Meanwhile 200,000 a Year Quit for New Life Abroad

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Meanwhile 200,000 a Year Quit for New Life Abroad


Byline: Steve Doughty

THE number of Britons leaving the country each year to live abroad hastopped 200,000 for the first time.

Official figures show that a third of those emigrating went to Australia or NewZealand. More than a quarter went to Spain or France - and one in 12 to theU.S.

At the same time, more than half a million foreign citizens came to live andwork in Britain.

In the decade following Labour's rise to power, more than 1.5million Britishcitizens moved abroad, the figures revealed.

In 2006, the last year for which figures are available, the total numberleaving Britain to live abroad hit 400,000. Some 207,000 of these were Britishcitizens.

It is the first time that more than 200,000 Britons have left in one year. In1998, British emigration was 126,000.

Tory immigration spokesman Damian Green said: 'Gordon Brown has been PrimeMinister barely a year and people are fleeing the coun- try. This is a sadreflection of life in Britain under Labour.' The trend is having a major impacton the populations of those countries most popular with departing Britons.

A study by the Institute for Public Policy Research think-tank, which has closelinks to Labour, said last year there were 1.3million British emigrants livingin Australia. Another 761,000 live in Spain, and 678,000 in the U.S.

A separate survey by YouGov last year, found that one in three Britons wasconsidering emigrating.

Their motivations included escaping high taxation and debt.

The latest figures, based on surveys carried out at ports and airports, showedthat an imbalance of immigration and emigration meant that the populationswelled by 191,000 in 2006.

The total number of immigrants, including Britons returning from abroad, was591,000.

And net figures indicated that overall, the population gained 316,000 foreigncitizens and lost 126,000 Britons. Most arrivals headed for London and theSouth-East, but growing numbers are going to provincial towns and suburbs inthe South-East and East Anglia.

The trend for immigrants to look for work and homes in the wealthier regions,close to London, has also been detected by researchers for the CommunitiesDepartment.

Figures published at the weekend showed that planners expect added pressure fornew homes in the South-East and Eastern regions.

Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics admitted yesterday that itunderestimated the number of workers who come to Britain for fewer than 12months.

The existing estimates for temporary workers arriving from Eastern Europe andelsewhere, in 2004 and 2005, have been doubled. …

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