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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

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.

How Will Brexit Affect Expats?

 

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Matt Brown, Polling Station

Matt Brown, Polling Station

 

With around 1.3 million Brits living in Europe, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union on June 23rd is likely to have an affect on the expats living across countries such as Spain, Portugal and France. The European Union has, since its formation in 1993, afforded its current 28 member states reciprocal benefits in healthcare, employment and pensions. It allows citizens the freedom to move and work across Europe.

As Britain plans to leave the EU, currently within the next two years, there are fears that these benefits will be withdrawn, and the expats left high and dry without any rights. Some fear that once Britain leaves, expats will have to apply for temporary visas or even seek asylum in their resident country. In reality, this is unlikely to happen as no-one would benefit from such dramatic and chaotic measures. As it stands everything is in flux.

Negotiations will continue over the next 24 months, to ensure expats in countries are able to continue on living in the manner to which they’ve been accustomed.

How this all affects expats will be entirely dependent on the deal the UK Government strike with the EU. There are some major concerns, especially around employment and pensions. Some worry that they will no longer be in a position to seek out jobs across Europe. In 15 EU member states a rule exists which only allows them to hire outside the zone, if no-one else can be found.

In terms of pensions, as it stands those living within the EEA and Switzerland see their pensions protected and pegged to inflation and wage increases. Once it exits the EU Britain will have two options: to keep to this arrangement or follow the policy that exists in Canada. Those that retire to Canada see their pension frozen.

The good news is that there are viable options for the British Government. There is already within Europe, an agreement called the European Economic Area. Membership of the EEA includes countries within the EU and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. For the three not in the European Union they can still enjoy the single market. Switzerland itself is not a member of either the EU or EEA but is a member of the single market. Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work as EU and EEA nationals.

It’s not just expats who may be affected by Brexit. Every time we travel to Europe we are currently entitled to free healthcare via the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Outside the EU and EEA, Britain’s will not be allowed to access hospitals or medical care whilst on holiday.

With so little information currently available there is no way to predict the effects of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. It will be a case of sitting and waiting to see what’s negotiated. It will be an interesting and tense time.

If you are considering a move to 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.