View Poll Results: Should we have a "Moving Back To The Uk" Forum?
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A new section for Repatriation
Seems so many people decide to, at some point, head back home/to the UK, I wonder if it would be helpful to have a repat section?
Saw this article, which made me think of it:
Returning A Child To The UK's School System: Obstacles To Repatriation
Hi Everyone, Here is another good article by an expat woman, published in The Telegraph UK last week: Returning A Child To The UK's School System, by Kate McCann.
"The problem that the Carters had run into was that although they were returning to their own home, the admissions system treated them as "out of area applicants". This meant they were given a lower priority than other residents, simply because the system had to take account of the "current address" listed on the application as well as the future home address given. This meant their four-year-old daughter was refused a place at a school a mere five- minute walk from home. She was allocated position number 30 on a waiting list of 30."
Then further down the article:
"There is yet another area of concern for returning families – one which Ms Fieldman calls the 'chicken and egg situation' – and it affects those looking to buy homes on their return to the UK. She says: "This is what worries most people… you have to have an address in the catchment area of the school to apply to the school and you don't want to get an address until you know you've got the school. We find an awful lot of expats almost concede defeat before leaving the shores of where they are and say, right, we are going to go into the private system.""
To read the full article, please click here. Thanks.
Personally I don't think so. If they are going back 'home' they know the services available to them or can find out from people back in the country. There is no need to have a section to support those leaving Adelaide...IMO
Repatriation can be just as difficult as the first move abroad, taking reverse culture shock etc into account. It would be nice if those going back had a dedicated place to go to support each other and ask questions, and depending on how long people have been gone from the Uk, they don't know all the services available.
Originally Posted by Libby1971
I am disputing it is stressful. And I think reverse culture is getting a bit strong. The reason they are leaving is because they want to. They are going back to where they started from. I am not too clear what they are asking questions about exactly, and how those people who are here could answer any of the questions about entitlements etc, regardless of how long they have been out of the country. I just don't see that anyone here can offer more than support which they can get from other sections of the forum.
Suzer,could not agree more with you. All members should have a section to help them through with advice relevent to their circumstances,let us not forget there are PIA members who have returned to the UK,and who can offer invaluable advice.Sorry Libby,but i do not agree with your dismissiveness on this subject,as i feel there are many members who would be interested to know how others fare on their return to the UK,particularily their feelings on such a huge decision.I think a section dedicated to members who have returned to the UK should be available to us all.
There must be other sites and forums for people who are going home. This is a site and forum for people who want to go or who are already there. It would be like adding a what we hate about australia section. No disrespect meant but this is the wrong site. IMO.
Living In Adelaide Since Jan 2012 And Loving It
Many many forums such as this have repatriation sections. It is just one sub-section, just like jobs & careers. If you are not repatriating then don't worry about it. For those who are, it might be helpful.
Originally Posted by thebacons
Just thought i'd throw my twopence worth in,this site is ran by the same people as PIO isnt it? so......theres two ways of looking at it, I.E how come theres a section called "moving back to the uk" on there and not here? OR if you wanted info on the subject could you not look on PIO?just a thought,got no strong opinions on it myself.
And by the way, have you been through it? How would you know, if not, and why do you care that much to dispute the issue. It's a documented fact that reverse culture shock exists.
Originally Posted by Libby1971
Ah well didn't realise there was a section on PIO...good stuff.
Originally Posted by pablo