UniGroup Relocation Study Indicates Decrease in Moves from U.S. to China

Study Shows Americans Moving East Opt for Other Asia Pacific Countries

2014 Top Origin Countries to the U.S.

1. United
2. Germany
3. China
4. Canada
5. France
6. Australia
7. Switzerland
8. Netherlands
9. India
10. Japan
11. South Africa
12. Singapore
13. Brazil
14. Spain
15. Hong Kong

2014 Top Destination Countries from the U.S.

1. United Kingdom
2. Germany
3. Japan
4. Singapore
5. Switzerland
6. Australia
7. China
8. France
9. India
10. Netherlands
11. Brazil
12. Belgium
13. United Arab Emirates
14. Hong Kong
15. Italy

"The decrease in moves from the United States to China is a result of a slowdown of the Chinese economy. China's economy had grown nearly 15 percent per year for the past several years, but slowed to about 7 percent growth in 2014. While this is still positive, it is a large reduction in growth from recent trends," said Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. "The fact that the United States saw a moving deficit to only a few countries on the top of the destination and origin lists reflects the U.S. economy's continued strength internationally."

Some key trends emerged in the 2014 migration patterns:


European countries saw a high volume of inbound and outbound moves with Germany and the U.K. ranking in the top two on both the origin and destination lists. France stayed at No. 5 on the origin list and slipped three spots on the destination list from No. 5 to No. 8. On the destination list, Belgium made it on to the Top 15 list this year at No. 12. Switzerland moved up from No. 6 to No. 5 on the destination list and moved up to No. 7 from No. 9 on the origin list.

Asia Pacific

Hong Kong made it on to the list of top origin countries to the United States, coming in at No. 15. While Singapore moved up on the destination list, it dropped from No. 7 to No. 12 on the origin list. Japan held steady at No. 10 on the origin list.

Central and South America

Brazil moved to No. 13 from the No. 12 spot on the top origin list, and remained at No. 11 on the destination list.

UniGroup Relocation is affiliated with U.S. moving leaders Mayflower Transit and United Van Lines. The 2014 international migration results come after United released its 38th annual national moving study, capturing state-to-state migration patterns in the U.S.

To view archived press releases of past studies from UniGroup Relocation, visit the UniGroup Relocation Newsroom.

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