Moving to Channel Islands
The Channel Islands are made up of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm and altogether cover a land surface area of less than 80 square miles (207 sq km).
While they’re not completely self-governed, they aren’t truly British colonies either. Legally, they’re tied to Great Britain, but their history and customs are tied to France.
Even though the Channel Islands have been a dependency of the UK since the Norman Conquest in 1066 and English is the official language, they have a distinctly French character. This influence can be seen in the relatively laid-back beach and country lifestyles most islanders lead group, as well as in the local cuisine.
Since 1290, the islands have been governed as two separate bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Jersey (comprising the island of Jersey and the uninhabited islets of Minquiers and Écréhous) and the Bailiwick of Guernsey (comprising the islands of Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, Brecqhou, Herm, Jethou and Lihou). Each Bailiwick has its own legal and healthcare systems, and separate immigration policies.
Jersey, perhaps the best known of the Channel Islands, has flourishing financial, tourist and agricultural industries. The slightly smaller island of Guernsey also boasts strong financial and agricultural sectors.