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U.K. still top destination for U.S. residents moving abroad

A new report ranked Germany as the top country of origin of people moving to the United States.

A new report ranked Germany as the top country of origin of people moving to the United States.

Europe appears to be the go-to destination for Americans thinking of moving out of the United States.

According to a recent UniGroup Worldwide UTS, five of the top 10 places Americans are moving to outside of the United States are countries in Europe. The U.K. maintains its top spot on the list for the fifth straight year, while Germany (second) and France (fifth) were also in the top five.

Moving trends indicate more Americans are interested in relocating to Switzerland, as the mid-European nation moved to six in 2010 from 14 in 2006.

Germans ranked first in the list of the top origin countries traveling to the United States. Of the top 10, six of the countries are in Europe. In fact, four out of the top five were European countries, with China the only non-Western country among the group.

Citizens of foreign countries may be more interested in moving to the United States recently because of the state of the country's housing market - home prices and mortgage rates are low - making it a prime time to invest in a new property.