Why Do People from Other Countries Move to the UK?



Great Britain or the UK as it is sometimes called is one of the most attractive destinations for migrants from a wide range of countries across the world. There are a number of reasons that people decide to settle in the UK and it is definitely not because of the weather. Let’s take a look at just a few:

Where do people who move to Britain originally come from?

There are more than 8 million foreign born people living in the UK today.  The vast majority of migrants from the EU move to Britain to work while most from outside the EU move to the UK to study or to be with their family.

London is the most popular part of the UK for those seeking a new life in the UK. It has more foreign born people than any other part of Britain. More immigrants come from Poland than any other country in the world, this is closely followed by India, Pakistan and then Ireland. However, while nationals from these countries make up most of the foreign born population, there are also people from countries like Nigeria, Romania, Germany, South Africa, Italy, Spain and many more destinations.

Britain is known to be a tolerant country which welcomes and accepts people from all kinds of backgrounds. The diverse culture of this tiny green island is what attracts many to move to the British Isles.

Education and employment opportunities

Great Britain has some of the best universities and education facilities in the world. There is also a good range to choose from in all the major cities and the links to the rest of the world are fantastic. These facilities are what attract students from non EU countries to study in the UK.  Furthermore, it is the sixth richest country in the world so the employment opportunities are often more enticing than those in other parts of the world. For this reason, most people from the EU come to the UK to work.

Staying in the UK permanently

For many people, the prospect of moving to the UK permanently is a lifelong dream. However, in order to obtain British Citizenship there are a few things that you must do. The steps you must take depend on your personal circumstances. If you were born overseas to British parents then you can apply for citizenship.

First of all you must have been living in the UK for at least five years and held permanent leave to remain for at least a year. You might also have to do complete some tests too. But this depends on your individual circumstances. If you marry a British person then you can apply for citizenship after living in the UK for three years or more. There is a process involved but it depends on what visa you arrive on and your individual circumstances so it is best to check with the Home Office or an immigration advice services before making an application.