FCO Releases Figures of Brits Moving to Europe
Every year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office releases figures that show the number of Brits living and moving to Europe and further afield as part of their ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign. The report also details the number of Brits that require consular assistance while abroad over the course of the year.
Figures in the British Behaviour Abroad Report state that there are currently 2,286,980 British residents living in the USA, making it the country with the largest British presence. However, it is the 9th highest in the table when ordered by recorded deaths (125 between 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014), making it one of the safest places for British expats.
Any British expats moving to France will be joining the 400,000 British residents already enjoying the French lifestyle. The report claims that the number of British citizens hospitalised while in France has dropped by 26% (to 156 cases in 12 months), which could be attributed to a fall in ski-related incidents.
The total number of Brits moving to Switzerland reached 42,473 by the end of March 2014. In the list of 20 countries, Switzerland had the lowest number of hospitalised Brits during the year, just 12 between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. Switzerland was also one of only two countries that recorded no drug-related arrests of British nationals in the 12 month period, the other being Egypt.
The British Behaviour Abroad report also comes with some advice for British expats moving abroad that is echoed throughout the Know Before You Go campaign. It is highly recommended that thorough research is done before travelling or moving internationally, with extra attention paid to health risks and the local laws and customs of the country. To stay up to date with the latest advice, visit the Know Before You Go page on the FCO website.
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Information correct at time of publication