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The Impact of Brexit on Brits Going Abroad

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Wong Johnny Young female passenger at the airport, using her tablet computer while waiting for her flight

When Britain voted to leave the EU on June 23rd its effects were felt around the world. From stock markets readjusting and financial institutions reassessing, Brexit has had global ramifications.

The latest Office of National Statistic figures show that in 2014, 323,000 emigrated from the UK to countries such as Australia, America, Spain, China and France. 43,000 went to Australia, 23,000 to America, 16,000 to both Spain and China and 15,000 to France.

Whether Brexit will have an effect on whether these figures rise or fall remains to be seen. The long term effects are hard to predict. However, one country which has already noted a big rise in applications from Brits looking to move there is New Zealand.

Since the ‘Leave’ vote Immigration New Zealand have revealed that its websites received 5,500 visits a day since the referendum vote, compared to the average of 2,000 hits.

“We’ve seen a four times increase in registrations for all occupations which is significant and in some sectors such as health that increase has been about five times higher,” Matt Hoskin from Immigration New Zealand said.

Immigration NZ also revealed that a large proportion of those looking for more information included British health workers. Figures showed that before June 23,  57 health workers registered their interest in working in New Zealand, post Breit it that had almost quadrupled to 225 registrations.

But it’s not just New Zealand. Google data analytics too noted that those searching for the words ‘immigration to Australia’ spiked several times before after the referendum, but reached its peaked at 6.30pm, on Friday June 24th.

It’s unsurprising that Australia comes in for so much interest. It is the Brits number one choice when looking to move abroad. Many of those going are doctors and nurses who can work for shorter hours and earn more money. The General Medical Council noted that a total of 19,522 British doctors were issued with certificates enabling them to work abroad between 2008-2014. In fact, in the past two years 4,700 medical professionals per year have applied for the GMC Certificates of Good Standing.

Canada too had an upsurge in interest which was felt by a job search website, www.indeed.com. They noted that the number of UK queries for jobs in Canada was four times over the average in the 48 hours after the withdraw vote. Indeed also revealed that post vote, there was a 73% increase in those looking for jobs abroad in places such as America and Australia.

With uncertainty surrounding Brexit only time will tell whether this trend continues or indeed increases. For more information about making your move successful see our blog How to Ensure Your Move Abroad Goes Smoothly.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

International Removals – The Easy Way

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Whether you’re taking your entire household belongings with you when you move abroad or just a car and a few boxes, PSS International Removals offer a streamlined service, at competitive rates. Is your move happening quickly? No problem. Time is not an issue for PSS. We can send your goods through our express service, taking the stress-free approach to moving thousands of miles away.

So how do you go about arranging your removal service? Getting a quote for the shipment couldn’t be easier. First you need to visit the PSS website  www.pssremovals.com and pick from one of the many options available, be it International Removals, Excess Baggage or Car Shipping. You will receive a competitive quote within 60 seconds. Alternatively you can speak to one of our Baggage Consultants to talk through your requirements. Call 0800 988 3711 for more information. There is even an option on the website to request a call back.

Excess baggage is easy to accommodate and especially handy if you just have a few boxes of belongings you want to take with you. The boxes come in different sizes and we can also arrange for unusually shaped items such as guitars and skis to be shipped separately. This is a great value option for smaller shipments. No need to pay for a container when all you need is partial space within it.

If you are sending a full or part household we will call you to arrange, a free, no obligation home survey. A consultant will then arrive to run through the whole process, informing you of how our service works and what to expect from moving day. Once the booking is finalised you will be allocated a PSS Move Manager who will request all the relevant paperwork and arrange the shipping details.

When it comes to removal day, our team will arrive to collect your cartons (if you’ve decided to pack for yourself) or start packing your goods, if this is the service you’ve chosen. They will also use a customs seal on your packages. This means that your container will not be opened until it arrives at your destination.

Once loaded onto the lorry, your goods will be driven to a UK port, where the documentation and customs seal will be checked before being loaded onto the vessel. After arrival in the new country, the goods may need to be checked by the official authorities, who will clear goods if they do not contravene agricultural, forestry or fisheries laws in the destination.

Soon after you arrive in your new home, PSS will call to arrange the delivery of your goods to the location of your choice. It really couldn’t be any easier.

For more information about PSS International Removals and our services contact us now at https://www.pssremovals.com

You can also watch this brief video to understand a little more about how PSS International Removals can help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXPZaiLpd1U

PSS International Removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 33 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

What’s more PSS International Removals are fully bonded members of the British Association of Removers (BAR Overseas), IMMI (International Movers Mutual Insurance), FIDI (Global alliance) we have also been awarded with FAIM accreditation which is the international removal industries quality standard.

In search of a new life – a history of British emigration

 

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While the current political talk is of immigration into the UK, for many years it was of emigration away from the country that made the news. As a nation with strong colonial and Commonwealth links the ease at which the UK’s citizens could move across continents allowed millions to sail and later fly away, hoping for a better life.

Even today the United Kingdom has strong links to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America while their roots were established many centuries ago.

