Dean Morgan, the workpermit.com General Manager for the UK, was interviewed in a major BBC TV news story about the record number of people leaving the UK last year. BBC News reported that 385,000 people emigrated from the UK in the 12 months to July 2006. Perhaps surprisingly, just under half of these were people who had themselves emigrated to the UK and had been living in the UK for more than a year. The BBC TV news story was widely reported in other publications as well such as in The Guardian, The Mirror, The Age, thisislondon.co.uk, Reuters, etc as well as on the BBC's own web-site.
"Normally in July and August time its quite quiet but this year we've been inundated," he told BBC News.
"Perception of crime is another of the main reasons for people wanting to leave," he added.
"Also, people are worried about their children and they worry about their jobs and their future here and possibly the economy as well."
According to the BBC, between 2004 and 2005, Australia was the most popular destination for emigrants from the UK with 71,000 emigrants, followed by Spain (58,000), France (42,000), New Zealand (30,000), the United States (25,000), and Canada (17,000).
However, more people are emigrating to the UK than are leaving; 574,000 immigrants came to the UK during the period to July 2006. Nationals from the new European Union member states that joined in 2004 and who can work freely in the UK, as well as people who have come to the UK under schemes such as the Highly Skilled Migrant Program (HSMP) have contributed to the UK immigration figures.
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