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CANZUK Countries Top UK Poll For Desired Freedom Of Movement

UK research firm YouGov has conducted a nationwide poll of 12,000 people across the United Kingdom asking whether or not they would want to live and work in a selection of 42 countries (including all 27 countries within the European Union). The findings concluded that Canada and New Zealand were the most favoured destinations.

Over 64% and 67% of British citizens favour living and working in New Zealand and Canada respectively (photo: CNN)

Written by James Skinner

James is the founder & chief executive of CANZUK International in Vancouver, Canada


Of the EU nations, Sweden was the most favoured destination, with 52% of Brits saying they either want, or potentially want, to live and/or work there. Following close behind was the Netherlands on 51% and Italy on 50%.

However, Canada and New Zealand were by far the most favoured options, with 64% saying they favoured New Zealand as a primary destination to live and work, and 67% saying they favoured Canada.

Australia was not included in the YouGov poll, but according to previous research conducted by CANZUK International in November 2016, it would be the second most favoured destination among British citizens for living and working purposes.

In addition, research conducted by the Lowy Institute earlier in 2017 found that Australians view New Zealand and the United Kingdom more favourably than any other country in the world regarding trust, trade and overall sentiment.

More UK citizens favour free movement with Canada and New Zealand than any other countries (image: YouGov)

The poll results also compliment previous developments within the CANZUK campaign, as leader of the opposition party in Canada, Andrew Scheer, recently called upon the Canadian government to begin implementing trade plans with Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, while the newly elected government in New Zealand also proposed further ties between these countries.

Over 198,000 people have also signed CANZUK International’s online petition advocating free movement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and the latest YouGov poll indicates strong support for the CANZUK campaign among British nationals ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union in 2019.

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