European home movers avoid UK post-referendum
15 May 2019
By Andi Michael
The UK has fallen sharply out of favour with home movers from the European Union since the EU referendum, receiving just 22% of all home movers leaving the EU in March 2019 compared to two thirds (66%) in June 2016.
We analysed over 100,000 international removals quotes on our site, and we saw a clear drop in the intention to move from the EU to the UK since June 2016, and a notable increase in moves within the EU (excluding the UK) and from the EU to the rest of the world.
Between June 2016 to March 2019 moves within the EU have increased from 18% to 28% and moves from the EU to the rest of the world have increased from 16% to 49%.
Immediately after the referendum, we noticed a spike in interest in moving from the EU to the UK. This could be attributed to ex-pat retirees considering returning home, as well as UK nationals living in the EU concerned about the end of freedom of movement.
However, interest in moving to the UK plummeted after September 2016 and has been on a downward trend since then.
Rob Houghton, CEO of reallymoving, says:
“The Withdrawal Agreement, as it stands, would bring the free movement of people to an end, making it more difficult and expensive for EU workers to come to the UK. This has clearly had a significant impact on the decisions people have made about where to settle over the last almost three years, dramatically reducing the flow of people from the continent into the UK.
“Uncertainty over our jobs market and the rights of EU workers in the UK, as well as British citizens in Europe, is encouraging EU residents to look for opportunities elsewhere, in countries where they can settle without the risk of upheaval in the near future.
“Meanwhile, movers from the rest of the world now account for three quarters of all moves to the UK.”
You can find out more about this and see our data from our press release: European home movers snub UK post-referendum
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