The British are going to the U.S. and Canada in droves
The number of queries on Google "to move abroad" increased by 1,000%.
Canada is in second place among the countries where the British want to migrate. In first place is the United States, in third and fourth place are Australia and New Zealand.
The desire to leave Great Britain is caused by a sharp rise in the cost of living. In the U.S., too, inflation is very high, 8.5%; in Canada, it is 6.7%. The Bank of Canada is trying to cope with inflation, the provincial governments are hastily allocating money to subsidize drivers and poor people.
And yet people's incomes in the United States and Canada, if you subtract taxes and mandatory spending on rent and utilities, are significantly higher than in England.
Let's look at the latest data from Numbeo.com:
- The cost of living in Canada (excluding rent) is 12.01% higher than in the UK.
- The cost of living in Canada (including rent) is 11.21% higher than in the UK.
- The cost of renting in Canada is 9.53% higher than in the UK.
- The cost of groceries in Canada is 37.47% higher than in the UK.
- Purchasing power in Canada is 15.08% higher than in Great Britain.
This means that the average Canadian can afford to buy 15.08% more goods and services for the same amount of money, even though they cost almost 40% more.
Quality of life matters, too. On our website you can read the domestic experiences of a girl who came to the UK hoping to buy a house, but changed her mind. Not everyone is willing to save money on electricity and heating in the English climate.