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From both sides of The Pond
Western Europe tops list of destinations for U.S. residents moving abroad

• New Study by UniGroup Worldwide UTS reveals global movement trends
• UK, Germany and Switzerland in top five destinations for U.S. emigrants

London, UK, 19 January, 2012 – The International Migration Study conducted by UniGroup Worldwide UTS, found that more household goods moves from the UK and Germany were made to the US than from any other country around the world, whereas Germany followed by the UK, were the top two countries for people moving from the US.

Consistent with last year’s results, it was countries from Western Europe which topped the list of destinations for U.S. residents moving abroad indicating that Europe remains an attractive destination for migrating Americans.

The UK was closely followed by several other European countries including Germany (No. 2), Ireland (No. 4), the Netherlands (moving up year-on-year from No. 7 to No. 5), France (No. 7), and Switzerland (No. 10).

Asian countries appear higher and more frequently on the top destination lists, and there were more moves from the U.S. to China than moves from China to the U.S last year.

UniGroup’s research also found that more household goods moves were made from the United States to Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil and Italy in 2011 than the number of moves from those countries to America.

Since releasing its first study in 2010, UniGroup UTS has expanded its data to include U.S. shipment trends to/from Canada, as well as intra-country data from their regional headquarters in Europe and Asia. The 2011 study has grown to include more than 25,000 household goods moves compared to 2011’s 15,000 moves for major corporations.

President of UniGroup UTS Brian Iles commented, "UniGroup UTS continues to be a leader in global household goods moves to and from the U.S. and around the world,” said. “UniGroup UTS plans to provide more in depth research in order to identify those trends which provide insight into what is happening with overall migration patterns internationally.”

UniGroup Worldwide UTS (UniGroup UTS) is affiliated with U.S. moving leaders Mayflower Transit and United Van Lines. United Van Lines, America’s #1 Mover, has released an annual domestic migration study for the last 35 years.

2011 Top Origin Countries - TO the U.S.

1. United Kingdom
2. Germany
3. China
4. Ireland
5. The Netherlands
6. Singapore
7. France
8. India
9. Japan
10. Switzerland

2011 Top Destination Countries - FROM the U.S.

1. Germany
2. United Kingdom
3. Australia
4. China
5. Switzerland
6. India
7. France
8. Singapore
9. The Netherlands
10. Belgium

For further information please contact:

Caroline Roycroft
+44 (0) 020 7395 7167

Study notes on Europe

After being No. 1 for the past six consecutive years, the UK is now the No. 2 destination for U.S. residents moving abroad with UniGroup Worldwide UTS. Germany became the No. 1 destination, up from No. 2 in 2010.

Other European countries that top the list are Switzerland (No 5), France (No. 7), the Netherlands (No. 9) and Belgium, which moved from No 13 to No. 10. Switzerland also moved up from No. 6 to No. 5.

The UK is now the top country of origin for people moving to the U.S. The UK was closely followed by several other European countries — Germany (No. 2), Ireland (No. 4), the Netherlands (No. 5), France (No. 7), and Switzerland (No. 10). Germany moved down from No. 1, Ireland is new to the list, the Netherlands move up from No. 7 and Switzerland moved down from No. 3. The continents of Asia and Africa are also moving high volumes of people from or to the Netherlands.

About UniGroup Worldwide UTS

UniGroup Worldwide UTS is an international transportation provider with head offices in St. Louis, Mo. and Amsterdam, The Netherlands, specializing in the movement of household belongings. It is among the largest and most recognized international household goods moving providers in the world. UniGroup UTS has regional offices located in Hong Kong, London and Toronto and maintains a global footprint of more than 1,300 affiliated service centers. For more information about UniGroup Worldwide UTS, please visit

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