Countries Attracting Young Professionals

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The Top 20 Global Destinations!

By:Christine Hall, GMS,

Young professionals are on the move globally and my team at Saunders 1865 – The VIP Relocation Company love to help them move.  They are always so excited about moving to a new city in a foreign location.  But where do you think most of them are moving to (and from)?

Well, I see that MoveHub has released its 2017 Global Moving Trends report which answers that question.

Brexit, a shifting of American politics and unrest in the Middle East have all been cited by Millennials as factors that are impacting where young professionals are choosing to work and live.

Brexit has created waves for expatriates across Europe.  Many Brits have returned home as tensions rise with negotiators continuously failing to agree on the rights of EU migrations.  For example, post-Brexit the numbers returning to the UK from Spain have risen by 31%.  Between June and July 2016, that figure jumped up to 169 percent.

However, there has been a 22 percent decrease in people moving to the UK in 2017.  Meanwhile, Ireland saw immigration increase by 20 percent following Brexit, with record numbers British citizens applying for Irish passports.

The US is still a huge player in global mobility.  They are towards the top of both the most popular destinations and places people are looking to leave.  The US has experienced a 10 percent decrease in immigration over the past year.  Though the number of people leaving the US dropped by 28 percent.

The US’s neighbours to the north in Canada have risen to fifth place in the most popular relocation destinations for immigrants.  (I’ve always enjoyed moving young families to Canada.  It’s such a great country to raise kids in!)

Despite all the issues in Syria and Iraq over the past couple of years, it’s been business as usual for the area’s stable nations, such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.  However, a recent diplomatic row has changed that.  The unrest seems to be having an effect on migration.  The United Arab Emirates was in the top 10 in 2016 but has fallen 4 spots to 13th this year.

Worldwide, there was a 60 percent increase in moving enquiries from Millennials over the past year.  The UK, Australia and the US remain as the top three most popular places to relocate to.  However, all three have experienced a decrease in the number of migrants over the last year.

Instead, a record number of people are opting for places such as New Zealand or Denmark, with Copenhagen experiencing a 580 percent increase.

Top 20 Most Popular Destination Countries:

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Australia
  3. United States
  4. Spain
  5. Canada
  6. France
  7. New Zealand
  8. Germany
  9. Ireland
  10. Portugal
  11. Italy
  12. Reunion
  13. UAE
  14. Netherlands
  15. Switzerland
  16. South Africa
  17. India
  18. Sweden
  19. Guadeloupe
  20. Belgium

Top 20 Countries People Are Leaving:

  1. United Kingdom
  2. France
  3. United States
  4. Australia
  5. Germany
  6. Ireland
  7. Canada
  8. New Zealand
  9. Spain
  10. UAE
  11. Sweden
  12. Switzerland
  13. Italy
  14. South Africa
  15. Netherlands
  16. Belgium
  17. Denmark
  18. Norway
  19. Hong Kong
  20. Thailand

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