UK and Australia - Overseas Living


To find how many Brits and Australians living abroad visit their families back home in 2019, how the numbers of people living abroad has changed in the last 100 years, and the effect on mental health of lack of "meaningful" connections.

Early Findings

  • According to The Telegraph, the number of Brits moving to Australia has actually declined. Previous averages were 30,000/year, but in 2017, only 19,000 Brits emigrated Down Under.
  • The weakening pound has contributed to fewer Brits moving abroad in general. The number of Brits moving to Australia peaked in 2006 at 49,000/year.
  • Among all UK-born emigrants, Australia and New Zealand are the most popular destinations, having 33%.
  • Around 1.2 million British, total, live in Australia.
  • Between 1990 and 2013, the number of British in Australia increased from 1.16 million to 1.28 million.
  • 7,000 Brits per year move 'home' from Australia.
  • Similarly, the number of Australians in the UK has also declined. There was a drop by 10,000 in the number of Australians in the UK in 2012.
  • Reasons cited are the UK's stricter immigration/migration policies, which made it much harder for antipodeans to live and work in the country.
  • More British men emigrate than women.
  • We could not find any statistics for how many expat Brits visit 'home' each year.
  • Articles and blogs written by expats about visiting home discuss the struggle of expectation of family members and friends when visiting. They report always being the center of attention, the expectation to have time/energy to visit everyone, finding a balance in sharing, understanding that things may have changed since you left, reverse culture shock and saying goodbye.
  • Some expats report feeling even more sad when visiting home, as it makes them miss their loved ones even more.
  • It can be a struggle to balance the feeling of 'vacation' when visiting home as an expat.
  • Another struggle is family/friends who constantly either ask when the expat is going to visit or when they can visit them.

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