Moves from Asia Pacific to U.S. Increased, UniGroup Worldwide Moving Study Indicates

Recently Released Study Shows Moves from Japan to the U.S. Spiked in 2015

Feb 16, 2016, 07:00 ET from UniGroup Worldwide Moving

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- More people moved to the United States from the Asia Pacific region in 2015, according to the International Movers Study released today by UniGroup Worldwide Moving, which tracks customers' global migration patterns during the course of the past year. Japan saw a particularly large increase, jumping to the No. 5 spot in the ranking of number of moves to the U.S., from No. 10 in 2014.

Asia Pacific countries made up a third of the list of top origin countries for moves to the U.S. in 2015, with China and Hong Kong maintaining their No. 3 and No. 15 spots on the list. In addition to Japan's upward move, India (No. 7) and Singapore (No. 10) also moved up the list two spots each.

In terms of moves to Asia Pacific countries, more Americans moved to China (No.3) compared to last year. However, international relocation to other countries in the region, including Japan (No. 6) and Singapore (No. 8), dropped.

More Americans moved to European countries in 2015 as well, with France (No. 5), Italy (No. 13) and Spain (No. 14) all ranking higher on the top destinations list. On the list of countries sending residents to the U.S., however, the ranks of France (No. 6), Switzerland (No. 9) and the Netherlands (No. 12) all fell.

The UniGroup companies move more than 215,000 families each year. The international study, which UniGroup has released since 2010, includes moves conducted by UniGroup to the U.S. from nations abroad and from the U.S. to other countries.

"UniGroup Worldwide Moving has been tracking global migration patterns since 2010," said Melissa Sullivan, director, marketing communications for UniGroup. "As a global leader in household goods relocations, our data also often points to emerging economic conditions in regions and countries around the world."

"Americans continue to move to countries that have large and diversified economies, have experienced recent above average economic growth or with whom the U.S. has had strong historical ties," said Michael Stoll, economist, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

2015 Top Origin Countries to the U.S.

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

2015 Top Destination Countries from the U.S.

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

The 2015 migration study indicated some key patterns in global moves:

European countries continued to see a high volume of moves both to and from the United States, with the U.K., Germany, France and Switzerland topping both the destination and origin lists. On the destination list, Italy moved up two spots to No. 13, and Spain entered the top 15 at No. 14. Belgium and Italy were new to the top 15 origins list this year, entering at No. 13 and No. 14 respectively.

Asia Pacific
While most countries in the Asia Pacific region saw a slide in moves from the U.S., China saw an increase, moving up the list four spots to No. 3. On the top origins list, Japan jumped five spots to No. 5, and Hong Kong held steady at No. 15.

Central and South America
Moves from Brazil increased as the country jumped from No. 13 to No. 8 on the top origins list. Puerto Rico entered the top 15 list of origin countries in 2015 at the No. 11 spot.

UniGroup Worldwide Moving is affiliated with U.S. moving leaders Mayflower Transit and United Van Lines. The 2015 international migration results come after United released its 39th annual National Movers Study, capturing state-to-state migration patterns in the U.S.

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

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