UK and Australia - Overseas


To find the overall picture of family fragmentation related to overseas career and personal choices between the UK and Australia. To find the percentage of people now permanently live on another continent from their relatives, how have these numbers changed over time, how often do these people visit their family 'back home', what are the most common problems associated with long distance relationships (family, friends, other loved ones), what effect does a lack of regular physical connection with loved ones have on our mental health, and what reasons make people have for moving away from their families.

Early Findings

The United Kingdom

  • In 2014, the percentage of people from the UK living abroad is 6.8%.
  • An estimated 5.5 million British people live permanently abroad, almost one in 10 of the UK population.
  • The emigration of British people has happened in cycles over 200 years.
  • "1.3 million people born in the UK live in other EU countries, according to 2017 estimates from the United Nations (UN). Around 900,000 UK citizens were long-term residents in other EU countries in 2010 and 2011, according to census data across the EU collated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)."


  • By 2030, an estimated number of 1.35 million Australians will live overseas, with a third of those in Asia.
  • The number of long-term and permanent departures of Australian residents has increased considerably over the 20 years to 2005.
  • In 2005, there were 158,000 departures by Australian residents for an intended period of 12 months or more. This was more than twice the number of Australian residents who departed in 1985 (69,600).

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