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Expat Healthcare Insurance News: Repatriation figures 'may be overstated'

Recent figures produced by Moneycorp pointing to a mass repatriation of UK nationals living overseas may be overstated, it has been claimed.

Emma Hartley, associate editor of the Telegraph’s weekly world edition, explained that while figures suggesting that 70 per cent of expats are considering a return to UK shores sound dramatic, they may belie a less sensational reality.

"To say, when asked by a Moneycorp researcher, that you have been thinking about returning to the UK is pretty meaningless," she said, explaining that anyone living a long distance from friends and families is likely to experience the occasional desire to return home.

She also attempted to situate the reported 50 per cent increase in business seen by long-haul removal companies helping expats to return home in a broader context, explaining that while the percentage jump sounds dramatic, this may be simply because the volume of expats returning home is so small.

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