Back in 2009 I visited Australia and having lived in London for a number of years many people had warned me about the cliche I would likely experience..
‘In London you’re more likely to to buy a drink in a pub from an Aussie – and in Sydney, from a Brit’.
This as much as anything probably depends on your choice of drinking establishment however it is clear that for many years there has been a significant trend where significant numbers of young Brits move Down Under, keen to experience life on the other side of the planet and in a somewhat warmer climate. At the same time, legions of young Australians looking to experience life in Europe and all that has to offer make the opposite trip.
As I mentioned in a recent post, the flux of europeans (not just Brits) flocking to Australia seems to be increasing in recent years – especially it appears because of Australia not having suffered in the recent financial crisis as much as other countries.
Interestingly, it seems that the trend though is actually declining in the other direction. Although significant numbers of Australians still move to the UK on an annual basis, this number is reducing as a recent BBC article highlights – seen to be mainly in recognition of the strengthening Australian dollar.
The opportunity to move abroad for work – or not to, is an issue that affects young people throughout the world. Another recent article recognises the complexity of this issue though – there is no clear pattern between countries, and of course the reasons vary from individual to individual with many other factors also clouding the issue.