The UK is no longer a member of the European Union following Brexit. As the transition period for the UK leaving the EU passed on December 31st 2020, it’s now important to familiarise yourself with changes to travel regulations. However, just because there are changes, does not mean experiencing the joys of European living is impossible. So, if you have always wanted to live abroad and lockdown in the UK has consolidated your daydreaming, think practically and realistically about relocating - all is not lost.
Here we suggest our top 5 places to move after Brexit. At Avvinue, we aim to guide British expats to reach popular destinations for other Brits living abroad. If you’re convinced by our list, but still have hesitations about making a move in the new post-Brexit landscape, head to our all-in-one moving app, to calm all your worries making a move overseas.
The landscape, food and wine of France are just a few examples of the country’s beauty. It is hence no wonder that so many UK residents apply for long term visas there every year. If the language barrier is preventing you from committing to a life in France, rest assured that 40% of the French population can actually speak English. For students looking to study abroad, you will also find that many universities have started classes in English
Paris is one of the most romantic and attractive destinations in France, especially for those with a busy lifestyle, but beware that its glamour keeps the cost of living high. Other locations which have appealed to UK expats include Nice, where there is already a community of British expats, or if you’re looking at universities in France, Rennes is particularly popular with students. Reasons expats have made the move to France include tax breaks, the international schools, the architecture and the public transport, which entice citizens from different countries.
Germany is known for its strong economy and wealth of employment opportunities. To endorse this, the country also has vacancies for international workers coming from abroad. Additionally, British companies have often considered Germany a risk-free place to start a new business, and it seems individuals have hopped on this trend, with many entrepreneurs beginning startups in Berlin. The dynamic capital, however, is the most expensive city, in which to live, so consider Hamburg as an alternative. The second largest city in Germany has the best living space and provides an excellent quality of living.
The Netherlands, which has less crime and a low cost of living, is one of your best options to move to after Brexit. The country boasts a healthy lifestyle, especially in cities where cycling is the preferred mode of transport. There are in fact many similarities between the Dutch and UK cultures, which can help expats settle into their life abroad, and in addition, a vast amount of the population are good English speakers. The country’s diversity, education and employment opportunities are extremely promising and research has even proven Dutch children are the happiest in the world - so why not experience this lifestyle yourself?
Living standards, political stability, low crime rates, and recreation draw expats to settle in this country. In particular, Vienna, Austria’s capital, is considered one of the most beautiful places to live in the world. Citizenship for Austria has previously been quite straightforward to gain for UK expats, though of course check any changes to regulations following Brexit. Austria offers something for everyone from the delicious food to very popular night clubs, and people who move here are sure to find what they are looking for.
Switzerland offers impressive career security and boasts a very strong economy. Although the cost of living is expensive, many move to Switzerland for their career, which affords this lifestyle. Employment rates are high in Switzerland, so get job-searching, or if you have a new business idea perhaps Switzerland is the country where your dreams will become a reality.
Although Brexit might seem to push the UK further from the EU, so many incredible and inspiring countries remain right on your doorstep. Don’t let changes in regulations challenge your efforts to move country, and tick living abroad off your bucket list. If you need any guidance on navigating a move overseas post-Brexit, head to Avvinue, the all-in-one moving app, to guide you through the process.