Moving to the United Kingdom

Union Jack Flag for United KingdomHistorically, moving to the United Kingdom has long been an attractive opportunity for expats everywhere. A diversified economy and liberal immigration policies have lured foreigners abroad in the past, but these days, the UK is putting the cap on the potential for foreigners to live and work in the region.

Until the recent global economic crisis, the United Kingdom had abundant employment opportunities, particularly in London where the city competed with New York for the title of financial capital of the world. Jobs are tighter now, as is the availability of work visas, but for those with skills and determination, the UK remains charged with exciting prospects.

For most expats, moving to the United Kingdom is a seamless transition from their home country, with few surprises in store.

Healthcare is by and large free, the schools are decent, public transport comprehensive, and the infrastructure of the highest quality. There is also an incredible wealth of historical and cultural attractions available in a relatively compact space. Additionally, the UK is well positioned for easy and affordable travel to Europe and beyond.

Factors that may prove more difficult for expats to adjust to include: a relatively high cost of living, poor weather, and urban congestion in cities like London - where the vast majority of expats move.
Overall though, the United Kingdom has been strengthened and enriched by its decades of immigration, and despite recent economic woes, it remains a welcoming environment for expats from all corners of the globe.

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