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International Healthcare News: Would-be expatriates 'attracted to Australia and Canada for climate and culture'

Potential expatriates are attracted to Australia and Canada because of the countries’ climate and culture, ABTA – The Travel Association has stated.

A spokeswoman for the association said the two nations were popular with people considering relocating abroad for a number of reasons.

"They are a long way away, the weather is much better, they have an outside culture in all of those countries, which is quite different from the UK, yet everyone speaks English and so it is relatively easy to get work.

"You don’t have that language barrier in the same way as you do with most other countries," she noted.

She commented that the recession accounted for a dip in the number of overseas travellers last year, and this January’s snow along with the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud had not helped many people’s decision to move abroad, but on the whole this year is "looking quite strong" for international travel.

Her comments come as a survey by Currency UK found three-quarters of British residents have thought about becoming expatriates because of the UK’s economy and poor employment prospects. Australia, Canada and the US are the three top destinations for would-be British expatriates.

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