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Why we chose to move away from the UK

After the Brexit shock, more and more Brits are looking to move away from the UK. I don't blame them. There are a lot of pros and cons when it comes to living in the UK and for the sake of objectivity, I would like to tackle all points in this article. Yes, I will touch base on the Tory leadership, the hardship of obtaining residency and the uncertainty left behind as a result of Brexit. Although I have a strong political opinion, I rarely chose to write about it, but since this involves adventure and travel, I see no reason why not.

I'm going to start by saying that it wasn't always like this. There was a time when we loved the UK, were pleased by the level of comfort this country offered. There is a lot of incentive for young entrepreneurs to start a new business here and we took full advantage of this. We created 42droids which became the pillar of our careers. We enjoyed the crazy amount of products, the fantastic range of online shopping and the quality customer service. You see, all these were a given in the UK.

About 10 years ago when I came to study in Manchester, Britain was a different place. I think the part which shocked me the most was how friendly everyone seemed, how customer oriented the service was tailored and the sheer amount of prospects anyone could benefit from.

But this was short lived because I arrived in the UK during a dark time for Romanians and Bulgarians who just joined the EU. It wasn't all bells and whistles because it took me jumping through a lot of hoops to be able to obtain what back then was called a Yellow Card. I needed to work as a student as I didn't have rich parents to support me. But that's ok, I was never afraid of hard work and long hours of study. So here you had, a student willing to work and pay taxes, and nobody wanted to help her get an NI number, a Yellow Card or a job.

Cory London Big Ben Night

This didn't stop me, though, I persevered until I got accepted. I went above and beyond to integrate myself. I even learned the slang, so I feel one of "them". And everything was perfect. What might come as a shock is that I even loved the weather! As a writer, I thrived during rainy days as melancholia hit. It created the perfect environment for me to work, write and create.

As time went by, things started to change a little. The more I integrated, the more I saw, understood and acknowledged. Oblivious as I was at the beginning, I soon realised that I was somehow treated differently than my fellow British friends. For a while, it didn't bother me, until one day, I got rejected after a two-week job trial. They told me they didn't want me because I couldn't spell. I still remember the distress and shame I felt that day. I apologised and ran out crying, feeling desperate and marginalised. Why? Because I was a Law student whereby language skills were paramount. Of course, as a foreigner, I understood my limitations, yet spelling was never a major issue.

I asked for proof to see what I spelt wrong and on how many occasions. They showed me a name. Apparently, I wrote, "Stacy" instead of "Stacey" on a reminder post-it which has nothing to do with official documentation, appointment book or customer facing paperwork. I told my British friend about this and her reaction was: "Were there any foreigners working for the company?" And this got me thinking...in fact, no! There weren't any. To further reassure myself that my English level was adequate enough for me to get a job, I went to the University and took a language exam. My results were A for reading, writing and spelling.

Cory London Fortnum Mason

It wasn't until the last year of University that I landed my first full-time job with Apple. That changed everything. My peers were cool, the work environment was multicultural, everyone was smart, funny, different and awesome. I loved them and loved my job. Throughout the years, I lived a relatively calm and happy life. I had my ups, my downs, no money whatsoever, but good friends and great prospects. In the end, I left my job at Apple, moved to Bristol, got a new job with a digital startup, met my future husband, formed our own company, started travelling the world, became British citizens, got married and here we are.

But something, somewhere, went wrong...thus, we decided to leave the UK.

Why we chose to move away from the UK

So what went wrong? Why did we decide to move away from the UK? I think after a decade of living in the UK, certain things started changing a bit too much and got to us. We are what a Brit would call "middle-class young professionals". We are a newly married couple with no children, heavily focused on work. We own a digital studio which enables us to be location independent, work long hours and pay taxes in the UK. We loved it. But you know what we also love? Travelling. Hiking. Forests. Good food. Sunshine. Safety. Human Rights. Privacy. All of which are either impossible, are becoming obsolete or prohibitively expensive in the UK. Let me explain.

The Weather

There are a lot of benefits of having so much rain in the UK. Rain makes this country a green heaven, which is ideal for keeping those beautiful rolling hills everyone loves. This, in turn, is fantastic for livestock, fantastic for photography and brilliant for people who love walks in nature. There is just one catch. It always rains. Which means, an average British person has a wardrobe full of Autumn clothing and about 10 different types of wellies. As much as you might like the rain (and I already said it that I vehemently love the rain), it eventually gets to you.

It gets to you when you need to ride your bike home whilst getting wet to the bones. It gets to you when you can't enjoy the pub's beer garden during summer. It gets to you when you realise you can't buy t-shirts because, in reality, you need sweaters, thermals and raincoats. It sucks that you can't wear a dress unless you go on holiday. It's not cool that you can only wear a skirt during 5 days of sunshine throughout the year (we call that the elusive British heatwave).

Finally, it gets to you when you paid £100 a night to stay in that remote cottage in the British hills, just so you are forced to remain indoors because it's chucking it down (slang for torrential rain).

Thus, the weather got to us. It took 10 years for this to happen. TEN YEARS! That's a decade of rain. We've been eating vitamin D and Magnesium to keep afloat, but it comes a time when you are literally on the verge of depression because of lack of sunshine. In fact, when I go on holiday and get off the plane in a sunny destination, I feel like some vampire mole. Not cool!

P.S. For those of you who love the stone cottages and lifestyle images of the British country life, I urge you to spend a month living this dream. The cold, rain and mud will eat your soul. But for my own sake, why don't we run an experiment?

Cory Bristol Rain

Travelling

Travelling doesn't come cheap in the UK. There are pros and cons to this. The good news is that infrastructure is relatively good in the UK. Although we need more motorways, there are well-maintained roads in the country. This means that if you have a car, you can get pretty much anywhere around the UK. Owning a car doesn't come cheap in the UK, but luckily, the car market in the country is one of the cheapest in Europe. This means that buying a great second car in the UK will cost you much (LIKE MUCH!) less than in any other country in Europe. In fact, I am in the market for a new European car (which allows me to drive on the right-hand side) and the equivalent of the car I am selling here, is 5 times the price in any other European country. Mad!

If you don't own a car in the UK, I am very sad to tell you that train prices are ridiculous. I still remember wanting to go from Bristol to London and prices being close to £150 for a return ticket. Really? So travel around the UK doesn't come cheap, nor is very efficient because trains are late and aren't in mint condition. It seems more reasonable to pay £30 for fuel to drive to London and back, especially because it's always two of us or more driving, hence we end up saving even more. Compare this with £300 for two people on a train...

Once you get to travel around the UK, there are a few more things to consider. Accommodation is very expensive. Anywhere and everywhere. In fact, I am shocked to see the number of tourists still flocking to London, whereby I know how expensive hotels are. I went to the WTM in London and paid close to £500 for 4 nights. And bare in mind this apartment was far from the city centre and rented through Airbnb. Don't worry tho, prices are just as high when you rent a cottage in the country, a hotel in Manchester or a B&B in Chester. It's the norm.

Even if we could afford to travel around Britain, the question remains: why pay £500 to be in the rain, when you can pay less and be on a sunny beach. The exception being Scotland, because Edinburgh, the Lochs and its mountains are really worth every penny.

Things to do in London Sunday Subway

Culture

When I first came to the country, I said to my British friend. "I love the British culture". Whereby his reply was: "What British culture?"

This got me thinking. What British culture was I referring to? Here I am, ten years later, puzzled by the same question. I'm still searching for the answer but got lost somewhere along the way.

The great things about Britain, are the sheer amount of bright minds this country had along its history. There are myriad inventors, writers, musicians, bands, rock stars, scientists...All British! I can probably tell you something fantastic about a lot of them. And it was because of these bright minds that I chose to become British too. It took me years of hard work before I could even begin my application as a British citizen. But I wanted to show this country that I respect its traditions, its cultures and its laws. Furthermore, I respect the people who in my mind, made Britain awesome (Like Mick Jagger, David Attenborough or Maggie Smith).

But the more you integrate, the more you see the issues too. What country is perfect, aye? I started getting tired of being invited to the pub. The drinking culture in Britain seems to outshine the science scene. Theatres are far too expensive for the ordinary worker, but the pints are accessible still, even for the minimum wage. With so much rain and cold stone houses, what is one to do after work, but to pour their misery in a glass of ale and half mumble about their too demanding job and bad living conditions.

And then, it gets worse. The governments have decided to further cut budgets for education, science and academics. Outside brilliant minds are no longer welcome to contribute to the Great British societies and money is being invested in privatisation and corporations as opposed to a stable economy, educated, informed and healthy population.

The culture in Britain has moved from brilliant to that of hate, racism and ignorance. The great educated gentleman is obsolete and the fine lady is on a verge of collapse.

There are two sides to the British culture. The one you get to see as an outsider and the one you experience once you are on the inside. Britain is the best example of what it's like to have a split personality.

Things to do in London Busy Road

Food

Since we are talking about culture, I must touch base on the food. The core of the British kitchen is the oven, as you might already know from the Great British Bake Off (which has been cancelled by the way). With sadness I must say, the British cuisine is unremarkable. In fact, let me tell you about the art of British food. We have pies (a variety of them), we have the mighty Sunday dinner, the toad in the hole, the stew, sausages and mash, fish and chips. Sorry, have I forgotten something? I think not!