The first emigrants: Indirect estimates suggest that between 5,000-7,000 people per year left the UK during the 16th and 18th centuries, heading to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. From 1815 and 1914 it is said that 22.6m people emigrated from Britain.

Shipping out convicts: British prisoners were some of the first people to board ships and head overseas. Initially shipped to North America and the West Indies, the American Revolution in 1776 saw them re-routed to Australia from 1778. The practice was abolished in 1868 by which time 158,702 convicts had arrived in Australia from England and Ireland, and 1,321 from other parts of the Empire, making a total of 160,023 men and women transported.

Historical and economic emigration: The Irish Potato famine in 1845 forced many, who were at this point starving, overseas in search of economic stability. During a four year period around 1.5 million people moved from Ireland to Canada and other countries. Between 1820 and 1930 4.5 million Brits went to America. The shared language and technological skills allowed for the development of a strong Anglo-American culture.

The effects of colony: In 1858 Great Britain’s direct rule of India saw thousands leave the UK and head to the Indian continent where they were promised good jobs in the civil service which offered high salaries and the chance of promotion. The British stayed until 1947 when India was finally given its Independence.

Government plans to send Brits overseas: The promise of better jobs and the lure of land and housing enticed millions of British citizens to countries such as Australia and New Zealand. The Gold rushes in both countries in the 1860’s encouraged many overseas and assisted migration from the UK to New Zealand made it a more popular destination than America.

Establishing ties with Empire: In 1922 the British government passed the Empire Settlement Act to help Britons emigrate to the colonies and increase post-war ties. Between 1919 and 1922 13,349 ex-servicemen and their families moved to New Zealand. Child migration to Canada was also encouraged as war orphans were targeted by charities.

World Wars and emigration: During the Blitz and World War Two thousands of children were sent from war torn Britain to Australia and New Zealand. The Children’s Overseas Reception Board helped people send their children abroad safely. After the war some 3,000 children were sent to Australia, although many later returned.

Post war and beyond: The British still have a strong desire to travel and move overseas. It is estimated that every day 400 Brits emigrate. The most popular countries are Australia, America, Spain and New Zealand. Despite points systems being in place to control emigration to the likes of Australia and New Zealand as well as stricter visa requirements to locations such as America and Canada, some 1.3 million university level Brits are living abroad. Our video shows you where they go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ube9GbQ5oCE

 

If you are looking to help continue the trend of emigration from the UK, PSS International removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves. Contact us now for a free estimators survey, online moving and baggage quote.

 

 

Having A Baby Abroad

 

Triplées, Raphaël Goetter

Triplées, Raphaël Goetter

 

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Pregnancy is a time of celebration and change. But however exciting it might be at first, having a new child abroad can be tough, especially when many don’t have the close and immediate support of their friends and family. Even basics, such as finding a doctor and the support you need, can be hard.

Exploring your options and making your own decisions can be one of the best tools for feeling empowered throughout your pregnancy. The choice is yours and being in control can certainly relieve some of your insecurities during the period. As always, research and planning are key to a successful pregnancy abroad. Here are some initial considerations:

Always research the best expat and lifestyle blogs and resources. Expat mums can also offer invaluable advice, recommendations, and support.

Will you need to change or adjust your diet?

What kind of citizenship status is your child entitled to?

What is the status of breast-feeding in your new country?

Are hospital births most common or do you have the option of a home birth?

How easy are medication and prescriptions to get hold of?

Where is the closest hospital and how easily accessible is it?

What does your health insurance entitle you to?

For many expats seeking medical care, their doctor is usually the first port of call and generally leads the patient through medication and care. But small differences like taking off your clothes rather than being offered a sheet to cover up can be deemed offensive and uncomfortable for some, so find out what is acceptable in your area. If the differences are too vast, you may prefer to consider a private hospital that supports your native language and offers familiar standards.

Some expats might like to consider creating a birth plan to help them understand what is happening every step of the way whilst gaining confidence in the process. A birth plan will help you to manage the process, the type of medication to be used, which monitoring devices you should use, whether you should be induced or not, Caesarean considerations and how the baby might be cared for.

Planning these choices carefully beforehand can help you realise what’s realistically achievable and help you deal with stress more effectively.

Birthing classes could also be an option as well as joining a support group. If you are not already established in a social circle in your expat life, being pregnant is an excellent gateway to make new friends.

It is also vital to understand your insurance coverage as different procedures and medications may or may not be covered. Also note the method of payment in your new country. You have to pay first (by cash or credit card) and then make a claim from your insurance provider so check with your hospitals to see if they have a list of insurers with whom they have direct billing arrangements.

Another factor to consider is the status of citizenship for you and your child. A second citizenship and passport can offer your child greater freedom to travel, less tax liability, access to more affordable health care or college education, and more employment and investment opportunities in future. Note that not all countries allow dual citizenship, and many countries only allow dual citizenship with a limited number of other countries. Find out about the dual citizenship regulations of your home country and the country you plan to have your baby in to discover the relevant laws and regulations surrounding citizenship.

