Five 'most desirable' European countries to move to are perfect for Britons who want to relocate

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The best places to move abroad have been revealed

Anna Barry

By Anna Barry

Published: 08/06/2024

- 08:00

Spain, Portugal, Germany, France and Switzerland all claimed top spots on a new relocation index

Many Britons like the idea of moving abroad to experience new cultures, a new pace of life, new cuisines and new landscapes - not to mention better weather.

For those who are keen to uproot in search of pastures new, 1st Move International has compiled the 2024 Relocation Index, revealing the top 10 "most desirable" countries to relocate to. Five European countries made the list.

"Whether you’re reuniting with loved ones, changing jobs, or seeking a new adventure, relocating is an enriching experience. It allows you to dive into a new culture, diversify your horizons, and create lasting memories. However, there’s no denying that it can be daunting," an expert said.

The experts used Google search data to determine which countries people want to relocate to, looking at searches for relocating, moving, and houses to reveal the most-searched countries to migrate to.

Canada, known for its high quality of life and incredible natural beauty, came out on top with a whopping 1,526,780 relocation searches. For those looking to move within Europe, Spain could be their best bet.

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Spain was the most desirable European destination, with 1,154,700 total relocation searches


Sunny Spain was the most desirable European destination, with 1,154,700 total relocation searches.

Spain is a popular holiday destination known for its beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine, iconic landmarks, rich culture and excellent weather.

It is also a popular destination among expats looking for a slower pace of life in the sunshine.

Victoria, an expat in Spain, spoke exclusively to GB News about her wonderful life in the European paradise, plus why Facebook is essential if you're moving abroad.

1st Move International also found that Spain was the most popular country to relocate to, with people from 17 nations more keen to relocate there than any other country.

The most searched countries to relocate to
  1. Canada
  2. Australia
  3. New Zealand
  4. Spain
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Portugal
  7. Japan
  8. Germany
  9. France
  10. Switzerland

The expert said: "[People from] Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany were the most eager to move to Spain, searching 20,000, 19,800, and 18,900 times, respectively. Interestingly, all countries searching for a move to Spain are European."

Marbella, Alicante, Mijas, Malaga City and Costa Brava have all been named as excellent destinations in Spain for retirees looking to move overseas.



Portugal was also a desirable destination, raking in 843,000 total relocation searches


According to the index, people are also keen to move to the United Kingdom. But for Britons seeking adventure further afield, Portugal, Germany, France and Switzerland are all great options.

An expat in Portugal told GB News all about her new life and the kindness of the Portuguese people.

Portugal received 843,000 total relocation searches, Germany received 761,200, France received 757,100, and Switzerland received 703,500.

Interestingly, the research found that UK residents moved to the USA more than any other country.

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