Global Moves: Understanding the Shifting Tides of Relocation in 2023

Unpacking the Latest Trends in Global Relocations

In an increasingly interconnected world, the concept of home extends beyond borders, with individuals and families venturing far and wide in pursuit of new opportunities and lifestyles. At 1st Move International, we’ve been at the forefront of facilitating these global transitions. As a leading UK-based international removals company, we’ve recently conducted research that reveals fascinating shifts in the destinations chosen by our clients. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the results that will be showcased in our infographic.

Understanding the Data:

Our study compares the popularity of destination countries among our clients between the years 2019 and 2023. By analyzing these relocation trends, we’ve gained valuable insights into the changing preferences and priorities of those moving abroad.

Link to full resolution infographic here.

Key Insights from the Findings:

Steadfast Favorites: The American Dream is still very much alive, with the USA holding firmly onto the top spot as the preferred destination for UK expatriates. Down Under isn’t far behind, with Australia keeping its silver status as the second-most popular choice.

Middle Eastern Attraction: The United Arab Emirates, with its tax-free incomes and luxurious lifestyle, has climbed two spots to secure third place. It appears that the allure of this desert gem is only growing.

The Canadian Shift: Canada, often lauded for its quality of life, has experienced a slight dip, moving from third to fourth. Nonetheless, it remains a favored destination for many.

Asian-Pacific Fluctuations: New Zealand’s slight decline in the ranks is juxtaposed against a considerable uptick in interest for Asian countries such as Japan and Thailand, which have both jumped several places.

Spotlight on the Newcomers: We’ve observed a remarkable surge for the Cayman Islands and Saudi Arabia. These destinations have seen a remarkable rise in their rankings, suggesting a growing trend for seeking out both tropical paradises and new business frontiers.

The Surprises: Countries like Malta have seen a reversal in their fortunes, falling from their previously high demand. This serves as a reminder of the ever-evolving nature of global mobility.

The Steady Contenders: Singapore’s unwavering position reflects its continued reputation as a global business hub and a stable destination for expatriates.

What’s Driving These Changes?

Several factors may be contributing to these trends, including shifts in the global economy, political climates, and perhaps even the lingering effects of the global health crisis. Additionally, personal factors such as the search for better quality of life, career opportunities, and the cost of living play a significant role.

Final Thoughts:

Our role at 1st Move International is not just to move boxes from point A to B; it’s about understanding the narrative of human migration and ensuring our services meet the evolving needs of global citizens. As we look ahead, we remain committed to providing top-notch international removals services that cater to the latest trends and individual preferences.

To learn more about how we can support your international move, request a free quote or reach out to our expert team at


Destination2023 Ranking2019 RankingChange
United Arab Emirates35+2
New Zealand54-1
South Africa76-1
Saudi Arabia1011+1
Cayman Islands1719+2

About 1st Move International

1st Move International are a specialist international moving and shipping company offering packing, shipping and insurance for shipping household goods and personal effects overseas. We have a global reach covering over 80 countries and 6500 worldwide destinations. You can get an international removals quote here or find more information on our international moving services here.

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As the Managing Director of 1st Move International, Mike Harvey brings more than two decades of logistics expertise and three years of specialised experience in international relocations to his role. His comprehensive knowledge spans the intricacies of overseas shipping, secondary yet crucial areas such as visa application processes and immigration requirements, and the wider topic of moving abroad including topics such as comparative analyses of cost of living, healthcare and educational systems worldwide. This expertise allows 1st Move International to equip people with the information they need to not just move overseas, but to make informed decisions about whether, and where, to relocate.