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Published on : Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Migrant workers highly recommend Britain for the standard of living, citing positive career and education prospects, as well job opportunities and improvement in their financial security. Unsurprisingly, the weather was far down the list of reasons to stay.
The study* of over 1,000 migrant workers across UK, Spain, Germany and France revealed that the chance to accelerate their career is the primary reason that people make the move to the UK (35 per cent), with job opportunities also the top reason to live and work (45 per cent). Closely followed by the high standard of living (36 per cent), although expensive for many, it is worth it for the better way of life in the UK.
Dispelling the myth of the unapproachable and British stiff upper lip, many of those surveyed said the biggest surprise since emigrating to the UK was how friendly and polite British people are. Migrant workers also quoted culture, diversity, cuisine, and lifestyle as things that surprised them when they arrived.
What’s more, the UK has not failed to impress those living here either, with over three quarters (80 per cent) of migrant workers revealing that their move to the UK has had a positive impact on their lives, with nearly half (41 per cent) also seeing an improvement on their family’s lives, many of whom regularly send money to support their families back home.
One in two believe that the biggest impact the move has had on their lives is the friends they have made since arriving, with 38 per cent admitting they have met their life partner on foreign shores.
When asked if they feel at home in the UK, an overwhelming 62 per cent of migrant workers answered yes, with family and friends the key to feeling settled and secure.
Michael Kent, Co-Founder and CEO of online money transfer company Azimo who conducted the research, said, “Azimo’s success is a result of an amazing collaboration between British people and migrants – the majority of our London based team is from overseas. We take great pride in how supportive the UK is as a place to live and work and we’re very happy to be serving the European migrants with our cutting-edge products”.
Top 5 reasons migrant workers love living in the UK:
1. Job opportunities (45 per cent)
2. Friends and family (38 per cent)
3. Standard of living (36 per cent)
4. Quality of life (35 per cent)
5. Financial security (32 per cent)