Australia and New Zealand are the two countries where British people most want to move ahead of Brexit according to the 2018 PSS National UK Emigration Survey just published by PSS International Removals.

The two countries tied in first place, with Canada 3rd, Spain 4th and USA 5th. European countries continued to make up the rest of the top ten with France, Italy, Cyprus, Portugal, and Greece all earning a significant portion of votes.

In all, 14 countries who are members of the EU or European Economic Area (EEA) are in the top 25 which may pose problems for British migrants following Brexit.

The survey results are a useful indication of the preferences for British people for trade and immigration agreements following Brexit. For example, the survey shows that a proposed CANZUK agreement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK would be very popular with British migrants.

Liam Witham, Managing Director of PSS International Removals, said, “It was not a big surprise to see Australia and New Zealand at the top of the list but we were surprised to see a draw. We help thousands of families relocate and in recent years the relaxed, family friendly culture that’s found Down Under has really appealed. The lifestyle of these two countries is exactly what families are seeking in the 21st century.”

When commenting on why they would be tempted to emigrate, better weather and lifestyle were common themes among the participants.

“It was also interesting to see how the aspirations revealed in the survey differ from economic reality. For example, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates are two of the most popular destinations for UK international removals thanks to the booming economies but neither rated highly.”

Economic opportunities in Asia and the Middle East have seen a growing number of Brits move to these regions in recent years. However, they’re not the first places that spring to mind when families are considering the locations they would most like to set up home. China and Hong Kong were named 24th in the survey, while the United Arab Emirates and Dubai didn’t even feature.

Liam Witham added, “Although it’s becoming slightly more difficult, there are still many opportunities for British people to start a new life overseas. Australia, New Zealand, and Canada are still keen to recruit British people in many skilled professions. Also, for the immediate future, there is still no barrier to Europe, so Spain, France, Portugal, and other Mediterranean countries are all attainable for everyone.

“Over the next few years, it will be interesting to see how the impacts of Brexit influence the results of the PSS National UK Emigration Survey. But the 2018 survey does indicate that British people still have a keen interest in moving overseas no matter whether it is to Europe or further afield. Any international agreements that can be reached to make this process easier would be much appreciated by British migrants.”

The latest edition of the report was built on over 1,000 responses gained from adults living across the UK through social media platforms. Correlating the information, PSS International Removals was able to identify the top dream destinations for Brits moving abroad.

To find out more about the survey and see the full top 25 league table visit

PSS National UK Emigration Survey 2018 Results 1