Don't despair, though, Britain is a great capitalist country, which means you can purchase anything your heart desires from the supermarket. This results in you learning to cook a variety of world dishes. I can cook Cantonese, Japanese (my favourite), Thai, Indian, French, Italian, Spanish and what not! So although Britain has a limited amount of dishes, it comes with a great variety of ingredients. The good news is that most of them are also cheap, thanks to supermarket chains which lowered the product quality to match the price demand.

But then something happens: You visit Japan and enjoy their magical street food in Tokyo. Or experience the French cuisine in Nice. Or enjoy some seriously nice Italian meal. And everything changes. That is the time when you realise that restaurants outside of Britain offer good quality food at great prices.

And so, I decided to say goodbye to the pie.

Meat Pie British Bake

Prices

As you might have gathered thus far, the prices in the UK are rather high. There are cheap things too but expect to get what you pay for. Rent prices are high, and when you add utilities, the internet, council tax and all the rest, you end up with most of your salary gone. If you are not careful, it can be a cruel existence whereby you work to live and you live to work. But the vast majority of people in the UK seem to be relatively well off. At least in comparison to other European countries. The economy is still favourite for young entrepreneurs, hungry consumerists and investors. Or at least it was before the Brexit idea, but more on this a later in this article.

In reality, it's hard to justify spending £50 for dinner for two, instead of buying food for 3 days with the same amount of money. It's difficult to understand why a cold house with zero insulation in the outskirts of Bristol costs £1000 when a fantastic apartment in the centre of Lisbon is half the price. It's difficult to understand why people should pay close to £200 for council tax when the council refuses to take your bins unless you sort your recycling to the letter. And what bothers me the most is that everyone imagines the Brits as being really rich. Let's talk about this a little.

According to TotalJobs the average salary for Professional jobs in London is £42,500. WOW. That's a lot, isn't it? Well, let's look closer. This is before any deductions. In reality, you would take home about £32,067. This means £2,672 in your pocket a month.

According to Expatistan here are some things you have to take into account:

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area £2,401
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area £2,075
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £208

Unless you share your accommodation, you are extremely rich or live in a partnership with someone, you can't essentially live in London. Please bare in mind that these prices are without internet, food, transportation, clothes, personal care or any sort of entertainment.

So we thought...why stay here, when we can live somewhere cheaper, with a higher standard of living?

London Ealing Neighbourhood

Brexit

The internet was flooded with articles about where should the Brits move now that the Brexit happened. I was in Madeira when I saw the results for Brexit. I still remember talking to my husband the previous night, saying that the world is not that stupid. Nobody is going to vote "leave" and nobody is going to vote for "Trump". I guess Einstein was right after all..only two things are infinite...you know the saying...

As we were already British citizens, we too participate in the vote and yes, we voted "stay" in case you were wondering. Unlike many others, we understand the importance of being part of the EU. And since the article is not about this, I'm going to refrain from further comments. However, there are few things which surfaced with this whole Brexit situation. We learned that the vast majority of people in this country is racist. Politicians are liars (we've been promised more money for academia and the NHS...). Politicians are trying to get rid of the Human Rights (read about it if you don't believe me) and without a flinch, the great British government passed "the most extreme surveillance law in the history of western democracy" (to quote Snowden).

After the Brexit vote, people started attacking immigrants, and even immigrant looking Brits. Sadly, the internet is full of these instances so there isn't much point me going through them. What is even sadder is that we (although both British) felt the effects of this.

And finally, let me make something perfectly clear. I am what you call a naturalised British citizen. This means that I was born abroad, came here and worked very hard to integrate myself to the point I would be accepted and deemed to be called a British citizen. I don't complain about the process, due to the fact that I understand why any country would only want skilled migrants and high-quality citizens. However, it is shocking to still hear people moaning about immigrants coming to Britain for the sake of benefits, whereby it is the vast majority of immigrants who pay the most taxes. It is the immigrants who maintain Britain afloat, and it is because of the immigrants that we have good doctors, dedicated teachers and hard-working baristas in the local cafes. Nobody is claiming anybody's job. If you are willing to do it, you are better than the rest and are happy with the salary, then the job is yours. Getting a job is a competition and may the best one win!

Big Ben Night London

Leadership

Throughout my university years, I inevitably made friends with a lot of politics students. We loved exchanging views on politics and weekly debates were something I looked forward to. Perhaps, the main reason I loved these, was because we were all like-minded young individuals, who dreamt of a true democratic UK which had the Labour party at the core. This was mainly because we loved and in believed in Tony Benn. He was an inspiration to us all.

What I always find hard to believe is how humans fail to learn from previous mistakes. People always blame it on individuals and never on parties, politic beliefs or societies. It's always one to take the blame. And so, nobody ever remembered the severe damage the conservative party did to this country throughout the years. And before you jump to my neck, I am a young professional with a business, whereby I, in theory at least, should benefit from conservative promises the most. Yet I fail to agree with the current leadership on issues such as Brexit, potential lack of Human Rights, surveillance laws, lack of funding for the NHS and academics...

Central London Evening

Attitude towards immigrants

The most heartbreaking part is the attitude towards immigrants which Britain seems to have adopted. Despite the handful of people who try hard to make xenophobia go away, there are so many who still claim immigrants are bad for this country.

I get it, nobody likes foreigners. Nobody likes the idea of having someone around who is totally different than what we are used to. But let me tell you, though, you shouldn't see immigrants as a problem, but as a solution. Immigrants are the people who are willing to give up their rights, liberties and cultures, in order to work for the sake of your government, your country, your society and your benefits. These are the people who if we invite here and we teach them how to adapt, are going to work hard to pay taxes, and maintain the lifestyle which every born and bread British citizen believes they deserve.

If you still believe this is not possible, take me and my husband as examples. We were both European expats who came here to study. We adapted, changed and integrated into the British society. We both naturalised to become British citizens and pledged our alliance to Her Majesty the Queen. We both worked hard to build a decent life for ourselves and formed a company. We are both honest people, law abiding citizens who pay taxes as individuals and as a company. We contribute more to the country than many others. Do you see? If allowed to succeed, immigrants will go above and beyond to prove themselves worthy of your acceptance.

Cory Bristol Forest

Safety

This brings me to the last point, which is safety. I used to feel safe in the UK, but for a while now, I am afraid to go around at night. I'm not too sure why, as Bristol is a relatively safe city and I live in a decent neighbourhood in the suburbs. But in reality, I stopped feeling safe in the UK a few months ago, when people started assaulting immigrants in the street. From Downton Abbey, the UK became more of a Harry Brown.

But don't just take my word for it. According to the Global Peace Index, the UK is the 47th safest country in the world (and the 26th in Europe), well below Romania, Hungary, Germany and Botswana. Portugal is the 4th safest country in Europe...

UK at night safety

Where will we move from the UK

Now that I expressed why I chose to leave the UK, I guess the next question is where am I planning on moving to. Well, we don't really know. We will spend 2 weeks in Romania, a month in Hungary, a month in Japan and two months in the Algarve. This is how far we've got with our plans. We are taking the digital nomad lifestyle approach but by means of slow travel. We won't be travelling the world from one day to another as we are aware we need a base to run our digital studio and this blog from. For now, we think our base is going to be Portugal, but this is subject to change.

Our immediate candidates are: going back to Japan and spend a few months there, South Korea, Taiwan (probably right after the Algarve), Singapore, Canada, Costa Rica, Argentina and then back to Europe.

Algarve Natural Wonders

Will we ever come back to the UK

Our business will continue to be UK based. We will continue to pay taxes in the UK. We will invest money into our pensions, trust funds and ventures in the UK.

Although we have a love-hate relationship with the UK, this is still our home country (as ironic as it may seem).

Will we want to raise our children in the UK? We don't know.
Will we ever come back? We don't know that either.
For now, we made the decision to buy a one-way ticket and see what happens.

Someone asked me when I told them we are moving: "What will you miss most about the UK?"
My answer was: "Scotland!"

Where would you like to live? Would you come and live in the UK or would you rather take the road somewhere warmer? Leave a comment and tell me all about your experiences.

Responses

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Katie at Study ...
14 Jan 2017

I definitely feel you on this, although maybe not to the extent that you do as I am an American who lives in Prague and has lived in Wales and France. I always turn up to a new place eager to learn about the culture, and with romantic views about the entire city/country. In my case in Prague, some of these romantic ideas just never materialized the way I thought they would, or my perception has changed. I'm not quite at the point where I'm ready to leave yet, but I do know I don't want to "settle" there, and I can definitely understand your urge to leave. I'm sure you will find your (almost) perfect city/country!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Katie, thank you for your comment. I would love to visit Prague and although I know many digital nomads pick this city to live in, I believe it's not exactly what I have in mind. I would probably live there for a few years, but ultimately, would need a bit more sunshine. I guess, home is what you make of it.

