The survey—carried out by removal experts Robinsons— asked 16-21 year-olds from around the UK how they felt about life and their future prospects.
More than half of these unhappy young people wished for a better quality of life. Click here to see the full results of the survey.
When asked for specific reasons, more than 20% blamed the economy and over 30% said they were unhappy with the current government, as young people become increasingly disillusioned with David Cameron and the Conservatives.
Many responses were quite unforgiving of life in the UK, with one respondent claiming “British people don’t appreciate anything” and another saying “Its grey, dull and miserable and people spend more time looking at screens than each other in the eye”.
The survey showed that one third of those that wished to leave agreed that life in the UK was too expensive and that they would like to live somewhere cheaper, whilst one in five would like their family to have a better future than what is available in the UK.
Employment and job opportunities were other popular reasons for considering life abroad, as was the cost of attending university.
74% of students in London have thought about moving abroad, as the cost of living in the capital continues to escalate.
East Anglia, The North West, The West Midlands and Northern Ireland saw the largest rates of unhappiness, with over 80% of youngsters from each considering an escape.
In contrast, 80% of young people in the East Midlands saw their long term futures there.
When asked where they would like to move, The United States was by far the most popular location with over 60% of the votes, followed by Australia, and Canada, showing British youth prefer English speaking countries.
Ian Brown, Head of International Moving at Robinsons said: “It’s understandable that so many young people have thought about leaving the UK: many are struggling financially, have difficulty finding jobs and feel they have they have fewer opportunities in general. Conversely, there are a large number of countries across the world with great standards of living that are very welcoming to Brits. That means leaving our shores is a very tempting option for many young people.
Here at Robinsons, our data supports this and we’re seeing increasing numbers of younger people contacting us about relocating overseas, with locations such as America and Australia being particularly popular.”