Expatriation in Europe
Out of the 1,782 million French expatriates registered at Consular departments, about 50% have chosen to move to another European country. Furthermore, on 31st December 2016, statistics of registered citizens showed 659,902 French citizens living in the European Union. These figures are not entirely reliable since registering with the world register is not obligatory. However, Europe is undeniably a leading destination for French expatriates.
Several factors can explain this phenomenon but the proximity of France with the destination countries and ease of mobility are often the main reasons. Moving to another European country is mostly carried out by road transport and requires much less organization than intercontinental moves. However, it is recommended to call on an international moving company which understands the pitfalls involved in such geographic transfers. This includes the careful transfer of personal effects, relocation services and long term storage, etc.
A leading destination : Portugal
Portugal is cited among the countries most targeted by the French. The fact that Portugal is a member of the European Union simplifies entry to the territory by citizens of other EU countries. In addition, senior citizens have made it a top destination for their retirement for several reasons: a pleasant climate, good quality of life, accessible property prices… We estimate about 30,000 French citizens have chosen to move to Portugal.
For import or export of belongings, it is essential to calculate the number of m3 necessary by a specialized international moving company. Contact FIDI members to get an estimated price for your transfer. Their services are best adapted for moving in Europe, as well as, other destinations in the world.