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Rhiannon
14 Jan 2017

It makes me sad to read this. Not because you're leaving because HELLO ADVENTURE, but because of all the reasons you listed. Except the rain; everyone hates the rain haha. But seriously, I'm sad that you don't feel safe anymore. I'm sad that 52% of our fellow countrymen make you feel that you're not welcome. Because I promise you are! It seems like a majority but if you look at the facts behind the polls, it was mostly the older generation who voted leave, the people who were blind-sided by promises of more money for the NHS and better help for the elderly and infirm. It was also the uneducated, the "lower class" if you will (I can say that because on paper that's me haha). Again, they were blind-sided by empty promises of a better NHS, "more jobs" and "less immigrants". Because they read too much of the Daily Mail and have come to believe that Mohammad who owns the corner shop and Sunita who works in the local Indian aren't law-abiding, hard-working citizens but terrorists, despite having lived here longer than some of us have been alive! I've held 3 stable jobs since I was 16, and in each on I was the minority. There were very few British born citizens working those jobs, and it's because very few British born citizens can go beyond the thinking that working in a fast food chain or as a cleaner or in a call centre for minimum wage is below them. But people who come to the country? The "immigrants who are here to steal the jobs"? They're some of the most hard-working, dedicated people I've ever worked with who will do ANYTHING to earn a decent, honest living. Sure there are a few who give a bad name to people coming here to live, a few who are just in it for the benefits. But there are a damnsight more British born citizens abusing the system in the same way.
This has turned into a really long political rant now - sorry haha. To cut it short, I'm sad you're leaving for those reasons. But please know that you and your husband are welcome, you are safe, and if our government ever decides to sort themselves out and stop being absolute tools, I hope you come back some day :) But in the meantime have an absolute blast in Portugal, Hungary and wherever else the wind takes you!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Dear Rhiannon, thank you for your comment. I want to thank you from all my heart that you took the time to tell us we are welcome. We need more people such as yourself, who realise that indeed, the UK needs immigrants to keep certain parts of the country afloat.
We are excited to have started our adventure, and we don't regret leaving the UK. Although, sometimes, we do miss having a good old pint with our mates :)

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Jordan
14 Jan 2017

What an interesting perspective and thanks for sharing! As an American who used to live in Scotland, I 100% agree with you about the weather and prices (ouch with the pound/dollar!). I now live full-time in Germany and just enjoy the lifestyle better. I wish you and your husband the best of luck on your travels and next adventure in life!!!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Thank you Jordan! I am glad to hear you settled in Germany. Scotland is a wonderful place, but ultimately, it is still part of the UK....for now at least :)

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Faith
14 Jan 2017

A very powerful piece and interesting from my perspective as a Canadian who left Canada to travel for many of the same reasons. I am not a young person but to find work in Canada is miserably difficult unless you live in a major City. In particular if you get over 50 and are jobless you are totally screwed and even if you have a pension you simply cannot afford to live there. I say keep traveling and find places that you can afford to have a decent life and by that I don't mean buying 'stuff' settle for much less but a good lifestyle.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hello Faith, thank you for your comment. I find this so interesting because I would have never expected to learn these things about Canada. Buying less, eating better and having good weather is far more valuable. I wish more countries will adopt this!

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Miranda - The C...
14 Jan 2017

Wow Cory! Such an interesting perspective. We've just moved to the UK and we're loving it so far, though we are probably still doe-eyed and innocent about it all. We actually find it so much cheaper living here than back home in Melbourne, Australia though.... How crazy is that!
We've also found that while Mark (who has a british passport) breezes through various application processes for banks etc, I (with a Latvian passport) struggle much, much harder to get approved. Even if it is just a coincidence, I definitely get you when you say you feel as though you're treated differently.
Good luck finding your new base guys :) Can't wait to see where you travel to!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Miranda, thank you for your comment. I really hope I didn't put you off living in the UK. We are all different and I hope that what didn't work for me, will be excellent for you. I know Australia is very expensive, and I am glad to hear the UK has better prices. I hope you getting differential treatment than your British man is just a silly coincidence! I want to take this opportunity to wish you well, wherever you two decide to settle.

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Carla
22 Oct 2018

It's to do with money laundering regulations. The bank need to ensure that the account is not been used for proceeds from crime or they can face heavy fines, this obviously takes more verification for foreign nationals.

Source: I work for a bank.

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Cory
24 Oct 2018

Make sense, Carla! Thank you for letting us know.

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Lena
14 Jan 2017

That's a really nice and honest article.
I must admit, being a foreigner here in Denmark I often ask myself the same questions and face the same challenges. Countries in Europe are becoming less and less accepting and open.
But good for you for taking on a new path, that's always exciting!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Lena, it took a lot of courage to say all these things. I know some will agree, whilst others won't. Nevertheless, I wanted to tell the world what is going on and why we honestly wanted to leave the country.

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Morgan
14 Jan 2017

Very brave and I can't wait to see what comes next! It takes a lot of courage to recognize when it's time to move on. xx Morgan

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Morgan. It all started a few years back when we were walking through the rain on those British rolling hills. We were fantasising about walking on a beach somewhere and eating fresh fruits. It took us a long time to really make the move. Alas, we did it!

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Alaine
14 Jan 2017

What an informative post! Its sad what is happening with the world today. I'm beginning to feel incredibly out of place and more at home when I'm on my own whether I've locked myself up in a room at my parents, or traveling solo around the world. The rising sentiment of racism is felt the world over. I grew up as an expat kid and global citizen so I don't really understand the veil of staunch patriotism to one country. How people can be close-minded in their views of the world. I will always be a foreigner to the world and a slave to the number of days/weeks/years I can stay according to visas. A passport country that doesn't accept me the way I am due to my ethnic heritage, global upbringing, and different cultural views. A birth country that doesn't fully accept me because I speak different, act different, live differently than the majority. Adopted countries I've lived in were always a ticking reminder that I don't belong and that I'm just a temporary alien working or studying there for a limited time. Visiting countries to escape reality and feel comfortable in my own skin but is always a slap in the face to reality going through immigration. Sigh. To be a global citizen shouldn't be a bane of existence.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Dear Alaine, thank you for your comment. I can't help but share your sentiment. I wish the world would be more open, patient, loving. I do feel that we have so much potential and we could learn so much from one another. We have a long way to go before we can live in a borderless world, where are all welcome anywhere and everywhere. I wish we would have governments who encourage peace and education, as opposed to war.

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Ella
14 Jan 2017

You've written an incredible and brilliant post here, Cory! A very interesting and substantial read. I'm also a British citizen but I was born there and left around the same time that you came. Your thoughts and feelings on Brexit and on many of the other aspects affecting living in the UK, are the same ones that I share. I'm always asked whether or not I would move back and honestly, especially as a result of recent events and where things seem to be headed, I wouldn't. Not likely to anyway. There are many wonderful things that I love about the British culture and I am glad that I spent a chunk of my childhood there, but there are also many aspects that repel me and that I even find quite appalling. No country or culture is perfect of course, but we always have to ask ourselves what we're willing to put up with and sometimes it's not worth it. Thanks for sharing!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Ella, thank you for your warm comment. There are so many wonderful things about Britain! I am glad you had the courage to leave it all behind and become the fulfilled and happy person you are today. We need to infuse more people with love and courage, for everyone to truly follow their dreams and live life to the full potential.

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Wendy
14 Jan 2017

I can imagine you want to escape the rain. Same problem in Belgium! If I would move, it would be to Barcelona. It has good food, great climate, culture, sea,..... and it's nog too far from "Home"

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Wendy, thank you for your comment. The weather can be a bit much and I heard Belgium doesn't come with much sunshine either. I do hope you move to Barcelona soon!

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Cristina
14 Jan 2017

A very deep and interesting reflection... It's very hard to leave! But I guess you took the right decision :/

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Cristina, it is very hard to leave the known and take a leap of faith into the unknown. Nonetheless, the dark side usually has cookies :)

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Kaylene
14 Jan 2017

I loved reading this post. I'm moving away from my home in the US next year and have some similar reasons why. I'm excited for something new and a place that's easier to travel solo in.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Kaylene, I can't wait to read more about your solo adventures. I hope you find a new place you will call home.

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Suzanne (PhilaT...
14 Jan 2017

Excellent post with a logical argument and pros/cons clearly explained. I've been trying to move to the UK for years but as an "immigrant" from the US, the Tier2 visa rules have prevented me from doing so. I was stunned by Brexit and very sad as well, it foreshadowed the US elections. For me, moving to the UK where I've traveled a few times a year for over 20 years for work and fun - is about spending time with friends and loved ones there and the opportunity to travel Europe much easier. I guess it's a "grass is always greener" situation for all of us lately.
Good luck on your move and finding the sun

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Kathi
14 Jan 2017

I live in the UK right now (Scotland), but I'm not a citizen. My partner is though. We're thinking of moving away as soon as I've finished my studies for many of the same reasons as the ones you mentioned. Even though I think the political climate in Scotland is slightly different than in England - especially in Glasgow, where we live - there is no denying that the overall situation sucks. A practical question - do you have to have an address in the UK in order to keep your business based there?

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Dear Kathi,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. You do not need an address in the UK for yourself. However, you do need an address in the UK for your business. You can rent a PO box for your business and move it there. This way you can still get letters, keep on banking etc It costs a few hundred pounds per year but well worth it.

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Melissa
14 Jan 2017

Excellent read! I'm currently temporarily living in the UK (my boyfriend is English) and I feel you! His family is super conservative (they voted leave) and it's quite surprising to see how people are close-minded and so patriotic. I'm telling him constantly how much I'd rather live somewhere else in Europe (somewhere cheaper, because yahh, it's way too expensive here) and somewhere where we could simply have a better quality of life.

