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Family, friends and food top reasons for returning home

Missing family, friends and British food are the top reasons why many expatriates don't stick with their decision to relocate to a new country.

That is according to research carried out by Robinsons Relocation, which found that the lure of Marmite, fish and chips and curry was just too much for some people.

A further nine per cent said that they actually missed the British climate, while some 15 per cent suffered from withdrawal due to the inability to watch soaps like Coronation Street and Eastenders.

The chosen destination also has an effect, with the average stay in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) being just six months, compared to two years in Australia and New Zealand and five years in America.

While men and women tended not to differ in length of stay when it came to most countries, the boomerang effect in the UAE divided the genders.

The poll of 1,000 expats found that men are likely to return from the destination after six months, while their female counterparts may stay as long as three years.

Sarah Bladen, a British expat in Dubai, told the Telegraph: "I'm surprised that some men return to the UK after six months. Usually they come to the UAE and think they've found paradise since it's an evolving, dynamic city with a perma-sunny climate, great career opportunities and beautiful women from all around the globe."

She went on to say that the UAE is something of a Marmite destination, which divides people on whether they love it or hate it.

It is a country of superlatives, with the most luxurious lifestyle, tallest towers and over-the-top materialism of anywhere on earth, which can be appealing or overwhelming.

Another explanation is the job, as most people relocate to Dubai for work, this can be a reason to return if it doesn't live up to expectations.

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