Whether it’s to find a home in the sun, retire to a rural idyll or to take advantage of the lower prices of land and property, more and more British are leaving the shores for a new life in another country in Europe.
In 2014, over 320,000 UK residents moved globally to another nation and the vast majority opted for a European country. Newly favoured destinations are Portugal and Bulgaria but there are still thousands choosing already popular spots such as Spain, Malta and Cyprus. Before you go thinking it can only be a good idea to become an expat to another country, what people have to consider is an objective list of pros and cons of becoming an expat in another country before they do so and have to find the cons out first hand, the linked list is pros and cons to being an expat in Malta, this may interest you to have read through to research a little more into being an expat.
One aspect to consider however, is how people will be received by their new neighbours and those in the local community; every country has differing customs and ways of life and these can be seen in a range of ways from interesting through to difficult to understand when compared to their own thoughts on the world. A study by Ampilot looked to find out just how friendly those in each country are in relation to the welcoming of expats. The results are revealing and will certainly be of interest to anyone looking to change direction in life to a new destination.
Most friendly nations
If you’re looking to be welcomed with open arms then Ireland, Austria, Spain and Portugal are amongst the places to put on the short list. They have an overtly positive attitude to those from outside their borders, already have thriving expat communities and enjoy the rich diversity of differing cultures living as one. Ireland is hugely popular for the British because of the proximity to the UK – a short flight to any major city – and the fact there’s no language barrier even though Gaelic is the national language of Eire. Spain has been a top spot for over 30 years as a place in the sun for a retirement home and there are now 8 British for every 1000 Spanish residents enjoying the relaxed lifestyle of the Iberian Peninsular. If you’re looking to relocate to Montenegro, you may find Montenegro Guides helpful as it provides plenty of information regarding real estate and living in the country.
Those warming to the British
Some nations are curious about the idea of a British influx but still a little shy when it comes to stretching out a warm handshake. France and Italy both already have well-established expat areas and are happy to live alongside their European cousins but are less likely than the most welcoming nations to be as open and inclusive. Moldova is a country which is really looking to embrace newcomers and ranks the highest of all the former Eastern Bloc areas to stretch open its arms for those wanting a new life.
Countries a little chilly to those outside their borders
It’s no surprise really that the nations which spent decades behind the Iron Curtain will perhaps need a little more time to get to know those arriving from more westerly points. Their world has been opened up to a rainbow of new cultural experiences with even the closest of bordering nations and so being prepared to live among those who they may well not understand linguistically and have few historic or sociological common grounds to share over a drink or two means there will be some gentle relationship development to nurture over the coming years. Russia is – perhaps unsurprisingly – the country which is resistant to foreigners but it certainly shouldn’t put anyone off living there if they want to immerse themselves into a unique and fascinating lifestyle.
The best advice to anyone wanting to board a ferry or plane and buy a property abroad is to research the lifestyle, tour the favoured areas and then on arrival start to integrate into the local community. It takes time and often the learning of a new language, but it doesn’t take long before previously shy smiles are broadened and an arm is waved to say hello as you go past those who live near to you – whichever country is chosen.