I thought this was also quite funny! I wrote an article about a similar topic a month ago. It was about all the things I don't understand about England. Lol. I think you got it all right!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Melissa,
Thank you for your comment. Getting used to life in the UK takes some time for sure. I do hope you get to leave and start living the dream in a cheaper country in Europe. I can understand that it must be a bit difficult to reason with your boyfriend's parents. I will certainly find it challenging, especially because I voted stay. :)

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Melissa
14 Jan 2017

Wow, this was an incredibly interesting read. The weather part had me laughing with how much I identified with it. Happy you brought in some of the more sensitive economic and political reasons, as well

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Thank you, Melissa. The weather can be a bit daunting, right? :)

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Karin
14 Jan 2017

I love how this article is so well structured. Bravo to your writing skills! Anyone who would kick you out for "bad spelling" must be crazy.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Thank you, Karin. That is very sweet of you. I know I am not perfect, but I am trying hard to become better at it.

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Elise
14 Jan 2017

Totally agree with so much of this! We actually left two days before the Brexit vote. We also didn't think it would happen but were pleased that we had left after the results were announced!

The newspapers and the Tory party conjure up this idea that immigrants and immigration are the cause of so many of our problems (strain on social welfare, NHS, not enough housing, not enough jobs etc) to hide the true cause of those problems, which is cuts to funding and their government! It's proven that immigration is a totally positive thing for a country, and historically immigrants have contributed FAR more than they have received. You could also argue that for an aging population, a young, able bodied workforce coming here wanting to work is exactly what the country needs. The UK hasn't had to pay for their education and they are not responsible for them until they become Brits.

You are so right about costs! While supermarket prices are very low, rent, utilities, council tax and eating out is astronomical compared to other countries. Lots of things cost the same in Canadian dollars here that they do in pounds in the UK! Why live like that if you don't have to!

And everything about th weather...yes, yes, a thousand times yes haha. Great article :-)

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Dear Elise, thank you for your comment. Every time mum came to visit, she always said how much she loves shopping for food in the UK. It's amazing really. We are now in Portugal and we miss the prices for groceries in the UK BUT with everything, life is still such much cheaper here. And the weather, sadly, it's true :(

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Jen Morrow
14 Jan 2017

As a former UK resident, I understand your position. I was always welcomed as an American, many years ago. Best wishes for your move.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Thank you so much, Jen x

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Ryazan
14 Jan 2017

What an awesome post! As an adopted child of Britain,I can totally relate to you. My husband and I are also heading to that same direction, I'm keeping everything cross. All the best to your travels and keep us posted.x

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Thank you, Ryazan. I hope you both find a better home. x

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Sarah
14 Jan 2017

Yes, yes, yes and yes! I'm lucky as I have both a New Zealand and UK passport so doors are always open to me. But the weather, transport, lack of culture and food contribute to why I've spent the majority of my adult live in New Zealand.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Dear Sarah, New Zealand truly is a wonderful place. People are kind and welcoming. And your seasons kick ass :) You can ski, swim, tan, walk. You can enjoy all four seasons!

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Renee
15 Jan 2017

Really interesting read and I wish you both the best of luck in your new nomadic adventure! My husband and I made the big move from Australia to the US in 2015. Lots of people thought we were crazy but it's by far the best thing we have ever done.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Dear Renee, you can't please everyone. I am glad you did what is best for you. I heard the US is a wonderful country and despite its issues, if it makes you feel like home, then it is home.

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James
15 Jan 2017

It was really interesting to read this from another perspective. As a Brit who has lived abroad for 10 years (in Germany), I always said that I could not really see myself going back to live there permanently for similar reasons. The weather and the cost of housing compared to net salary are also the 2 biggies for me. Also, the "nicest" areas of the UK are not where the jobs are (Cornwall, Lake District, North Wales etc), whereas in Germany within 1 hour of Munich you're in the Alps, or 1 hour of Frankfurt you're in the middle of wine country.

However, now I want to start my own business and freelance, and I definitely see the benefits of the UK in this regard. Margaret Thatcher's legacy lives on. As Napoleon said, the British are a nation of shopkeepers. It's the only country in Europe, except maybe Ireland, which has a great entrepreneurial spirit instead of paper-pushing bureaucrats sucking the lifeblood out of the economy.

Maybe surprising to you but I voted for Brexit....let me explain why because I promise you, 17 million of us are not uneducated racists who believe everything The Sun and the Daily Express writes. I'm really sorry as a Brit that you had negative experiences of racism, especially as someone who clearly learnt the language and integrated into the country. It's not as simple though that everyone voting leave agrees with Farage and Boris. In Germany I have never felt discriminated against as a foreigner. I learnt the language and am well integrated (except for German TV, which is truly awful so I have Freesat!) but maybe if I was Turkish it would be different.

The main reason is that I see the EU as being an impossible project, led by weak consensus politicians with no grand vision for economic growth. America has visionaries like Elon Musk and Peter Thiel advising Trump. Europe has Merkel, Tusk and Juncker. God help us. The Euro was a huge mistake. Ask any American, and apart from skinny women, castles and nice beer, the thing they love about Europe is its diversity. Italians and Greeks will never "tick" the same as the Germans, Austrians and Dutch. Brexit will force the country to develop the regions and become less dependent on London, which in turn will reduce the pressure on housing in the South-East. Finally, to address the point on immigration....I actually blame previous governments to a large extent. We have a shitty secondary education system and a generation of younger people who think that the world owes them something. When employers can hire Eastern Europeans who will turn up on time, not call in sick with hangovers and work hard then who can blame them? The problem is that it's a numbers game. Net migration of 300,000 per year on an island with 64 million inhabitants is unsustainable, especially when most of the population lives in a corridor between Leeds / Manchester and London. Build more houses they say but where?

Anyway, I hope I have explained rationally that it's not as simple as how a lot of the press talks about Brexit :-)

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi James,

I want to thank you very much for taking the time to explain your point of view. As a Labour supporter with some Lib Dem views, I cannot reason with the Brexit idea no matter what. I really appreciate your explanation and I am truly glad to hear an argument from the other side of the debate. There are so many rolling hills, empty, kept for a handful of sheep. I say we build houses there. I say we keep the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and reintroduce forests and wild animals. I say we bring fibre internet across the country and we create better infrastructure. This way people can live everywhere and not depend on the city which is too expensive.
I say we invest more into the NHS and social welfare. Education is in a terrible state in the UK. No conservative party will help us in this regard. A socialist government will. We need visionaries such as Tony Benn.
Brexit will cost the UK so much money and create a huge division. I mean let's spend millions on exiting. Then millions on new passports. Then millions on renegotiating deals with countries who don't need the UK. Because why would they?!
Countries lived as part of the EU for so many years, yet each country remains entirely different but united. Italy will still have pizza, Portugal will still have pastel de nata and the UK will continue to have its pies. People speak various languages. Cultures are preserved. And you know what? It's beautiful that you can live in Germany without a visa. It's beautiful that your kids can go to Hungary and learn the language, or visit Romania and learn how to cook traditional meals. It's fab that you can learn so much because we have open borders. And it's great that we can drive from A to B without being stopped at the borders for passport controls. It feels to me that you voted Brexit because you don't want more British nationals to come to Europe and not because you had the UK's interest at heart. Am I wrong?

They say immigration is an issue but so is emigration. There are so many Brits in Spain and Portugal. SO MANY of them. These people come here and claim free medical care. They enjoy free movement and actually, the vast majority don't have full-time jobs in the country of residency. They live off of their UK pension. How is that fair? How is it fairer for a British national to claim free education, free social care, free medical from Spain but is not ok to offer the same to another who wants to make a life for themselves in the UK? I think it's hypocritical. It's a quid pro quo, no? We should all be free to live a happy life everywhere. In fact, it should be illegal to pay for medical care in ANY country in the world.

The Brits also call themselves "expats" and not immigrants. Can you see what they did there? That would be denigrating for a Brit, wouldn't it, to be an immigrant? Can you imagine that? What about equality between all European nations who wanted to live in a great union?

Brexit was and will continue to be a mistake. Generations to come will read history books and laugh at how what was once "the Greatest Empire" has become a rainy, lonely island, with no power and no influence. Those are the people who will wonder how come that people voted Brexit?

My 2 cents :)

I love a political debate. Great fun.

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Joris
10 Apr 2018

Hi James and Cory,

First I want to express my appreciation. Cory, this was a brave and honest article, and it's good that there are brave people willing to stand up for human rights while many hide and do nothing.

James, I'm sure you never heard of Carl Schmitt even though you're living in Germany who was a political philosopher. One of Schmitt's rules of nation building was to always create an enemy OUTSIDE your country if you want to make your country better and stronger.

Germany had low morale and wanted a change in 1940's which allowed Hitler to come to power who blamed, you guessed it, Jews for all of Deutschland's problems.
This is one of the oldest political strategies.

Of course it's not right to blame violent, chavs in Birmingham who are 13 and 14 but bully their whole cities, and people who're ready to live off dole, or Saudi's (who, in fact, funded the SHARD in London) or Russian mobsters who get in the UK because of weapons trade and have a lot of money which the UK needs. The UK blames, as you said, hard-working Poles, Romanians, and now the whole EU.

James, how much did university education cost before 2010? Wasn't uni education free at one point? James, why don't you blame your country's class system and people like Tom Hiddleston and Clara DeLavigne who get jobs, and fame in Hollywood, and volunteering opportunities instead of immigration? How can a Dutch doctor steal Englishman's jobs if said Englishman simply isn't qualified (because of said class system) to even get to that level of education?

I find it comic you mention Elon Musk aiding Trump because Musk is an immigrant who IS born in Pretoria, South Africa who grew up in Canada (again, not America) and THEN came to America.

Bay Area of AMERICA itself THRIVES off of diversity and people all over the world (whether they are black, Latino, Asian or EU) -- what you're stating as facts about the USA seem like half-baked observations, because clearly you don't know how diverse US is in opinion, culture and tolerance.

