Golden years in France
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.