Skip to comments.4,000 PEOPLE A WEEK TRYING TO LEAVE UK
Posted on 08/05/2007 9:58:13 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
BRITAIN is facing a mass exodus of people looking to escape the crime and grime of modern living.
The countrys biggest foreign visa consultancy firm has revealed that applications have soared in the last seven months by 80 per cent to almost 4,000 a week. Ten years ago the figure was just 300 a week.
Most people are relocating within the Commonwealth in Australia, Canada and South Africa. They are almost all young professionals and skilled workers aged 20-40.
And many cite their reason for wanting to quit as immigration to these shores and the burden it is placing on their communities and local authorities. The dearth of good schools, spiralling house prices, rising crime and tax increases are also driving people away.
Obtaining a visa to live abroad can cost as little as £1,500 for the right candidates. Plumbers, electricians, construction workers and doctors are famously in demand. The only obstruction to emigration from the UK is a criminal record, poor health, advancing age and being a third country national.
Liam Clifford, a former immigration control officer, set up globalvisas.com as a one-man band 12 years ago. He now employs 60 people and is in the process of opening new offices in both South Africa and Australia. Mr Clifford said: Its absolutely phenomenal. People are trying to get away to wherever they can, and most are successful.
Ironically, one of the main reasons for leaving is the overstretch of services due to increasing immigration into the UK. People are looking for the better standard of living offered by other countries, as even the most idyllic villages in Britain are under pressure from rising populations Skilled labour is obviously an advantage, but so is speaking the English language. Most countries are harder to get into if you dont speak English. UK plc simply isnt fighting hard enough to keep its people. Some are telling us they are fed up with living in this country. Even business people are saying theyve had enough.
Theyre saying I cant put my children into the right school, but if I move abroad I can. Most people are very patriotic and dont want to leave. Theyre almost terrified about it. But they say they just have to.
Its a shame people at the top dont recognise theyre not doing enough to retain highly skilled workers in this country. A lot of them are quite young, and theyre not idle. They just cant see a future for themselves in this country. They want to get married and settle down and buy homes, but they cant see it happening here.
And time and time again they are saying to us they dont want to be seen as racist because they are quitting because of immigration. We tell them of course theyre not.
According to the most recent Office of National Statistics figures, in 2005 the official number of people leaving UK shores was 352,000 up from 249,000 in 1995. The majority around 150,000 migrated from London and the south east.
Among those who headed out were Simon Blood, 26, and Rachel Roberts, 23, who moved to Australia four months ago. The couple, from Stoke-on-Trent, are loving their new life in far north Queensland so much that theyve decided its permanent.
Apart from family, football and a few television programmes, theres nothing they miss about home. Embracing the warmest winter theyve ever known averaging 24C daily both relish the commute to work which takes just five minutes, leaving plenty of time for walks on the beach.
Simon, a marketing executive, and Rachel, a nurse, followed their dream after seeing a newspaper advertisement for nursing recruits Down Under.
It all went very smoothly, said Simon. Its beautiful here and weve no plans to go back for good.
The result of LIBERALISM!
The US is headed down the very same road.
Liberals in general flock together, do there thing and then flee the results just to repeat it somewhere else never understanding the underlying cause...
Those are real numbers.
That adds up fast.
They should be very, very worried.
**The dearth of good schools, spiralling house prices, rising crime and tax increases are also driving people away.**
Starting to sound more and more familiar to the USA. Only thing that hasn’t happened — thanks to George W. Bush and the Republicans, is that our taxes have not gone up.
Some schools have improved, but I would probably say, overall, that the quality of education is going down, down, down.
Who is John Galt?
Socialists never ever learn, do they?
Somebody should get them a drink of water by now.
I don’t think you read the entire article.
The folks from UK are leaving because they don’t like their country being overrun by third world immigrants.
They are also tired of their socialist gov. with handouts
to the lazy.
The Brits are like the conservatives here in the U.S., tired of their country being taken over by third world illegals and tired of Liberals.
Don’t worry, they wouldn’t be headed for NV, Harry Reid isn’t their type of Sen. Remember they are excaping Liberals.
Exactly correct! Well said and your tagline is top notch.
Our culture is the heart of our strength.
That’s weird they are going to South Africa—last article I read was that millions of white South Africans were heading to Australia and Britain, etc.
Million whites leave SA - study
The drive from Denton to Lubbock on Hwy 380 is picturesque. Watch out for the jack rabbits when driving at night.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.