Brexit will force the country not to depend on London, but doesn't UK import a lot of their produce from Spain to start with? How is that even logically possible when the UK simply doesn't GROW resources needed for their population to sustain itself? Can you even have produce GROWING without sunshine? That's not scenically possible.

You saying Italians and Greeks will never 'tick' the same as Germans, Austrians, and Dutch but do you even have a friend from Italy and Greece?

Do you want to know what the Dutch think about your country? Enjoy:
https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/how-i-learnt-to-loathe-england

Rome and Athens were once places where civilizations THRIVED. I know of Socrates, Plato, Epicurus, Cicero but what do I know of English history? Stories of betrayal.
When you're in trouble, first people who are able to help you are your neighbors. What happens when you publicly turn your back on your neighbors and put them down?

James, why are you in Germany if you hate the EU so much? Why don't YOU pack your bags and go home? I know the English think they are similar to Australians but how many people (pom ping-pongs, they're called) come back from Australia because they are UNWANTED?

James, you're saying that it's not as simple as a lot of the press talks about Brexit but I find your opinion full of hypocrisy because you LIVE in Germany, promote your business in Germany, and have the nerve to talk about how the UK is better yet

If the UK was so good, they would allow you to live there and not run away from your problems.

What you are supporting is an idea that the UK needs to stand alone economically, which is a cute idea yet impossible (because not even you support yourself and need help earning money) -- and you also support vile, and viscous ideas of THE OTHER, of xenophobia, and of racism, and hatred, and UKIP, all of which started talks of Brexit.

I hope to God, James, that you get the taste of your own medicine. I do agree that Brexit is a good thing because it will force Europe to grow and be better in business and improve their own cities and cooperation without a tick such as England.

Also, if Brexit is such a good idea, why not let Northern Ireland secede and let Scotland have its independence?

Joris

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Alex
09 Jul 2018

Perfect response. I was getting a little agitated reading the political part of this post as it puts anyone who voted brexit into one racist/moronic box. There are idiots on both sides, but probably many more thoughtful and intelligent people on both sides as well.
Great post other than the politics!

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Camila
15 Jan 2017

Great post. I'm an immigrant to the UK - welll technically not right now as I'm yet in the midst of another visa application - mostly due to Brexit delays. But usually I live in Scotland with my British partner and we've discussed leaving the UK in a few years for all the reasons you mentioned. I think he'd be interested in staying if Scotland becomes independent. But personally I just don't think I really want to stay long term in a country without a summer lol also the drinking culture is so unhealthy. It's weird, I love Scotland, but it's difficult sometimes to truly envision a life there.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Camila, I too, love Scotland. I do believe it should have its own independence and continue to be part of the EU as its citizens want. I wish you all the luck.

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Adrian Thomas
22 Apr 2019

Independence of what exactly?

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Cory
24 Apr 2019

UK, of course

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Rachel
16 Jan 2017

Thank you for posting this. You've explained very honestly what I've been feeling for some time now - I'm now in a position where I feel that the values of my birthplace no longer align with my own. That's a pretty sad position to be in. After Brexit, I really didn't want to be here any more. I know that's not the most mature position to take, and I wish I were big enough to stay and work on it for the greater good, but I just don't think I can.

I'm so sorry you've felt victimised by negative attitudes, it's never acceptable to be anti 'other'. I wish I could say something positive like I think things will change, or at least it's just a minority, but unfortunately I don't think those things are true. Plus I wouldn't want to negate your experience anyway.

So to sum up I'm 100% with you and wish you the very best of luck in your move. I explain a bit more about why I want to move away here: http://www.anestingnomad.com/2016/07/i-want-to-emigrate-to-australia.html/ and the good news that I am (visa willing) about to move is here: http://www.anestingnomad.com/2016/12/my-big-news-is.html/

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Rachel, I hope your move will go well. Wishing you all the luck in the world.

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Sandra
18 Jan 2017

I tried to live in London, it lasted a few months. I hated the weather, the lack of sunshine (sunsets at 3 PM?????), and the always fast pace. Always. Someone is always in a hurry. I also felt a lack of sense of community and I witnessed the "foreigner stares" a few times, especially when they talked too fast and I couldn't understand them (and I am fluent in English since I was 10!) I still love visiting friends and family in London, do some sight seeing but that's it. I don't want to have that life when they work 7 days a week and never get to enjoy the city. I'd rather stay here in Lisbon. Nicer weather, a little more affordable than London, and here I feel home (although I'm not from here originally).

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Sandra, I know it's not easy to live in London. You see, I actually love the pace in London. I like the rush, the culture there, the weirdness of it. I could live in London, if prices would be reasonable, food would be nice and the weather would be sunnier. :) I did like Lisbon, but I, for example, found it too noisy for my liking. I need a bit more peace and quiet. The Algarve, however, excellent place in Portugal.

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Sarah - Explori...
22 Jan 2017

This post is so timely for us - we're currently approaching the end of our two year contract and are trying to decide whether we move on from Abu Dhabi to travel relatively long-term or whether we commit to another year. Are you feeling excited about moving around a bit more?

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Sarah, we are super excited about our move. In fact, we think it was the best decision ever. We would love to try and live in the UAE. It sounds like a fascinating place!

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Maria
28 Jan 2017

I know the feeling of no sunshine. Here, in Estonia, the winter is 6 months - cold, sometimes snowing, dark, wet, depressing weather. Going south helps, but the salaries are way too low to afford it too often. I'm already considering buying an apartment in Tenerife - a true paradise of sunshine (good climate, great food, low cost of living). Good luck to you!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Hi Maria, I've been to Tenerife before and indeed, the weather and the food: awesome! I hope you do make the move. Good luck x

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Itinera Magica
28 Jan 2017

Thank you for your honesty, for this long and extremely interesting post. This was a great read and it made me think a lot.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Glad I could help.

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LC of Birdgehls
31 Jan 2017

I moved away from the UK last year too, for similar reasons. Brexit was a big factor, as was the general expense and weather. I was bummed I didn't get to see as much of the UK as I had hoped! Travel in my native country of Australia isn't cheap, but you can get from my city (Newcastle) to Sydney on the train for five bucks... the same distance in the UK would cost around 60 quid on the day. I miss it a lot... particularly the food, which I think is severely underrated (particularly the cheese and sausages... yum!). Maybe we'll move back one day, but for now, I'm happier to watch what happens from the sidelines. Good luck with your move.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

I am sorry you didn't get to see as much of the UK. You can always visit though. Sometimes it's nice to come back and see it all through the eyes of a spectator. Australia is pretty great, I am not surprised you miss it!

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Emma Pamley-Liddell
31 Jan 2017

We are English, but we left the UK just after the Tories were voted in. I could see where things were headed and at the time I was a social worker. Budget cuts were making work difficult and I didn't want to live under a right wing gov. We left for 6 years, living in Australia and France but recently returned for 6 weeks. We've left again. The cold, the racism, the bigotry, the expense, the American attitudes of greed and money over morality, the awful changes to education, the privatisation of everything. It's just crap and I don't want to live under those conditions. We're spending 2017 living out of bags - currently in Portugal, soon heading to Morocco and Albania, the maybe Italy before SE Asia. I wish you good luck. Romania is a beautiful country. :)

P.S Stacy/Stacey... could be both spellings. I have seen both. Plus with the stupid spellings now some parents choose, who knows how they're spelled!!!

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Dear Emma, I am glad you found your way in the world. Portugal is fantastic, and Morocco and Albania? Dream! I would like to live in Thailand for a while. It sounds like a great option for digital nomads, so why not? I am super excited to learn that you liked Romania.

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Maartje
18 Mar 2017

Great read, I stayed for a year in the UK and like reading your honest perspective on things after 10 years. Good luck with exploring the new options, looks like you have some stunning countries in mind :)

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Thank you Maartje! I hope we will find our way soon.

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Nuraini
08 Apr 2017

Once I would have thought you were exaggerating. But, my ex-husband recounts exactly all of this (or at least the economic bits - he's on board with the xenophobia) so I believe it.

"The great educated gentleman is obsolete and the fine lady is on a verge of collapse. " This is sad. They live, btw, in the diaspora English - older expats, or some of those raised abroad. Perhaps because they carry England as it is remembered, not as it is.

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

In all honesty, once upon a time, I would have laughed at such article. I would have thought it's exaggerated, bitter and mean. But it is true, that unfortunately, this is the sad reality today. I look forward to meeting some older people living abroad who maybe, indeed, kept their wits.

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Julie Cao
02 Jun 2017

I have never lived in UK. I only visited once in September and the whole trip was very depressing. The weather was so humid and I barely see the sunshine. I remember went to a restaurant asking for water(with an American accent) and the guy at work corrected me with British accent. I got lost several times and people don't even bother to help after I asked for directions. I was not sure what happened with people there, as if everyone is busy and mind about their own business. Not to say travel in the UK was so expensive, not to mention living there.

UK is my dream after watching Harry Potter movies (call me silly or what), and then this trip just ruined it. Then with what happened in UK last summer, it saddens me that those who come and fight the hardest to work and stay in the country are the ones to leave. I might be back to UK to visit Stratford but not sure when, and I hope the situation will get much better during my return trip.

If you come to Canada, feel free to get in touch with me. I live in Toronto and it is always great to meet fellow travel bloggers.

