englandistan...”
I wonder if this is analogous to the 1970’s white flight. Will authorities start denying exit visas to prevent the flight?
That’s just how the US lost all its cities.
“Escape now, while you can, to your legacy.”
But please leave your cuisine behind.
“If Europe doesnt 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.
How ironic that South Africa may ultimately end up being a better place to live than England.
” But please leave your cuisine behind. “
And bring the beer !
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.
rather than clean up their own mess,
they walk out.
Curious. No mention of that elephant in the parlor. You know, the one wearing a hijab-thingy.
Yup. My thoughts too...they've become 3rd world enclaves too dangerous to enter.
If I was a rational British citizen, I’ll leave as well. The country is too statist.
"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.
Thanks. I have it.
You will find that many of the Brits here on FR are in denial.
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.
Ay yi yi.... I had pretty much set-in-stone plans to move to the UK but maybe I should rethink it.
That’s quite a picture.
Sadly enough I dont 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.”
Because we’re PC idiots.
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.
I agree. However, my overall sense is that the majority are (R1b) 'Celtic' Brits.
I think Britain’s moral decline has more to do with this than anything else.
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.