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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
British Old Age Pensioners and their emigration to August 2012
The rise in the number of British Old Age State
Pensioners [BOAPs] in Europe beyond the UK
continues. Other changes occur world-wide.
It is to be expected
that British politicians should be interested in the subject of the emigration of British
Pensioners.There is a large
‘constituency’ of British Citizens abroad, of whose needs and aspirations most
MPs and the Government appear to be unaware.
The latest statistics for AUGUST 2012 are published.
[To view the graph and the table below in a larger format click on them - to return press 'esc' on the computer]
Graph for some larger countries in Europe from 1973 is:----
The total global number ofBOAPs is 12,798,530
The total number abroad is 1,203,690which is 9.40% of the total
i.e. nearly 1 in 10 pensioners
live outside the UK
The total number who live in Europe
[EU+EEA+*see note] beyond the UK
which is 3.56% of the total. i.e.
over 3 in a 100live in the EU/EEA
beyond the UK. i.e over one third of the pensioners abroad live in the EU/EEA.
note – includinga few in Croatia,
Macedonia and Bosnia which might well join the EU, to which some BOAPs are
Changes in Demography.
The percentage of those living
abroad (about 9.4% plus) has increased very little in the past two years. But there
are significant movements in some regions.
In Europe during
the year Augustto August 2011-2012 the
yearly increase has slackened but not stopped, The percentage
of BOAPs in theEU/EEA (in relation to the total global number of BOAPs)
is more or less static. But the actual number
has increased by 4380! France has seen the greatest inflow of British Pensioners.
and the Netherlands
have the fastest growing % number ofBOAPs.
The chart here (n.b. of numbers betweenMay 2011 and August 2012 – fifteen months) indicates a shrinkage ofnumbers. The drop is particularly higher in Canada.One might well argue with good reason that
the frozen pensions which apply to these countries has some affect.
and PakistanThe BOAPs number has also dropped.Jamaica
does nothave a frozen pension
regime.Possibly the ‘Windrush’
generation, many of whom may have retired ‘back home’ has exhausted itself ,
and the next generation has not the desire to retire to that island.
A similar argument might apply to
the troubles in Pakistan
might also be a deterrent.
and New Zealand.
Both of these countries have
‘frozen pensions’ yet their BOAPs number are rising.Both are countries ‘on the up’,
successful.N.Z. is the most ‘English/British’
of countries beyond Europe.Both countries have English as a current language. [Notes on table :- blue background = EU/EEA -- *star = pensions NOT frozen.}