The prospect of family emigration

The economic downturn in the UK and Europe has encouraged many families and couples to consider emigrating. With the lack of good job prospects in the UK, it might be the perfect time to consider a move. Emigrating opens up a whole new world of opportunities but does require careful planning and foresight. It can be the best decision for a family with young children.

There are many positives that arise from moving. A major factor to consider is the weather. Moving to a sunnier, warmer climate can have massive health benefits. With a sunnier climate people tend to follow a more active, healthier outdoor lifestyle. Although little is known about the subject, S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder) is a depressive disease where individuals are affected by constant gloomy weather. Reason enough to emigrate to an area filled with sunshine!

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A family considering emigration should do it when their children are before school going age. Children have not yet fully integrated into a schooling system and they adapt far more quickly to change than adults. They are also more adept at learning a new language if a move to a non-English speaking country is on the cards. On the other hand, this can be a fairly challenging dealing with new languages, customs and traditions. The USA would be an ideal prospect for UK families not looking to stray too far from the language barrier. One might consider Florida as a destination because of its warm weather and many family attractions.  Before the big move happens, start considering investments such as land to buy in the area.

Important aspects to consider when emigrating include:

  • Housing: research potential neighbourhoods to find out if they’re child-friendly. A family emigrating to Florida may need to consider if there is land to buy in a suitable neighbourhood.
  • Visas: consider the length of time it would take to apply for a Visa (if required). Often there are a number of interviews, fees and application forms that need to be completed before the process begins. Visa application processes can take up to six months. Wait until visas have been issued before pinning all hopes on emigrating!
  • Job prospects: line up a few telephone job interviews before even considering leaving the UK. There are companies who will help with the visa application process. Check with UK based companies if they have branches in other countries around the world.
  • Medical and health care: figure out how the medical system works. Do a bit of research. Is there a system in place like the NHS or is it private medical care? If medical cover is private and not paid for by the system, this will need to be considered when budgeting.
  • Schooling: check if there are good schools within the local area. Apply for placements well ahead of time.

Florida is ideal for emigration purposes. There is sunshine, plenty of fun family activities and a beach lifestyle. Job opportunities are in abundance, especially within the hotel, tourism and service sector.

There are many attractions in Florida, a few of which include:

  • Legoland
  • NASA Kennedy Space Centre
  • Safari Wilderness Park
  • Fantasy of Flight Centre
  • Alligator Farm
  • SeaWorld

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