In early 2021, we’ve seen a surge in the number of enquiries from families planning to relocate to France. It’s a marked change after a quiet 2020 when Covid crisis caused a profound effect on movement.
We spoke to International removals company ClickMoves to find out what they think is fuelling the increased number of families moving to France…
France is still very popular
“France has always been a major destination for British expats. In fact we estimate that more than 20,000 Brits emigrate to France every year” says Matt Burden of ClickMoves. “But since the beginning of 2021, we have seen a huge increase in the number bookings from clients moving from the UK to France. In fact we have a fairly full diary.”
There are many reasons France has always been popular with British expats, the sunny climes of the south of France, the laid back lifestyle, ease of access to the UK, and of course the fantastic food and wine. Interest has been further bolstered by popular TV shows. “A new life in the sun” and “Escape to the Chateau” have encouraged many to sell up in the UK, buy a dream French property and start a business in France. But most recently other factors have come into play.
More people moving to France in 2021
ClickMoves believe that there are four new influencers driving the numbers emigrating. Foremost is the removal of barriers which last year prevented people from making the move to France.
“The Covid crisis has had a huge psychological impact on our lives. Many have spent lockdown re-evaluating the course of their futures. Of those, some have come to the conclusion that living in France presents a better option in terms of “wellness.” And their perspective is that life is for living – as opposed to living for work.
“Working patterns have also changed during the Covid crisis. There’s been a huge move for employees and employers to adapting to working from home. With good WiFi, and a decent laptop, headphones and Zoom, we can communicate visually and effectively irrespective of location. So the opportunity to live in France and continue earning a salary from a career in the UK, is a real possibility.
Changes in the UK are also at play
“The UK Property Stamp Duty Holiday has also played its part in making it easier for families to finally make their move to France. February 2021 saw a 50% increase in home sales. Many home owners have been released from the Covid holding pattern to finally complete on their UK sale and French property purchases.
“Brexit has also caused a major shift in the thinking as half of the UK voting population wanted to remain in the EU. ClickMoves doesn’t think that this factor on its own would cause an exodus of Brits relocating to France. But, combined with the other dynamics, for some, Brexit could be ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’.
“As we begin to exit what has been a very difficult year, it seems hard to imagine that life will be the same in the years to come. And for many, a new life in France brings with it excitement, and a fresh start.”
ClickMoves is an international moving company providing door to door removal services from the UK and worldwide at affordable rates.