Sunday, August 31, 2014

Movement of British State Pensioners throughout the World



Movement of British State Pensioners to other EU  STATES and other countries of the world
The first Chart below shows the increase of  British State Pensioners who moved to other States of the EU between 1973 to 2014.











To view the graph larger click on the graph- to return press 'esc'
The table lower down gives figures for movements  in Europe and other parts of the world. Those countries with a * have State pensions increased each year - the others have the British State pensions frozen.


Some observations.
New Zealand
The largest number of retired British citizens emigrating during 2013/14 went to New ZealandIn N.Z the British State pension is frozen  - but......
New Zealand residents are entitled to receive NZ Super (the old age pension) if they satisfy all of the following conditions. They must:
  • have reached State pension age (currently age 65);
  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident;
  • live in New Zealand;
  • have lived in New Zealand for at least 10 years since age 20; or
  • have lived in New Zealand for at least 5 years since age 50.
Residence in a country with which New Zealand has reciprocal social security arrangements (like Australia and the UK) counts as residence in New Zealand.
---------------  New Zealand is moreover the most ‘English’ of all destinations.

This is probably a significant reason why the influx of British State Pensioners is constantly rising in New Zealand.
 CANADA - SOUTH AFRICA - AUSTRALIA  In these countries the State Pension is frozen and their appears to be no adequate compensation scheme to offset this.  No doubt this is why the numbers are dropping.
PAKISTAN and JAMAICA and INDIA - Although Jamaica has non-frozen pensions, the numbers have dropped year on year.  Pakistan also shows a year on year decline.- possibly there is a cultural reason?
India (with frozen pensions) shows an increase - again is the reason cultural, but opposite to that of Pakistan and more akin to the reasons why so many native stock Britons retire abroad especially to culturally similar countries?
ITALY and USA In  MAY 2013 ( see the last column of figures) these countries achieved a higher figure and have since declined by tiny numbers.
NEW ZEALAND, IRELAND and FRANCE have received the greatest number of immigrant retired British citizens since MAY 2013 with 3480, 2140 and 1740 people respectively.
N.B. not all British State Pensioners are British Citizens, this is probably chiefly true of the Irish situation.
Remember that these figures include the death rate (which is fairly high amongst pensioners). so the changes in numbers reflect the fact that movements from the UK are a good deal higher than those shown.
The overall percentage of British pensioners abroad has risen gradually year on year and is now 9.49%.


EMIGRATION of British STATE PENSIONERS
Country of  Immigration % change 2002-2014 Number in 2002 Number in Feb 2013 Numbers in May 2013 Number in Feb 2014 % change 2013-2014 difference between May 2013 and Feb 2014
Jamaica* -39.0% 23420 17690 17560 16850 -5.0% -710
Pakistan -47.6% 5920 4120 4100 4010 -2.7% -90
Canada 4.9% 144830 154870 155040 152250 -1.7% -2790
South Africa 6.3% 34960 37670 37780 37330 -0.9% -450
Australia 10.4% 224210 250770 250990 250300 -0.2% -690
Italy* 21.1% 30080 38160 38170 38130 -0.1% -40
USA* 14.3% 120350 140270 140520 140410 0.1% -110
India 25.2% 3950 5190 5210 5280 1.7% 70
Spain* 55.1% 48000 106280 106850 106890 0.6% 40
Cyprus* 57.0% 7920 18270 18380 18440 0.9% 60
Ireland* 30.1% 92520 129320 130190 132330 2.3% 2140
Germany* 33.4% 27350 39990 40330 41070 2.6% 740
Israel* 27.2% 3640 4920 4950 5000 1.6% 50
Greece* 61.9% 2190 5600 5650 5750 2.6% 100
Portugal* 52.3% 4760 9680 9780 9980 3.0% 200
France* 68.2% 19770 59620 60350 62090 4.0% 1740
N.Z. 34.9% 38640 55990 55900 59380 5.7% 3480
Switzerland* 65.1% 3910 10700 10820 11190 4.4% 370
Netherlands* 47.9% 6240 11420 11600 11980 4.7% 380