Moving to Germany From the UK

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Moving to Germany From the UK

The UK government estimates that more than 14,000 people will be moving to Germany from the UK in the coming year

The majority of those people will move to Germany for work or for study. Germany is also very popular with retirees who move to the country to enjoy the beautiful natural environment and vibrant German culture.

Why so Many People are Moving to Germany From the UK

Germany is one of the economically successful countries in Europe, with low unemployment, a high standard of living, a strong social welfare system and a very stable government. Germans are very industrious people and the country has a strong manufacturing sector, which makes technologically advanced products.

Germany is well-located, sharing a border with France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Denmark, Luxembourg and Austria. It is the perfect jumping off point for people who are interested in exploring Europe. The country has a population of approximately 81 million people over 357,168 square kilometres (137,847 square miles) — it is well populated for a country of this size.

The geography of Germany is quite varied and it has some very pristine natural spaces including the Alps, the Rhine Valley, the Sylt coastal area and the beautiful Lüneburg Heath hinterland.


If you are moving to Germany from the UK to become a citizen, you will have probably have to be a resident for 8 years before applying for citizenship. You will have to fulfil one or all of the following conditions to become a citizen:

  • a valid Aufenthaltserlaubnis or Aufenthaltsberechtigung residency permit
  • You should have been a legal resident in Germany for at least 8 years
  • A livelihood-guarantee which affirms you and your family won’t use welfare immediately
  • Sufficient knowledge of the German language
  • An oath on the German constitution
  • You have to give up your former citizenship (however there are exceptions to this)

If you wish to move to Germany to become a citizen, learn more here

All European Union citizens and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland don’t require a visa to enter Germany

A wide range of other countries don’t need a visa for stays shorter than three months. Germany is also a signatory to the Schengen Agreement, which allows people from participant countries to freely circulate in Germany for 90 days within any 6-month period. Learn more about visas for Germany.

Resources for People Who are Going to Relocate to Germany

Some useful resources for anyone moving to Germany from the UK include:

Why Use Schepens When Moving to Germany from the UK

Schepens have helped thousands of people move to Germany from the UK over the past 100-years. Our knowledgable movers have a huge amount of experience with the logistics involved when traveling between the UK and Germany.

Here are a few other reasons why you should choose us for removals to Germany:

  • We are a 4th-generation, family-owned business that has been in business for more than 100 years!
  • We take pride in our customer service and treat all customers as if they were a member of our family.
  • Our professional packing service will ensure your valuable possessions are well prepared for shipping to Germany
  • We are regularly shipping to Germany, which allows us to provide very cost competitive shipping rates
  • Schepens use highly experienced move co-ordinators who have helped many people relocate to Germany. They will be with you every step of the way, from initial quoting through to project completion.
  • Schepens has experience dealing with customs rules and regulations of Germany
  • We offer a wide range of great value-for-money insurance products for your possessions. All workers and vehicles are fully insured.
  • All movers are trained to British Association of Removers (BAR) standards. They are extremely professional, courteous and efficient.
  • Schepens has a fleet of specialist removals vehicles that will keep your possessions safe when you move to Germany

We have helped many families relocate to Germany, including a wide variety of cities — Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, DortmundLübeck, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich and Stuttgart.

See our Germany Resources page for more useful info

If you wish to relocate to Germany this year, contact Schepens today on 01794 323 558 to discuss your requirements with our friendly staff.