All the best and happy travels. - Julie

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Cory
02 Jun 2017

Dear Julie,

Can you believe that it was because of Harry Potter that I wanted to move to the UK? I still remember, I was in the exam rooms in University and would imagine that I am in a special exam room in Hogwarts. I would imagine that I am like Hermione and have studied and can do it all! You see, books and stories can have a wonderful influence on us all. If only life in the UK would be a magical world. I do hope you visit the UK. I mentioned in one of the previous comments that sometimes, the UK can be beautiful through the eye of a spectator. Canada is so high on our bucket list. We would love to visit Toronto and Vancouver. We would love to rent a car and drive for hours.
All the best and happy travels to you too.

P.S. if you ever come to the UK, go to Scotland, you will love it up there.

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Julie Cao
02 Jun 2017

I went to Scotland once and the highlands is very beautiful, but also rained a lot. I think the only city I like during my entire UK trip is Edinburgh, the architecture there is just so stunning and it is completely different culture from England. I thought I am alone on the Harry Potter thing, and I remember looking for Hogwarts during my Scottish highland tours. It was a dream but reality is so different.

Both Toronto and Vancouver are my favorite Canadian cities, and the road trip from Alberta to BC is very beautiful. Hope you will make it to Canada someday.

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Lucy
22 Jul 2017

As an ex-Londoner now living in Sydney, I can definitely relate to a lot of this - particularly rental prices in London. Good luck with your new adventure - it sounds like you've got a lot to look forward to!

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Ylva
10 Feb 2018

Thank you so much for writing this. I think I have officially reached the point of depression due to the rain and I am absolutely desperate to leave. This helped me feel not so alone <3

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Anne
11 Feb 2018

I got in Uk 17 years ago , a child 20 at that time ,didn’t know what the future holds .Moving on , two children now, a house in mortgages, and a difficult financial situation.
I believe moving back to Romania will be beneficial but also is not a easy decision to face . Both children born here , is so hard , really hard ....
if I will not have children was really easy but now ??!!
I am getting to the point that I will miss Uk if I move back, will hard to get back to square 1 as life in Romania is still hard ....
my heart is there , my heart is here ..
British values...
we enjoyed our Jobs...
we miss home ... but home is empty..
brother and sister are also in Uk .,,
How can I decide???
Will be beneficial to sell my home here and move back ?? Life is getting so tagged here also ....:(
Any advice is really welcomed ...
Anne

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Cory
10 Apr 2018

Hi Anne,

Sorry for the belated reply. I know exactly how you feel. Once you move from home and truly settle somewhere else, there is no real home anymore. Home is where your heart is.
You say your family is with you, if nothing else, I hope that offers you the comfort you need to have a decent life.
I also hope you don't feel any issues as a result of Brexit. I cannot tell you if Romania is better, or the UK, or any other country for that matter. For more than a year we are still trying to find our home. It's hard, but also very exiting if you keep an open mind. The best advice I can offer: follow your heart, because home is where your heart is truly happy surrounded by best friends and family you love.

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Szilvia Kelemen
04 Apr 2018

Dear Cory,
You hit the nail on the head for me.
I agree what you said 90%.
I am from Hungary and been living in the UK for 13 years.
I am struggling in this last year or so.
I was a covard and I even lied to myself for a good 3 years before that. I love nature and feel now that I am always inside wasting my life away. My partner whom I love much doesn't seem to understand this.
Anyway I wish you guys all the best for your future wherever it may be.
Szilvi

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Cory
10 Apr 2018

Szilvi, I hope you find your corner of nature and love. I also hope your partner will learn to agree with you and understand you, if nothing else. As you might have gathered, my husband is Hungarian. We just moved to Budapest for a bit to try and mix things up a bit. As I said before, once you leave home, settle, then leave home again, the word "home" becomes so relative, elusive almost.
We're yet to find ours, and I hope you will find yours, wherever that may be. I wish you happiness :)

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Mark Phillips
11 Apr 2018

Something that I should add - if you visit Yorkshire namely Leeds, Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Goole, Hull and Scarborough. Then pop over to Lincolnshire to Scunthorpe, Barton on Humber, Grimsby and Cleethorpes. You'll find that these places are a run down, uncared for mess many thanks to previous govenments who actually ignore the North and instead focus only on London.

The 52% of those who voted to leave the EU, did so as the EU is a dictatorship that hates free enterprise and anyone who wants to individually succeed - the EU wants total control of everyone inculding those who run small to medium sized businesses. They're not uneducated, racist or anything else that the left or the pro EU lot think which is very closed mided (In my view) if they've come to that conclusion.

Yorkshire was home to countless pits (coal mines) and factories, no matter what it was highly likely that it'll have been made in Yorkshire and most of the 52% live there because they know that supporting yourself is important - work hard and reap the rewards. Nowerdays Yorkshire basks under its former glory as a manufacturing giant where closed mills are abandoned and left to rot or have been converted to high end luxury flats, some have even been pulled down and I find that sad because when these mills and mines are a fine example of being self sufficant - something that this country can do on a massive scale.

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Ex-migrant & re...
02 May 2018

An interesting article, but you lost my respect as soon as you wrote this:
I still remember talking to my husband the previous night, saying that the world is not that stupid. Nobody is going to vote "leave" and nobody is going to vote for "Trump". I guess Einstein was right after all..only two things are infinite...you know the saying...
Typical patronising, sneering, condescending arrogant attitude of a leftie remainer voter. You're so much better than those who dared to vote Leave or god forbid for Trump, aren't you?
People like you make me all the more happier that Leave and Trump won, and you know, those liberal leftie tears are so very sweet!

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Sarah
07 May 2018

Enjoy your sovereignty, Mark. Perhaps you can tie a flag to it and wave it around for the amusement of your 'patriotic' peers.

Your remark about the EU being a dictatorship shows a bizarre disconnect from the ugly reality of the current world. Half the British population has been gamed into voting against the interests of the country by an alliance of convenience between ultra-right wing fringe elements and Putin's 'interesting' approach to geopolitics.

This isn't really a new thing. Thatcher, back in the 80s, spearheaded the trend of heavy reliance on spin and marketing to bolster her politics aims. What we're seeing now is a massive difference in the scale and effectiveness of these campaigns thanks to the pervasive nature of internet data mining and the use of techniques in machine learning to spot trends and correlations, coupled with lessons from the field of behaviourism, to weaponise the information. We're also seeing increasing radicalisation in right wing politics because this process is a feedback loop.

Perhaps, instead of crying into your beer over a past that only ever existed between the pages of the Daily Mail, you might instead seek to learn a little something about current technology. It's interesting. And frightening.

The current North/South divide was very much a product of Thatcher’s efforts to limit worker rights. In waging this campaign she weakened British industry to the point that it never really recovered and turned the UK into the one-horse (and one town - London) financial market centre it has been ever since. The irony of this situation is that in your misguided attempt to Make England Great Again, you've torpedoed much of the foundation of the UK's current wealth. You've knackered the only horse in town.

Well done.

Britain was once very much once of the shining stars of the Enlightenment. Our place as a locus of brilliance during the Industrial Revolution was unquestioned. As a people, we valued science and education and over time made the education of our children a major priority which further consolidated our industrial power.

Since Thatcher, we’ve moved away from this, making education a major financial burden in a marked departure from the policies of other, more far-sighted Northern countries.

Can’t have uppity proles, now, can we?

A mark of this growing idiocy is the fact that a circus clown like Jacob Rees-Mogg can play a part in politics. He’s Britain’s Trump. He’s the Mrs Bucket candidate; and yet his shiny top hat and molecule-thin veneer of civilisation somehow hypnotises his target demographic into forgetting his divisive and dangerous extremism.

He’s the triumph of ‘style’ (if you’re shallow enough to consider him stylish) over function. Ring any bells?

Oh, and I don't know what 'self-sufficant' is - perhaps you were trying to say 'self-sufficient'?

Cory, I apologise on behalf of my generation of useless entitled fossils, for our collective stupidity and gullibility. Senility is an ugly condition.

I am deeply ashamed.

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Cory
07 May 2018

Sarah, you are my hero! Your comment deserved a huge round of applause. x

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britanzy
31 May 2018

Hello Cory
i am Ghanaian immigrant haven grown in England this is an amazing piece you have written here,truly summing up the hush reality of living in England,the prices of housing,paying unnecessary bills just for fun, which literally takes all your salary,not that the salary is enough. All the best... I am searching for my sunny home... You should visit Ghana if you can hot and amazing

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Mitesh
06 Jul 2018

I'm of Indian origin butI was born in the UK and I am thinking of moving to India. Ive lived here all my life, 40 years. Things have changed so much here. I cannot afford to stay here. No life. No school for my kids.. All too expensive. No culture and social life.

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harry s
06 Jul 2018

Well, England has gotten less safe because of the mass invasion of fighting age males from overpopulated Muslim countries. That is what Brexit is all about: fighting back against this invasion. And what about the human rights of Tommy Robinson, jailed in media secrecy without due process. And the people that think this is OK: well they are next, eventually; when they figure out what is going on and decide to fight back themselves. History is clear on how this works.

