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Thought you might be interetsed to hear the latest stats on where people are settling in Australia when they migrate.
The main points from the the article published in The Australian.

A record number of Britons are moving to Australia.

Queensland is their destination of choice.

Britain's ailing economy and gloomy weather are believed to be the main reasons many people are packing up and moving Down Under.

The study found a 31 per cent leap in the number of Britons who moved to Australia in 2008 compared to the previous year.

Queensland was the most popular state to set up home in for Britons wanting a new life in Australia for the second consecutive year.

There was a 44 per cent rise in the number of people wanting to move to Adelaide and a 42 per cent increase in Melbourne's popularity.

About 40,000 Britons moved to Australia in 2007, with about 23,000 intending to stay permanently.

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Comment by Dave Foster on March 8, 2009 at 20:10
Hi BJ,
Where do you live down under? We are narrowing our choices to either Melbourne or Adelaide, it's a close run thing, so I'd like to hear from expats in either location & get their respective takes on each city. I know its still early days for us,but the lure of a better climate, better opportunities for our kids & a more relaxed lifestyle gets stronger on a daily basis.

Has anybody got any views regarding fact finding trips.Neither my wife or myself have been to Oz so was initially thinking of going out there for 3 weeks to fact find etc. Then we thought that it would be more like a holiday than anything else & would not be representative to the lifestyle we could expect, so we thought we'd apply for the visa which we should get easily, both being accountants & then our 1st trip to Oz would be when we activate the visa. I know I am potentially throwing away £3.5k for the visa fees but then I could blow that in air fares alone, going out there & not liking what we see. Has anybody on this blog gone out & regretted making the move. I'd be interested to here....... it can't be any worse than here ....can it ?
Comment by Sarah on February 8, 2009 at 2:25
I loved Queensland. That's where I would move to or would have stayed if I'd had the chance. Tried Perth and Sydney too, but liked Brisbane and Hervey Bay best.
Comment by robyn baker on February 6, 2009 at 15:24
cant blame them

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