Record numbers in UK seek new lives abroad

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London, Nov 16 (UNI) Even as UK plans to introduce curbs on the number of migrants entering the country, an increasing population of Britons are opting to start a new life abroad.

According to the recent figures almost 600 British nationals, attracted by the prospect of better pay or warmer climates, are emigrating every day.

Last year, 207,000 nationals left the country in search for a better quality of life.

Australia, Spain and France were the most popular destinations, with the US and New Zealand also proving popular, the Independent reported.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that Britain had become a global hub for the mass movement of people, with record numbers moving in and out of the country.

Just over 100,000 were taking up a new job, with another 82,000 emigrating to find work. The rest were retiring, moving to be with relatives abroad or studying overseas.

The rise of multi-national companies is tempting more UK workers to take jobs abroad. And soaring numbers of British "baby boomers", retiring on comfortable pensions, are opting to join thousands of expatriate Britons already abroad.

The figures illustrate the pressures that ministers face as they try to defuse the ''politically explosive'' issue of immigration.

With newcomers heading for all parts of the country, many communities faced the challenge in absorbing immigrants.

UNI

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