On The Move: Americans Are Migrating Around the Country — and Around the World — For Work

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January 31, 2013 ‐ By Ann Brown
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As people are looking for new job opportunities, many are moving to new cities—and even new countries—to work. According to a new report, in 2012 most Americans who traveled oversees for work landed in Germany.

UniGroup Relocations, one of the U.S.’s largest moving companies, helped 573 people move to Germany last year, 29 percent more than to the United Kingdom. The U.K. was the second most popular destination. “And the relationship was reciprocal: Of foreigners migrating to the United States, Germany was the second most popular country of origin,” reports CNNMoney. Coming in third was Australia, which has experienced a recent boom in energy production and mining. Moves to the Pacific Rim region increased by more than 10 percent during the last two years.

A UniGroup study found that the total number of moves increased for the second year in a row after declining in 2009 and 2010, due in part to the economic recovery. More corporations are relocating people now than during the heart of the recession.

The military is one of the major reasons people make an international move. “Many of the moves from the United States to Germany involved the U.S. military, as more than 50,000 members of the armed forces are stationed in the country,” says CNN Money.

Within the U.S., Washington, D.C. had the highest proportion of people moving in rather than leaving, reports the website. This is due to corporate expansion in D.C. as more companies open offices to be closer to the federal government. These include defense contractors, banks, pharmaceuticals and health care providers, whose revenue often comes from government contracts. The report found that for the fifth straight year, Washington had a highest ratio of people moving in versus moving out.

The second most popular domestic destination for relocation was Oregon, followed by Nevada, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

What states are people migrating from? New Jersey topped the list, followed by Illinois, West Virginia, New York, and New Mexico.

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