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Suzie30
12 Jul 2018

My hubby and I left the UK in 2013 for the same reasons. You know growing up in a former colony of Britain and having an English education made me idealize London. I always felt like if I moved there I would be able to achieve ultimate happiness in my life. I visited once when I was twenty and finally made the move after marrying my EU husband in my late twenties. However it was one of the most dissapointing moves in my life. After the novelty of the tourist attractions wore off I always felt that at some point it would feel like home but it never did. I actually ended up being extremely depressed. I could not understand how you could be surrounded by millions of people yet feel so lonely. I found it very difficult to make friends in London. I tried all sorts of clubs and activities but the sense of community that I longed for was just never there. I just could not understand why the land of my dreams was not working for me. I thought it had to do with me but the more I got to know more locals and foreigners like myself, the more I realised that was just the way life in London was. I think most people in London are quite lonely but they are so convinced London is the best city in the world that they choose to ignore it..I could not understand why in such a city use of the internet was so popular for both dating and making friends. It was kind of sad, even more so when I look back in it. The realisation that my expectations of London were all wrong led me into severe depression. Here I was living this dream, envied by friends and family yet felt the most unhappy in my life.I was more than happy to give everything up including my great city job when my husband was offered a job oversees close to my home country. It took me a couple years to psychologically recover from my idealistic perception of the UK.It took me a decade of living abroad to realise that it is true when people say the grass seems greener on the other side. Family and good friends are what make life worthwhile. I used to think most of my life that happiness was found in places and thought that running to a foreign country would help me deal with my feelings of unfulfillment but it never did. My living abroad was more a lesson for personal growth than it was for achieving happiness. I am so glad I left that world. Where we live now I have a greater connection to the people around me and a closer relationship with my family. I have even found happiness in giving up my life as the career city girl for a stay at home mom and have never been happier. Yes i still travel as it is my passion but I no longer see it as the fix for life's problems.Goodluck to you all in this journey of life. I hope you find true peace and happiness.

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Julie
23 Jul 2018

I i moved to U.K. from Italy in 2016 to 2017 and life there was too expensive and bad weather. However I found people to be so friendly. Now back to Italy and relaxed.

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Prajwal Kashyap
01 Aug 2018

Hi Cory, Many Thanks for this amazing post, it is the most realistic picture of UK currently. Uncertainty in things!!. I am an Indian national who came here 3 years ago (came on Tier-1 visa) and supported a media company with investments and expanded to clients across in USA & EU. my visa expires in few weeks (and will get 2 years extension) and i have decided to make a move to EU country on long term residency visa (probably Portugal or Germany), i absolutely felt gutted to see the direction of things going on, wondering what would be the outcome of this Brexit uncertainty.

Loved my time in London (finished my law studies in Univ too), but i guess i have to depart and start looking to bigger gateway.

Hope you guys are doing great in Portugal.

Regards,
PK.

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Mike Adams
04 Sep 2018

I disagree when you say that most people in the U.K. are racists. It is the uneducated and those who do not travel and learn about other cultures that may harbour racism. It is dangerous to assume that all British people are racists.

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Lauren
18 Sep 2018

I really enjoyed reading this article, you really nailed all the points!
I'm from England but I moved to Iceland a year ago. I really hate how the UK has become, especially over the last few years, and Brexit was the final straw for me.
And thank you for mentioning how expensive it is to live in the UK! No one here believes me when I tell them! I lived alone in a small flat in Birmingham, my wages covered my rent and bills and nothing else. I had to work lots of overtime to buy food and pay for my transport to work, I was working 65+ hours a week just to survive. Iceland is meant to be a very expensive place to live but in Reykjavik I worked 30 hours a week in a minimum wage job, payed my rent, bills, transport and food and still had more than half of my wages left over!
I don't blame you at all for wanting to leave. I've witnessed how the foreigners were treated after the Brexit vote and on behalf of my country, I'm sorry. No one should be treated the way that the foreigners in Britain are currently being treated, it's horrendous! And thank you for contributing to British society and taxes :)

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Stary
23 Sep 2018

I am now 51 and after 19 years as a teacher have the last few years become fed up of the British and my way of life. Too much traffic, too much alcohol and too much rain. So last year bought a house in a mountain town in the Sierra Nevada mountains. So I now have around eight more months and just one more English winter to endure then its mountain guiding and airbnb for me. Cant wait, although I do appreciate that this country and working here has allowed me to be able to afford this move I dont want to continue into old age here! Best of luck with your venture

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David
25 Sep 2018

I didn't read the whole thing - but as someone who was born here 42 years ago, and regularly goes abroad to escape when everything gets 'too british', I have just returned from a 2 month stint in New York, and I'm finding it really difficult to adjust to the country again.

It feels like the majority of the population hate being alive, and the infamous make-do and stiff-upper-lip attitude gets to me. I have a chance to go to NY again, and I'm going to go for it.

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Liliana
22 Oct 2018

Hi!! I went to uk last month and fell in love with portsmouth seaview and brighton, and my boyfriend told after the trip we wants to go to UK! we loved what we saw but the thing is that i feel Its not safe for us right know and Its messy with all this brexit thing.

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Glenn Service
01 Nov 2018

I really enjoyed reading your blog. I understand totally.

I moved back to the U.K. after living and working in Australia, as well as travelling as well.

I do not recognise this country anymore. Something has happened here, and it’s not a good thing.

I put the blame on the U.K. government and to some extent the EU. Politics aside, I hope it gets better here, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

I came back due to family, but I’m itching to get the hell out of here and go travelling again, and head back to Australia.

Australia has its problems but at least its normal there.

Anyways, I wish you both well.

Regards

Glenn

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peter
18 Nov 2018

TAIWAN is great if you can make living there.

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Minja
22 Nov 2018

Dear Cory, I think this is the most precious article on living in a country on the entire Internet. The honesty, authenticity and intelligence with which you wrote about your personal experience of England and becoming English as a foreigner, sounds like a universal truth, and answered my every question. I planned to stay and study there with my family for six months before moving somewhere more sunny and exotic, (precisely for that injection of British 'culture' and 'opportunity' ), but was worried about the current Brexit climate. (I am from Serbia). Thank you for addressing that question bravely, truthfully and directly and may you and your partner have lots of luck and joy in finding your place in this world.

Sincerely,
soulmate

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AC
17 Dec 2018

Hi Cory,
I think your article raises some very good points, however, I would add the following. Being born in Europe and now a British national, I also chose to move away from the UK. I have lived all over the UK and when I first arrived, years ago, it was a different, more open place. To be honest, the Brexit vote is hardly surprising, knowing the British people as I know now. I knew from day one, that a vote for out was going to win. The society in Britain has grown to become more hostile to immigrants and foreigners, nevertheless, wouldn't say it is racist, but I would say that there is a significant proportion of the population that are bigots (and I don't intend to offend anyone). In addition, I think there are other significant and perhaps more substantial factors that are playing into this hostility, namely, the rise of religious fanaticism, fundamentalism and its debate in Britain. Consequently, Europeans are being bundled up in this debate immigration debate, in my view unfairly - we all work very hard! I also witnessed a significant rise in social tension, not to mention all the things you refer to, such as, very poor housing, extortionate prices and a general lowering living standards across the board.
Will I ever go back to the UK? Perhaps! I would love to study in Britain, especially in Bristol ! I worked hard, I had some great opportunities and despite being born in another country, I am very grateful for all the opportunities the UK has given me.
I now live in the United States with my brother and while there are also problems, there are ample opportunities for professional growth and learning and I generally feel America places more value in your experience. I believe not only the UK, but the European continent is suffering from a shortage of work and opportunities and this is increasing people's negative attitudes towards immigrants, which are arriving seeking opportunities that simply aren't there.
As for Portugal and being Portuguese born, I can see that is now a fashionable place to go. It is terrorism free, it has lower cost of living and phenomenal weather. The people there are immensely proud of their long history and are well aware of what is going on in Europe. Like many new and unexplored places, it needs to be protected from abuse (rise in properly prices, too much tourism and so forth). I am a proud patriot in the sense that I am profoundly grateful of being born there and having the opportunities I am having! I hope you enjoy it and I hope we have better days in Europe!

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Dwayne
18 Dec 2018

Hi.
Have you considered leaving Europe and heading to places like Australia and New Zealand?
Better climates and more outdoor life.

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Jon
21 Dec 2018

Sorry to hear they treated you like shit for being a foreigner in the U.K, yet sadly, it doesnt surprise me. Those racists that bully immigrants in the Uk should remember what many of their ancestors did around the world in the past, that is, exploit people, countries, resources, etc. Without even asking for permission to stay and do that. Or notice that Spain anaisd other places are full of Brit expats.Should people bully them too?

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MJ
02 Feb 2019

Hi Cory. I live in Argentina, and as an EU citizen, I'm planning on moving to the UK before March 29, Brexit tentative date, looking for new opportunities for me. I'm a bit shocked with all I've read so far from your article... I had the idea that the UK would be a paradise for me, and I would be able to continue my professional career over there, in London, to be specific. I'm now really worried that I may not be making the right decision by moving to the UK, and I'm really confused and even a bit afraid now. I'm glad you had the chance to go for a brighter future abroad. Thanks for sharing.

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Cory
02 Feb 2019

Hi MJ,

Thank you for your message. Argentina sounds amazing. Please don't be afraid of the UK!
This was not the intention of this article, to make people afraid or to deter them from moving to the UK.
The above are the results of my experience and my experience alone. I know many foreigners who are happy in the UK and live well. I also know many foreigners who, like me, decided to move away.
I propose that you go and visit the UK for 1-2 weeks before you decide to commit and move there. See how you feel, see if you like it or not. London is a fantastic place full of opportunities, it just needs to match your own requirements. Since we are freelancers and we are location independent, we realised there are better places more suitable for our current lifestyle.
I wish you all the best, MJ.
Kind Regards,

Cory

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FrustratedBrit
08 Feb 2019

As a Brit, I can say that most of what you say is true. However, the vast majority of Brits are not racist, just a small majority (around 52%), you know, those who voted to leave. Weirdly, a small percentage of those were not born British... so the picture is complex ! Let's hope things improve for us who are staying, and good luck with your future !

