Posts Tagged ‘international removals’

The population of the UK hit a new high of 61.4 million in the middle of 2008. This jump in population is despite a drop in migration to the country since 2007 since the government have started the biggest clampdown on immigration since World War 2.

So while Immigration Minister Phile Woolas informs us that our borders are tighter than ever – and anyone who’s looked at the immigration requirements will testify to this – our population is stil growing thanks to the highest birth rate since 1973.

Somewhat hypocritically though, while our government feeds the red-top tabloids by making it increasingly harder for foreigners to think of UK removals, the amount of British people making use of other countries’ immigration rules continues to grow.

As if there’s just too many of us to stay put, the number of us emmigrating overseas to Australia grew again in 2008. In fact, 395,000 Brits decided that all the bad weather, bad leadership and recession was enough and that Australia seemed a far better destination. Most of them through the Australian General Skilled Migration Programme – after all, they’re crying out for workers over there.

Not just Australia either, three Britons quit the country every minute. While you may say “it’s nothing to do with the government” you’d be wrong – since 1997, two million UK nationals have decided on emmigrating overseas. It is the largest level of emigtation since the first World War. And what happened in 1997? Yep, Labour’s coming of power.

If the Conservatives make government as seems so inevitable, I can’t see our borders opening up. If we continue getting out at the same rate, will there be any of us Brits left?

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Given the situation in England right now, clearing off to foreign shores is an increasingly popular idea and more and more people are looking at the prospect of international removals with growing interest. Why sit around here and watch an un-elected Prime Minister trade our future earnings against a debt he could’ve helped avoid while sitting as chancellor when you can look back on it all from a sunny beach somewhere after moving to Australia to enjoy the sun, surf and Kylie? move to south africa

Well, I’ve been looking into it too and while  Australia has its hurdles to jump to get in, I found a country with an even more demanding criteria for visa applications. Now, given the state of affairs there I’m even more surprised but it seems the trickiest place to move to is South Africa. 

Now, granted I’m not likely to be the typical applicant, but those who are considering moving to South Africa will find themselves assesed on individual merit and have to meet all the usual criteria – of good character and no criminal etc and “not likely to harm the welfare of the country” – but there’s some other more challenging issues. For example, because there’s such a wealth of unemployed unskilled and semi-skilled workers, you can’t be heading there to take a job they could otherwise do (fair enough all other I think). 

The strange one is that if you are planning on moving there, you will be expetected to be committed to invest your assests, skills and experience for the benieft of yourself and South Africa. Now while I’m not suggested anyone is going over there to rape the country of its resources, this last one seems a bit odd. 

Still, I suppose if you are contemplating a move to South Africa you either already know this or are able to meet those criteria. It’s not somewhere I’d fancy moving to though given the latest news. Just makes Australia look like one of the easiest international moves out there despite the fact that it’s on the other side of the world.

My interest in moving abroad is well documented on these pages so that my research leads me there should be little surprise. Today, though, I found out something that did surprise. cairns-queensland

Britons have been emigrating to Australia in record numbers. In 2007, about 40,000 Brits made the move but 2008 saw a massive 31% leap in the number of Britons moving to Australia. Queensland proved to be the most popular destination for us Brits looking to set up a new home Down Under for the second year running.

Curious as to why so many of us are choosing to move to Queensland I did a bit of online rummaging (hence the image) and with views like that, the Great Barrier Reef and the fact that it seems to be summer all year round it’s little surprise why the Gold Coast seems to be getting a lot of business for international removals companies lately.

Though the question I’d like a definitive answer on is why so many of us are leaving all of a sudden: is it the economy? Considering that only went sour in the last half of 2008 does that mean ’09 will see even more of moving to Australia?

Moving to New Zealand seems a popular choice right now. Not too long ago I wrote about a page I’d found on an international removals company website  that gave a lot of information on what’s required.

Well, I also continued my research and found a lot of surprising things. The first was that there has been a recent surge in people leaving good ol’ Blighty and moving to New Zealand. Who can really blame them? With a PM seemingly hell-bent on spending our future income for us along with our current tax, the lure of getting off this rock is appealing to me too.

The price of international removals is something that’s been the main source of my research and that’s the second thing I found and thought I’d share. Given that my last post on the matter attracted a lot of interest (I thank you) it seems to be something others are researching too. The same company – Doree Bonner – with all the information is also offering a 10% discount throughout February to those that quote the reference NZ209  when arranging their move to New Zealand with them. Though it’s only if you enquire in Feb rather than move as well.

While of course it’s always good to save on anything and share the knowledge of discounts – especially when we’re talking a couple of hundred quid – it does make me wonder just how many people are getting out of England if they can offer such a discount?

Is it a case of deserting a sinking ship en mass?? If you’re moving contemplating a move to New Zealand or abroad, what makes the deciding factor?

Britain suddenly seems like a grim place to live. And it’s not just the weather. Why do I say such unpatriotic things? Because so many people are immigrating. I’m even thinking of joining them.

Accordingly I did some searching on the cost efficient ways of doing it and container sharing is the way forward. This isn’t like the whole car sharing thing – finding someone you know or don’t at your office that goes roughly the same way as you. You just go to the site (www.shareacontainer.co.uk), find a container with space on it heading to your desired destination and book the space you need.

Sharing a container means you don’t have to pay for space you don’t need or find someone to share it with, it’s all done for you. So if you’re after immigrating on a budget the answer is to share a container. Surely this is a good thing, right? With all the cost and hassle involved in immigrating a site that saves time and money has got to help. What do you think, would you consider sharing a container?