A Novel Reason to Move Abroad?

Richard Adams, 14 August, 2014

We live in an increasingly global and connected world where free movement between countries is becoming ever more common. Popular reasons for moving to a new country – either temporarily or permanently – can including better job opportunities, a warmer climate or a higher quality of life. This is evidenced by recent data surrounding the most popular countries for British expats which include Australia, Spain, Canada and the US. All are developed countries with strong economies that provide excellent opportunities for immigrants.

But what about those who migrate from less developed nations? What are their motivations? Clearly, all the above reasons will likely be taken into account however it seems that a new trend is appearing among expat communities around the world. Namely, that of starting a family.

The statistics make some startling reading. Ever since Poland joined the EU in 2004, Britain has been one of the most popular destinations for Pole's seeking better employment. Since then over a million Polish nations have made a move to the UK and many of these have decided to start a family in their adopted homeland.

Research by the World Bank and the Office of National Statistics in Britain puts Poland's fertility rate at an ultra-low 1.3 births per woman. On the other hand, the same statistics show that Polish women who have moved to the UK have a fertility rate of 2.13. In other words, Polish expats in the UK are having many more children as those who remain in their home country.

And this isn't an isolated case. Attention has recently turned to Romania after it was finally accepted into the EU and it seems that a similar pattern is appearing. Romanian women in Romania have an average of 1.25 children each but those who have moved to the UK have more than double that number; an astonishing 2.93 children each.

Among babies born in the UK to non-native parents, Pakistani women top the charts. As a culture, Pakistani women typically have large families and boast one of the highest fertility rates in the world. Even in Pakistan the fertility rate is an astonishing 3.34 births per woman. On the other hand, Pakistani expats living in the UK manage to top even this figure with a fertility rate of 3.82; the highest fertility rate in the UK for any nationality.

Whatever the reasons for these surprising figures it does seem like many expats are currently moving countries either deliberately or accidentally to start a family.

Richard Adams works with Expatriate Healthcare, a global leader in international health care and travel insurance.

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