5 places to escape Brexit and why to do it?

5 places to escape Brexit and why to do it?

What comes up most often in the testimonies of people who went to live in other countries and applied for the nationality of other countries after Brexit is the fact that because they mostly had dual nationality they had always been stigmatized, faced with jokes that could sometimes amount to xenophobia. In the "leave" vote they decided to leave because it was proof that the country in which they had been living for years had reached a point of no return in terms of tolerance and immigration.

Going further, there were also assaults such as this young Spanish woman who was pushed in the metro during rush hour because she was speaking Spanish on the phone. This information was obviously not relayed in the United Kingdom, but it made headlines in Spain, so that when British students went there they were subjected to reprisals, questioning and indignation such as "We put up with so much from the British when they come to our country, yet we cannot even have a private phone conversation on your underground without being attacked".

Others have simply decided to leave because they believe that Europe is an important union that many countries have fought for, and that many others would like to be part of. This is the case, for example, of an 80-year-old retired diplomat who no longer even identifies himself as British but as a citizen of the world because he saw post-war Europe come together and remembers the devastation that led to the formation of the EU.

Some people left because they no longer got on well with their relatives, their work colleagues, sometimes even their own families, the different voting decisions created huge disputes and words that could not be understood. Some people voted "leave" even though they are married to foreigners - that doesn't really make sense when you think about it.

So much so that all these people no longer recognise themselves in the values of their country, they no longer understand, they were so proud that London, England and especially the United Kingdom was so culturally open and so multiculturalist compared to many other countries, today things have changed and they no longer see the tolerance that was once present in this country, even though it advocates the values of freedom, homosexuality, encouraging people to live the way they want to live.

A Georgian student asked his professor who had left England his opinion on Brexit, asking him this: "For us, it is as if you had voted to make you the Soviet Union. We have lived through that. Why would you have voted to isolate yourself from everyone else when you were the linchpin of this wonderful treaty?"



The second largest country in the world with half the population of the United Kingdom, immigrants are welcomed as "new Canadians" and in a very familiar and warm way. It is also one of the richest countries in the world with one of the strongest economies and an obvious multiculturalism, with cities like Vancouver and Toronto known for their quality of life. In terms of landscape you will find wide open spaces, mountains, lakes, but you will have to get used to the freezing cold.

In much the same way that the British government is trying to introduce a new immigration policy, Canada offers a list of professional skills that if you are there will make your move easier, but unlike the UK, even unskilled people can find a way to get a permit to stay in Canada. However, you must live there for 6 years and be a permanent resident to apply for Canadian citizenship.

New Zealand

Overall it's easier to move to New Zealand than Australia, with a moderate multi-party government and lots of Greens, it's the first country to have a transgender mayor.

Moreover, same-sex marriage is legal there since 2013 and sexual discrimination is illegal. You won't be lost because English is the main language and there are cultural similarities, even if the weather is better. As far as the scenery is concerned, you will be able to admire the fjords, hills and lakes as far as the eye can see and feel like you are in another world.

If you are less than 31 years old it will be easy to get a mobility visa and then find a job or even obtain a residence permit by making yourself useful. You will still need to be on the list of required skills, but nationality is easier to obtain than in Australia. You will need to have lived in Australia for 5 years to get it, or you can also get a permanent resident visa if you have lived in Australia for 2 years and have a stable job with a commitment to the country.

United States

The United States offers a high quality of life and many opportunities for immigrants, many British people settle in California or Florida, language is clearly not an obstacle even if there are still many differences between British English and American English, you will also be surprised by the cultural differences of the country.

It is easy when you work for an international company to apply for your transfer, otherwise you can apply for all kinds of jobs before you even arrive. The skills required are usually in the fields of health, science, technology and education, so it's difficult to get in if you're not needed.
Obtaining permanent resident status is not easy - you need a green card and then you need to wait 3 to 5 years between permanent residence and citizenship.


Germany is home to a lot of jobs, Angela Merkel is the most powerful woman in the world, so there are two reasons enough to consider moving to Germany. The economy is very strong and stable as is the country, English is spoken fluently although it is wise to know a few words of German.

The culture is not very different from that of the United Kingdom, there is the pub atmosphere so dear to the British, the food is more or less the same, football is king. Moreover, the salaries are among the best in Europe and health care is paid as a percentage of your income. It is one of the easiest countries for the British to settle in, you can get permanent resident status in 2-3 years and citizenship 5 or 8 years later.


One of the largest economies in the world, one of the easiest countries to obtain citizenship. As a place to work and live it is one of the best countries, the standard of living is high, the climate is pleasant, the culture is very present and the labour market is improving.

If you are ready to set up a business, you will be welcome especially in rural areas as they have been neglected in favour of the big cities and are boosted by expatriates. On the other hand, you will have to speak French because even if English is an important language in French education, it will be difficult to work there without learning French.

You can obtain the status of French resident by doing your master's degree in a French university and working there afterwards. If you have a job, pay your taxes or start a business you can get a permanent residence permit within 3 years and become a citizen in 5 or 6 years.

If you would like to discuss the options available to British people who want to leave their country to live elsewhere because of Brexit you can visit the language exchange section of our site.

Written by: Lisa Lambert, Staff Writer