More than five million British expats!

According to the BBC, 5.5m British people live permanently abroad – nearly one in ten of the UK population. Only in 2008, 172,000 UK citizens permanently left Britain.

Countries with most British expats:


Australia 1,300,000
Spain 761,000
United States 678,000
Canada 603,000
Ireland 291,000
New Zealand 215,000
South Africa 212,000
France 200,000

If you are wondering how many Brits live abroad and where, have a look at the BBC’s Brits Abroad guide. The guide gives a general overview of where Brits have gone and provides interesting info on expats in every part of the world.

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