New figures reveal France is top choice for Brits relocating with children

  • 34% of all British children living in the EU are in France (ONS)
  • Property values, family lifestyle and weather are all key relocation drivers (FrenchEntrée)
  • France was second most popular EU country for British emigrants in 2017 (ONS)

New Delhi, April 26, 2018: New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed France to be British emigrants’ top choice of EU country when it comes to moving overseas with children.

There were 20,100 British children living in France during 2017, accounting for 34% of all British children living in EU countries.

“France has excellent credentials when it comes to family living, so it’s a natural choice for those looking to relocate with children. French family homes offer excellent value for money and the education system is very thorough, challenging children to achieve their full potential. Add to that some stunning rural and coastal scenery, and a choice of vibrant cities, and it’s easy to see why France is home to more British children than any other EU country.” 

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntree 

In total, 19% of Brits living in the EU called France their home in 2017, making it the second most popular country (after Spain). Retirees (assumed to be those aged 65 and over) accounted for just 19% of British citizens living in France, while 68% were aged 15-64 and 13% were under 15.

The figures do much to challenge the perception that Brits are looking to France purely as a place to find better weather in their golden years. Instead, ONS data shows that 52% of those aged 15-64 are employed, with just 5% unemployed (the remaining 43% were neither employed nor looking for work, such as students or those looking after children).

France has much to offer those looking for a high quality family life. As well as excellent schools and medical care, the country offers a wide selection of family homes, from ancient country piles to contemporary urban townhouses. Then there’s its internationally renowned cuisine, as well as the promise of more sunshine than the UK can reasonably expect over the winter months. Overall, it’s a compelling package.

“France is so much more than just a retirement destination. Sprawling farmhouses, split-level city apartments, coastal cottages… all these serve to attract British buyers looking to get more out of family life by moving to France, as the latest ONS figures demonstrate.” 

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée 

Smart family homes currently on the market

This  impressive stone farmhouse comes with 9.5 acres of rolling Normandy countryside. Perfect for a family looking to enjoy the beauty of rural France, it is on the market for €230,000.

Built just six years ago, this stunning detached home delivers a contemporary interior while retaining the charm and character of a traditional exterior. The outside seating areas will particularly appeal to families looking to make the most of the French sunshine. This property is priced at €265,000.

Working families looking for a property that also delivers an income will be delighted by this fully renovated, characterful gite in Beziers. On the market for €795,000, the home includes a total of eight bedrooms and three kitchens, along with a pool, gym and summer kitchen.

For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or [email protected]. You can also visit 

Corporate Comm India(CCI Newswire)