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How often did you see family once immigrated?

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Every now and then I fancy going back there but then I think- nah, I wouldn't recognise it so why bother?  Having said that we are off for one week over there later this year but to Keswick where I have never been before.

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I moved to WA to be with my parents and my only sibling, when my marriage disintegrated in UK.   My ex had no family, and I had no family left in UK either, so in effect I was joining the rest of my family.   Been here 29 years now and have only been back to UK 4 times, and one of those was a work trip.  I have no thoughts about going back again as the England I lived in is not the country it is today.   I have no family there and it is only friends I wish to see... but they come here frequently, and there is skype, facetime, whatsapp etc.

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17 hours ago, starlight7 said:

Every now and then I fancy going back there but then I think- nah, I wouldn't recognise it so why bother?  Having said that we are off for one week over there later this year but to Keswick where I have never been before.

Keswick is a lovely little town.  

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We are going back every 2-3 years and family come over here occasionally. Once my parents have gone I think we won't be going back very often at all. 

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I moved to the UK 12 years ago and absolutely fell in love with the country, the people and the climate, surprisingly enough. Over those 12 years I have managed to see one family member at least once a years - I tended to go back every 2-3 years and my parents and my sister would come over every 3-4 years.We skype and whatsapp through the week as well, something which wasn't really possible when I first moved over. 

But after 12 years the distance has become too much and I'm moving back to spend more time with my family and see what Australia is like now.  

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Once, in 1967. Only 2 nieces and some cousins in the UK, now.

Cheers, Bobj.

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On 23/04/2019 at 21:46, Bobj said:

Once, in 1967. Only 2 nieces and some cousins in the UK, now.

Cheers, Bobj.

Its just the same Bob! Honest.

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3 hours ago, Jon the Hat said:

Its just the same Bob! Honest.

The UK had deteriorated so much in the 4 years since I left, I cut short my 6 month planned holiday, and only stayed 1 month.

Cheers, Bobj.

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We had regular visitors here.  I went back for 1 week for the first time in 2016 when my dad passed away.  My hubby and son did a football tour last year for 3 weeks (for my son's 18th birthday) and my daughter visited for 4 days on her way back from Europe.


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I don't want to go to London anymore now because it has changed so much, I don't know anyone there , they have all moved so I am only interested in pretty little villages etc  My daughter goes to London for work sometimes and she seems to like it but she is in the art set so I guess she gets chaperoned around and misses the funny bits.

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On 17/03/2019 at 21:07, L30GME said:

Today I have been thinking ‘if we make the move how often will I see my parents’ so I thought I’d come on here and see how often people saw their families once in Australia.

obviously everyone’s circumstances are different as some may not be close to parents so rarely see them but others may have close bonds with parents and see a few times a year maybe - again depending on money, work etc. 

I saw my Mum every year until she died.  She would come to Australia every 2nd year and I went back on the other year.  I  saved up my annual leave so I could go back for 6 weeks over Dec and Jan when my boys were on school summer holidays.  She came usually from November 'til March.

 

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We did use to go back every 12/18 months but we have baby #3 on the way so cost will become a factor in the future and our eldest daughter has started school so we’re more tied to school holidays. Plus my parents have now sold up in the UK and live permanently in France so we have nowhere to stay in the UK. For me, I don’t miss the UK and my parents visit us in Australia every year for 6 weeks - they’re retired - (plus my mum has come out to help when our children have been born each time - so this year my mum is out for six weeks in June/July and then both my parents are coming out for Christmas 😀) and we’re quite social media-happy so Skype/Facebook all the time. We’re planning on going back to Europe in July 2020 when bub #3 is still an infant but not sure how it will work visiting hubby’s family and our friends as we will have a full on tribe to accommodate. I find having to use up annual leave to visit the UK the most annoying thing as it means no holidays in Australia, or taking unpaid leave to have other holidays. And trips back to the UK are not holidays - it’s hard work dashing around trying to fit everyone in, especially when the people you are visiting are working so you’re tied to weekends or evenings. 

I think it depends on the type of person you are and your family/friends’ capacity/willingness regarding visits as to whether emigrating will work for you - I love my parents dearly but I’m v independent (as are they) and they are more than happy to visit regularly and to have us stay with them when we visit them (my dad especially gets cross if I don’t send pics/updates on our life at least every 48 hours!). And I have zero affinity for the UK, I love Australia (although I miss France heaps). 

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