More international professionals moving to pastures new in old age

More international professionals moving to pastures new in old age
Published:  23 Jan at 11 AM
As reported by BBC News, increased amounts of elderly professionals have been trading the UK or their homelands for a life abroad.

Ulrich Roehren, a German citizen aged 62, has waited the majority of his working life just to fulfil one plan and told of how he always dreamed of being able to work abroad but never got the chance to do so, despite actually working in Brazil after he finished his studies. Around this time, he met his wife in his native Germany, who told him that he should remain there with her – therefore scuppering his plan to live and work abroad.

Thankfully for Mr Roehren, things changed seven years ago as, in 2005, he got offered a chance to work in tsunami-ravaged Thailand as his urban planning skills were in high demand in places such as Phuket, which was badly affected. Sixty-six-year old Bob Campbell is another who changed country for work in later life and told of how he has gained experiences that will stick with him for the rest of his existence.

Brookfield Global Relocation Services, a designer and manager of global relocations, says that its latest figures show that the average age of migrating professionals has been steadily rising. The company's 2011 Global Relocation Trends Survey study on the age of international assignees highlighted that 9 per cent were aged 20 to 29, down from a previous 13 per cent in 2010.

Those aged 30 to 39 also saw their figures fall just a single point from 33 per cent to 32 per cent while two per cent more 40 to 49 year olds (35 per cent to 37 per cent) dumped their country for pastures new.