US 'is most favoured destination' for UK emigrants

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Image caption The most popular country in Europe for redirected UK mail remains France

The US is the most popular destination for people moving abroad from the UK, according to an analysis of postal redirections by Royal Mail.

It said it had redirected mail to 138 countries in the past year and 16% of the total had gone to the US.

France was the next most popular destination for people leaving the UK and having their mail redirected.

The Office for National Statistics estimates 316,000 people emigrated from the UK in the 12 months to March 2014.

According to the Royal Mail figures, the US and France were followed by Australia, which had been the most popular destination in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

The next three countries were all in Europe - Ireland, Spain and Germany.

The United Arab Emirates, which appeared in the top 10 every year between 2004 and 2008, dropped away after economic crisis hit the emirate of Dubai.

Singapore is another once-popular destination to have dropped out of the Royal Mail's top 10.

International redirections
Rank 2013/14 2012/13 2011/12 2010/11 2009/10
1 US US Australia US Australia
2 France Australia US Australia France
3 Australia France France France US
4 Ireland Germany Germany Germany Germany
5 Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain
6 Germany Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland
7 Canada Canada Canada Canada Canada
8 New Zealand New Zealand New Zealand New Zealand New Zealand
9 Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland
10 Netherlands Singapore Singapore Singapore Netherlands

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