PSS International removals are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimators survey, online moving and baggage quote.

 

Case Study: Moving to Melbourne, Australia

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 Mr Micciche first discovered PSS International Removals via the Emigration Group (EG) Seminar and website, where the feedback on PSS was very positive.

He then attended an Emigration Group seminar and met some of the PSS team, who impressed with their friendly approach and knowledge. From that point forward PSS were always professional in their correspondence, which when combined with the strong and well established company history, convinced him that PSS were the best option.

Mr Micciche also admitted that his son fell in love with the PSS teddy bear given to him at the Emigration Group event, which certainly helped to sway his decision.

The moving process:

When asked about his experience of the moving day, Mr Micciche commented:

“Our experience was perfect, the way everything was handled both in the UK and in Australia, the time PSS spent answering our questions, re-assuring us and updating us on the project. I always felt confident and free to call or email PSS any time we had a question or concern. This customer relationship is a must, especially nowadays, and we truly valued the way we have been treated and helped.

“The moving day itself could not have been better. It was done with so much precision, efficiency and safety, it was impressive. I appreciate it is not an easy job, the PSS team are facing the customer at a crucial moment, when they are bound to be anxious and stressed to say the least, but the way the removals team handled their job was purely and simply amazing. They contributed significantly to the success of our move. It was a stress free process.”

Advice for those thinking of moving to another country from Mr Micciche:

“Plan your dream carefully, especially with all the costs involved before and after your move. Be patient with the visa process, it’s not very fast, and don’t give up at the first problem, or if each stage seems to take longer than you thought. It’s all for a better life, so fight for it.”

If you are interested in moving to down under, take a look at our recent blog post, which offers tips on moving to Australia.

Contact:

If you would like to find out more about moving with PSS International Removals, or to book your no obligation, home survey where we will send one of our estimators around to offer you advice as well estimate the items that you would like to ship, please get in touch:

Tel: +44 (0)800 988 3711

Email: sales@p-s-s.co.uk

Website: http://www.pssremovals.com/

PSS International removals

PSS International Removals is a family run company with the desire to ensure that your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

 

Contact us now for a free estimators survey, online moving and baggage quote.

 

Some useful expat blogs worth reading during the Christmas break

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By Muffet [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

For useful articles and tips on moving to other countries and life as an expat, please like the PSS International Removals Facebook page and follow the Twitter profile

Australia is currently the most popular destination with British expats, followed by Spain, the USA and Canada. New Zealand also has one of the highest proportions of expats with a growing 230,000-strong community making up 5% of the country’s total population. With so many Britons living abroad it’s unsurprising that many have set up expat blogs or forums to communicate with friends and family back home as well as other British expats around the world.

If you might need some more resources to read up about what it might be like to be an expat abroad; or maybe you are already living overseas and need some new perspectives and inspiration, one of the best places to start is BritishExpats.com – with expats from all over the world asking questions concerning topics such as food, car rentals, pensions, child and family issues amongst many others. For a whole host of blogs from all across the world just visit Expat Blog, a site that currently hosts well over 5,000 blogs written by expats. Below are some of our favourite blogs from around the world, dedicated to expat life.

British expats in the USA seem to be very adept at keeping their blogs up-to-date and packed with interesting stories. From Sheep to Alligators is a one such example, featuring the exploits of a British expat who swapped the North Of England for sunny Florida. Stories such as ‘British TV vs American TV’, ‘how I watch BBC iPlayer in USA’ and ‘Living in the USA: My Culture Shock Top 10’ are prime fodder for those looking to move abroad or those who can already call themselves expats.

For those considering a move to Australia, Poms in Oz is a very popular forum with a strong British contingent, dedicated to people migrating to Australia. Many of the community are expats based in Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland, with migration issues always one of the hot topics covered.

You can also find large groups of British expats on Meetup, a website dedicated to organising events and meeting new people. Two examples are the Sydney British Expats Meetup Group and the Melbourne British Expats Meetup Group, both responsible for arranging a host of events that will appeal to British expats in Australia.

One of the best British expat blogs in Spain is called rather imaginatively A Brit In Spain – an honest depiction of the simple life in Spain is its main appeal. MySpain is also a popular choice consisting of discussion area with advice on moving abroad.

Should you be looking for a selection of great UK expat blogs then A Lady In London is a blog about life in London, but also covers travel to other countries, recommending hotels, foods and a variety of destinations around the world. Bringing Up Brits deals specifically with the trials and joys of having a family in a new country. The Fly Away American blog covers things to see and do in the UK, advice on travelling both within the country and around the world, and how to deal with homesickness whilst the Life of an Expat Parent covers pregnancy and parenting as an expat, as well as expat life in general. Angloyankophile covers everything from book reviews to fashion finds as well as the best parts of several cities – including London and Oxford – offering a refreshingly bright, upbeat viewpoint of the expat experience. What are your favourite expat blogs? If you’re a Brit who has recently moved abroad, maybe it will be your blog we feature in the near future!