In 2019, over 381,000 Brits emigrated, and this was on the increase. An estimated 9 million Americans currently live abroad. During lockdown, folk have had the chance to re-evaluate their lives, with more people looking to live somewhere else. People often look to move where the weather, pay and lifestyle is better – but there’s a lot of reasons why people make the move.

Many of those who’ve made the decision head to an English-speaking nation to find new lives. I’ll walk you through some of the pro’s and cons of the 5 most popular English-speaking countries:

USA

The land of opportunity has been a popular place for Brits to live. There are enough time zones mini-cultures and climates to choose from. With 11% of the population claiming British ancestry, you’ll be made very welcome.

PRO’s

  • Travel is easy
  • Great health care
  • Food from every continent
  • Glamorous culture
  • People optimistic & high regard for service

CON’s

  • People work long hours
  • Visa is usually required
  • Less high street culture
  • Travel involves longer distances
  • Gun crime is a thing

UK

The land of free speech and national pride. The UK has a history, dating back to the Romans, with an established culture which people are drawn to.

PRO’s

  • History and learning is rife
  • Better wages
  • Good amenities
  • Great transport network
  • Music scene

CON’s

  • Known for variable weather
  • Housing in cities less roomy
  • Salary can be less vs. other English-speaking nations
  • UK food is not everyones’ taste
  • Regional accents can be challenging

CANADA

The English-speaking cities of Vancouver and Toronto tend to attract US/ UK emigrants. Canada is renowned for its rugged beauty and the great outdoors. Let’s not forget the famous Mounty!

PRO’s

  • World leading outdoor activities
  • Clean cities
  • Universal healthcare
  • Fairness and social justice high on the agenda
  • Good beer

CON’s

  • Cold Winter
  • Jobs not always easy to find
  • Taxes higher
  • Language and culture varies by region
  • Never openly compare to USA!

AUSTRALIA

This place has long been associated with British travel and a meeting of minds. They say here that the Poms winge, but with the epic beaches and good weather, you won’t be winging for long.

PRO’s

  • Warm climate
  • Culture welcomes British ex-pats
  • Good work/ life balance
  • Cost of living better
  • Spacious homes

CON’s

  • Long way to travel
  • BBQ at Christmas
  • Society is emotionally tough
  • Internet not 100% everywhere
  • Less cultural heritage (non-aboriginal)

NEW ZEALAND

Close to Australia physically, but not close otherwise. The natural beauty has been a film set for Lord of The Rings and many ex-pats happily call it home.

PRO’s

  • Relaxed way of life
  • High level of education
  • Outdoorsy lifestyle
  • Healthy economy
  • Fresh farm-to-table food

CON’s

  • Sparse living, can feel quiet
  • Public transport spread-out
  • Higher cost of living
  • Weather can be unpredictable
  • Housing quality not always high

There are many more places on this planet where English speakers have emigrated to and remain there, happy with their own slice of paradise.

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