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N/A
10 Feb 2019

"The culture in Britain has moved from brilliant to that of hate, racism and ignorance." Britain was built on pure evil and racism.

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Alex Carr
20 Feb 2019

I really like your article. I understand and appreciate your opinions. I lived in the UK for 37 years until 2015 and moved back to Egypt. I went through the whole British educational system. I also lived and worked in Greater London. Because I am white I could pass for being British or European but I am not. I changed my first name in order to integrate and find work. This worked up to a point! But spending all your life covering up your origins because of racism at school means you are living a lie.
Now living in Egypt is not without its problems but look at these prices: Cinema: £2, Restaurant: £5, Cultural Events: many are free, Internal travel: very cheap along with accommodation, gas and electricity being much cheaper than the UK or the EU and don’t forget the Red Sea for a holiday. In all my years in the UK I never paid for a taxi in London because I could not afford it yet in Cairo I can go for a half an hour taxi ride and pay under £3. The question is why is the UK so expensive including the impossibility for a young graduate to get a mortgage for a flat in London? Maybe capitalism has encouraged too much greed?
One other thing I learnt is where can you go in the world where you will not be the victim of racism because of your name or your origins? Where can you be yourself? These are very difficult questions and there are very few genuinely enlightened people because of the whitewashing of Hollywood and the fact that over the years most successful actors had to change their names in order to succeed. In an ideal world none of these things should matter.
In any case the more I travel the more I learn and I have met so many great people over the years who are prepared to look beyond where one comes from.

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Richard
16 Mar 2019

I'm British born and I'm leaving the UK because of Brexit. I quit my job 2 years ago and became fully location independent about 7 months ago. Just waiting for the contract on my house to run out in July.

My thoughts on growing up here and where we are now I've seen the UK become more and more racist since the 00's I guess.

The cool Britannia era and the political discourse around equal opportunities, positive discrimination and multiculturalism gradually over a long period of time became completely replaced with an anti immigration narrative which reached a crescendo with Brexit and ripped a massive great hole through the country and I honestly don't believe we can ever be the same again.

I was taught in school that Britain was a multicultural society and we we're taught that multiculturalism was a positive thing. It makes me so sad to see where we have ended up. Really it is a daily sadness that I experience when I wake up and I think I don't recognise my country any more.

The thing is all the time that was just beneath the surface. In the 80's people used to get beaten up for being black. In the 90's we managed to claw that back from the fascists and say as a society this is not who we are. Then throughout the 00's until present day the fascist tabloids managed take away what we had gained. Now foreigners or people of colour get beaten up again and regularly so for being who they are. To think that we have regressed so much as a society is an eternal sadness. But as I say it never really went away it was always there. We just made positive gains as a society in how we viewed foreigners role within our society and gradually people became less extreme. But now that has been reversed through the mainstream political narrative embracing populist views.

As an example of how the problem was always there yet less visible I worked in a digital agency for a while where it was only British people who worked there and all of the women were de facto secretaries for the men, even though their roles were much more complex than this. I got approached by a Greek man who had a PHD and wanted to try and find ways to use it in a commercial context and he wanted to work for us for free to get some experience. I gave it to my manager and he just read his name at the top. it was a very long sounding Greek name, and the expression on his face just changed as if to say "ohh no can't really do that" you know kind of wincing and shrugging sort of expression. At the time I just thought he was thinking ahh we don't really have capacity thats annoying because this person looks good. But in hindsight, when the Brexit vote came up, practically the whole company was for leave. No one worked there who wasn't English. They were all British born northern lads from the small towns around the city. Suddenly this opened up my world to the whole other side of the UK that I had been ignoring for my whole life. The side that I only read about in the tabloids. it was real and people felt this way en masse. So much so that it's perfectly acceptable to them to decline someone who is educated to the highest possible standard in the UK, who wants to work for free, purely on the basis of his name.

I had been living in my liberal bubble my entire life and had surrounded my self with educated people who feel passionate about gender issues, race issues and really believe in the importance of creating a society which is fair for everyone, regardless of where they or their family are from.

To give an idea of the divide on the Brexit vote night my Italian neighbours who I had never met before invited me around for a party so I was getting drunk with about 15 Italians before we found out the result. My god the atmosphere was one of the strangest I had ever felt after that. Then in work I'm working with a bunch of northern white guys who all wanted that to happen. Once the violence started to happen I could see the shame in their faces though. Some of these guys were around in the 80's and were punks back then (the non racist kind). See the look on their faces when they realised what that vote actually meant. Look back in on them selves and see how their views have been twisted and shaped over time. It was a strange experience. But its like I've always maintained since the vote happened is that lots of people voted Brexit for many complex reasons. But at least I can say that I chose the ticket that the racist people didn't choose! So anyone who voted leave has to live with the consequences of their actions and they have to ask them selves some pretty serious questions about the nature of their views and what they are rooted in.

Anyway long story short because I could reference many examples of me seeing racism and ignorance, openly and behind closed doors from other people and my self included too and learning from my own mistakes and developing as a person because we don't always have positive influences in our lives and at times I have held points of view that I would be ashamed to think about now.

But the point is I don't feel British any more and I know a lot of people who feel the same. So the big thing I'm thinking about is with the meteoric rise or location independent working opportunities over the last 5 to 10 years and the growing unattractiveness of British society what kind of impact is this going to have on the skills based economy of Britain over the next 10 to 20 years? Because I think its going to be quite a negative one and to be honest that we have had our time in the premiere league and unfortunately we relegated out selves with an own goal, in classic British style!

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Madeleine
18 Mar 2019

Well, if you are going to Japan things won't be easy there is much more difficult to integrate in Japan than UK, you are really targeting difficult countries, but is your choice. UK is a wonderful country and the best country in the world for people looking for a better life, I live in usa and is not easy here is a tough country but because we are British things are easier for us that is the honest truth but is tough country. You will not find a better country to live ( if you are a foreigner ) than UK.... I lived in so many countries and I tend to very sociable, open and tolerant. Think carefully

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Deepika
30 Mar 2019

Hi Cory,

I know exactly how you feel as me & my husband are going through the same. I was curious to know where have you shifted to and how has your experience been so far. The funny thing is we have recently moved to London (it's been 6 months) and we don't seem to be happy at all. We weren't happy in our home country either. It would be good if we could connect and talk. Take care!

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Jarmila
11 Apr 2019

Fantastic article. With my partner we feel the same and are struggling with hate/ underestimation and xenophobia in London for a long time. After 7 years we would like to move somewhere else. Thank you so much for your honesty and strength. You made us see clearer and feel empowered on our next move. Good luck, Cory.

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Sophia
30 Apr 2019

Found your blog googling "the UK sucks" :')
I moved to London 6 months ago from another wealthy Western European country, in search of better work opportunities, to further my career and basically to build a life.
I had lived in New York and Sydney before, so I know big cities – but I have NEVER in my life felt so unwelcome, unsafe, treated badly, alone, and unhappy as I have been in the UK. Every single part of British culture, from the horrible alcoholism, the extreme prices, the CLASSIST caste system, the xenophobia, the crime, the sexual harassment on the streets, the weather, the crazily competitive job market to the dating scene, has been HORRID and I am extremely glad that I left that hellhole 2 weeks ago.

Like yourself I came to Britain with the desire to live in a culture of educated gentlemen and a refined society but that is most definitely in the past and the current UK is a world's difference from it. I agree with every sentiment you expressed and I wish you all the best outside of Britain. :)

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Sean Davey
05 May 2019

I am a born and bret brit and I totally agree with you, it is a cold and depressing shit hole. Good luck and raise your children somewhere away from violent xenophobic thugs ( and thats just the tory party).

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Maja
14 May 2019

Hi Cory, I found your blog after the comment you left on my post about the struggles of living in England... this post sums up so many of my feelings about the UK and how difficult it can be to live here as an immigrant. The appalling racism, the hateful attitudes to foreigners, how difficult it is to find a (permanent, full-time) job, the unjust visa system - all of it is so difficult.

Take into account the low standard of living, an economy that's in a downward spiral, a currency is rapidly losing its value, the high taxes that must be paid and the poor service that's provided in return by local councils, a government that seems laughably inept... I'm not surprised at all that you're leaving the UK! I love how you touched on just how expensive it is to travel in the UK too, especially by train (not that they ever run on schedule anyways!). Rail fares have seen a huge increase since I studied in the UK from 2013-2014 to now, and it's just so prohibitively expensive to get anywhere unless you have a car or are willing to fly from the north to the south or vice versa.

Thank you for being so honest, sharing your feelings, and writing this post. Good luck to you in the future, wherever life takes you! :)

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Inez
15 May 2019

Cory,

Thank you very much for being brave and courageous, and for writing this article. Many people don't have a voice but you gave them a voice.

Yes, it's possible to "get on with it" but what's the point living if you're surrounded with unkind and cruel people? What kind of life is that?

If everyone (irrespective of their country, race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, profession) treated each other with cruelty, then we've pretty much lost our humanity.

Remembering that quote by Edmond Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing."

Thank you for doing the right thing when it's easier to stay quiet.