The decline of the Australian in the UK

_72443845_australia-hatOnce moving to the UK was a well-worn path for many young Australians. Now the numbers arriving on British shores are falling. Kris Griffiths asks why.

Rising migration might be a source of much British soul-searching, but the numbers of one long-standing immigrant group appear to be receding – the Australians.

Ten years ago you didn’t have to walk far in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, in its neighbouring enclaves Acton and Hammersmith, or in nearby Fulham and Putney to encounter a ubiquitous Aussie on a rite-of-passage working holiday, using the UK as a base to hop around Europe while grafting and partying.

Manchester and Edinburgh have also traditionally been popular spots for Australians to settle.

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