Golden years in France

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The ma­jor­ity of Brits mov­ing to France are re­tirees, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Liv­ing Abroad re­port by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics. The re­port an­a­lysed mi­gra­tion pat­terns of dif­fer­ent Euro­pean coun­tries and found that 46% of the 148,000 Bri­tish peo­ple liv­ing in France in 2016 were aged 55 or over, while 43% were aged be­tween 15-54. This is in con­trast to the 155,000 French peo­ple liv­ing in the UK where 85% were em­ployed or study­ing in 2013-2015.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, older Bri­tish ex­pats favour Nou­velle-Aquitaine and par­tic­u­larly Dor­dogne (pic­tured above) as a place to start their new life in France, with Oc­c­i­tanie be­ing their sec­ond favourite des­ti­na­tion. Younger ex­pats are more likely to be found in Paris and the Île-de-France re­gion.

Fig­ures from the De­part­ment of Work and Pen­sions show that around 67,000 peo­ple in France have a UK state pen­sion, ac­count­ing for around 40% of Brits liv­ing in France, although this num­ber could in­clude other na­tion­al­i­ties who have worked in the UK pre­vi­ously.

While the re­port did not re­veal the oc­cu­pa­tions of Britons in France, it did show that of the 106,200 Brits of work­ing age, 52% were em­ployed, 5% un­em­ployed and 43% eco­nom­i­cally in­ac­tive, with the ma­jor­ity of this group likely to be re­tirees.

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