Posts Tagged ‘moving’

It goes without saying that people are anxious to leave the less-than-sunny shores (in more ways than just the weather) of Great Britain lately. This blog has often pointed out the record stats of those flocking Down Under or departing for Dubai.

Close To Europe?!

Close To Europe?!

Now though, it seems some countries might be feeling left out of the population jumps and are advertising the pros of becoming a resident within them. A Brazilian tourist representative, keen to attract those moving abroad, has said of the Rio Grande Du Norte Francisco Cipriano de Paulo Segundo area (try getting that on your envelope) as having “a lot of good wonderful beaches, 410 km of beach with warm  water and we are very close to Europe. The Natal district is closer to Europe than all of Brazil.”

Given that the heart of Brazil is some 6,000 plus miles from the middle of Europe, even going edge-to-edge is still only going to carve a fraction off that. I don’t really think it’s fair to say that it’s close to Europe. It’s like saying the BNP are close to being the next government. Both a long way off.

Still, they’re pretty up there in the beach catergory though.

Meanwhile, there’s been an interesting claim recently that the Eurostar – a wonderful service, don’t get me wrong – has made international removals easier. The Times, infact, has noted that now it’s so easy to travel to areas of France, Germany and the Low Countries – thanks to connections with the TGV – has encouraged property buyers to look further afield.

In fact, Assetz Martin, an international property firm, even said that “Eurostar’s connection to the TGV has opened up areas of the south-west of France, which previously had been hard to get to.”

Of course it has, for holidaying. In fact, if you’re looking to visit Paris there really is no better, easier or cheaper way. However, connecting to the TGV and then trawling across France isn’t so cost-friendly as, say, a flight from Heathrow.

However, for international removals, unless you’re looking to move your entire life in the confines of a couple of suitcase, I really fail to see how the Eurostar is going to help. I recently assisted in an international move, from Paris to the UK. In a van, along the highways and across in a ferry. There’s no way the Eurostar could really have helped with that let alone if it were to Germany or the South.

And, trust me, having endured a hell-like weekend in doing so, I would thoroughly recommend getting the professionals in instead.

It’s strange how fast some places can develop, almost scary. Take Dubai: I’d never heard of it as a kid, even into the nineties I don’t recall it being mentioned that much, certainly not in terms of  “wow, have you seen what they’re building out there?”dubai

Now though, the emirate’s constantly changing skyline and rapid development is famous and barely a week goes by without one of those emails showing some stupidly ambitious development or building arriving. Accordingly, it’s attracting a lot of foreigners and not just on holiday terms.

Not so long ago I took a TEFL course and there were some pretty impressive salaries available over in Dubai but I’m not one for high temperatures. But that’s just me. Of all the people moving overseas, 25,000 of them move to Dubai every month. Staggering, but the tax advantages, heat and way of life mean the population there is expected to go from 1.6 million now to 4 million by 2020.

25,000 a month… that equates to 800 a day. Or 33 every hour! No wonder it’s changing so fast – is it a case of meeting demand for property or people going because there’s so much available property. While it’s not quite a chicken / egg case it’s a quandry. I would say “won’t they run out of room?” but that doesn’t seem to be a concern as fast as they’re building outwards they’re building upwards too.

It’s one of those places that’s so remarkable I’d really like to visit it, though I’m still pretty sure I wouldn’t want to live there.

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?

Wow, moving and home removals are hard graft. Even before I’ve looked at properly boxing things up I feel like I’m going mad.

There’s a gradually growing pile of boxes in the corner of my lounge, a notebook filling with letting agent phone numbers, fees and requirements. There’s an even longer list of people that I need to notify of my fast approaching move. Electric company, phone company, internet provider, bank, credit card company. Am I missing anyone? I have a sneaky feeling I’ve forgotten everything.

Then there’s the sensible things to consider: I’m going to need to find a new doctor and dentist – like the NHS didn’t make that hard enough to begin with. Familiarise myself with new roads and supermarkets.

Oh, I’ll need to change my car insurance and registration. And my driver’s license. This list is going to get bigger faster than the box pile.

With the temptation to pull my hair out over this growing already I can pretty much guarantee that I won’t be doing the move myself this time. Every time I’ve done it in the past I’ve said “next time I’m getting the professionals to do it” and as lives become more serious and the moves that go with them just as much, I can’t imagine not finding some removal services to take the stress out of it for me.

Having spent the last week waking up in the middle of the night worrying about what I may be forgetting, the last thing I want to do right now is load then unload a housefull of boxes on a van.

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?